April's featured IEM alumna is Carlette Durham, Senior Supplier Diversity Analyst in Supplier Relations & Diversity of Alabama Power Company’s Supply Chain Management organization. In her role she serves as the primary point of contact for major business units within Alabama Power and is responsible for understanding the procurement needs of those business units and translating those needs into opportunities to do business with diverse suppliers. Additionally, she is responsible for creating and managing programs that continue to develop and expand the pool of potential diverse suppliers, as well as ensuring that the Company and its business units are in governmental compliance.
Carlette graduated with honors from Stillman College (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) in 1996 earning a B.S. in Physics. In addition to her B.S. from Stillman, she earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005.
Carlette sees herself as a tweener (someone who lives in the space between business and technology). She felt that the IEM program was the perfect fit to help her broaden her horizons and work within her busy schedule. Her favorite instructor in the program was Kevin McCormick and her favorite class was the Entrepreneurship series. She felt that she was immediately able to take the new concepts she learned in IEM directly back to her desk at work.
Carlette is very active in the community, including serving as President on the Committee of 25 for Girls Incorporated (a junior board) and as a member of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council – South board of directors. She is a member of the Alabama Power Service Organization, Southern Company Women in Business & Technology, Southern Company Campus Action Team for the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Word of Life Christian Center where she is active in the Ministry of Helps. She also served on the 2007 United Way Leadership Team as Chair of Leadership Givers.
Carlette describes herself as an achiever who is confident in her abilities. She has always worked hard and strived to be the best that she can be. In doing so she was able to attend her undergraduate program on a full scholarship and have many great successes in her career at Southern Company.
Carlette’s hobbies include reading, traveling, and helping others.