Kathleen Castore, MA is a professional Supplier Diversity Leader and Advocate, most recently with Sanofi. Having over a decade of experience as the Head of Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, being responsible for the overall strategy to increase opportunities to buy locally, regionally, and nationally for North America to ensure a good source of supply/services while developing mutually profitable business relationships with small, minority, women, LGBT, disability and veteran/SDVOSB owned businesses to ensure their participation in the supply chain. Kathleen is a constant advocate for supplier development, mentoring and utilization of small and diverse business owners and considers economic inclusion along with sustainable growth the key driver for these communities success.
She has held numerous board and leadership positions with key organizations, such as, Disability:IN Procurement Council Co-Chair, NMSDC NY/NJ Board of Directors, Diversity Alliance for Science Board, National Veteran-Owned Business Association Board, ISM Supplier Diversity Pharma Forum Co-Chair. She has also been a contributor, moderator, panelist, developer and facilitator for various workshops and organizations on supplier training and development. She has received a number of awards for her work in these areas.
Castore & Company Consultants, a Supplier Diversity consulting firm founded by Kathleen provides services to small and diverse businesses, major corporations and non-profits. She is delighted to be the Supplier Diversity Mentoring & Development Consultant to help DOBEs and major corporations connect.