MCC recognized for its commitment to diversity of suppliers

MCC’s Chris Kelly (left), supplier diversity coordinator, and Kathrine Swanson, vice chancellor for student success and engagement, with the WBDC award

Metropolitan Community College has been honored by the Women’s Business Development Center — Kansas City with the 2019 Public Sector Champion Award for the College’s commitment to supplier diversity.

The award goes to an organization that shows a strong commitment to the creation of business opportunities for women-owned businesses and is supportive of the WBDC’s mission.

“Whether it’s the MCC Midwest Supplier Diversity Expos, procurement forums or veterans summits, MCC is the standard bearer for community collaboration and leadership,” said Ann DeAngelo, associate director of the WBDC in Kansas City. “MCC has done an outstanding job supporting our diverse business community.”

Kathrine Swanson, MCC vice chancellor for student success and engagement, accepted the award on behalf of the College at a June 13 WBDC event.  Chris Kelly, coordinator of supplier diversity for MCC, is a member of the WBDC’s Kansas City Ambassador and Advisory Committee as well as its Certification Committee.

The Women’s Business Development Center is a nationally recognized leader in the field of women’s economic development. The organization was founded in 1986 to provide programs and services to support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen the impact of women on the economy by creating jobs, fueling economic growth and building strong communities.

WBDC is headquartered in Chicago and has seven satellite offices across the Midwest, including in the Kansas City area (Fairway) and St. Louis.

Sherry Turner (from left) of the Kansas City Women’s Business Center; Kathrine Swanson of MCC; Neelima Parasker, owner and CEO, SnapIT Solutions, and WBDC Rising Star honoree; and Ann DeAngelo with WBDC’s Kansas City office