CVS renews professional development program with RWU

IN A STATEMENT MONDAY, Roger Williams University announced CVS Health Corp. renewed its Executive Leadership Series for the fourth year. / PBN FILE ART
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY has announced that CVS Health Corp. renewed its Executive Leadership Series for its fourth year.

PROVIDENCE – The Executive Learning Series – a training program through the Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies’ Center for Workforce and Professional Development designed to develop finance, leadership and technology skills at CVS Health Corp. suppliers – has been renewed by the Woonsocket-based health care company per an announcement by the university Monday.

Now in its fourth year, the RWU CWPD-based program, known as the CVS Health Executive Learning Series for Diverse Suppliers, targets diverse business owners who are looking to expand their footprint.

“Collaborating closely, CVS Health and CWPD identified the gap in professional development for diverse suppliers and built a one-of-kind program that included both the core competencies that CVS Health values and the management skills that can help strengthen each participant’s business as a whole,” said Dawne Pezzuco, CWPD director, in a statement. “With this customization, CVS Health is able to strengthen its relationships with suppliers while also helping these small businesses flourish in their communities.”

A mix of online and classroom sessions – which include practical experience and networking – will focus on marketing, finance, budgeting, leadership, technology, communications and human resources.

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Launching on July 20 and concluding in October, 15 diverse suppliers will be chosen for the Executive Learning Series. The application deadline is June 8, more information can be found on the RWU website.

“At CVS Health, we recognize that working with large corporations can be challenging for small businesses that don’t always have a lot of resources,” said Raul Suarez-Rodriguez, a CVS Health supplier diversity manager, in a statement.

The Executive Learning Series is a cornerstone program in the company’s ongoing focus on supplier diversity, a commitment recently recognized by Billion Dollar Roundtable, a top-level corporate advocacy organization that promotes supply-chain diversity excellence, for reaching its goal of spending over $1 billion with diverse suppliers.

Suarez-Rodriguez continued in his remarks to call RWU “a valuable partner” in the company’s efforts to “deepen [its] partnerships with these small business owners and invest in their development by creating training opportunities that expand their capacity, skill level and growth potential.”

Coverage of the 2017 Executive Leadership Series can be read here.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.