On May 7, the Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council (IUBDC) provided the leaders of tier-one suppliers to original equipment manufacturers with insights on strategies for increasing work with diverse sub-contractors and vendors. More than 50 attendees gathered for the workshop in Chicago, part of IUBDC’s ongoing effort to increase contract opportunities for its minority, women, and veteran business partners.
“IUBDC members are committed to not only sourcing our goods and services from diverse businesses, but we’re leveraging our influence to help these historically underutilized companies to serve tier-ones in other industries,” said Craig Gilson, chair of the IUBDC Education and Best Practices Committee and senior director of Division Operations for Ameren Illinois. “This is a concerted effort to grow the pipeline of work for qualified tier-two diverse suppliers.”
A representative from Johnson Controls, a global technology and multi industrial leader, shared insights on the company’s supplier diversity practices. During the half-day workshop, tier-one attendees also participated in sessions to define metrics and to discuss data measurement requirements needed for the materials supplied to Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Illinois American Water, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas.
Among the attendees were ICC Commissioner Sadzi Oliva, and her Legal & Policy Advisors Gerardo Delgado and Janel Haretoun, and ICC Deputy Executive Director Jean Gibson.
In November 2018, the IUBDC hosted an internal workshop to learn from utility professionals and other non-utility companies who are proven leaders in building business relationships with diverse companies, and expanding business with tier-two material suppliers.
To see photos from this event, please visit the Council’s Photo Gallery.
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