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Officers and Board of Directors

Our Officers and Board of Directors are nationally and internationally recognized women who have been active in making a difference for women business owners for literally decades. Our distinguished women are listed below, along with a short bio:


Phyllis Hill Slater, Board Chair
Truth Garrett, Director
Erica Taylor, Director
Willie Johnson, Director

     
 

Phyllis Hill Slater, Board Chair
Phyllis Hill Slater is founder and president of Hill Slater, Inc, a successful engineering and architectural support firm. Hill Slater Inc. specializes in construction management, inspection services, design drafting, and CAD services. Slater served as national president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and serves on many corporate and non-profit boards. Presidential appointments include the Welfare to Work Partnership, the Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board, and the National Women's Business Council. Phyllis has received awards from numerous business and community organizations for her leadership and advocacy for women and minority business interests.

     
     
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

Truth Garrett, Director
Truth Garrett is the Manager of Supplier Diversity and Corporate Services for Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Truth Garrett began her career with Marathon in 1996 as a District Manager with its wholly owned and operated chain of C-stores: Speedway LLC. In 2002, Truth transferred from her district in Charleston, S.C. to the Speedway corporate offices in Enon, OH where she provided leadership in several departments to include Marketing, Training & Development, and Purchasing & Commercial Services. In March of 2009, Truth accepted the position in Global Procurement as Supplier Diversity Manager for Marathon Petroleum Co. and relocated to Marathon's corporate offices located in Findlay Ohio. Truth currently holds a dual role as Manager of Supplier Diversity & Corporate Services and Manager of Process, Systems & Controls.

Truth has a BA Degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University. She and her husband are the proud parents of four children ranging in ages from eleven to twenty-eight and are the doting grandparents to four grandchildren. She is an active community member with involvement in the local chapter of United Way and Board Vice-President for the Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center.

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Erica Taylor, Director
Erica Taylor is the president of Airica Consulting, a firm that works with minority and women-owned companies. She founded the “Power 100” awards program to honor outstanding business women and started the Wichita chapter of the National Association of Women in Business Owners (NAWBO). 

Erica is active in both business and philanthropic groups and has a laudable record of community involvement. She was a founding member of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), a national advocacy group for women-owned businesses. She also served as the vice president of the Wichita Minority Business Development Council and on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Minority Development Council.  She was appointed by the Mayor of Wichita to serve on the Small Business Advisory Council for the City of Wichita.

She has been recognized locally and nationally for her efforts to promote women and minority-owned businesses. She spoke at the first White House Conference for Women on Work Life/Balance. She was named the U.S. SBA “Women in Business Advocate of the Year” in 2004 for her dedication to bettering the climate for women-owned businesses in the area. In addition, she was NAWBO's “Rookie of the Year” in 2002 and appointed as the organization's Midwest Regional Director of Public Policy in 2003. Also, in 2003, Erica was honored by the Wichita Business Journal with the “40 under 40” award. Erica has a Master's degree in Marketing. She currently resides in Wichita, Kansas with her husband and eleven children. 
 

 
 

Willie Johson, Director
Willie Johnson, Supplier Diversity Program Manager, has over 15 years' experience in the areas of Supply Chain, Strategic Procurement and Supplier Diversity. In previous roles, he assisted in creating and implementing a local developing business program for a local government agency as well as enhancing and strengthening the supplier base for many supplier diversity programs and initiatives nationally.

During his tenure with the Florida Minority Supplier Development Council, he created contract and diversity inclusion language for local corporations, which foster the development and contractual commitment to diverse businesses, while continuing to keep the bid process competitive. Mr. Johnson served as one of five members which resolved and further developed the certification practices for the National Minority Supplier Development Council, who governs affiliates in the United States and administers programs in Canada, The United Kingdom, China, South Africa and Australia. Willie continues to strengthen the growth and relationships with many local and national organizations to assist in the advancement of his current CHEP's supplier diversity program.