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Breaking Barriers, Building a Hire Ground is a weekly podcast hosted by Hire Ground Founder and CEO, Cloe Guidry-Reed and diversity and inclusion leader Adam Moore. Each week we will have an in-depth discussion with procurement leaders and supplier diversity teams, successful suppliers, relevant associations, historians, and economists. We make the enterprise ecosystem more viable, profitable, and competitive by clearing the path for minority, women, LGBTQ, and veteran-led small businesses to contribute to the global economy as suppliers to corporations.

Breaking Barriers, Building a Hire Ground Cloe Guidry-Reed

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Breaking Barriers, Building a Hire Ground is a weekly podcast hosted by Hire Ground Founder and CEO, Cloe Guidry-Reed and diversity and inclusion leader Adam Moore. Each week we will have an in-depth discussion with procurement leaders and supplier diversity teams, successful suppliers, relevant associations, historians, and economists. We make the enterprise ecosystem more viable, profitable, and competitive by clearing the path for minority, women, LGBTQ, and veteran-led small businesses to contribute to the global economy as suppliers to corporations.

    Welcome to the New Year

    Welcome to the New Year

    It’s a brand new year, which means it’s the perfect time to sit down and think about our goals and plans for 2023. Sometimes, it can be difficult to look forward. We can get stuck either not knowing what it is exactly we want to achieve or reaching for grandiose goals without a plan. How exactly does one plan and set goals to reach new business heights in 2023? In this episode, we delve into the process of setting goals, planning and strategizing for a profitable 2023. We discuss how knowing your purpose as an organization can help you build goals around it and empower leaders and teams. We explain the value of transparency and integrity when communicating strategy changes and offer advice on making a pivot. We also highlight how evaluating the previous year can help you set up goals for the new year and underscore how creating opportunities for diverse suppliers can serve your organization. “Your tactics have to make sense and be a mirror of who you are as a corporation. Whatever strategy you’re setting up needs to be in harmony with who you are as an owner and business.” - Adam Moore This week on Breaking Barriers: ●     Envisioning and understanding where you want to be at the end of 2023●     Considering your capacity to execute in line with your vision and strategy●     Starting with “why” and knowing your purpose as an organization●     The importance of leading by example●     Getting team buy-in and why decisions and strategies shouldn’t be made in a vacuum●     Why solopreneurs should be part of a trade group●     How to adapt a strategy and make a pivot●     Communicating changes in strategies●     Assessing whether you need to make a hard strategy pivot or “adapt-and-overcome.”●     The role of mindset in leadership and the advantage of being a small organization●     Understanding transparency and communicating business strategies to employees and the leadership team●     Volunteering, giving back and serving the people and communities around you●     Creating opportunities and developing the suppliers that you have today This podcast is brought to you by Hire Ground Hire Ground is a technology company whose mission is to bridge the wealth gap through access to procurement opportunities. Hire Ground is making the enterprise ecosystem more viable, profitable, and competitive by clearing the path for minority-led, women-led, LGBT-led, and veteran-led small businesses to contribute to the global economy as suppliers to enterprise organizations. For more information on getting started, please visit us @ hireground.io (https://hireground.io/) today! If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts. Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/breaking-barriers-building-a-hire-ground/id1541881661) | TuneIn (https://tunein.com/podcasts/Business--Economics-Podcasts/Breaking-Barriers-p1385640/) | GooglePlay (https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9icmVha2luZ2JhcnJpZXJzcG9kY2FzdC5saWJzeW4uY29tL3Jzcw?sa=X&ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwjI0oOutKXtAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQDQ) |

    • 37 min
    Leveraging Corporate Resources to Grow Diverse Businesses with Lee Henderson of EY

    Leveraging Corporate Resources to Grow Diverse Businesses with Lee Henderson of EY

