Senior Program ManagerMr. Khoury is the Director of Small Business Programs & Supplier Diversity for Medtronic, responsible for developing and executing long-term supplier diversity strategy for the company. In his role, he takes a hands-on approach when working with sourcing and business leaders to ensure Medtronic benefits from a small and diverse-owned supply base. Additionally, Aron manages the Federal Small Business Subcontracting Program for the Enterprise. Before joining Medtronic is 2012, Aron held a supplier diversity role within the higher-education sector. Based in Minneapolis, Aron leads the Healthcare Industry Group of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, serves on the Healthcare Advisory Board of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Formally, he chaired the Certification Committee of the NCMSDC and served on the board of the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce. Aron earned a bachelors degree from the University of St. Thomas and a Masters from the Hubert H Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He currently resides in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and two young kids.
Jennifer Dodge is the Supplier Diversity Manager for Coloplast. She is responsible for developing and implementing a Supplier Diversity program for North America, as well as managing the Federal Small Business Subcontracting Program. Prior to joining Coloplast in 2020, Jennifer held Small Business/Supplier Diversity Manager positions with other Medical Device and Defense Contractors. Jennifer earned her Masters Degree in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University.
Kim GarberKim Garber has worked with Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) since 2006. The Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI), a non-profit organization established in 1987, is an outgrowth of then Congressman Les Aspin’s efforts to help Wisconsin businesses win federal contracts, especially defense contracts. WPI’s mission is to assist Wisconsin businesses in all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties to create, develop and grow their Federal, State and Local Government sales, revenues, profits and jobs. Kim Garber is Vice Chair of the Midwest Small Business Liaison Officers Group, which supports Large Prime Contractors with their supplier diversity goals. Also, a group member of NCMA and NDIA. WPI is an APEX Accelerator under management of the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), playing a critical role in the Department’s efforts to identify and engage with a wide range of businesses entering and participating in the defense supply-chain. The program provides the education and training that all businesses need to participate to become capable of participating in DOD and other government contracts.
Lillian Lowery is the Senior Program Manager Supplier Diversity GE Healthcare. She brings more than 15 years of healthcare diversity and research experience, growing and scaling programs in the public and non-profit sector. Lillian joins us from Henry Ford Health Systems located in Michigan where she led their supplier diversity program and chaired the Premier Group Purchasing Organization Supplier Diversity Committee. During her tenure there she developed a national award-winning strategic data-driven supplier diversity program. Prior to coming to Henry Ford Health she worked at the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) for 10 years, her leadership as the Vice-President of MBE Certification helped corporations reach the billion dollar roundtable and minority-owned businesses receive over $25 billion in contracts from corporations across the globe. Lillian holds a B.A. in Communications from University of Michigan. She currently serves as the secretary of the Council of Supplier Diversity Professionals (CSDP).