Vikki Hawthorne Appointed National Director | Supplier Development

vikki-hawthornThe U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce welcomes Vikki Hawthorne as National Director | Supplier Development.  Vikki comes to the Chamber as an ‘insider’ with extensive experience in federal government contracting and training.  In 2014, Vikki retired with 30 years of federal government service with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). 

“We are excited to bring Vikki on board to oversee Supplier Development for our Members,” said Margot Dorfman, CEO of the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce. “Among her priorities Vikki is slated to propel our members in the government and commercial contracting space by providing education, extending relationships with Agency/Prime/Commercial acquisition teams and overseeing the efforts of the National and Regional Supplier Councils.”

Bio: Vikki Hawthorne

Vikki Hawthorne is the National Director | Supplier Development for the Chamber. Widely regarded as a passionate small business resource partner who thoroughly understands the many challenges of small business ownership, Ms. Hawthorne has extensive ‘insider’ experience in federal government contracting and training.  In 2014, Ms. Hawthorne retired with 30 years of federal government service with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

From January 2011 through August 2014, Ms. Hawthorne served as Associate Director in the Office of Small Business Programs at DLA’s Land and Maritime and was responsible to ensure that small businesses got their fair share of $3 Billion eligible contracting dollars.  Under her leadership, Ms. Hawthorne made significant small business performance improvements, noted as:

  • Led her team resulting in efforts of increase in dollars awarded to small businesses from Fiscal Year (FY) 11/FY12.
  • Land and Maritime increased percentage of awards to small businesses from FY12/FY13.
  • Noted a marked increase in FY14 performance percentages in the socioeconomic categories which include disadvantaged, woman owned, service disabled veteran owned and historically underutilized business zone small businesses.

Ms. Hawthorne spent over 15 years as the Supplier Outreach Program Manager in the DLA Land and Maritime Small Business Programs Office before her promotion to the senior leadership position of Associate Director.  In that role, Ms. Hawthorne collaborated with small business advocate organizations and prime contractors to promote small business participation in federal prime and subcontracting procurement opportunities.  Ms. Hawthorne further expanded and facilitated supplier education with Training, Knowledge, Opportunities Seminars hosted by DLA Land and Maritime. In addition, Ms. Hawthorne coordinated with acquisition personnel to identify small and socioeconomically designated businesses as potential sources of supply. 

Ms. Hawthorne -- frequently regarded as subject matter expert for supplier and acquisition personnel training development -- was known nationally as an enthusiastic and thoughtful speaker, facilitator and trainer.

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