The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr. to keynote DIR's 20th annual supplier diversity celebration in Detroit

BP2015.DIR.LunchHalfPager.FINALDiversity Information Resources (DIR) announces its 20th annual “Best Practices in Supplier Diversity Strategies and Initiatives” Seminar, August 18-20, 2015 in Detroit, MI featuring a luncheon with keynote speaker, The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., former U.S. Attorney General
DIR is pleased to announce its 20th annual “Best Practices in Supplier Diversity Strategies and Initiatives” seminar being held on August 18-20, 2015 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. In celebration, DIR will host a luncheon (tickets available) featuring long-time civil rights advocate Eric H. Holder, Jr., recently retired from his service as U.S. Attorney General, on August 19, 2015, also at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. Mr. Holder will speak to supplier diversity industry professionals and diverse-owned suppliers, many of whom continue to contribute to Detroit’s urban and economic renaissance.
DIR’s seminar is attended by Supplier Diversity Directors and Managers, Purchasing Managers and Buyers, SBLOs and others involved in implementing and evaluating supplier diversity initiatives. On August 18th, an in-depth SBLO training is returning by popular demand. August 19th and 20th highlights include a panel of industry and civic professionals addressing Detroit’s comeback, as well as sessions from world class supplier diversity professionals about:
• Effectively Managing Supplier Diversity Data
• Engaging Internal Champions: How to Recruit, Build and Secure Advocates
• Second Tier Reporting: What it looks like and why it’s important to your supply chain
• Growing Supplier Diversity in Collaboration with Strategic Sourcing Initiatives • Supplier Diversity in the Global Supply Chain + more
DIR will host a networking reception for seminar attendees with session speakers and DIR’s Board of Directors on Wednesday evening. Seminar registration and luncheon tickets are available online at
DIR’s vision is to be recognized as the leader in Supplier Diversity by providing global information resources that develop, influence and support supplier diversity growth. Its integrity rests in the quality of its data, the long-standing relationships it maintains with its client corporations and the professional education and support it provides to diverse suppliers.
About The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Before Holder served as the U.S. Attorney General, he was a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and a United States Attorney. He was senior legal advisor to Barack Obama during Obama’s presidential campaign. Holder is a staunch proponent of defending the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was reauthorized in 2006. He supports comprehensive immigration reform, and in 2011, he announced that the Department of Justice would no longer defend cases involving the Defense of Marriage Act in court. In 2014, Holder unveiled a new policy banning profiling on the basis of religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, and gender identity by federal law enforcement agencies.
About Diversity Information Resources (DIR)
Founded in 1968, DIR is a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. DIR advances supplier diversity initiatives through comprehensive, flexible solutions, superior technology, personal service and the proven expertise to help corporations build the best possible supplier diversity programs. DIR’s exceptional products (seminars and publications) and services support both corporations and suppliers, facilitating the advancement of corporate diversity as a whole. Contact Betsy Gabler, Marketing Manager or visit for more information.


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