Tara Spann oversees global supplier diversity for Merck, one of the largest Pharmaceutical companies in the world. Prior to joining Merck, Ms. Spann developed the strategy and managed the execution for supplier diversity at Bristol-Myers Squibb. As the Executive Director of Diversity Initiatives for Staples, Inc., Ms. Spann reported directly to the President of North American Delivery who is presently the Vice Chairman. At Harvard University, Ms. Spann served as Senior Software Licensing Negotiator where she negotiated the terms and conditions of enterprise licensing software contracts. Ms. Spann was also the Contract Manager of Harvard University’s procurement management department, where she was responsible for managing the University’s minority procurement program, government compliance regulations and audits for purchasing. She is a graduate of Northeastern University in Electrical Engineering and Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts.