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November 23, 2016


envelopeSupplier event termed a success

To the editor:

On Nov. 7 the University’s Facilities Management and Purchasing Services teams hosted a supplier diversity matchmaking event at the University Club for the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA and the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council.

Matchmaking events are quick, concentrated introductions between diversity suppliers and those with decision-making authority. The objective is for diversity suppliers to connect with as many decision-makers as possible. The industry focus for the Nov. 7 event was construction. Diversity suppliers in the construction industry had the opportunity to network with general contractors and decision makers from the Facilities Management and Purchasing Services areas.

Several diversity suppliers had positive comments about the event:

“The intimate setting was perfect. It allowed everyone plenty of time and opportunity to have robust and in-depth conversations without being cut off prematurely. The ratio of diversity suppliers and contractors/buyers was excellent.”

—Patricia Thomas-LaRoche, Cameron & Associates 8, LLC


“The event was extraordinary, and I would give it 10/10 points. The staff members from [the University of Pittsburgh]…helped us to connect with each other. In fact, they made sure that we got connected.”

—JD Lokula, Decision Distribution America


“I truly appreciated the luxury of not waiting a long time to meet and speak with other contractors. There was a very good atmosphere at this event, one that seemed to say ‘we are here to listen and try to work with you’. Thank you.”

—Craig Bingham, All Systems Fire Protection Co.

We plan to host other supplier diversity matchmaking events in the future. Each event will focus on a different industry, and the attendance lists will vary accordingly.

Julie Cursi Communications Manager Financial Operations

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