Kathleen Marran enjoys living in a world where people push themselves to experience life’s many diverse possibilities, expect more from each other, and help others reach their highest heights.
As UPS’s VP Marketing for Diverse Customer Segments, she draws upon her 25-plus years of experience in Marketing and Logistics optimizing UPS’s global Diversity and Inclusion efforts in order to be the logistics partner of choice for underserved, diverse owned & operated enterprises. With experience in launching products and campaigns, overseeing critical revenue plans, project management and leading marketing teams globally, she is primed to initiate and drive this new marketing division to mutually beneficial growth.
Her career has been fostered by the exposure to a myriad of business challenges and solutions and has benefited by living and working in cities in Asia, Europe and the US. She delights in supporting customers’ growth objectives in new and unique ways. Reward for her comes from the team members she has helped promote and develop, the charitable groups she has sponsored and confidence in her ability to adapt to changing situations and environments.
When she is not hard at work at UPS, you might find her with her high-school sweetheart husband traveling, cooking, volunteering, or supporting her alma maters (University of Georgia and University of South Carolina). If not there, she will be with Leadership Atlanta friends or Board colleagues of the Greater Women’s Business Council or the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.
Her passions are in creating new experiences for herself and her teams wherever that may be while continuing to work on ways to advance the position of women in business, politics and society as whole.
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Debra Wilson has been with UPS for 14 years and is currently the Director of Marketing for the Diverse customer Segment – a newly created role for UPS. Prior to this position, Debra held several roles in US Marketing and Marketing Research. Before joining UPS she worked for several family owned businesses, and eventually started her own business and was a UPS vendor.
Debra is a passionate leader dedicated to the ongoing development of individuals, teams, and herself to achieve effective partnerships and business results. She has taught 100’s of UPS employees as a trainer in UPS’s Global Marketing Capabilities courses and currently leads UPS’s Diversity Growth Council.
Debra is a lifelong learner and has been described as almost annoyingly curious. She enjoys cooking with her 17yr old son, reading, gardening, paddle boarding and walking her 2 dogs.
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About Your Host
Roz Lewis is President & CEO – Greater Women’s Business Council (GWBC®), a regional partner organization of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and a member of the WBENC Board of Directors.
Previous career roles at Delta Air Lines included Flight Attendant, In-Flight Supervisor and Program Manager, Corporate Supplier Diversity.
During her career she has received numerous awards and accolades. Most notable: Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2018 Diversity & Inclusion award; 2017 inducted into the WBE Hall of Fame by the American Institute of Diversity and Commerce and 2010 – Women Out Front Award from Georgia Tech University.
She has written and been featured in articles on GWBC® and supplier diversity for Forbes Magazine SE, Minority Business Enterprise, The Atlanta Tribune, WE- USA, Minorities and Women in Business magazines. Her quotes are published in The Girls Guide to Building a Million Dollar Business book by Susan Wilson Solovic and Guide Coaching by Ellen M. Dotts, Monique A. Honaman and Stacy L. Sollenberger. Recently, she appeared on Atlanta Business Chronicle’s BIZ on 11Alive, WXIA to talk about the importance of mentoring for women.
In 2010, Lewis was invited to the White House for Council on Women and Girls Entrepreneur Conference for the announcement of the Small Business Administration (SBA) new Women Owned Small Business Rule approved by Congress. In 2014, she was invited to the White House to participate in sessions on small business priorities and the Affordable Care Act.
Roz Lewis received her BS degree from Florida International University, Miami, FL and has the following training/certifications: Certified Purchasing Managers (CPM); Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD), Institute for Supply Management (ISM)of Supplier Diversity and Procurement: Diversity Leadership Academy of Atlanta (DLAA), Negotiations, Supply Management Strategies and Analytical Purchasing.
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The Greater Women’s Business Council (GWBC®) is at the forefront of redefining women business enterprises (WBEs). An increasing focus on supplier diversity means major corporations are viewing our WBEs as innovative, flexible and competitive solutions. The number of women-owned businesses is rising to reflect an increasingly diverse consumer base of women making a majority of buying decision for herself, her family and her business.
GWBC® has partnered with dozens of major companies who are committed to providing a sustainable foundation through our guiding principles to bring education, training and the standardization of national certification to women businesses in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.