, not because we were a diverse partner, but because we had the expertise and the strengths ConAgra was looking for to help them take their data center to the next generation," Goodwin
Though its name reflects an ambitious vision of international influence, Goodwin
says World Wide Technology
started out in 1990 with five employees and 4,000 square feet of office space.
Now boasting 2,300-plus employees, WWT
posted more than $5 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2012, according to Goodwin
It's one of the largest African American-owned companies in the U.S.
"We are truly worldwide now," Goodwin
"We support customers not only here in the United States, but also in places like Shanghai, Singapore, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the EU."
Before joining the staff, Goodwin spent three years doing diversity consulting work for WWT through his own Des Moines, Iowa-based business.
Because its initial focus was on government contracts, WWT
secured federal 8(a) certification.
Later, the firm was certified by NMSDC
and formed alliances with nearly all of that organization's regional councils.
has maintained its certified MBE status with NMSDC
"We graduated from the 8(a) program early because, quite frankly, we outgrew the program, in both revenue and number of employees," Goodwin
Diversity spending through the program has grown from $39 million with fifty-four suppliers in 2010 to $121 million with 206 suppliers in 2012, according to Goodwin
"We are big believers in paying it forward," Goodwin
"Angela is one of the more engaged and involved diversity managers I've worked with," Goodwin