    Lee Henderson is the Americas EY Private Leader for Ernst & Young, a company he has worked with for the past 27 years. As a private leader and advocate for entrepreneurial access, Lee works with teams across the EY Americas Area to support high-growth entrepreneurs and private middle-market companies. In addition to his role at EY, Lee is a board member of The Big Shoulders Fund and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. He is also a member of the Forbes Finance Council and The Economic Club of Chicago. He graduated from California State University in Hayward with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Lee joins us today to discuss leveraging corporate resources to support minority-owned businesses. He describes his role as the Americas EY Private Leader and as a mediator between large companies and individuals who want to start a business. He discusses EY’s Entrepreneurship Access Network program and how it helps Black, Hispanic, and women founders and entrepreneurs. He also offers advice to minority entrepreneurs and business owners and shares the ways investors and larger companies can turn their social awareness into concrete action. “To minority entrepreneurs: be bold, have a lot of pride, and do not think of your company as a ‘small’ business. Think about your five-year-plan and your potential to scale.” - Lee Henderson This week on Breaking Barriers: ●     Lee’s background and journey to EY●     His latest role and responsibilities as the Americas EY Private Leader●     Lee’s function as a connector between large companies and individuals who want to start a business●     Different ways to create capital and fund minority-owned businesses●     EY’s top-down approach to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion●     Lee’s membership in The Big Shoulders Fund, The Economic Club of Chicago, and The Robert R. McCormick Foundation●     Turning awareness into action and Lee’s advice to investors and large companies in supporting minority-owned businesses Connect with Lee Henderson: ●     EY (https://www.ey.com/)●     EY on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/1073)●     EY on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ernst-Young/195665063800329)●     EY on Twitter (http://twitter.com/EYnews)●     EY on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/ernstandyoungglobal)●     Lee Henderson on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lee-henderson-71071b2/)●     Lee Henderson on Twitter (https://twitter.com/leehenderson01) This podcast is brought to you by Hire Ground Hire Ground is a technology company whose mission is to bridge the wealth gap through access to procurement opportunities. Hire Ground is making the enterprise ecosystem more viable, profitable, and competitive by clearing the path for minority-led, women-led, LGBT-led, and veteran-led small businesses to contribute to the global economy as suppliers to enterprise organizations. For more information on getting started please visit us @ hireground.io (https://hireground.io/) today! If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 28 min
    Hire Ground, What We Do, and Why It's Important for Your Business

    Hire Ground, What We Do, and Why It's Important for Your Business

    In this special episode we focus on Hire Ground, the innovative minority-woman-led B2B software company that sponsors and produces this podcast. Hire Ground gives enterprise buyers the tools to confidently source and manage suppliers while helping diverse entrepreneurs access new business opportunities. Through tailored configuration, data-driven matchmaking, best-in-class management tools, and unparalleled thought partnership, Hire Ground helps clients meet their supply chain inclusion goals while optimizing their entire procurement process.Members of Hire Ground's staff join hosts Cloe Guidry-Reed and Matt Colaciello (in for Adam Moore) to discuss the company, its software, and its mission to create a business ecosystem where everyone has access to opportunities for innovation, growth, and prosperity. Cloe is the CEO and founder of Hire Ground. She describes the company’s bold vision for the future of supplier diversity and economic inclusion, including how listeners—from corporate supply chain professionals to diverse entrepreneurs—can play a role in building the equitable economy of the future. Hire Ground's staff members then discuss the software they develop, challenges they are helping clients overcome, and their growing work with clients in the U.K. and European Union."Our hypothesis is that by empowering supplier diversity professionals with the technology and support they need, we're ensuring that the next generation of diverse entrepreneurs will succeed."~Chloe Guidry-ReedResources Mentioned:·     Learning from Supplier Diversity in the U.K. with Mayank Shah, Founder of MSDUK (https://blubrry.com/1468023/88850496/learning-from-supplier-diversity-in-the-uk-with-mayank-shah-founder-of-msduk/)This podcast is brought to you by Hire Ground Hire Ground is a technology company whose mission is to bridge the wealth gap through access to procurement opportunities. Hire Ground is making the enterprise ecosystem more viable, profitable, and competitive by clearing the path for minority-led, women-led, LGBT-led, and veteran-led small businesses to contribute to the global economy as suppliers to enterprise organizations.For more information on getting started please visit us @ hireground.io (https://hireground.io/) today!If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts.Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/breaking-barriers-building-a-hire-ground/id1541881661) | TuneIn (https://tunein.com/podcasts/Business--Economics-Podcasts/Breaking-Barriers-p1385640/) | GooglePlay (https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9icmVha2luZ2JhcnJpZXJzcG9kY2FzdC5saWJzeW4uY29tL3Jzcw?sa=X&ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwjI0oOutKXtAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQDQ) | Stitcher (https://www.stitcher.com/show/breaking-barriers-2) | Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/5uUv6i2xAzFjgchtzvudTl)Be sure to share your favorite episodes on social media and join us on

