Transforming Equity in Supply Chain | Kristin Malek

Kristin Malek challenges us to rethink supplier diversity across industries. Kristin believes in championing diverse suppliers as a catalyst for innovation. She’ll share practical strategies for increasing supplier diversity and discuss the importance of creating a more equitable and inclusive value chain.

Key Takeaways:

Reframing Supplier Diversity: Discover how Kristin is reimagining supplier diversity initiatives to create more equitable and innovative solutions.

The Power of Purpose in Supplier Diversity: Discover how Kristin’s commitment to purpose-driven supplier diversity has led her to seek out solutions that not only diversify supply chains but also create a lasting positive impact.

Join us at TEDxLogan Circle 2024 to hear Kristin Malek’s powerful perspective on how supplier diversity can be a catalyst for innovation.

Share in two to three sentences what your talk is about.

I believe supplier diversity is not about expenditure targets but rather a productive strategy for partnering with an extensive network of the most creative, innovative, and competitive suppliers. This enables you to deliver the best solutions and experiences, including investments in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and bringing focus to growing equity and participation among disadvantaged and often overlooked businesses through supplier diversity efforts.

Based on your talk, what industries are you rethinking innovation?

Supply Chain, Procurement, Technology

Share two or three words that best describe who you are as a person.

Authentic, Dreamer, Courageous

Describe your feelings about the TEDxLogan Circle event.

My feeling can be described as thrilled, excited, and nervous! I have been a long time Tedx fan and subscriber. Instead of being on the sidelines, I will be on the field and am motivated to exceed expectations for myself, my family, my cohort and those that interact with my talk.

Who or what helps you stay grounded?

My daughter, Katelynn does. She wears her diagnosis on her face for all to see and habitually presumes incompetence, lack of intelligence, and is marginalized. Yet, her confidence in herself and courage to try new things and to try things that aren’t easy to her shines through that doubt. She's inspired, not intimidated.

Tell me about one of your favorite memories in Washington, D.C

Last fall, I took my teenage daughter to D.C. for a sightseeing trip as she embarked on U.S. History in the seventh grade classroom. We visited every monument and took a night tour of D.C. My favorite memory was reading quietly the words etched in stone, ceiling to floor, at the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, and then her turning to me and saying “wow, our country could use these words right now,” and I said, “Kendall - history tends to repeat itself.”

What is your favorite way to rest and unwind?

I love to cuddle with my girls in a quiet setting and the spontaneous conversations are the most fulfilling. Another way is to walk early in the morning. I am not a runner, but I love a good peaceful walk.

What does being an effective leader mean to you?

An effective leader is accountable, available, and aware of the business, people and environments.

How would you describe the D.C. culture and/or community?

I would describe the D.C. cultures as powerful, forward-thinking, early adopters and first movers. I would also describe them as welcoming and responsible for the country’s richest history of our time.

What advice would you share with others who want to innovate more?

My advice would be to start with what problem you are trying to solve first. Second, gain a perspective on what resources are available to you and what resources are needed. Third, my advice would be to collaborate with others as much as possible.


As a proponent of women in technology, she is involved with Tech Scale, an advocacy group for diversity in supply chain within tech and is an executive board member for SheTek, a non-profit in New York City focused on women and young girls participating in STEM.

She has been featured in Professional Woman Magazine, Diversity Professional Magazine, and Women’s Enterprise.

Malek is mother to two teen girls and fosters their curiosity, independence and education but most of all grit and a will to succeed.

Kristin Malek has been named one of the Top 15 Women in Power Impacting Diversity by Diversity Professional Magazine, one of New York City’s Most Responsible 100 by City & State NY, and a 40 under 40 New York Rising Star by City & State NY.

Join us at TEDxLogan Circle 2024 to hear Kristin Malek’s powerful perspective on how supplier diversity can be a catalyst for innovation.