Supplier Diversity Program Manager
LBA Corporate Partner Southern California Gas Company, a Sempra Energy utility
Yolanda Padilla is a Supplier Diversity Manager for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). Ms. Padilla began her career with SoCalGas more than 30 years ago, having held a number of management positions including Computer Instructor, Human Resources, Marketing Supervisor and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.
As liaison between SoCalGas’ women- and minority-business community, she furthers opportunities, and identifies, develops and mentors viable minority-, women- and service-disabled veteran-owned business enterprises to do business with SoCalGas. A champion of supplier diversity, she serves as an internal consultant and advocates for minority- and women-supplier utilization throughout the organization, focusing on furthering the business value of diversity. She has successfully developed alliances with Supply Management and internal business clients, has provided leadership on internal procurement teams, and is instrumental for SoCalGas’ 45.4% spend of its total procurement dollars with diverse businesses.
Yolanda, a true advocate for diversity, works with and serves as a corporate advisor to many business organizations including the Latin Business Association, National Association of Women Business Association, the National Latina Business Women Association – LA and Women Business Enterprises –West and has been recognized by many of these organizations for her efforts.
The Latin Business Association is grateful for the sustained support of the Southern California Gas Company, a Sempra Energy utility, and extremely proud to have Ms. Yolanda Padilla as an expert panelist for the 5th Annual LBA Minority Women’s Business Conference Utilities & Technology panel.