Vowels currently manages the Supplier Diversity Business Unit for Apple where
the team has elevated the company’s utilization of diverse suppliers year over
year to achieve more than $1B in verifiable spend in 2016, earning Apple a seat
on the prestigious Billion Dollar Roundtable. Scott is also widely known within
the Diversity & Inclusion network for his trail blazing work around the
Economic Impact of small business and supplier diversity.
first made a name for himself by successfully leading both the Northern
California and Alabama Minority Supplier Development Councils to national
prominence as President & CEO. While leading the Alabama Council, he
simultaneously operated a federal Minority Business Opportunity Center for the
U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency. Early in his
career, Scott managed procurement and sourcing processes for manufacturing
environments within General Motors and has over 30 combined years of
procurement and supplier diversity experience.
demand as a speaker and panelist on issues involving women, minority, LGBTQ and
small businesses, he is the co-founder and moderator of The Bigger Discussion
video series on the Future of Supplier
Diversity which collectively, has amassed over 70,000 You Tube views,
making it the most watched supplier diversity series on record. Scott
is a two-time Amazon best selling author with his first bookDon’t Be Afraid to Call the Baby
Ugly, published in 2014 and his most recent Hacking Supplier Diversity,
which currently sits atop Amazon in both the Supplier Diversity and Minority
appeared numerous times among the 100 Most Influential in Supplier Diversity by
both MBN USA and WE USA Magazines. In addition to his published works, he has
authored several articles and white papers underThe Institute for Thought Diversity,
a diversity and inclusion Think Tank he established and leads with industry
associates. He holds master's degrees in Business Administration and
Economics, and a PhD in Business Administration. Before entering the
corporate workforce, Vowels was on an entirely different career path and
traveled extensively as a world-ranked professional tennis player. He
still counts travel among his greatest passions, but when he's not on the road,
Scott calls Oakland, California, home.
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