2020 Values Report
Pinnacle Group Helps Comcast NBCUniversal Diversify Our Supply Chain
Nina Vaca launched Pinnacle Group almost 25 years ago in her living room, with a phone, a computer, and $300. Since then, it has grown from a one-woman IT staffing firm to a global workforce solutions company with a presence in 10 countries on four continents.
For more than six years, Comcast has turned to Pinnacle to strengthen our contingent labor and workforce solutions. The partnership has been instrumental in helping Pinnacle become the company it is today. “Our service to Comcast has enabled us to develop the scale, security, and sophistication required to serve the world’s largest and most innovative corporations,” says Vaca.
As a woman- and minority-owned business with a workforce composed of over 63% women and more than 40% people of color, Pinnacle is an invaluable Tier I diverse supplier, which means it has a direct business relationship with Comcast. And as Pinnacle, in turn, identifies diverse firms to staff positions at Comcast, it is opening doors for highly skilled Tier II suppliers to grow their businesses as well. Tier II suppliers work for our Tier I suppliers on Comcast projects.
“Pinnacle’s emphasis on diversity is one of the many things that impressed us from the start of our relationship,” says Jason Beattie, Executive Director of Procurement at Comcast NBCUniversal. “Through Nina’s leadership, Pinnacle supports a wide range of suppliers from traditionally underrepresented groups, which enables Comcast to further build wealth in the communities in which we operate.”
Through Nina’s leadership, Pinnacle supports a wide range of suppliers from traditionally underrepresented groups, which enables Comcast to further build wealth in the communities in which we operate.
Comcast NBCUniversal’s supplier diversity program aims to promote, increase, and improve the participation of diverse businesses within our corporate supply chain — including companies owned by women, people of color, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals. This diversity in our supply chain gives us a competitive edge — inspiring innovation and providing insights into the interests and needs of our customers while also supporting a highly skilled, dynamic workforce.
Our relationship with Pinnacle was born of a desire to build on the strong foundation of established diversity in our supply chain. Since we signed our first contract with Pinnacle in 2013, we have increased our spending with diverse suppliers even further. During 2019 alone, we spent more than $4.3 billion with diverse Tier I and Tier II suppliers. Our partnership with Pinnacle is one of the factors enabling our continued progress in this area.
As trusted partners, Vaca and Pinnacle have been instrumental in helping Comcast build a more diverse supply chain and a stronger company. Through our partnership, we have discovered ways to align our shared objectives and goals, and, as a result, we have played a role in exponentially growing Pinnacle’s footprint.
“Diversity is all about being intentional,” says Vaca, who was born in Ecuador and was named for three consecutive years to the Association of Latino Professionals for America’s annual list of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas. “Every supplier base can be diversified. You just need to find the right people with the right skills. Pinnacle excels in this type of supplier diversification and seeks out like-minded clients, such as Comcast.”