Michael Lucas and Garland Scarboro
Michael Lucas, an executive director of supplier diversity for GE Healthcare, and Garland Scarboro, manager of the office of diversity and inclusion at Delhaize America, share their passion for diversity, the challenges they face, and trends they foresee on the horizon.
Manager, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Delhaize America
spent seven years in auditing before making the switch to diversity and inclusion.
enjoyed attending diversity workshops, so the move made sense.
couldn't be happier.
gets to pursue a long-standing passion and shape diversity and inclusion policies that affect employees and vendors at Delhaize America
, which operates food chains.
The conglomerate has partnered with women- and minority-owned businesses like Pride Communications, Inc., a PR and marketing firm; FDY, Inc.
, a catering company; and Scott's Sauce Company, Inc.
, whose tangy barbecue sauce is sold at Food Lion grocery stores, a subsidiary of Delhaize America
The job Scarboro does is crucial these days, when hard economic times sometimes call for a heavy-handed approach to slashing budgets and cutting programs.
"I have to remind management not to forget small businesses," says Scarboro
been able to help a vendor who distributes an ethnic hair product celebrate its 20th year doing business with Delhaize America
and also identify new opportunities.
The new constraints mean Scarboro has to do more with less and work long hours-and he's
had to get creative.
"We use affinity groups for community relations, enrollment, and retention," says Scarboro
predicts diversity departments will see further consolidation, and perhaps even a monumental change.
"It was common for companies to have a person dedicated to managing diversity programs, but budget cuts have reduced department staff," says Scarboro