Eric Watson

Executive Consultant, Kaleidoscope Group

Eric is responsible for developing and advising Client Strategy, CDO Coaching, Advisory Board and serving as a Liaison and thought leader for Associations and Conferences. As a credible industry voice and innovator, he is also accountable for market and talent development.

Eric Watson is the former President and CEO of the Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (CVMSDC), a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, with more than 250 corporate members and 475 certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) members. Watson was responsible for the development and execution of strategies to achieve CVMSDC’s vision and goals of advancing business opportunities between major corporations and minority business enterprises in North Carolina, South Carolina and Central Virginia. His responsibilities also included membership and funding outreach, as well as, leadership of day-to-day operations related to services, programs, education, and staff and fiscal management.

Watson has 38 years of experience in operations management, including more than 25 years in the field of diversity and inclusion. Watson has developed strategies that impact business success through creating a vision for managing diversity, designing leadership mentoring programs to promote diversity, and establishing an accountability system for business.