Burns & McDonnell Advances Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices at Annual California Community of Inclusion & Equity Symposium

Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction firm, hosted a Community of Inclusion and Equity Symposium. Attendees included local, state, private and nonprofit leaders from more than 20 organizations who came together to discuss key case studies that explored thought leadership and trends in supplier diversity and how it is impacting procurement in California. Together, attendees discussed best procurement practices for diverse businesses.
“Burns & McDonnell continues to progress toward its diverse workforce goals and strives to enhance collaboration with diverse and small business partners who help meet our mission — make our clients successful,” says Chamberlain Duru, California Diverse Business Manager for Burns & McDonnell. “Our mission has held true for more than 120 years and embodies our values of exceptional safety, quality and customer service. Our symposium is an opportunity to help progress both our firm’s and partners’ commitment to business diversity and economic development.”  
In California, Burns & McDonnell has worked on more than 4,000 critical infrastructure projects since 2010. These projects have varied from energy, aviation, mission-critical, manufacturing, federal life sciences, construction environmental and more. As part of the firm’s commitment to project success, the team works with small and large businesses owned by women, veterans and minorities to help deliver the projects that strengthen our communities.
In the last five years, Burns & McDonnell has spent more than $2.2 billion in contractor spend.
Speakers included Michael Owh chief deputy director for Los Angeles County; Shannon Hoppes, chief procurement officer for the City of Los Angeles; Chamberlain Duru, California diverse business manager for Burns & McDonnell; Danetta Jackson, statewide supplier diversity program manager for the California Department of General Services; Roger Minami, procurement analyst for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District; Jon Leffert, regional manager for 1898 & Co.; Jinus Moghbeli, head of supplier diversity and sustainability for Amgen; Vicky Harper-Hall, sector manager, socio-economic business programs and government relations for Northrop Grumman; Pablo Lorenzo, Global Facilities Group manager for Burns & McDonnell; John Palmer, veteran advocate for the Veterans in Business Network; Virginia Gomez, president and CEO for the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council; Dr. Pamela Williamson, president and CEO for WBEC West; Stephen Kane, vice president for Burns & McDonnell; Rashmi Menon, vice president and general manager in California for Burns & McDonnell; and Ralph Moore, president for RGMA.
Learn more about the firm’s commitment to supplier diversity.

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