COVID-19 Impact on a Major Corporation’s Supply Chain and Supplier Diversity Program

December 09, 2020
12:00 PM


Join ISM-Philadelphia’s Members on December 9, 2020 from 12noon – 1:00 p.m. for a special virtual overview by Comcast Supply Chain and Supplier Diversity Champions as they share their highlights and response on the impact to the company and its supply chain in response to the COVID19-Pandemic.

SPEAKERS: L. Jay Burks, Ph.D., Director – Supplier Diversity, Comcast 
Keith Sheeks, Executive Director, Procurement, Comcast
Christopher Robert, CPSM, CPSD, Director of Procurment Operations, Comcast NBCUniversal


L. Jay Burks, PhD, is the Director of Supplier Diversity at the Comcast Corporation where he is responsible for implementing policies and procedures to increase   opportunities for diverse-owned businesses in procurement. Prior to joining Comcast, he served as Executive Director of the State of Delaware’s Office of Supplier   Diversity where he helped develop executive orders and strategic plans to further the growth of supplier diversity in Delaware.

  Dr. Burks has a combined 20 plus years of experience in sales, marketing, entrepreneurship, supply chain management, procurement and general management.In addition to his professional experience he has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses for over 15 years as an adjunct professor in the traditional and online   environment. Dr. Burks is a board member for the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC), Delaware County Community College Educational Foundation Board and serves as a Corporate Advisory Board member for Disability:IN.

Dr. Burks received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College, a Master of Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and a PhD from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

  Keith Sheeks is the Executive Director of Procurement for Comcast & NBCU. Over his 16 year career with Comcast he has held positions of increasing levels of responsibility at both a divisional and corporate level. Keith’s areas of expertise include Negotiations, Logistics, Diversity Supplier Management, Capital Budgeting, Cost Controls, Bid Management, Inventory Control, Merger & Acquisitions, Process Improvement, and Team Development.  Keith holds a degree in economics from Salisbury University.



Christopher (Chris) Robert is the Director of Procurement Operations at Comcast NBCU. In his role he is responsible for managing operational procurement for NBC and Universal Studios while ensuring the appropriate processes and buy channels conform with the overall strategic sourcing plan.
His areas of expertise include strategic sourcing, operational excellence, supplier relationship management, and risk mitigation in the telecommunications, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries.

He has published multiple articles within Inside Supply Management® magazine and serves as the 1st Vice President for the Institute of Supplier Management (ISM)’s Philadelphia chapter. He earned his M.B.A. from Drexel University, his B.S. in Business Logistics from Pennsylvania State University, and his CPSM® and CPSD® certifications from ISM.


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