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Meet Keya Grant, Supplier Diversity Lead, WestRock -- 2019 STEP Ahead Awards Honoree

  • 1.  Meet Keya Grant, Supplier Diversity Lead, WestRock -- 2019 STEP Ahead Awards Honoree

    Posted 03-26-2019 14:23
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    Keya Grant
    Supplier Diversity Lead
    WestRock Company

    "Manufacturing is a vast industry that offers many career paths. I work for a company that produces some of the most innovative products in the world. WestRock values my work, which therefore ignites a fire in me to be the best corporate citizen and focus on results."

    Keya Grant's responsibilities at WestRock include supplier diversity strategic planning and diversity sourcing and procurement. Additionally, her role requires her to provide and support education and outreach to WestRock's internal stakeholders, diversity councils and community groups. 

    Keya has made significant contributions since joining WestRock in 2016. For example, she has been instrumental in implementing a program requiring vendors to provide data on diversity spend related to their contracts with WestRock. She has also worked to expand the company's classifications of diverse suppliers to include LGBTQ suppliers and has arranged for the company to network with a broader range of suppliers. In 2013, Keya created The Connection Bureau, a boutique business development firm. As chief connection officer and CEO, she ensures that buyer companies leverage diverse suppliers. This not only helps both buyers and suppliers become stronger performers, but reduces barriers for entry and inclusion, and benefits the local community and economy as well.  

    Along with members of WestRock's procurement organization, Keya is currently leading the first state-sponsored business development program of its kind, the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection Program. This program works like a buddy system, where large companies are paired with smaller, emerging companies, offering mentoring and support for a period of one year.

    Keya often participates as a panelist and emcee for community organizations. For example, she has served as the lead for "SpeakEasy" sessions at the Greater Women's Business Council's "Power of Partnering" events and annual meetings. Keya has also moderated the "Making the Business Case for Minority Supplier Development" session at the National Minority Supplier Development Council's annual conference. In 2017, Keya was recognized by the Atlanta Tribune as one of its "Women to Watch"

    Victoria Vaccari
    Director, Women's Engagement
    The Manufacturing Institute
    Washington DC