Diversity Supplier Alliance is a woman owned partnership with expertise and knowledge in the world of supplier diversity procurement and contracting.
Michelle Burkart has devoted her career to building businesses whether they were her own, or for her clients. She began her career in Europe working with the Department of Defense in Germany. She returned to the United States where she cofounded her own enterprise, a large interior landscape design build contracting firm in the San Francisco Bay area which she later sold. She went on to become a Regional Vice President of a multi-location sales division for a Fortune 500 company located on the East Coast. She “retired” from that position and moved to San Diego to found a business advising firm TH!NKbusiness in
San Diego. It was during this time, that she was also
retained as a business consultant for the San Diego
Small Business Development Center whereby she worked with the supplier diversity and contracting certifications for minority owned businesses. She was hired by the San Diego & Imperial Regional SBDC Network in 2015 as the Program Coordinator for the LGBTBE Biz Builder certification program.
Her volunteer work with the Greater San Diego Business Association had provided experience in this area of LGBTBE supplier diversity certification which was started by the NGLCC in 2005. Her work with clients in her business advising firm honed her skills in developing strategies that were results oriented for the ongoing success of her businesses. As cofounder of the Diversity Supplier Alliance, she will again apply her creativity and business expertise to help clients “expand their opportunities”
Sue was formally the Chief Operating Officer of the Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA), the second largest LGBT chamber of commerce in the U.S. During Sue’s tenure at GSDBA, she has gained the experience of managing an entire organization including, customer service, creating budgets, accounting, marketing and technology. In her previous positions, she has experience that revolves around market researching, sales, web designing, graphic designing, corporate branding and advertising and business management.
Sue earned her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, where she majored in Visual Arts and Communications. She also has a Graphic Arts certificate from Platt College. Other certification includes computer technology certificates as a Microsoft Certified Professional, a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert and A+ CompTIA professional. Sue was previously the Board Chair of the Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation and has served on the Advisory Board of FilmOut San Diego. She was also a member of the Uptown Regional Bike Corridor Project Community Advisory Group.