Lin of Starbucks wins award for leadership in diversity

Diane Lin

The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) honored Diane Lin, director of Global Sourcing and Supplier Relations for Starbucks Coffee Company, on May 21 for her outstanding commitment to supplier diversity and minority supplier development.

Along with seven others, Lin was recognized at a leadership gala at the Hilton New York Midtown.

More than 1,200 guests attended the black-tie event, including CEOs and executives of Fortune 500 corporations and Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American business owners from across the country.

Lin won the Catalyst Award, given to a corporate leader and change agent who actively engages internal and external peers in support of advancing business opportunities for minority suppliers in the global corporate supply chain.

Lin joined Starbucks in 2001. Under her leadership, Starbucks was named the 2011 Corporation of the Year by the Northwest Mountain MSDC. She was also selected to DiversityPlus magazine’s list of the Top 30 Champions of Diversity. (end)

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