Superb Speakers
Superb Speakers and Consultants
12407 Mopac Expressway North
Austin, Texas 78758-2429

Speaker Profile: Carolyn Schmies
Location of Speaker: Laredo, TX
Fees: $2,500 - $7,500

  • Consultant - Process
  • Consultant - Project
  • Facilitator-Planning
  • Seminar Leader
  • Panel
  • Workshop Leader
  • Supplier Diversity
  • Delegation - Effectively
  • Attitude
  • Business Growth in Down Economy
  • Cost Containment - Procurement
  • Global Diversity and Cultural Change Initiatives
Speech Titles

  • Cost Containment - Procurement
  • Global Procurement Strategies
  • Supplier Diversity
  • Expansion into Mexico
  • Global Diversity and Cultural Shifts

Carolyn Schmies - Procurement and Global Supplier Diversity Expert

Carolyn was a member of the Central South Texas Minority Council and was voted Advocate of the Year in 2007.

Carolyn’s dedicated efforts also lead her corporation, Delphi, to receive Corporation of the Year as well in 2007.

Carolyn has retired from Delphi after a 36 and ½ year career. 30 of the years were spent in the Purchasing Department on both the Indirect and Direct side.

Supplier Diversity has been a part of Carolyn’s passion since 1977. Carolyn has also been a member of Delphi’s Six Sigma as a Green Belt and an important member of Delphi Supplier Diversity team.

Carolyn received numerous awards in her life: Woman of the Year, Anderson, Indiana, the Indiana Minority Supplier Development Council Achievement Award and the National Supplier of the Year Buyer recognition award.

Carolyn was also named Advocated of the Year by Delphi in 2007.

Most recently she has been selected as one of the 100 women in the Texas Leadership program.

Carolyn is and has been active in many organizations throughout the years such as: the United Methodist Church, Red Cross Board, United Way, Urban League, NAACP and Optimist Club to name a few.

Carolyn Schmies' Biography:


Assisted Delphi in Achieving Central and South Texas Minority Business Council’s Corporation of the Year, 2007

• Led Delphi’s Global Office Supplies and Global Printed Materials Teams
• Global Trainer for IMCIP (Indirect Material Cost Improvement Process) –Traveled throughout North American, Europe and Asia
• Development of Purchasing Training Department for Mexico
• Master Trainer for Delphi/Benedict “Dealing With the Highly Skilled Sales Person”
• Proven ability to problem solve with exceptional interpersonal skills
• Strong communication and organizational skills
• Introduced Minority Supplier (Equal Partner) to the Mexican Purchasing Team
• Renegotiated Transportation Contract for Delphi Packard Electric Mexico East Operations
• Negotiated the Managed Services Contracts for four Delphi Automotive Systems Locations (Delphi Packard, Energy, Chassis and Harrison)
• Editor of Paperclips/Delphi IMCIP Express

EXPERIENCE: 36 years with Delphi/General Motors Corporation and affiliates;

2008 with Laredo Country Club

1/08 – 12/08 Catering Director, Laredo Country Club, Laredo, Texas

 Global Supply and Diversity Manager for Delphi Packard and Mexico

11/04– 7/05
 Global Commodity Manager for Office Supplies, Printed Materials Commodities

 Supplier Diversity Manager for Delphi Mexico and Delphi Packard

 Corporate Trainer for the ECIP/IMCIP process and systems

 Managed Delphi Corporation’s Indirect Machinery and Equipment and Mexico Supplier Diversity Teams
 Managed Team that was responsible for Asset Management in Mexico
 Created the Mexico Minority Team

 Delphi Packard Electric, Energy and Chassis, Saginaw and Diesel Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas,

Mexico Center Manager


 Delphi Packard Electric Mexico East Operations Laredo, Texas
 Purchasing Administrator

 Packard Electric Mexico East Operations Laredo, Texas
 Purchasing General Supervisor

 AC Delco Systems (Delphi Engine and Energy Management Systems), Anderson, Indiana
 Purchasing Agent
 Manager Team Responsible for Asset Management for the entire division

 Worldwide Purchasing - North American Operations, Indianapolis, Indiana
 Senior Commodity Manager 4/92-8/92
 General Motors Indirect Purchasing Activities, Indianapolis, Indiana
 Senior Commodity Manager

