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Holiday Sip & Celebrate

December 16, 2020
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Virtual Holiday Celebration

Join ISM-Philadelphia for a holiday sip and networking virtual gathering with Toastmaster and ISM Board Member Sharon Manker, M.Ed.   Sharon will lead the group through a special sharing as we sip and toast the year that we will all remember and share our wishes for 2021!       

Sharon Manker, M.Ed – National Supplier Diversity Coordinator, American Water Company and ISM-Philadelphia Board Member provides an hour of sipping with the Rose/Thorn Virtual Icebreaker for ISM Members to connect and celebrate the holiday season.

Each person shares a “thorn” (a woe), “rose” (a joy), and “bud”(something that you are looking forward).

THORN: a woe from the day
ROSE: a joy from the day
BUD: something that you are looking forward to

It is important to note that reflections should begin with a thorn, move into the rose, and end with a bud. The intention is to end with a happy memory and something to look forward to. It is also important to note that participants may have more than one rose to share, therefore, creating a bouquet. For our community, the prompts gave us permission to share more deeply about how we were feeling which inspired richer conversations.

Icebreakers are an important tool in this type of garden, our supply chain ecosystem.

Sharon Manker, M.Ed. is a Philadelphia native with nineteen years in Supply Management with focus on procurement, strategic sourcing, and supplier diversity and supplier development. She received the Bachelor of Science degree in Communications & Applied Technology from the Drexel University in 2014, and the Master of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University in 2017.

Sharon is currently the senior diversity program lead supporting American Water Works Service Company, Inc., its subsidiary and affiliated companies across seventeen operations. The diversity programs impact from 2019 has led to over $778.9 million in contributions to the US economy and sustained more than 4,690 jobs. Sharon has been with American Water for over 5 years and has held pervious roles as a Senior Buyer role for national categories prior to transitioning full-time to the Supplier Diversity Coordinator rotational position. In the role, she co-chaired American Water’s First Supplier Diversity Summit featured in two magazines: Diversity Professional Magazine article | DiversityPlus Magazine article. She was instrumental in American Water being named on WBENC’s  America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) award in 2019.

Sharon is an award-winning supplier diversity professional that is a results-driven visionary with a stellar record of success developing and operationalizing strategies and programs that engage and unite diverse missions and organizations. Sharon is also a member of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and serves on the Board of Directors for ISM-Philadelphia chairing the Supplier Diversity Committee. In her community, she serves on the Board of Directors for Healthy NewsWorks, a K-12 literacy and journalism non-profit, chairing the Diversity, Equity, an Inclusion (DEI) Committee. She is the vice-chair for the Women's Business Enterprise Center - East (WBEC-East) Women of Color Committee supporting women-owned businesses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.


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