Karmetria Dunham Burton, PhD, is Director, Supplier Diversity for Delta Air Lines. In this position she is responsible for developing and executing a global Supplier Diversity program while enhancing the processes to assist Delta Air Lines to achieve its vision of being an industry leader of making minority and women owned businesses (MWBEs) a natural and integral part of the way the company does business. Karmetria has worked in strategic sourcing in various national and international corporate settings including Xerox, AT&T and Union Pacific Railroad. Before Delta, Karmetria was supplier diversity manager for IHG (Intercontinental Hotels Group).
A well-respected authority in supplier diversity, she has won multiple awards for her leadership, and is a contributing writer for MBE magazine that focuses on minority business development. Her work and her passion has gained her notoriety in several publications: Black Enterprise, AMOI and Diversity Inc. In 2015 she was awarded the InfluenceHER award and was featured in the June issue of Black Enterprise magazine for her work at Delta Air Lines in supplier diversity, along with being awarded as one of the top 25 women of Atlanta.
Karmetria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Southern University-Baton Rouge, La., and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska and a DBA from Argosy University Atlanta. Dr. Burton has instructed business, procurement and diversity related courses at Kennesaw State University as well as Shorter College, Strayer University, Georgia State University and Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y. Dr. Burton is a sought out speaker of women’s organization, youth empowerment groups and entrepreneur forums.