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Owens & Minor to Host 9th Annual Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium on September 23-24, 2014
|By Business Wire
|July 23, 2014 04:30 PM EDT
& Minor, Inc. (NYSE-OMI) will host the 9th
Annual Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium on September 23-24,
2014, in Richmond, Virginia. This year’s symposium –“Educate,
Innovate, Connect – Defining Agility in the Healthcare Supply Chain”
– will draw leaders from women-, minority-, and veteran-owned
businesses, as well as healthcare industry professionals, from around
the country for panel discussions, workshops and networking. This year’s
keynote address will be given by Carla
Harris, Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, and
author of Expect to Win, Proven Strategies for Success from a Wall
Street Vet. By hosting the annual Healthcare Supplier Diversity
Symposium for nine consecutive years, Owens & Minor has achieved
distinction in the market for its commitment to supporting the
development of supplier diversity. Joining Owens & Minor as founding
sponsors of this annual event are the Capital
Region Minority Supplier Development Council (CRMSDC) (formerly
known as the Virginia Minority Supplier Diversity Council), the Healthcare
Supplier Diversity Alliance (HSDA), and the National
Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). This year’s event
will be held at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump located in
“Adapting to change requires agility and innovative thinking, and that
is what defines a successful enterprise in today’s rapidly changing
healthcare market,” said Craig R. Smith, chairman & chief executive
officer of Owens & Minor. “Through education and sharing ideas, we can
find new tactics to connect with our customers to efficiently serve
their needs in the market. For diversity businesses, the opportunities
in this changing environment are significant, and we will engage our
Symposium participants in a lively examination of the ways that we can
connect for personal and professional success.”
This year’s Symposium will begin with a reception and dinner on Tuesday,
September 23, 2014, featuring keynote speaker Carla
Harris. A published author and successful Wall Street veteran,
Harris was appointed by President Obama as Chair of the National Women’s
Business Council. She was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s
list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”,
U.S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011),
and Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2010),
among many other distinctions. Before joining Morgan Stanley in 1987,
Harris earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her
MBA from Harvard Business School. She serves as Chair of the Board of
the Morgan Stanley Foundation and sits on a variety of other community
service boards. An accomplished singer, Harris has released three gospel
On Wednesday, September 24, 2014, participants will engage in Symposium
workshops, panel discussions and networking. The event will also provide
formal and informal opportunities for leaders of businesses owned by
women, minorities, and veterans to network with leaders from major
healthcare systems, medical device and product manufacturers,
pharmaceutical firms, healthcare distributors, academia, policy makers,
At the opening night dinner on Tuesday, Owens & Minor will present the Earl
G. Reubel Award, named for the founder of Virginia-based Kerma
Medical Products, a noted minority-owned healthcare company, to honorees
in three categories:
An outstanding minority, woman, or veteran business enterprise (MWVBE)
supplier to the healthcare industry
A hospital or integrated delivery network (IDN) with demonstrated
commitment to and the highest dollar volume of purchases from
An individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in community
outreach and/or healthcare education that positively impacts community
health and wellness
Nominations must be made by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 1, 2014. To
review the awards criteria and make a nomination, visit the Earl
G. Reubel Award website.
In conjunction with the 9th Annual Healthcare Supplier
Diversity Symposium, the Richmond Region of Professional
Women in Healthcare (PWH) is sponsoring a luncheon on Tuesday,
September 23, 2014, at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump. To
register for the PWH event, visit www.mypwh.org.
For more information about the Symposium, please visit www.hsdsymposium.com.
Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI)
is a leading healthcare logistics company dedicated to Connecting the
World of Medical Products to the Point of CareTM
by providing vital supply chain services to healthcare providers and
manufacturers of healthcare products. Owens & Minor provides logistics
services across the spectrum of medical products from disposable medical
supplies to devices and implants. With logistics platforms strategically
located in the United States and Europe, Owens & Minor serves markets
where three quarters of global healthcare spending occurs. Owens &
Minor’s customers span the healthcare market from independent hospitals
to large integrated healthcare networks, as well as group purchasing
organizations, healthcare products manufacturers, and the federal
government. A FORTUNE 500 company, Owens & Minor is headquartered in
Richmond, Virginia, and has annualized revenues exceeding $9 billion.
For more information about Owens & Minor, visit the company website at www.owens-minor.com.
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