Sonya Dukes

Sonya Dukes

Sonya LaShalle Dukes
Director Senior Vice President of Corporate Supplier Diversity

Sonya Dukes develops, implements and administers corporate-wide strategies, policies, infrastructure, processes and procedures to increase business with minority- and women-owned suppliers.

In her prior role as diversity director for Corporate Real Estate, Dukes developed and led Corporate Real Estate’s supplier and workforce diversity initiatives since 2000. Dukes also served as the Supplier Diversity Manager for Corporate Real Estate, supporting the division’s minority- and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) development. She helped expand and communicate the strategies, goals and processes that led to significant results for the division. In 2002 Corporate Real Estate’s MWBE supplier base yielded a 213 percent growth, and in 2003, the spend increased by 203 percent, representing 55 percent of the total corporate spend. Success was repeated in 2005 when the spend increased by 140 percent, representing 55 percent of the total corporate spend.

Dukes often travels to speak before organizations, universities and mentor corporations such as CoreNet, The Atlanta Minority Real Estate Professionals, A&T University, BellSouth, Interface Flooring, Spectrum Properties, Macy’s, Herman Miller, Next Level Entrepreneur Institute, Mecklenburg County Health Department-Fighting Back Program and Christian Business Network. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

Professional and Community Affiliations:

  • Board of Directors for the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Mentor for the West Charlotte High Emerging Leaders Program
  • Wachovia leader for the Crossroads Charlotte Community Building Initiative
  • Board of Directors for the Global Diversity Summit in Atlanta, GA
  • North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Executive Leadership Program
  • Certified Wachovia Diversity Practitioner
  • Board of Directors for The Sugar Creek Charter School, Charlotte, NC
  • Chairperson for the Diversity Council of Carolinas 2004 Conference Program Committee

Awards:

  • 2009 Catalyst Award – Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council
  • 2008 Outstanding Leadership – Urban Renaissance of Charlotte
  • 2008 Roar for Excellence Award – West Charlotte High School
  • 2008 Nominated for Bravo Award – U.S. Hispanic Advocacy Association
  • 2008 Nominated National Public Sector Award – Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council
  • 2008 Corporate Stewardship Award – National Association of Minority Contractors
  • 2008 Private Sector Award – National Association of Minority Contractors, Atlanta Chapter
  • 2008 39th Women in Construction Recognition – National Association of Minority Contractors
  • 2008 Latin American Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte Chapter
  • 2008 Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America – Savoy Professionals
  • 2008 Supplier Diversity Advocate Award – Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance
  • 2008 Corporate Advocate – Florida Regional Minority Supplier Development Council

In addition/Special info cont’d:

  • 2007 Buyer of the Year Award – Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council
  • 2007 Nominated Advocate of the Year – Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council
  • 2007 Corporate Achievement – National Hispanic Business Group
  • 2007 Nominated National Public Sector Award – Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council
  • 2007 Corporate Award – Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance