Supplier development and empowerment are Keya’s passion, and, in these areas, she is known as a thought leader. In 2013 Keya created The Connection Bureau, a boutique business development firm. As Chief Connection Officer and CEO, her lifework ensures that buyer companies leverage diverse suppliers which not only helps them become stronger performers in their marketplace but also reduce barriers for entry and inclusion. Keya’s supplier development skills are exemplary, and she has been presented with numerous industry awards of distinction including Buyer of the Year, Rising Star and Most Powerful and Influential Woman. In total, WestRock has received 11 awards of distinction to date under Keya’s leadership.
Keya holds active advisory, committee, and board memberships in numerous national, regional, and local organizations including the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).