Activating The Progressive Mindset: Holding Your Team to Higher Standards with Diverse Suppliers

Transforming Your Procurement Vision. That’s the theme of this year’s ProcureCon Direct Conference taking place August 14 – 15 in the exceptionally sunny La Jolla, California.

ProcureCon Direct is the sole “senior-level event dedicated to the unique challenges facing direct sourcing and procurement” in the nation and is preceded by 17 years of ProcureCon events.  Interactive by design and backed by months of market research and interviews, this conference engages C-suite execs in inclusive conversations about the top challenges faced by today’s procurement practitioners.

Our very own COO, Daryl Hammett, will be speaking with ConnXus client – Michelle Taylor, Cummins’ NAD Defense & Government Sales Director – on the topic of Advancing The Progressive Mindset: Holding Your Team to Higher Standards with Diverse Suppliers. Together, ConnXus and Cummins have leveraged the power of diversity procurement to increase global supply chain spend with diverse suppliers and leverage collaborative opportunities between Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers. The discussion will take place on Day Two,  Tuesday, August 15 from 12:00 – 12:20.

Be sure to stop by ConnXus Booth #17 during the networking breaks in the Solutions Zone for a one-on-one demo of how ConnXus continues to make supplier management simple with our international software solutions trusted by The Coca-Cola Company, Cummins, Facebook and Fortune 2000 companies.

About The Speakers


Daryl Hammett joined ConnXus as chief operations officer and co-owner in early 2014. He is a retired Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sears Optical, N.A., a licensed brand owned and operated by Luxottica Group. This $25.5 billion dollar publicly traded company also owns brands such as, Lenscrafters, Sunglass Hut, Pearle Vision, and Oakley.

In addition, Daryl founded the Peabody Executive Coaching and Performance Management Group in 2012 after 20 years of leading and coaching at the most senior executive levels in Fortune 500, Non-Profits, Start -Ups, Mid and Small organizations. His background consists of a combination of executive leadership in the healthcare, foodservice and retail industries. Daryl is a member of the prestigious Young President’s Organization (YPO), an international group of young CEOs and Presidents, and he is a board member for the March of Dimes Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky.

Michelle Taylor‘s most recent role prior to joining the DBU was Global Diversity Procurement Director for Cummins.  Michelle wasMichelle-Taylor-Pic-e1441908876978-242x300 responsible for managing more than $1.6B in diverse spend for Cummins global diversity procurement initiative. She led the global attainment of $1.6 billion in diverse spend for Cummins through benchmarking efforts, Tier 1/Tier 2 opportunities and collaboration with Cummins business units and area business organizations worldwide.  She also managed the inclusion of more than 12 global diverse categories within the Cummins supply chain including small business categories supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Michelle led Cummins induction into the Billion Dollar Roundtable in August 2016.

Michelle joined Cummins in January, 2011 as the new International Warranty Support Manager within the Global Warranty Administration.  Michelle was responsible for developing long term global strategies within the Engine Business Unit’s international warranty business.

Michelle holds a B.S. degree in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University and an M.S. in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is certified in Lean Manufacturing Systems from the University of Kentucky Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems and a Certified Diversity Executive from the Institute for Diversity. Michelle’s career stems from the automotive industry where she was employed with Ford Motor Company and Delco Remy International.  Michelle owned and operated a distribution company as an M/WBE for 7 years to auto, utility services and government entities.  Michelle received the 2014 & 2015 Top 25 Women in Diversity designation and several Corporation of the Year awards for supplier diversity in the U.S. and abroad, New Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Indianapolis Black Chamber of Commerce, the 2007 Achievement in Entrepreneurship Award from the Center for Leadership Development and the 2007 Starkey Entrepreneurial Woman-1st Runner-Up Award.

Michelle enjoys reading, exercise and participating as a community volunteer.