I just left another amazing event featuring my one of my final Ladies Making History this month, Karmetria Burton. We recently met through one of my life-long friends/colleagues, who happens to be her nephew. I can hardly believe I had not crossed paths with this phenomenal beauty prior to this year; but timing is certainly everything. Along with making a new and powerful personal connection, we are now bringing her in to build a commanding platform for her personal, corporate and philanthropic brands as a new member of our Envision Global Corporation family!
Karmetria is a business savvy and strong business acumen professional with over 10 years of experience with Fortune 500 Companies. She currently serves as General Manager-Strategic Programs- Supply Chain Management with Delta Airlines, where she is responsible for reporting and analysis, supplier performance, sustainability, supplier diversity and B2B supply chain sourcing.
Karmetria approaches the position with a broad perspective having been a minority business owner herself. Her ultimate goal is to develop a quality Best-In-Class Supplier Diversity program that makes Delta an industry leader. The first step was implementing the Supplier Diversity Champions program, which raises in-house awareness of the importance of the supplier diversity strategy. She also established the Individual Procurement Meetings, at which qualified diverse suppliers are strategically introduced into the procurement process. The on-boarding process has enabled Delta to procure business from several of the most innovative, competent and competitive MWBEs. Recently, Delta also instituted the Best Practices Business Series, which focuses on supplier diversity and procurement best practices.
Delta was awarded the 2011 George Lottier Rising Star Award and the Executive of the Year award by the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC). Karmetria’s efforts have been recognized by the Greater Women’s Business Council (GWBC) as the Advocate of the Year. In the past, she earned the 2005 Trailblazer Award presented by the Black Business Professionals and Entrepreneurs. The awards represent her extraordinary efforts to develop women and minority business owners.
Providing expertise in implementation and managing diversity management initiatives,including managing external affairs; problem resolution management, event planning, community relations, supplier diversity procurement, employee relations and retention, project management and training are many of the daily duties Karmetria oversees. She boasts a proven success in motivating, leading, directing people and influencing teams and her strengths lie in strong presentation and communication skills, with an innate ability to articulate results to a variety of audiences. Her higher education instructional experience includes teaching business and diversity related courses at Ga. State, Kennesaw State, Shorter College, Strayer University and Monroe Community College.
A prolific corporate presenter and inspirational speaker, Karmetria holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Southern University-Baton Rouge, La., and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska. Mrs. Burton has instructed business, procurement and diversity related courses at Kennesaw State University as well as Shorter College, Strayer University, Georgia State University and Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y. Karmetria is currently a PhD candidate at Argosy University-Atlanta.
Look out for her at your next high school, college, non-profit, corporate and faith-based events!
I was fortunate enough to grab a moment with Karmetria after her presentation How To Do Business With A Fortune 100 Company today, and below is a video of what/who inspires her, as well as how she sees her legacy…cheers, Karmetria!
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