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Monday
Mar032014

Wells Fargo names Regina Edwards Head of Corporate Supplier Diversity

Regina Edwards San Francisco, Mar. 3, 2014 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today that Regina Edwards has been named head of Corporate Supplier Diversity for the company. Edwards will be based in Charlotte, N.C., and will report to Greg Schmid, head of Supply Chain Management at Wells Fargo.  

Edwards will lead Wells Fargo’s Supplier Diversity program, which works to develop and engage certified minority, women, disadvantaged and small business enterprises (MWDSBEs) to integrate them into the company’s sourcing and procurement processes. She will also work closely across the Wells Fargo enterprise to expand the company’s use of first- and second-tier diverse suppliers. 

“Diversity is a competitive advantage and a core value at Wells Fargo, and a diverse supply chain is critical to our success as a company,” said Schmid. “Regina’s years of experience as a leader in this field and her deep connections to the business community uniquely position her to further lead our company toward our supplier diversity goals.” 

Edwards joins Wells Fargo from Capital One Financial Corporation, where she held a leadership role in influencing supplier diversity strategy and was accountable for corporate real estate category sourcing. Prior to that, she served as Director of Global Supply Chain Compliance at MeadWestvaco, a global packaging and packaging solutions company. 

Edwards is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and earned her J.D. from North Carolina Central School of Law. She serves as a national board member for the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization, as well as an Advisory Board Member for the Clark Atlanta School of Supply Chain Management. She has received numerous awards for her leadership in supplier diversity, including honors from Minority Business News, DiversityInc. and DiversityPlus Magazine

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,000 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 264,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.  Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations.  Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.  Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com.

Wednesday
Feb262014

Think Like a Leader!

Dr. Madeline Ann LewisLeaders get things done and, on a certain level, it really is that simple.  It is impossible to be a leader if you don’t manage to set goals and then achieve those goals.  Establishing goals and then taking the steps necessary to see them through is about motivation.

There are many aspects to being an effective leader, such as leading by example, keeping promises, making good decisions and much more.  But at the heart of the issue, the real meat, is motivation.  Leading is about building and building is about consistency.  For consistency to take root, it is necessary to motivate.  In short, without motivation there really is no lasting or tangible leadership. 

Entire books are written on the idea of leadership, why leadership matters, how you can be a leader, are leaders born or made and all the rest.  Yet, choosing to be a leader and then making it happen, again, all comes down to motivation.  Followers look for other people to serve as their motivation beacon.  On the other hand, leaders choose to create paths and then move forward; this is how to think like a leader. 

Leader is always about doing.  If you want to think like a leader, start thinking about how to get things done. There is no doubt that the issue of leadership is complex one.  But at its core, it is this component of motivation that is so very important.  

Given the situation and the setting, certain leadership deficiencies can be dealt with.  Poor speaking skills, a lack of knowledge and even a lack of charisma can all be overcome in time with effort and training, but it is difficult to instill internal motivation if it simply doesn’t exist. 

The question you need to ask yourself if you want to be a leader is, “Am I internally motivated to achieve the goals that I have established?”  If the answer is no, that doesn’t mean that you are not a leader and that you will never have the internal motivation that you need to get things done.  What it does, however, is indicate that you may have chosen the wrong goals and path.  If this is the case, don’t worry.  Instead simply reassess and head forward to find a new path.  After all, that is what real leaders do. 

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Madeline Ann Lewis is the President/CEO of the Executive Women’s Success Institute (www.exwsi.com) in Maryland. She is a career strategist, speaker, trainer, consultant and the author of Finding Your Best Inside: How to Become the Person You Are Meant to Be and Playing from the Blue Tee: Women in the Federal Government. Reach her by e-mail at info@exwsi.com.

