Kathy April Rush is Senior Manager, North America Supplier Diversity and Small Business Liaison Officer for AbbVie Inc. where she is responsible for an enterprise-wide plan for small business subcontracting and overseeing supplier diversity for the global biopharmaceutical company. Her responsibilities include Consulting with Internal Stakeholders, Training, building comprehensive supplier diversity communications strategies, establishing goals and tracking metrics, Second Tier Vendor Management, global implementation and collaborating with subject matter experts to design supplier development activities to assist in building capacity for diverse suppliers.
Prior to the business separation forming AbbVie, she worked for Abbott in the same capacity. Before procurement, Kathy worked in various recruiting roles including Executive Search, University Relations and Talent Acquisition for entry level to senior level executives with a cumulative recruitment career of 14 years with Fortune 500 corporations and Head of the Executive Search Practice with a Minority-Owned Business.
Kathy holds a Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt and has a MBA from Dominican University, MBA.