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WSMA Presents: Supplier Diversity Policy Discussion

October 20, 2021
Virtual

Washington State spends about $5 billion a year on goods, services, and construction.  The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services has drafted a statewide supplier diversity policy, and is seeking community feedback through the end of October.  This policy will impact how Washington State works with small and diverse businesses for goods and services.  Ideas and feedback from organizations working with small and diverse businesses is important and can help this policy be more meaningful and impactful in our communities.

Join WSMA and Erin López Nielsen (she/her/hers), Business Diversity Outreach Specialist Contracts & Procurement Division, Washington State Department of Enterprise Services for a critical discussion about the big picture, the policy, the impacts and how to make sure YOUR voice is heard

About Our Presenter:

Erin López Nielsen has 23 years of experience in supplier diversity and procurement.  Ms. López has been dedicated to supplier diversity initiatives over the last 6 years at Washington State Department of Enterprise Services.  Prior to the state, Erin was the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) compliance manager on a $1.3 billion design-build project with over 100 DBEs who received work on a single project.  She managed the statewide Procurement Technical Assistance Center and grew the value of contracts awarded to clients by 500%. Early in her career, she held business technical assistance positions directly providing services to over 1,000 small and diverse businesses per year.  She founded a non-profit organization, holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Dance from the University of Washington, and is the mother of two.

Thank you to our partners and supporters at the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services and the Washington State Department of Commerce for their support of this webinar.

Please contact cherie@wamicrobiz.org or 360.480.8048 for alternative registration.

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