Wednesday
Feb262014

Developing Your Personal Brand and Professional Image

Dr. Madeline Ann LewisLarge multinational corporations spend a staggering amount of money every year in attempt to brand their products effectively. Sometimes these efforts go extremely well, for example, the branding campaigns of Coca-Cola. Occasionally, they do not go so well, such as New Coke. Yet, it is important to keep in mind that branding isn’t just for gigantic multi-national corporations. The bottom line that whether you realize it or not, you are making decisions about the most important brand in your life, you!

If you do not take steps to brand yourself and your image, then you are making the decision to do nothing. Your brand or image is how other people perceive you and think about you. This can be extraordinarily important in a variety of different ways. After all, most of the time perception is everything.

Making a great impression in business is quite often the difference between landing a new contract and/or landing that new job you really want. Making that impression usually comes down to proper and effective branding.

So where do you begin? First, it is critical to understand that you have a great deal of control over how others will ultimately perceive you. How you present or “brand” yourself is largely at your discretion. You may not be able to control every aspect of every single person’s perception of you. However, you can certainly do a lot to cultivate your image just as Coca-Cola and other large companies effectively do.

You need to give thought to how you wish to be perceived. Next you need to consider what is the right branding for your given career path and for your particular environment. Clearly, someone looking to become the lead singer in a band will want to brand a little differently than someone looking to become an investment banker!

Your brand isn’t a badge that you wear around to help people identify you- that would be a costume. Instead, a brand should be what makes you unique, different and a desirable commodity. Do this to perfection and the brand that you create will be a customized one that is right for you and no one else. This will, in turn, become a powerful tool for the promotion of you and your skills in the business world and beyond.

Dr. Madeline Ann Lewis is the President/CEO of the Executive Women’s Success Institute (www.exwsi.com) in Maryland. She is a career strategist, speaker, trainer, consultant and the author of Finding Your Best Inside: How to Become the Person You Are Meant to Be and Playing from the Blue Tee: Women in the Federal Government. Reach her by email at info@exwsi.com.

Tuesday
Feb252014

What Our Beautiful Black Faces Represent In America

Frederick Douglass:

Speech written and delivered by Andrew P. Brown, Jr. to the Congregation of Holy Spirit/Our Lady Help of Christians Church, (East Orange, NJ) in celebration of Black History Month. Presented:  Sunday, February 23, 2014.

When it is finally ours, this freedom, this liberty, this beautiful and terrible thing, needful to man as air; useable as the earth: when it belongs at last to our children, when it is truly instinct, brain matter, diastole, systole, reflex action; when it is finally won; when it is more than the gaudy mumbo-jumbo of politicians: this man, this Douglass, this former slave, this Negro beaten to his knees, exiled, visioning a world where none is lonely, none hunted, alien, this man, superb in love and logic; this man shall be remembered – oh, not with statues’ rhetoric, not with legends and poems and wreathes of bronze alone, but with the lives grown out of his life, the lives fleshing his dream of the  -  NEEDFUL  -  BEAUTIFUL THING.        (-By Robert Hayden) 

Title:  What Our Beautiful Black Faces Represent In America: 

The mere glimpse of our charming, elegant, multicolored black faces serves as a constant, vivid reminder of all the centuries during which all forms of inexhaustible, endlessly agonizing pain was inflicted on us. The suffering by humans of unspeakable horrific cruelties and crimes constantly haunts the heirs of those past injustices. The merciless beatings inflicted without warning or cause. We stand, as mystic figures possessing an enigmatic gene, which carries in it a relentless “will to survive against all odds whatever the cost.” 

We are the children, the grandchildren, the great and great-great suffering grandchildren of those whose bruised, battered and shackled bodies disembarked from those horrible, foreign, prison vessels, an unknown omen of future things to come some 250 years later.    (Although the use of African slaves on European ships began in the 1400’s, the first recorded arrival of slaves in North America was in 1502 and in America in 1619, 117 years later and in total for more than 400 years). 

As bad as that may seem, we also represent the strength and power of determination, conviction, hope and the courage to succeed and survive no matter what forces threaten or attempt to destroy us. 