    • 51 min
    Learning from Supplier Diversity in the U.K. with Mayank Shah, Founder of MSDUK

    Learning from Supplier Diversity in the U.K. with Mayank Shah, Founder of MSDUK

    Mayank Shah is the Founder & CEO of MSDUK, the UK’s leading supplier diversity organization. As an advocate for supplier diversity, MSDUK pushes for minority business inclusion in corporate supply chains. Mayank has championed supplier diversity over the last 20 years and has worked with over 125 international corporations and 1500 ethnic minority companies. They have delivered world-class events and various business development programs to help minority businesses be more competitive in their respective industries. Mayank joins us today to describe what MSDUK does for supplier diversity on a local and global scale. He shares the differences in how the UK and US define supplier diversity. He explains how an EU company can start a US-based business. He discusses the importance of having the numbers to support your business case on top of having a supplier diversity program. Mayank also reveals the one thing that can make supplier diversity professionals succeed. "It's good to have supplier diversity, but if you don't measure what you're doing, it's not going to be easy for you to make a strong business case for it." - Mayank Shah This week on Breaking Barriers: ●     The current state of supplier diversity in various countries●     The time Mayank met Magic Johnson●     Mayank's advice to those who want to start a company in the US but are based in the EU●     The importance of measuring your success●     What you need to have a supplier diversity mindset●     What Mayank noticed about companies who have supplier diversity programs●     The challenges involved in the certification process●     The difference in how the US and the UK handle supplier diversity●     The key to succeeding as a supplier diversity professional Resources Mentioned: ●     GSDA (https://www.gsda.global/) Connect with Mayank Shah: ●     MSDUK (https://www.msdukconference.co.uk/)●     Mayank Shah on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mayank1962/?originalSubdomain=uk) This podcast is brought to you by Hire Ground Hire Ground is a technology company whose mission is to bridge the wealth gap through access to procurement opportunities. Hire Ground is making the enterprise ecosystem more viable, profitable, and competitive by clearing the path for minority-led, women-led, LGBT-led, and veteran-led small businesses to contribute to the global economy as suppliers to enterprise organizations. For more information on getting started please visit us @ hireground.io (https://hireground.io/) today! If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts. Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/breaking-barriers-building-a-hire-ground/id1541881661) | TuneIn (https://tunein.com/podcasts/Business--Economics-Podcasts/Breaking-Barriers-p1385640/) | GooglePlay (https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9icmVha2luZ2JhcnJpZXJzcG9kY2FzdC5saWJzeW4uY29tL3Jzcw?sa=X&ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwjI0oOutKXtAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQDQ)

    • 44 min
    Construction Industry Diversity Leaders Mishaune Sawyer & Theresa Schroeder on Building Racial Equality

    Construction Industry Diversity Leaders Mishaune Sawyer & Theresa Schroeder on Building Racial Equality

    Mishaune Sawyer is the Senior Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager at JE Dunn Construction, a family and employee-owned commercial building contractor founded in 1924. She has over 20 years of professional experience and is an expert in the dive...

    • 49 min
    Leveraging Supplier Diversity to Support the Community with Darryl Lesure of Chick-Fil-A

    Leveraging Supplier Diversity to Support the Community with Darryl Lesure of Chick-Fil-A

    Darryl Lesure is the Senior Principal Lead at Chick-Fil-A Corporate, a family-owned and privately held restaurant chain with over 2,500 restaurants across 47 states and Canada. Chick-Fil-A is known for its customer service, being named in Newsweek’s...

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