Carla Preston of Ford Motor Company Selected as NMSDC Minority Supplier Development Leader of the Year

Carla Preston, Director of Supplier Diversity Development for Ford, was recognized for her leadership of the automaker’s supplier diversity initiative.


November 6, 2014 – The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC®) named Carla Preston of Ford Motor Company its Minority Supplier Development
Leader of the Year at a black-tie awards banquet on Wednesday, November 5, to cap its four-day Conference and Business Opportunity Fair in Orlando, Florida.

The award is presented to a supplier diversity professional at an NMSDC national corporate member company who has gone the extra mile to make a significant impact in the field of minority supplier development. Ms. Preston, director of supplier diversity development for the automaker, was recognized—in part—for achieving a record-breaking spend of $6.5 billion with certified minority business enterprises (MBEs) in 2013 – a 13.8% year-over-year improvement. In 2013, 21 of the companies certified MBEs had double-digit growth over 2012.

“Carla’s commitment to supplier diversity and supplier development is unmatched,” said NMSDC President Joset Wright-Lacy. “She has guided Ford’s supplier diversity team to new heights and helped solidify the company’s program as world-class in every way.” Under her leadership, Ford added 16 new, certified Tier 1 diverse suppliers to its network in 2013, six of whom were certified MBEs who accounted for $4.8 million in spend. Ford awarded $1.08 billion of incremental new business to diverse suppliers. She continued to spearhead efforts to improve methods to source suppliers and provide corporate-wide purchasing opportunities to ensure Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American businesses had the opportunity to bid competitively.


The National Minority Supplier Development Council advances business opportunities for certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connects them to its corporate members. One of the country’s leading corporate membership organizations, NMSDC was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.

The NMSDC Network includes a national office in New York and 24 affiliate councils across the country. There are 1,750 corporate members throughout the network, including America’s top publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The affiliate councils certify and match nearly 12,000 minority- owned businesses with member corporations that want to purchase their products, services and solutions.

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