New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce Appoints Stephanie Lokker to Board of Directors
Lokker, an executive management consultant, is the first board director to serve with a known disability. She will oversee one of the largest supplier diversity initiatives statewide, where the Chamber will develop an LGBTQ+ program that includes a unique directory of diverse suppliers and will provide exclusive educational resources to partner companies and events. municipalities to corporate sponsors.
(Mar 01, 2022) Wayne, NJ – The New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce (NJPCC) – formerly the NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce – is pleased to announce the election of Passaic Township resident Stephanie Lokker to its Board of Directors.
Stephanie Lokker is the managing partner of Lockerbie & Co. [ www.letsgetstrategic.com ], a Passaic, NJ-based strategy and management consulting firm comprised of former Big Four and Big Three (MBB) consulting leaders who provide transformational consulting and inclusive solutions of people, process, data and technology. Lockerbie currently holds 11 certifications from diverse suppliers at the state and federal level – including LGBTBE Certified.
In Lokker’s volunteer role as Director of the NJPCC Board of Directors, she will oversee the Chamber’s statewide initiatives as Vice President of Supplier Diversity.
Lokker is currently hosting a series of town hall meetings which will include Chamber leaders, local political and community leaders and corporate purchasing managers (CPOs) to discuss current supplier needs and how to bring more diversity in their supply chains. She will also oversee the Chamber’s educational resources for the diversity program and its statewide outreach implementation.
“By pooling these resources, we are able to develop a stronger relationship between minority business owners and corporations. NJPCC is committed to working with New Jersey’s 28 Fortune 1000 companies to find solutions that will make the supply chain more reliable and resilient – the same attributes of the diverse people who make up the great state of New Jersey,” said said Stephanie Lokker, Managing Partner of Lockerbie & Co.
In her new role as NJPCC board director, Lokker will join Augusto Penaranda, the NJPCC’s executive director, in overseeing efforts to get Governor Philip Murphy to sign the House executive order. The EO will elevate Certified LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) businesses to a similar observed minority status that grants equal access to government contracts as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Veteran Owned Business (VOB ), Disabled-Veteran Owned Business (DVOB) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).
“As an LGBT+ woman, who also understands what it’s like to run a business with a disability, we need to make New Jersey a level playing field for underserved business communities by increasing their economic viability, their networking skills and creating opportunities for everyone,” Lokker said.
Stephanie brings over 15 years of experience in procurement, change management, organizational behavior and supplier diversity; she is a former consultant to the Big Three and Big Four. She opened Lockerbie, in 2019, where she manages a team of consultants specializing in solving complex business problems from strategy to execution for their Fortune 500 and private equity clients.
“Stephanie brings a new paradigm of understanding supplier and sourcing diversity. She can imagine the greater impact of what ESG and DEI can mean for New Jersey’s business landscape. We welcome corporate partners who are ready to make positive changes that will benefit the entire community,” said Stephen Blazejewski, President of NJPCC.
Lokker is originally from Butler, NJ. She earned her Master of Science in Supply Chain Management from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ, and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. She is a lean six sigma green belt and champions nonprofit causes such as brain injury awareness and breaking the glass ceiling for women in corporate America.
ABOUT THE NEW JERSEY PRIDE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
Since 2013, the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce has been the premier LGBTQ+ business organization and ally committed to facilitating successful business collaborations and increasing the economic resilience of its diverse members. As an inclusive platform for business visionaries, the Chamber is the first stop for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and allies looking to grow and access opportunity. Its primary mission is to promote economic growth and local community development and to help better serve its members’ businesses by providing resources and opportunities for education, networking and community engagement.
The NJ Pride Chamber of Commerce is an official affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). it offers LGBT Business Enterprise Certification (LGBTBE) ® as a benefit of membership in the organization. Certified LGBTBE individuals are regularly sought out by more than 300 NGLCC partner companies looking to increase their spend with the LGBTQ+ business community. Certified LGBTBE individuals are also eligible for scholarship programs, mentorship and leadership training, and other business development tools.
LEARN MORE ABOUT LOCKERBIE:
Lockerbie is entering its fourth year in business since opening in 2019, after its managing partner quit his roles at management consultancies Big 4 and Big 3 to better equip organizations to fulfill their missions and advocate for the good. Their clients are Fortune 1000 and Private Equity clients. They are headquartered in a Hub-Zone and have eleven federal and state certifications belonging to supplier diversity. The company is owned, operated and managed by a woman, Stephanie E. Lokker, and a team of former consultants of the big 3 and 4 staff.
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