November 24, 2014

GNEMSDC 4th Quarterly Meeting 
We are very excited that our  4th Quarterly Meeting 
will be hosted by Roxbury Technology. The host will be sharing their inspiring success stories on how they developed their company. Additionally we have invited Wynn Resorts, Penn National Gaming and MGM Springfield to present upcoming opportunities for MBEs.  
Dr. Fred McKinney, GNEMSDC Board Chair and MBEIC Chair will update you about the council's service for the last quarter of the year and share next year's initiative. There will be a Holiday Business CardExchange following right after the meeting. 
The 4th Quarterly Meeting & Holiday Business Card Exchange will be held on December 5th at 1:00 PM at the Endicott Estate in Dedham, MA. Please click here to RSVP. 
Upcoming Events 
There are several events coming up on our calendar that are designed specifically for MBEs to learn about corporate opportunities.  We know how busy everyone's schedule is, but these are events often hosted by our corporate members with the expressed purpose of finding out more about you and your business with the ultimate aim, to make you a valuable supplier to their companies.  Here are some events you should consider: 
  • November 24 & 25, 2014 - Fusco Prequalification & Outreach event. For more informationclick here 
  • December 2, 2014 - MBE Pre-Certification Webinar at 2:00 pm. Click here to RSVP.
  • December 2, 2014 - University of Connecticut, Skansl 
  • December 5, 2014 - GNEMSDC Quarterly Meeting to be held at the Endicott Estate, Dedham MA. To RSVP click here.
  • December 9, 2014 - GNEMSDC Business Holiday Cheer, accompanied by business card exchange and more exciting news from Prince Lobel, 6:00 pm, Prince Lobel Tye, Boston, MA.  For more information and to RSVP click here
  • December 18, 2014 - MBE Orientation, GNEMSDC Boston Office at 9:00 am RSVP.
Introducing New Corporate Member:   PerkinElmer
PerkinElmer is a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment. Their dedicated team of 7,600 employees worldwide are passionate about providing customers with an unmatched experience as they help solve critical issues in human and environmental health.  
The innovative detection, imaging, informatics and service capabilities, combined with deep market knowledge and expertise, enable customers to transform data into insights - accelerating science to better protect our environment, our food supply and the health of our families. 
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Corporate Member of the Week:   Northeast Utilities
Northeast Utilities operates New England's largest utility system serving more than 3.6 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. 
Northeast Utilities is dedicated to this region, as well as the people, energy and technology so vital to its security, stability and economic strength.
Our Mission
The tenets of our company mission are already embedded in the work we do every day: 
"One company, focused on delivering reliable energy and superior customer service." 
To accomplish that mission, "We will meet the highest expectations of customers, shareholders and regulators by working safely, providing reliable service and timely, accurate information and demonstrating inclusive, respectful, honest and ethical behavior."
The aspirational goal of our mission is: "To be the region's most respected energy provider."

Supplier Diversity
The energy business is undergoing rapid change and growth opportunities abound. As Northeast Utilities becomes the leading regional provider of energy products and services, we know that one key to our success is to surround ourselves with a supplier base that is diverse and willing to share in our vision. If your business is 51% owned by one or more ethnic minorities, women, veterans, disabled veterans, or an Indian Tribe, an Alaskan Native Corporation or is certified as a HUB Zone business enterprise we want to hear from you!
We partner with diverse businesses for several important reasons. They furnish Northeast Utilities with outstanding products and services at competitive prices - enhancing corporate cost-reduction initiates. Working with diverse firms also reflects the company's diverse customer base. Diversity is the key to providing equal procurement opportunity for everyone.
Diversity is part of Northeast Utilities' core values: demonstrating respect and care for every individual, being environmental and socially responsible, and committing to a diverse work force. When we all understand the value of diversity, we can truly work as a team to achieve our goals.
"It's not only the smart thing to do, it's the right thing to do".
To learn more about Supplier Diversity Program and procurement opportunities at Northeast Utilities, please visit
MBE of the Week:   Vintage Legal, LLC
Vintage Legal LLC 

Vintage Legal works on retained searches for Law Firm Partners and senior level attorney positions, including Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel Positions. We partner with our clients to recruit the most qualified candidates based on expertise, corporate culture and the company's strategic goals.

Retained searches are headed by Karen Anderson, who offers over 17 years of industry experience. With a track record of placing General Counsels, Law Firm Partners and Chief Compliance Officers. The firm is able to share in Karen's vast experience and extensive data to ensure success.

Vintage Legal is a member of the International Association for Corporate & Professional Recruitment (IACPR), an organization focused on retained searches and executive level talent acquisition and retention.
For more information on our retained search capabilities, please contact Karen Anderson, President  
Fantastic 6th Annual Supplier Diversity Best Practices Forum
This past Thursday, we had a phenomenal Best Practices Forum at Fenway Park.  I want to thank all of the speakers, panelists, volunteers, sponsors and particularly the Boston Red Sox for allowing us once again to use the historic Fenway Park as our venue.  Marquis Miller of the NMSDC did an outstanding job describing not only the best practices in corporate suppler diversity, but describing what he called the "next practices".

Here is a link to the photos (taken by Tom Ficklin) for the event.  We look forward o next November.  But this one will be hard to top. Look forward to seeing you next year.

 November MBE Orientation Participants
Special thanks to Board Members Jay Sheldon, Pitney Bowes and Ronald Williams, President of W & R, LLC for presenting  at the November 17, 2014 MBE Orientation.
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Massachusetts Diversity Coalition Formed
The GNEMSDC, the Boston MBDA Business Center along with the Center for Women Enterprises, the Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce and others have created the Massachusetts Diversity Coalition.  These advocacy and business development organizations first came together to promote the utilization of MBEs, WBEs and VBEs in the gaming industry.  We have since expanded our focus to include all public and private sector developments.
Warren Bacon, the Project Director for the Boston MBDA Center is the Chairman of the Coalition.  For more information, visit our new blog,
 And Finally...
 Lately I have been obsessed with a quote from Aristotle:
"Excellence is never an accident.  It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution.  It represents the wise choice from many alternatives - Choice not chance determines your destiny.."
Is this not what we are all about or should be all about?  MBEs must be excellent.  Corporations must be excellent, and both must have high intention, sincere effort and intelligent execution.  I think it is without argument that without these ingredients, neither will be successful or sustainable. 
The quote goes on to bring up the importance of wise choices.  We are all human, so we sometimes make bad choices. Success requires we keep these to a minimum by engaging in the attempt to understand the environment that we seek to master and relying on our experiences and the experiences of others.  Science is the study of cause and effect.  Business is art and science. We must understand the science of business if we are to master the art of business. 
While we have all had our random good luck and bad luck, luck can never be the basis of a strategy.  It is choice that ultimately determines our destiny.  I believe this no matter what your circumstances. While you might not believe you have chosen where you are at this moment in time, it is undeniable, that you can choose to change things.  No one said it would easy - "life for me ain't been no crystal staircase" (Langston Hughes).  But through it all, excellence and the pursuit of excellence is what we must be about.  It will be excellence that will determine your success.  It is up to you to choose.

In your service,

Dr. Fred