Accomplished Supply Chain professional with over 25 years of experience that includes accounting, operations, logistics, consulting, e-procurement and strategic sourcing. Maria has spent her career leading and developing people, managing successful cross functional teams, building relationships and getting excellent results that improve profitability. She has multiple industry experience in food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, technology, and retail and has breadth of sourcing knowledge and best practice experience that she has leveraged throughout her career. Her international sourcing experience has allowed her to travel the globe working with diverse teams and supply chain partners.
She is currently following her passion and leveraging her experience by providing training, development and support to minority business owners and corporation who look to do business with them. She is able to leverage this experience as the new Vice President of NMSDC Academy which provides programming, development and services for minority business owners, corporate procurement and supplier diversity professionals. The Academy will also serve as the hub for best practices and research in the supplier development and diversity space.
Her previous experience includes executive supply chain and procurement leadership roles for large fortune 500 companies: Sysco Foods, Zales, Walmart, LBrands and PepsiCo. She has also had entrepreneurial experience as a founding member and Director of Mindflow Technologies a minority owned software company offering strategic sourcing management software. This company was sold to Emptoris who was later acquired by IBM.
Maria earned her Bachelor of Science and MBA from the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. She volunteers for a number of charities that support women, is a 25-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and a member of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) a professional organization for sourcing and procurement practitioners. She has earned numerous awards and recognition for her work in developing minority and women owned businesses and has served on a number of nonprofit boards.