We stand as complicated, mesmerizing figures possessing a relentless will power and determination to exist. Nowhere in history can you find people who look like us enduring so much misery and endless suppression for so long by so many. We survived while steadfastly maintaining a continual focus on our goals of complete freedom, dignity and equality despite the suffering and human cost from the horrendous torture of our ancestors, to the most recent deaths (murders) that we know of, involving two young, 17 year old, black men in Florida – Treyvon Martin and Jordan Davis –  ALL because they were  “UNAFRAID OF HAVING”  and “REFUSING TO GIVE UP” (SURRENDER)  their inalienable rights to freedom “of movement and choice,” when demanded to do so at the point of a gun. 

Please don’t think that the Civil Rights Struggle has been won, is over or does not now exist in this so-called “Post Racial America” just because, for a few Black Americans, things have gotten better. The reality around us shows us the “truth” that should not be denied or glossed over.

Within our time, the Civil Right Struggle stands as an etching, a horrific, endless, painful collage that depicts the worst brutality, depravity and misery in people. In our forgiving but not forgetting compassionate hearts, we remember it all. These cruelties inflicted by humans against their fellow humans were attempts to deny basic rights – to get a drink of water from a public water fountain, to vote for a public official, to get justice against wrongful acts through the court system, etc. Many here, in this church, took part in that struggle whether it was an active role or passive role – where conditions of discrimination were unknowingly forced on you. No one (in America) escaped the lasting scars and shame created by the Black Civil Rights Struggle. 

In today’s America, you may remember it. Those who were too young or not yet born have heard or will hear about it, read or will read about it, watched or will watch the various accounts through media magic. In some small or large part, each of us stand as beneficiaries to that resounding but fragile victory, that mental “tsunami” whose reverberations resounded in both the North and South Poles. That day –that magnificent, glorious day - when the universe held its breath - stood still and wept - while laughing hysterically- as it listened to the “Impossible” and the “Improbable” concede defeat to:  Frederick Douglass, Robert Smalls, John Brown, Harriet Tubman, Marcus Garvey, Marion Anderson, Paul Roberson, Emmett Till, Medgar Evers, Fanny Lou Hamer, Dr. Martin Luther King, Barbara Jordan, Malcolm X, Shirley Chisom, Justice Thurgood Marshall and, in the spirit of his personal suffering, Nelson Mandela, and so many – many more who got off THOSE SHIPS OF “NO RETURN.” For those who are here and those yet to come, it is because of YOUR ANCESTORS having the courage, the will, the nobility to sacrifice their lives, that we exist today in a world that can still see our STRONG, ELEGANT FACES. 

For on that bitterly cold, sun-kissed day in 2009, the twin cataclysmic forces of “ Improbability” (unreal, unheard of, inconceivable, not likely to happen or be true) and “Impossibility” (unthinkable, hopeless, unimaginable, that which cannot be or happen) collided with such deafening force that the earth rocked on its axes and slightly tilted more toward the Heavens because what had been wiped off the chart of human history, demolished from the mental Wish List of Time, by centuries of repeated physical and psychological subjugation, was happening. In the crystal clear resounding words – not of the cries from the stinging whips, or the sorrowful moans coming from slamming prison doors, or the ropes hanging across the boughs of large trembling oak trees while they were being quietly serenaded by the barely audible fading whispers of:  “Segregation today—Segregation tomorrow—Segregation forever--,” as its branches struggled to support the weight of our innocent forgotten ancestors. Instead, the heavens and earth were absorbed as they listened intensely to these ringing transformative words: 

I, Barrack Husain Obama, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” 

-      Speech written and delivered by Andrew P. Brown, Jr. to the Congregation of Holy Spirit/Our Lady Help of Christians Church, (East Orange, NJ) in celebration of Black History Month. Presented:  Sunday, February 23, 2014.

 

© Copyright 2014 by Andrew P. Brown, Jr.

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