Global Tier 2 Efforts & Best Practices

Global Tier 2 Efforts & Best Practices

Thursday, June 27
11:25 AM - 12:05 PM

Presented by WEConnect International

Hear from seasoned supplier diversity and procurement professionals as they share best practices on developing and growing a successful and sustainable global Tier 2 effort. Participants will gain valuable information about the identification, training, and engagement of prime suppliers, as well as tracking, measurement, and impact through global Tier 2 efforts.


Ana M. Guevara, Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Field Operations


The Honorable Ana M. Guevara was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Field Operations at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) in January 2019.  She oversees approximately 275 trade professionals based in more than 100 U.S. cities, focused on assisting U.S. businesses to export their goods and services to foreign markets. 

Ms. Guevara is a respected leader in both the public and private sectors, with extensive experience in international trade and development.  Previously, she served at the US Agency for International Development as the Senior Advisor for Trade and Economic Growth; at the World Bank as the US representative on the Board of Directors; and at ITA as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries.  Ms. Guevara has also served at two Fortune 50 companies as a Vice President.  She received her B.A. in public and international affairs from the George Washington University.

Megan Stowe, Greater European Region Strategic Sourcing Director & International Supplier Diversity Manager at Intel Corporation


Megan has been at Intel for 20 years working in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK during this time. She has predominantly held global positions, setting global procurement and Supply chain sustainability strategies, performance metrics and managing global teams (LAR, NA, APAC and EMEA) She has worked and lived in Asia Pacific (10 years) and EMEA (10 years).

Currently, Megan looks across the indirect services/procurement supply chain working with the different verticals (sales & marketing, HR, travel, IT, Logistics etc.) within the EMEA Region working with her team on implementing global strategies locally and driving local strategies where it is needed. In addition to this she is managing the International Supplier Diversity& Inclusion program which has a key focus on Women owned business in our supply chain.

Megan is a board member of the WEConnect International, along with the Chair & Director of the European WEConnect Advisory board and co-chairs the WISE Young Women’s Board. She works closely with schools and universities ensuring STEM is promoted to girls. Megan’s passion is to promote the education and empowerment of Women and girls especially around the STEM and business areas. She graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa with a MD Psychiatry/Sports medicine. Prior to Intel she worked for Warner Lambert Park Davis & Caltex Head office in Cape Town.

Michael K. Robinson, Program Director, Global Supplier Diversity, IBM


Michael K. Robinson is Program Director, Global Supplier Diversity for IBM’s Integrated Supply Chain. He is responsible for leading IBM’s supplier diversity initiatives worldwide.  In this role, Michael, and his team, focus on the utilization, development and mentoring of diverse suppliers who can provide value-add to IBM’s Supply Chain. 

Michael’s team is also responsible for IBM’s Supplier Connection initiative which provides small businesses access to large corporations. Under Michael’s leadership,  IBM has been recognized for numerous awards. IBM has spent in excess of $2Billion, 1st Tier, annually worldwide with diverse enterprises since 2006 and in excess of $1B, 1st Tier, annually with diverse enterprises in the U.S. since 2000. Michael’s IBM experience has spanned various disciplines.

His previous positions include:  Manufacturing Manager, Procurement and Production Control Manager in Charlotte, NC; Distribution Manager in Boulder, CO; ECAT Site Procurement Manager in Charlotte, NC; Materials Manager in San Jose, CA; Business Services Council Chair in Charlotte, NC and Federal Procurement Manager in Bethesda, MD.  Michael serves on the following boards:  Clarke-Atlanta University Supply Chain Leadership Advisory Board, The Conference Board Council on Supplier Diversity, Minority Business News National Board of Advisors Committee, Women’s Business Enterprise (WBENC) Board, and WEConnect International Board Chair Emeritus. Michael attended the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia; received his BS from Cheyney University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his MBA from Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia.