Touted as one of the Top 25 Women Impacting Diversity by DiversityPlus Magazine over
the past two years, and recently named 2013 Woman of Excellence by the Atlanta Daily World, Karmetria Burton is igniting an inspirational fire among women AND men in the corporate world. The Houston, Texas native currently serves as General Manager ~ Strategic Programs with Delta Air Lines.
In her challenging professional role, Karmetria functions as an advocate for minority and women-owned businesses, ensuring they are afforded competitive opportunities to service the international airliner. Her ultimate goal is to develop a quality Best-In-Class Supplier Diversity program that garners Delta an industry leader. The first step was implementing the Supplier Diversity Champions program, which raises in-house awareness of the importance of the supplier diversity strategy. Karmetria also established the Individual Procurement Meetings, at which qualified diverse suppliers are strategically introduced into the procurement process. The on-boarding process has enabled Delta to procure business from several of the most innovative, competent and competitive MWBEs. Recently, Delta also instituted the Best Practices Business Series, which focuses on Supplier diversity and procurement best practices.
Karmetria is best recognized personally for living her mantra: be Inspired. be Motivated. be Informed. “Go over it, go around it, go under it, but NEVER give up. You have to SHOW UP, everyday!”
Leading to her position with Delta, Karmetria previously served in the area of strategic sourcing with a variety of leading corporations, including Xerox and AT&T; as well as operating in supplier diversity management for Intercontinental Hotels Group. Her business acumen and empowerment techniques have harvested respect among her peers, and her extraordinary efforts to develop women and minority business owners have awarded her many accolades beyond those listed above, including:
*2011 Greater Women’s Business Council (GWBC) as the Advocate of the Year
*2011 George Lottier Rising Star Award
*2011 Executive of the year award by the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC)
*2005 Trailblazer Award by Black Business Professionals and Entrepreneurs Organization
Karmetria’s educational credentials include a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Southern University-Baton Rouge, La and a master’s degree in business from the University of Nebraska. Additionally, the seasoned professional has worked in academia instructing students on business, procurement and diversity-related courses at Shorter and Monroe community college in Rochester, NY, as well as Kennesaw State, Strayer and Georgia State universities.