Gwendolyn Turner is Managing Partner of The Capacity Center, an advisory firm focused on providing training and strategic advisory services to businesses globally. The Capacity Center works to help business owners win and maintain contracts with corporate and government entities by providing workshops, seminars and content regarding business development.
Gwendolyn led the award-winning Supplier Diversity program at Pfizer, Inc. Pfizer’s program was transformed under her leadership into a program focused on developing suppliers and creating large procurement opportunities. She was one of five colleagues on the Procurement Leadership team reporting to the Vice President of Procurement.
Over the course of her career Gwendolyn has been responsible for international teams focused on creating small business development programs in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and South Africa. She created distinguished corporate supplier diversity programs by partnering with C-suite executives, developing matrices, and creating a business case for all business units. She also served as Pfizer’s strategist on corporate reputation and external relations with Small Businesses. She was responsible for over $1 billion globally in procurement contracts from Small Business owners. Gwendolyn has also held supply chain leadership positions at Pfizer, Kellogg Company and Kraft Foods.
Gwendolyn has served as a speaker at Tuck School of Business, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, Institute for Supply Management, Crain’s New York, Women’s Presidents Educational Organization (WPEO), The World Bank and The Institute for a Competitive Inner City. She has published articles and been quoted in several magazines including Black Enterprise, Minority Business Entrepreneur, Forbes and PINK.
Named one of The Network Journals’ 40 under 40, Gwendolyn is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She is the Immediate Past Chairperson of the Women’s Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) and the Howard University Center for Entrepreneurship, a center focused on cultivating the visions of future entrepreneurs. She will be releasing a book late 2013 called FOCUS on the Fundamentals, a guide for small business owners.