LEXINGTON, Ky, (May 12, 2023) — The University of Kentucky’s Supplier Diversity Manager Marilyn Clark has been appointed to the TriState Minority Supplier Development Council (TSMSDC) board of directors. The board is responsible for advancing the organization’s mission to certify, develop, connect and advocate for minority business enterprises.
Clark will serve on the regional council that includes Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.
“I am really delighted to be nominated and accepted to serve on the TriState Minority TSMSDC board of directors,” said Clark. “I think this is a critical period for minority businesses as we emerge from COVID. The program and services offered by TSMSDC are designed to level the playing field and give minority businesses a competitive advantage. I am glad to be engaged with regional and national thought leaders working together to advance minority business development here at home in Kentucky and across the country. It’s an honor to serve.”
TSMSDC is a regional council affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). As a national organization, NMSDC advocates for minority businesses across the country and does so at the national level.
“Collaboration is one of the keys to building a successful supplier diversity program,” said Barry Swanson, UK’s chief procurement officer. “Marilyn has worked tirelessly to build collaborative relationships in the community. These relations are of great value to our supplier diversity efforts at UK. I am very happy her work is being recognized by her selection to serve on the board of the TriState Minority Supplier Diversity Council. The honor is well deserved and she will serve them well.”
In addition to serving TSMSDC, Clark was also recently a recipient of the 2022 Impact of the Year Award.
The TriState Minority Supplier Development Council is one of 23 regional affiliate councils of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, with a regional office located in Louisville, Kentucky. The council ensures the development of mutually beneficial relationships between ethnic minority businesses and major corporations by promoting and expanding business and procurement opportunities as they strive to be the product and service of choice.
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