Michelle Word

Michelle Word
Supplier Diversity Coordinator
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P: 816-822-3084
F: 816-822-3412

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Examples of recognition received for our firmwide efforts to provide meaningful opportunities and build relationships with small business concerns:

  • Honored by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce at the 2012 POWER of Diversity Breakfast with one of the inaugural Champions of Diversity awards for leading by example in demonstrating a commitment to diversity in the workplace and the community.
  • Named 2011 Partner of the Year by Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kan., for helping re-launch the pre-engineering program at the federally designated Hispanic- and minority-serving institution.
  • Received 2011 Community Leader and Outstanding Volunteer awards from the National Native American Chamber of Commerce for outreach and support of the community and organization.
  • Honored by the Urban League of Greater Kansas City during the Equalizer 2010 Awards Luncheon for advancing corporate diversity, inclusion, community involvement, engagement and support.
  • Received 2010 El Dorado Corporation of the Year award from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City for demonstrating and implementing initiatives that made a difference for Hispanic businesses.
  • Our small business procurement advocate received a gubernatorial appointment in January 2010 to chair the board of the Missouri Women's Council, which serves as a resource and referral center to encourage, educate and support women as they pursue business goals.
  • Named 2009 Corporation of the Year by the Minority Enterprise Development Week committee.
  • Received a 2008 Aspiration Award from the City of Kansas City as the Professional Services, Prime Contractor Company of the Year, which recognizes those companies that promote fair treatment and equal opportunities among the local business community.
  • Named 2007 Advocate of the Year during the 25th Minority Enterprise Development Week celebration.
  • Named 2007 Corporation of the Year by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, acknowledging our firmwide commitment to diversity.
  • In February 2007, the mayor and city council of Kansas City, Mo., presented Greg M. