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Coffee With Corporates: Q&A with Nedra Dickson of Accenture

Time for a coffee break? Take a few minutes to get to know Nedra Dickson, Global Supplier Inclusion & Sustainability Lead for Accenture.

What do you see as the coolest or most important trend in your industry?

Seeing innovative solutions and product development by women-owned businesses.

What education/training programs should women entrepreneurs make sure to learn more about?

Cyber-security is a must!

What piece of advice would you give to women entrepreneurs that want to do business with your corporation?

Do your research and be patient…understand what type of work Accenture is doing.

What drove you to a career in diversity and inclusion?

I worked in Sourcing and wanted to give a chance to more diverse businesses. And when I did – the businesses were amazing and innovative.

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?

Treat everyone with respect no matter what their level or job is.

What women inspire you?

Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, my sister and all women entrepreneurs!

How has being a WBENC Corporate Member helped your corporation and/or procurement department?

WBENC has created a visibility to our platform and ensured that we are aware of the incredible, capable women-owned businesses in the industry.

What are you reading or listening to now?

Becoming, Michelle Obama

What’s the best way to start your day?

Pray first thing in the morning and a good cup of coffee.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A lawyer

How do you unwind after a long workday?

If the weather is nice – sit on my outside deck and read.

What do you like about your work-space?

I work from home, so it’s very comfortable and neat.

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When I face a challenge, I… gather all the facts, listen to the problem, and find the best solution possible.

If I could go back in time, I would tell myself… it’s okay to not be the smartest person in the room – surround yourself with smart people.

The one thing I couldn’t live without is… my shoe closet (just kidding) … family and laughter.

Diversity and Inclusion inspires me because … diversity and inclusion is innovation.