James Harris is Director, Diversity and Inclusion and Supplier Diversity with H-E-B. As director of diversity and inclusion, Harris develops policy, creates programming and sets the strategic direction for the company and the ten (10) regional diversity councils across the state. Additionally, they insure the company’s overall strategy is driven into the marketplace which creates an emotional connection to the brand. James leads the supplier diversity direction for the company. He creates, collaborates and connects local, small, minority, disabled and veteran business owners to the company procurement and sourcing process. He accomplishes this through building business networks across the state with various councils, chambers and advocacy agencies. This has led to the creation of new and differentiated goods and services for the company. In addition, it has provided job opportunities and economic impact to the communities H-E-B serves across the state. James serves as director and advisor on many boards and councils; Houston Minority Supplier Development Council’s: SDAC (Supplier Diversity Advisory Council) as Vice Chair, Texas Diversity Council Board of Directors, TrueBlue Inclusion National Member, FMI (Food Marketing Institute) Supplier Diversity Committee and Liaison to FMI’s Collaborative Committee, Houston Area Urban League, Texas NAACP; Corporate Advisory Council as Chair. Harris has received many awards and accolades, nationally and locally because of his business acumen and drive for results. He has the reputation of being approachable, charismatic, strategic thinker, advocator and passionate negotiator.
Barbara Jordan Endeavors held their 2017 Blue Carpet Awards Celebration at the Sheraton Brookhollow Hotel in Houston, Texas. With your help, BJE is able to provide scolarships for several of our unique students. In this video, reveal meet some of our honorary guest hosts.