Council memo regarding Stream Gift Card email spoof

Dear Stakeholders,

Memo Purpose:  This memo is intended to inform you about a very recent hack which has taken place.  Within the last 24 hours, my Outlook and LinkedIn Accounts have been spoofed.  No one else in our office has been compromised.  Some of you may have already received or may receive “authentic looking messages” from my account requesting $500 in $100 and $50 denominations via “Steam Gift Card” activation. 

 Actions: We are in the process of locking down all our unsolicited points of entry.  We are communicating with our technologist to ensure we lock down our access while continuing to provide service to all our stakeholders.  If you receive such a message, immediately delete it from your mail.  Do not purchase any cards.  Do not communicate with the person on the other side of the message - they are pushy!  We have determined that this spoof originated in Nigeria, but cloaked to appear as if it was coming from my email address.

 Current State: We are committed and have taken measures to protect against these types of activities.  However, nonprofit organizations continue to be major targets for cybercrimes.  We have conducted a Cyber Security Assessment and are pleased to inform you that the findings state: “Northwest Mountain MSDC’s data is well-defended by various layers of security controls” (GMI. Feb. 2018).  Our Member, MBE, and Community information is very important to us.  Taking measures against security threats is top of mind with us daily.  The Council’s MBE files are protected by various layers of security.  Our Office Operating System is protected on the Cloud.  And, this intrusion has been reported to the appropriate organizations. 

 Request for Assistance:  With your assistance, we can shut down the email spoof with little or no impact to our stakeholders.  How you can help:  1. immediately delete any request for money coming from my email address, 2. do not send cash to anyone; and, 3. immediately notify the Council of such messaging.

Thank you for your understanding.  We will keep you updated on our activities to keep data and communications secured.  Please feel free to call me with any questions.

Sincerely yours,

Fernando Martinez

President and CEO, Northwest Mountain MSDC

Meet Sharon S. Lucas, Board Chairperson of Northwest Mountain MSDC

“Supplier diversity is a business imperative,” said Sharon S. Lucas, the new Board Chairperson of Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC), when asked about the importance of supplier diversity.

 Sharon S. Lucas,   Program Manager, Integrated Services | Indirect Supply Chain, Supply Chain and Operations,  The Boeing Company   Board Chairperson, Northwest Mountain MSDC

Sharon S. Lucas, 

Program Manager, Integrated Services | Indirect Supply Chain, Supply Chain and Operations, The Boeing Company

Board Chairperson, Northwest Mountain MSDC

Sharon is currently Program Manager, Strategic Work Placement within the Integrated Services | Indirect Supply Chain, Supply Chain & Operations at the Boeing Company.  Sharon and her team are responsible for identifying, developing and advocating for a pool of minority suppliers, while partnering and collaborating with procurement for supplier bid list recommendations. In addition, they support organizations such as the Northwest Mountain MSDC in developing suppliers to maximize supplier diversity goals.  

Sharon has been affiliated with the Council since 2010 and has served as Board Secretary since 2016. In January, 2018, Sharon was appointed as Interim Board Chairperson when Gary Sheneman (of Microsoft Corporation), former Board Chairperson concluded his term. On March 16, the Board of Directors unanimously voted to confirm Sharon as the Board Chairperson.

In her 28 years with Boeing, Sharon has held a wide variety of Management and cross functional assignments and progressive leadership roles within Indirect Supply Chain, Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Defense, Space & Security.  Prior to her current role, Sharon served as the Chief of Staff to the Indirect Supply Chain Vice President and in the role as Supplier Relationship Management Program Manager.  In her more previous roles, she managed a team of procurement agents supporting organizations on IT Infrastructure and Information Security.  Sharon is also a former Major in the United States Army Reserve and obtained her Six Sigma Green Belt certification from The Boeing Company.   

Sharon has a long history of being a strong champion and advocate for minority businesses.  She is currently serving her second two-year term as the Boeing Leadership Network Executive Board, Community Outreach Chair. In February, 2018, Sharon was honored with the 2018 Modern Day Technology Award presented by CCG Group at the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) STEM Award Ceremony in Washington, DC.  In 2016, Sharon was honored with a Women of Color STEM Technology All-Stars award at the Women of Color STEM Awards Conference. 

In March, 2017, Sharon and the Enterprise Supplier Diversity team reached a milestone when The Boeing Company was awarded the 2016 National Corporation of the Year Award at the Northwest Mountain 2017 Annual Awards Dinner & Silent Auction.  Just one year later, Sharon returned to the same stage as the Council’s Board Chairperson where she presented awards of recognition to the 2017 Leadership Awards for MBEs/suppliers.

Learn about Supplier Diversity at Boeing

 

(Source:  Sharon S. Lucas Bio)



Winning with MBE to MBE Business

The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) values Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) business engagement.  To highlight the benefits of MBE to MBE partnerships and collaboration, we interviewed Carmen Nazario, Minority, Woman and Veteran-Owner and President of ELYON International, Inc., and MBE to MBE advocate.

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Check out the new content in our Event Archives

 The 3 Dimensions of Diversity

The 3 Dimensions of Diversity

Northwest Mountain MSDC events are packed with remarkable speeches, inspiring stories, informative presentations and more.  We recently added the 2018 Annual Awards & Silent Auction and Fernando Martinez's Supplier Diversity presentation to our event archives, our library of Council activities over the last 2 years.

Some highlights to look for:

Supplier Diversity presentation at PNW Purchasing Conference: 3 Dimensions of diversity, what supplier diversity is and isn't, and tools to manage supplier diversity well.

2017 Annual Awards Dinner & Silent Auction: The first Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Advocacy Award, honoring the contributions of our former Washington State Legislature representative and advocate for minorities.

2017 Year End Meeting: The Council's Presentation on its performance and the statistics on regional certified-MBEs and members.

Plus photos, videos, bios and slides.  Visit www.nwmtnmsdc.org/council-event-archives.