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The Inaugural Blacks in Technology Conference, instantly tagged as BITCON2018, is a 3-day interactive platform for professionals, entrepreneurs, influencers, subject matter experts, students, and thought leaders who share a common goal... increasing the visibility and representation of black men and women in the tech industry.  As we seek to further our mission of establishing a practice of world class excellence, BIT has crafted a stimulating and engaging program that intertwines and encompasses the Twin Cities educational, business, political and tech communities. Utilizing forums such as tech exhibits, career fairs, pitch competitions, networking parties, city innovation tours, lightning talks, and panel discussions, BIT invites you to redefine your career in tech…
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John Taylor

Medtronic
Director, Supplier Diversity
Minneapolis, MN
As director of Supplier Diversity, I am responsible for increasing alignment and coordinating Supplier Diversity & Federal Small Business Subcontracting Program goals, with our Business Units and Functions. I work closely with the Global Supply Management Team (GSM) & Procurement colleagues as we seek new sources of supplies or services. These suppliers include businesses that are woman-owned, minority-owned, veteran, disabled, service-disabled, LGBT, small and HUB Zone businesses. My focus includes developing and administering strategies that compliment and parallel the GSM initiative. I also represent Medtronic, with local and national advocacy organizations.