Kathey Porter

Director of Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations, UF


A nationally recognized expert on supplier diversity, small business development and entrepreneurship, Kathey is the Director of Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations at the University of Florida and an adjunct instructor in the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida.

Kathey is a frequent speaker/panelist at conferences and events focusing on supplier diversity, small business development/entrepreneurship, women’s entrepreneurship and has participated in events for Ernst & Young, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and ESSENCE Festival to name a few. She was recently appointed to the Florida Advisory Council on Small and Minority Business Development by the Secretary for the Florida Department of Management Services.

Kathey is author of 50 Billion Dollar Boss: African American Women Sharing Stories of Success in Entrepreneurship and Leadership (Palgrave Macmillan) and a contributor to local and national publications/platforms including Gainesville Business Report, OPEN Forum (American Express) and a featured business expert in ESSENCE magazine. She has been featured in EBONY, Black Enterprise, The Huffington Post, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Hollywood Reporter, The Network Journal and Variety, etc. Her second book on supplier diversity is scheduled to be released in Fall, 2018.

In 2017, she was recognized as a Fierce Woman by Business In Greater Gainesville magazine, a Florida Woman on The Move by ONYX magazine and nominated for Advocate of the Year – Supplier Diversity by Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC).

Kathey received her MBA from Georgia Southern University and CPSD (Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity) in 2013.