06 Feb Kourey Hendryx-Bell, J.D, Manager of the City of St. Petersburg’s Office of Supplier Diversity
January 4th we were joined by Kourey Hendryx-Bell, J.D, Manager of the City of St. Petersburg’s Office of Supplier Diversity. She leads a dynamic team focused on championing change in procurement processes and policies centered around workforce development, wages, and small and diverse business communities. Armed with a background in interdisciplinary studies and law, she possesses a distinctive perspective that fuels her knowledge of process implementation, program development, and compliance.
Throughout her career, Kourey has been an advocate for enhancing opportunities and fostering an environment where small and diverse businesses are equipped to succeed. Her approach is characterized by a commitment to seeing the bigger picture, considering multiple perspectives, and pinpointing opportunities for improvement in processes and policies. Kourey is an advocate for diversity, actively engaging in outreach efforts, industry events and conferences to amplify the importance of supplier diversity.
In an ever-evolving business landscape, Kourey stands as an agent of change; she is driven by the belief that a diverse supplier base not only enriches the procurement process but also contributes to the overall success and sustainability of the organization. Kourey is dedicated to making a positive impact and creating a more inclusive future for the organization and the communities it serves.
Kourey earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from the University of South Florida and a law degree from Cooley Law School.
Kourey discussed the City’s new Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program. Designed to empower small businesses owned by minorities and women by offering support, resources, and a pathway to new business opportunities, the MWBE Program will create participation percentage requirements for City contracts utilizing minority-owned business enterprises and women-owned business enterprises, providing more opportunities for St. Pete’s diverse business community.