To better align our Supplier Diversity program with Ford’s Diversity & Inclusion program, spend with diverse companies in the following categories are recognized as part of the Supplier Diversity Program: Women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Native Alaskans, Canadian Aboriginal, LGBT People, Veterans, Disabled Veterans, People with Disabilities and Small Businesses.



Supporting and developing a diverse supply chain contributes to strong and sustainable businesses. Through advocacy and relationship building internally and externally, our efforts assist us in making a positive impact to our bottom line and within the communities where our suppliers operate.

Jim Hackett

Ford Motor Company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our employees, our customer base, dealer network and supply chain. Truly, there is such an advantage we have with our team and partners – diverse backgrounds and diversity of thought – and to me, there is nothing more important or influential to our success than diversity. As we evolve as a company to pursue leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions, we look for diverse suppliers to bring fresh ideas and perspectives that will help us produce smart vehicles for a smart world. Developing strong relationships with our supply chain, inclusive of diverse suppliers, will result in more innovative products, stronger communities and a better world.

Angela Henderson

Diversity & Inclusion permeates the core of our company – from the diversity of our product offerings and global workforce, to our strategic partners, supply base and dealers.  Rapidly changing technologies are creating incredible opportunities for growth with diverse suppliers who are able to identify and understand the traditional industry disruptors, grasp the concept of Diversity & Inclusion and develop a forward-looking strategy and plan. We remain committed to support, develop, grow and promote our diverse suppliers while expanding the economic impact and growth in the community for a more sustainable future.
Mentor Me is an exciting program for certified diverse businesses to advance and develop their business through Senior Corporate Executive mentoring.
Supplier Skills for Life is a program where industry experts will discuss hot topics and share tools to help diverse businesses grow and develop. The program will include videos, frequently asked questions, checklists and other quick single-point lessons on topics of interest.

We are happy to share with you that we are launching a new and improved Tier 2 diversity spend reporting system – UniTier.


JTF represents Ford’s commitment to Go Further and enhance the technical capability and sustainability of diverse suppliers through the access to intellectual assets.

Companies interested in doing business with Ford should complete our Supplier Registration Form.


Sept 11 – 12
NVBDC National Veteran Business Matchmaking Event
Motor City Casino, Detroit MI

This 2 day free event will be filled with educational resources and 1:1 matchmaking sessions and on the spot networking at exhibit tables.

Sept 16 – 18
USHCC National Convention
Philadelphia PA

The National Convention brings together Hispanic business owners, corporate executives and members of more than 200 local Hispanic chambers of commerce from across the country. It offers the opportunity to establish strategic long-lasting business partnerships, through dialogue, networking, workshops, and more.

Sept 24
Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference
Novi MI

The annual Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference addresses the needs of both aspiring and established business owners while delivering strategies for succeeding in a highly competitive market. The conference is attended by 1000+ women business enterprises (WBE’s), corporate procurement and supplier diversity professionals, government representatives and partner organizations.

Oct 9
MMSDC Annual ACE Awards
Novi MI

The MMSDC 35th Annual A.C.E. Awards celebrates the business relationships between major corporations and minority-owned firms. At this event, minority business enterprises (MBEs) are honored for their excellent service in the past year and corporate members are recognized for their commitment to minority supplier development and supporting minority-owned businesses through purchasing contracts and advocacy.

Oct 14 – 18
NMSDC Annual Conference
Austin TX

The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange is the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development. For four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations will convene in Austin, Texas, to re-energize their collective efforts to Certify > Develop > Connect > and Advocate for solid minority firms in the global corporate supply chain.

Dec 7
MHCC Hispanic Gala
MGM Casino, Detroit MI

The Annual Fiesta Hispana Gala has served as the Hispanic business community’s premier social event for nearly 30 years. Every year, Fiesta Hispana offers an extensive program featuring prestigious guest speakers, awards, dinner and dancing, and significant opportunities for sponsors to receive recognition and visibility to business decision makers that attend every year.


The Supplier Diversity Development Office, a group within Supply Chain Sustainability, is a part of the Purchasing organization of Ford Motor Company. This office administers the Supplier Diversity Development Program and works with many diverse and small businesses to promote economic development and sustainability.

Angela Henderson
Head of Supplier Diversity Development
Kathryn McIntyre
SDD Manager
Body Exterior, Chassis, FCSD
Stephanie Williams
SDD Manager
Indirect Purchasing
Tricia Tygesen
SDD Manager
Interior, Powertrain, Electrical
Cyndi Morrell
SDD Analyst