It is a very real and unfortunate circumstance in today’s economy that corporate and government buying entities all too rarely solicit goods and services from businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, and those in the LGBT community. The field of supplier diversity, however, provides programs to encourage a paradigm shift in this situation, and Scott A. Vowels, PhD, had the privilege of cofounding and moderating The BIGGER Discussion–an event in which minority business/small business advocates and economic leaders from across the country assembled to candidly debate the proverbial elephants in the room regarding the supplier diversity field.
Don’t Be Afraid to Call the Baby Ugly is Vowels’ answer to the hundreds of questions he receives from interested people wanting to learn more in order to make a positive difference. Experience the event’s creation and debate through his eyes, while also gaining critical personal commentary on the topics discussed.
As of this book’s writing, over thirty-two thousand people have viewed the first event’s discussion on YouTube, making it the most-viewed program on supplier diversity in the industry’s history. Read this entertaining and informative book and join the effort to change and support our wonderfully diverse economy.
Five Star Review on Amazon By Cheryl L.
This is a must read!!! A very interesting and thought provoking book. It has so many applications beyond just “supplier” diversity so I strongly encourage anyone who has an interest in the broader diversity discussion to read this book. I love how Dr. Scott Vowels is so open with the backstory on how The Bigger Discussion was created. So much is learned from this alone. The added bonus is the book is also very entertaining as Dr. Vowels brings out his unique personality throughout the book. This book will not disappoint.
About the Author
Scott A. Vowels, PhD, is a recognized thought leader and expert in the field of supplier diversity. He is currently the supplier diversity lead for a Fortune 100 technology company and is widely known within the network for successfully leading both the Northern California and Alabama Minority Supplier Development Councils to national prominence as president and CEO. Vowels also operated an opportunity center for the US Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency. His early career involved managing procurement and sourcing processes for manufacturing environments within General Motors. His experience comprises over twenty years in procurement and ten years in supplier diversity.
Vowels is a frequent speaker and panelist on minority business issues and the cofounder and moderator for the first The BIGGER Discussion industry panel on the “Future of Supplier Diversity.” He holds a doctorate and master’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree in economics, and is APP and CPM certified.