Supplier Diversity and Supply Chain Advisor
Glenda S. Thomas, a Supplier Diversity and Supply Chain Advisor for Innolect Inc., offers extensive experience in supply chain management contract management, supplier diversity, prime supplier engagement and implementation strategies. In her current role, Glenda is the Supplier Diversity Manager for Southern Company Electric Operations with responsibility for leading the supplier diversity initiatives for Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Mississippi Power & Southern Nuclear. As a key strategist in CRM, Prime Supplier engagement and supplier diversity best practices, she designs and curates programs to achieve client current and future business objectives.
Glenda’s community presence has expanded the reach of Supplier Diversity throughout the Southeast region of the U.S. as she strategizes with government agencies, nonprofits, funders, companies and suppliers. Her leadership effectiveness has been recognized by both utility and professional organizations. She received Edison Electric Institute - Supplier Diversity Executive Leadership Award for her innovative initiatives for small and diverse businesses.
With expertise in various industries, including roles in business analytics and operations, within the utility industry, Glenda has managed the supply chain activities for Nuclear Operations major projects including new nuclear construction and Power Delivery construction. In Transmission, Contract Management & Supplier Diversity, she’s provided compliance and process improvements, financial analysis as well as metrics to ensure Power Delivery suppliers are performing within contract specifications.
An advocate for all diverse suppliers and small businesses, she designed and implemented an impactful mentoring program to assist diverse suppliers navigate the complexities of business development, succession planning, innovation and utility best practices. Generous with her expertise, Glenda lends her talents to affiliations such as EEI’s Supplier Diversity Committee, American Association of Blacks in Energy; South Region Minority Supplier Development Council, Supplier Diversity Chair, World Games (2022) Birmingham, AL, Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC), National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) , Greater Women’s Business Council (GBWC), Technical Women in Georgia, Association of Utility Professionals and the National Contract Management Association. A few of her awards include Advocate of the Year Award & Board Co-chair for WBEC-South.
Glenda earned a BS degree in Accounting with a minor in Computer Science from Alabama A&M University as well as a Master of Science degree in Project Management from George Washington University. She is also Six Sigma Green & Black Belt certified.