Phala Kimbrough Mire is the President & CEO of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South), a regional partner organization of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). A non-profit Executive for over 20 years, Mire currently orchestrates business growth and certification programs for women owned businesses in the five state region covering Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Florida Panhandle. Representing over 800 certified suppliers, Mire is a renowned advocate and thought leader on entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion and women’s business issues.
Prior to her work at WBEC South, she led both the Louisiana and Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Councils of NMSDC. Her accomplishments there included raising the Council’s network rating from 34th to the Top Ten and tripling revenues within her first three years. She simultaneously operated an MBDA Center for eight years, oversaw the recovery of Council operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and led the successful merger of the Louisiana, Arkansas-Mississippi and Alabama affiliate councils to form the new Southern Region MSDC in 2015.
Mire has served on numerous boards and commissions, most recently as a Mayor’s appointee to the New Orleans Library Commission (Chair 2018-19) and a Governor’s appointee to the Louisiana Economic Development Small Business Task Force (Chair, 2016-17). She also currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Leadership Council of WBENC Regional Partner Organizations. A graduate of Tulane University and a mother of three, Mire is co-founder and principal strategist of the Bigger Discussion Panel Series, collectively the most watched Supplier Diversity related videos with over 100,000 collective views to date.