 Central Office, Indianapolis, Indiana
 Senior Commodity Manager

 Delco Remy Division, Anderson, Indiana
 General Supervisor-General Stores (11/86-11/89)
 Senior Buyer (2/75-11/86)
 Managed Asset Recovery for the division
 Supervisor (1/73-2/75)
 Secretary-Master Mechanics Organization

Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
University of California at Berkeley, California

Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana

Lean Manufacturing Cost Modeling
Team Delphi I, II, III, IV, V Six Sigma
Leading with Excellence G.M. Appraisal Process Training
Teaming for Excellence Synchronous Manufacturing
How to Manage Difficult Employees G.M. Quality Institute
New Perspective in Communications Theory of Constraints Customer Interface Blue Print Reading Course
Advanced Purchasing Advanced Negotiations
Effective Negotiations CPR

Central and South Texas Minority Business Council Advocate of the Year,
Central and South Texas Minority Business Council Board Member, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007
Central and South Texas Minority Business Council Education Committee Chairperson, 2006-2007
Central and South Texas Minority Business Council Expo Committee Chairperson, 2007
Global Commodity Manager for Office Supplies, Single Sourced U.S. Contract
Delphi’s Six Sigma Green Belt, 2005
Strathmore’s 2005-2006 Who’s Who
America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals 2004
Member, Holding Institute 2003-2004
GM Supplier of the Year Award Ceremony, London, England
Member, Central South Texas Minority Council
Member, Junior Achievement Board of Director
Chairperson, Delphi Packard Electric Mexico East Operations Excellence Committee (2002, 2003, 2004)
Chairperson, Delphi Corporation Indirect and Machinery and Equipment Team Leader, Delphi Corporation Matchmaker 2003 Commodity Team of the Year
Member, Dallas Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council’s Coordinator Committee
Indiana Regional Minority Supplier Development Council Achievement Award
National Supplier of the Year Buyer Recognition Award
Director, Anderson College Alumni Association
Woman of the Year, Anderson, Indiana
Director, United Way
Outstanding Young Woman of America
Outstanding Black of America
Vice President, Optimist Club, Anderson, Indiana
Member, Anderson Indiana Board of Health


Letter of Recommendation for Carolyn Schmies:

It is my pleasure to recommend Carolyn M. Schmies for acceptance as a Superb Speaker in your roster of professional speakers.

I have known Carolyn personally and professionally for more than 6 years. She is a recent Delphi retiree with a robust resume of Delphi experience. During the years that I had the pleasure of serving on the Delphi Packard Mexico East Leadership Staff with Carolyn, she was the responsible Purchasing Manager for our region, which encompassed 12 manufacturing facilities. Carolyn exhibited the highest standards of business ethics, protocol, demeanor, and professionalism. She was responsible for training many, many buyers and leading her staff in the same level of business ethics and professionalism.

During the 5 years that I worked with Carolyn, she was transferred from Purchasing managerial responsibility and tasked with globally training the entire corporation’s Purchasing buyers, supervisors and managers due to demonstrated superior knowledge of Purchasing negotiation as well as government regulations. During this time Carolyn traveled to Asia and Europe and was received very well by all countries where she trained personnel.

In addition to managerial responsibility and subsequent training responsibilities, Carolyn simultaneously championed the meeting of the corporation’s supplier diversity and development goals. Under Carolyn’s leadership, Delphi won numerous awards corporately for minority supplier development, and for consistently exceeding the corporation’s diversity goals.

Carolyn has also consistently won awards personally for outstanding work with Minority Business Councils in Texas. These recognitions were highlighted in the Corporation’s news articles, and in person at leadership banquets and industry wide Business Matchmaker events.

Carolyn would be a stellar addition to your roster of instructors. With an educational background in Speech, Carolyn is a superior speaker, communicator, trainer and facilitator. She is a leader in her church, an outstanding mother, and a leader in her community with an infectious personality. Additionally, Carolyn is a generous person, who regularly opens her home to people in need. I am one flood victim who benefited from her family’s grace to open their home after Hurricane Fay in 2002.

She is a unique blend of business professional and philanthropist and would be a great contributor to the Superb Speakers Bureau.

C. P.
Execution of New Program Launches
DEEDS North America
Delphi Packard Electrical/Electronic Architecture Division
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico