Head of Diversity & Inclusion — Eversource Energy
Tara Spann leads and manages diversity and inclusion for Eversource Energy, New England’s largest energy provider. Tara’s role and responsibilities include the development of strategic planning and oversight of its execution.
Prior to joining Eversource, Tara served as director of global economic inclusion & supplier diversity for Merck, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Tara led Merck’s success in supplier diversity to be the 1st pure pharma company to be inducted into the Billion Dollar Roundtable, an exclusive organization that recognizes and celebrates corporations that achieved spend of at least $1 billion with minority and women-owned suppliers. Preceding Merck, Tara developed the strategy and managed the execution for supplier diversity at Bristol-Myers Squibb internationally.
As the executive director of diversity initiatives for Staples, Inc., Tara created a competitive, revenue-generating center of excellence to support national and international sales through diverse strategic alliances. During her tenure at Staples, Inc. she increased top line sales thru alliances from $100K to $325M. Her responsibilities extended to workforce diversity & inclusion for the North America sales force. Tara reported to the President of North American Delivery who reported to the CEO.
At Harvard University, Tara served as senior software licensing negotiator where she negotiated the terms and conditions of enterprise-wide software contracts. Tara also served as contract manager in Harvard University’s procurement management department.
Prior to joining Harvard University, Tara was an intellectual property legal & engineering consultant for two law firms in Silicon Valley and senior engineer for the U.S. Navy Department of Defense with top secret security clearance overseeing communications and weapons systems.
Tara is a graduate of Northeastern University in Electrical Engineering and Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts.