Karmetria Burton has always been gregarious and loquacious, so much so that her family would offer to pay her to be quiet for five minutes. That didn’t work — because Karmetria loves to connect, and she always had plenty of questions.

 

 

Karmetria grew up around a family of entrepreneurs and worked in her dad’s business for about two years right after college (for room and board of course). After wowing a client on a sales call, she was recruited to work with their company — and her professional career began with a move from Houston to Omaha Nebraska. After a layoff years later at another company, Karmetria moved into the supplier diversity field, and has since won several awards and recognition for her leadership and expertise in the space. Today she is Director of Supplier Diversity at Delta Airlines, and shares with us what we need to know about supplier diversity as women entrepreneurs, why it’s important to register your business a woman-owned business, how she plans to spend one billion dollars with women and minority’s owned businesses, and how she’s empowering women to paint their lips red!

 

 

On this episode you’ll learn:

  • What is supplier diversity?
  • How does supplier diversity work.
  • How to get certified and what that means.
  • The benefits of registering your business.
  • How to think outside of the box when considering what your business may be able to offer.
  • Why it’s smart for women-owned businesses and solopreneurs to be aware of supplier diversity programs (and some important numbers you need to know).
  • The importance of being a scalable business.
  • How to know when your company is corporate-ready.
  • 3 top tips for companies interested in being part of a supplier diversity program.
  • How to get over the low points in your career.
  • How to rebrand yourself after a setback.
  • Why you should never let your title define you.
  • How Karmetria is empowering women with a great red lip.
  • And how she learned how to give up “I got it!”

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT DELTA’S SUPPLIER DIVERSITY PROGRAM at delta.com/supplierdiversity

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT KARMETRIA’S PAINT YOUR LIPS RED ORGANIZATION at paintyourlipsred.com.

 

FOLLOW KARMETRIA at…

Instagram@karmetriab

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Women Business Enterprise National Council

National Minority Supplier Development Council
Ruby Woo from Mac Cosmetics
Nars Cosmetics
Maybelline
Mac Red
BeLoved Atlanta
American Heart Association

American Cancer Society
HIV/AIDS Awareness

Kathryn Finney, Founder of Digital UnDivided, on the Support is Sexy podcast

 

 

 

 

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[Music: “Someone Else’s Memories” by Revolution Void ]