EXECUTIVE MEMBER HIGHLIGHT #2: CHRISTY KHOURY
In this week's Executive Member Highlight, we are featuring Christy Khoury, SDP's Director of Recruitment. She's in charge of recruiting diverse-skilled people that are passionate regarding the idea that Supplier Diversity presents and working on furthering its campaign.
Besides being an important part of SDP's recruitment, Christy is also part of the Middle Eastern Student Commission. In fact, she is a part of MESC's first established staff. She holds pride in her heritage and her background, and believes that people should get their chance in furthering their path regardless of where they come from. As a senior in Foster School of Business studying Information Systems, Christy plans to advocate for Supplier Diversity as much as she can during her last quarter at UW and after she graduates.
How did you hear about Supplier Diversity?
I heard about Supplier Diversity through the Consulting and Business Development Center. I was in a meeting with Keisha and Megan, came into the office, and we started talking about the Supplier Diversity Program. I know I wanted to get involved in the center somehow, and this seemed like a great fit.
What motivates you to continue evolving the Supplier Diversity program at UW?
I was basically raised in a small business myself; my parents own a gas station in Blaine, Washington. Small businesses always struggle, no matter if it's located in a big or small town. When you have worked 15 years in a small business, you understand the struggle that comes with it and with that, I want to help others so they can learn from those struggles.
Why is promoting to the public regarding local diverse suppliers important to you?
People don't know the story or struggle that small business owners go through, especially families. If the public knows that by shopping at store XYZ they are supporting a family's son journey to college, then I think people will be more likely to support small businesses. It doesn't take very much to support the community, and that's what it's all about. You don't have to drive 40 miles to do this, just go to your local printing shop or restaurant rather than an Office Depot or Olive Garden.
What was your first memory of being in Supplier Diversity?
My first memory was being in the task force during my sophomore year and trying to collect data about students who know what Supplier Diversity is. It was really hard to measure that figure, but it's safe to say that many people haven't even heard about it, and that makes sense. I didn't really hear about it until I had that meeting with Keisha. But once you hear it, you never stop. It's always in the news, whether it's a new study showing that Supplier Diversity is cost effective or a corporation announcing their new emphasis on Supplier Diversity.
Who/what inspires your work ethic?
Everyone knows how much work goes into being successful, especially in America. However, immigrants especially understand the sweat and struggle in it takes. My family immigrated from Lebanon, and have worked since the moment we stepped into Washington. You have to have a strong work ethic as an immigrant; not only to have a chance of being something and doing something great in the future, but also to prove to your parents that all their sacrifices are worth it. It would be a shame for us to travel thousands of miles for us to not take advantage of every opportunity America has.
What are your plans after college? Will you try to continue to promote Supplier Diversity?
I will be working at KPMG after college, starting June of 2018. It was actually a talking point during my second round interviews with them, since KPMG also prides itself in community work and I wanted to make sure that I believed in KPMG values. I definitely will support Supplier Diversity, and hope to be an advocate for it no matter where life takes me.