Michael K. Robinson

Award-Winning Global DEI, ESG and Supply Chain Expert


Welcome and Thank You!

I am humbled and overwhelmed by the many messages and well wishes I’ve received since publicly announcing my decision to retire.  It was a difficult decision for me to make because of the many wonderful people I’ve met throughout my career and the many dedicated people I’ve worked with to drive impact.  Thank you for all you do!

I am looking forward to waking up without daily meeting schedules, and taking more time to enjoy our grandchild.  But I have been humbled by the many requests I’ve received asking me to consider board service, consulting opportunities, etc.  So I decided to create this webpage to keep in touch with you.  Although I can’t commit to everything, I do commit to thoroughly reviewing and considering each opportunity.  My network is vast, so if the opportunity is not right for me, I can likely recommend others who may be a good fit.  Again, thank you.  I am truly honored and appreciative, and I wish you continued success.



About michael

Michael K. Robinson is the former Program Director, Global Supplier Diversity for IBM’s Integrated Supply Chain. In his last role, he was responsible for leading IBM’s supplier diversity initiatives worldwide. Michael, and his team focused on the utilization, development and mentoring of diverse suppliers who provided value-add to IBM’s Supply Chain.

Under Michael’s leadership, IBM rose to become the global benchmark for supplier diversity. Prior to Michael’s tenure the company had never won a major corporation of the year award. Michael designed and implemented solid, results-driven processes and IBM was recognized with numerous awards; a sampling of these awards are: Corporation of the Year by the NMSDC (4x), one of the Top Corporations by WBENC (16x), USBLN Corporation of the Year (2x), NGLCC Corporation of the Year (2x), Apex Award by NGLCC and HRI, the Francis Perkins Van Guard Award by the SBA., In addition to these domestic awards, IBM was recognized as the Top Global Diversity program by WEConnect International and Corporation of the Year by MSD UK and MSD China. 

These domestic and international awards are just a sampling of the numerous accolades IBM received under Michael’s leadership.  IBM has spent in excess of $2Billion, 1st Tier, annually worldwide with diverse enterprises since 2006 and in excess of $1B, 1st Tier, annually with diverse enterprises in the U.S. since 2000.

Michael’s IBM experience has spanned various disciplines. His previous positions include: Manufacturing Manager, Procurement and Production Control Manager in Charlotte, NC; Distribution Manager in Boulder, CO; ECAT Site Procurement Manager in Charlotte, NC; Materials Manager in San Jose, CA; Business Services Council Chair in Charlotte, NC and Federal Procurement Manager in Bethesda, MD.

Michael attended the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia; received his BS from Cheyney University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his MBA from Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia.

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AREAS OF Expertise

I am grateful for a career that has spanned engineering, global supply chain, procurement and diversity, equity and inclusion expertise.  My future interests include opportunities for me to leverage my experiences and network via…

Board service

SD program strategy and development, including global program design and development

DEI speaker

Business strategy and development

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