AABE 39th National Conference, April 19-22, 2016

Members of the Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council (IUBDC) gathered in Chicago, April 19-22, for the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) 39th National Conference. During the four-day event, industry and community leaders and diverse business enterprises from throughout the country gathered to discuss emerging policies, issues and advancements impacting the energy industry. Experts also talked about ways minority businesses can expand their reach and grow business opportunities. 

On April 19th, the IUBDC hosted a session titled “How Big Is Your Table.” The session was designed to help prospective small and diverse suppliers navigate the process to compete for business opportunities, and highlight the value of the AABE, IUBDC and other organizations to help diversify the supplier base in the region. Shelia Hill-Morgan, president and CEO, Chicago Minority Supplier Diversity Council, served as the moderator. Emmett Vaughn, director of the Office of Diverse Business Empowerment, Exelon Corporation; and Jerry Fulmer, vice president of Supplier Diversity Initiative, Peoples Gas/North Shore Gas, served as panelists.

Later that afternoon, AABE hosted an “Empowered to Connect” session that provided business representatives an opportunity to connect with diverse suppliers that can deliver creative, high-quality products and services for their businesses.

To see photos from this event, please visit the Council Photo Gallery.

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