Raul Suarez-Rodriguez (Moderator)Associate Director, Economic Inclusion and Supplier Diversity
Session: Corporate Supplier Diversity: What Great Really Looks Like
Raul Suarez-Rodriguez currently serves as Associate Director, Economic Inclusion and Supplier Diversity at Merck. In this role, Raul is responsible to drive diverse supplier inclusion, innovation and economic growth through lens of the company mission by partnering with internal business leaders and external advocacy groups to grow mutual value, and create a lasting impact on the business and communities where we live and work.
Most recently, Raul was Supplier Diversity Manager for CVS Health, where he led CVS Health Supplier Diversity Program to Best In Class by being inducted into the Billion Dollar Roundtable and winning several top awards including National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Corporation of the Year for Innovation, DiversityInc Top Companies (No.10) for Supplier Diversity, and Americas Top Corporation for Women Business Enterprises.
Raul is recognized for his creative and innovative thinking and transformation efforts in Supplier Diversity. Most recently, he was recognized as the Supply Chain Advocate of the Year by Disability: IN for his work around Disability Owned Business Enterprises where he serves as the Procurement Council Co-Chair. Also, the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC) recognized Raul as Advocate of the Year and Shining Star. Raul co-led the Retail Industry Group (RIG) driving change and strategy while advocating for diverse businesses to become strategic partners in the global economy for major retail companies.
Raul holds a Master in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership, and a Bachelors Degree from Nova Southeastern University.