Major League Baseball (MLB) recently held its Supplier Diversity Summit via Zoom. The summit evolved from the MLB Diverse Business Partners Program, which was started in 1998 and is the longest-running program in sports.

The two-day summit included a panel called “Doing Business With Baseball,” which focused on engaging and establishing relationships with the league and its teams. It featured Seattle Mariners’ senior procurement director Norma Cantu, New York Mets’ purchasing agent Maverick Palabasan and Washington Nationals’ procurement director Jorge Fajardo. The trio shared their experiences and offered tips on how to navigate the challenges of operating a business during and after the pandemic.

There was also a workshop called “Do’s Don’ts and Shortcuts” that featured C-Suite Coach founder and CEO Angela Darrisaw. She discussed the state of the supply chain and offered tips for dealing with disruptions and communicating with clients. Darrisaw also highlighted the importance of data in business forecasting.

According to MLB Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Justin Reyes, the league’s Supplier Diversity Program seeks to grow baseball’s business while extending the sport’s ability to contribute to the economic growth, strength and well-being of diverse communities.

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