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Tanya Penny Woods - Director Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management - Howard University School of Business

Tanya Penny Woods


  • Supply Chain Management
  • School of Business


Tanya Penny-Woods recently assumed the role of Director of the Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management (CESCM) at the Howard University School of Business. Ms. Penny-Woods integrates supply chain challenges and real-world experiences into the classroom in collaboration with professors and senior-level executive leaders from various industries. She focuses on preparing students with the necessary analytical skills and strategic thinking for successful leadership roles in corporations and government entities. MS. Penny-Woods also teaches the Capstone/Integration class, using top consulting corporations to guide students through live business case problems.
Ms. Penny-Woods was previously Verizon Communications Senior Vice President of Real Estate responsible for a $2 billion budget and managed 3,000+ staff and contractors. She also served as Chief Procurement Officer, responsible for $35 billion of sourcing and planning activities. Her organization drove over $4 billion spend with diverse suppliers. Tanya has leadership experience in Corporate Finance, Financial Operations, and Telecommunications Network Planning.
Additionally, Ms. Penny-Woods enjoys using her big corporation experiences to drive growth in small and diverse suppliers via TPW Associates, incorporated. As CEO, she provides consulting services to universities, hospitals, and government organizations focusing on supply chain best practices and supplier diversity business growth.

Ms. Penny-Woods serves her community via several philanthropic organizations including The LINKS, Incorporated and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the Ivy Community Charities of Prince George's County

• MBA (Finance) from the Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania)
• BA from Stanford University

Education & Expertise


BA Communications

Stanford University

MBA Finance

Masters of Business Administration
University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School


Business Transformation Leader

    • Created and implemented tools and methodologies to reduce cycle time for various accounting operations functions, including Accounts Payable, Payroll, and Asset Accounting.
    • Implemented and automated enterprise-wide records management strategy, resulting in improved compliance and controls.
    • Standardized financial analysis and planning process for innovative technology rollout.
    • Transformed various organizations, increasing strategic output, improving analytical skills, and creating high-performance teams.
    • Revamped global real estate operations and structure to improve accountability and customer responsiveness.
    • Centralized disparate sourcing and procurement functions, resulting in global synergies savings; Implemented enterprise-wide best practices, impacting 200,000+ employees via cross-functional teams.
    • Developed new processes and systems, transitioning 80,000 employees to paperless, e-commerce efficient processes.
    • Transformed call center procurement strategy. Developed and implemented national and international call center organizations.




Supply Chain Courses

Undergraduate Procurement

Undergraduate Negotiations

MBA Procurement

MBA Negotiations

Supply Chain Integration/Capstone