Director, Supply ChainCompany: Cargill
Role: Session Presenter
Natalie McGrady is a well-rounded strategic sourcing professional with expertise in Indirect Sourcing Process, Tools and Technology applications. She is a graduate of Hampton University and holds a degree in accounting. Today as director in Supply Chain, Natalie is leading Cargill Supplier Diversity efforts by working to bring sustainable, repeatable world-class processes to Cargill.
At Cargill, Natalie works with internal stakeholders to develop short- and long-term strategies related to growth, inclusion and advocacy for diverse suppliers. Part of her responsibilities is to manage key relationships with external sources that help to enhance Cargill’s program as well as engage with industry peers. Furthermore, she is partnering with Cargill Global Inclusion & Diversity teams to align workforce, community and supplier efforts.
Before joining Cargill and Supplier Diversity, Natalie worked for several companies leading sourcing and procurement categories and teams. She has led Indirect Sourcing at Corning, Inc., Pentair and Deluxe as well as worked in Sourcing Systems and Tools at Winn-Dixie Stores. With these companies, Natalie learned valuable lessons around strategy development, stakeholder management and leadership.
Externally, Natalie is currently on the National Minority Supplier Development Council on a national and regional basis. She is also secretary of the North Central Minority Supplier Diversity Council and co-chair of the Minnesota and Wisconsin based Corporate RoundTable, a group that leverages local diversity leaders for benchmarking and best-practice sharing. Natalie is active with the WeConnect International Corporate Membership Committee and is the chairwoman for Nexus Youth and Family Solutions Foundation, headquartered in Plymouth, Minn.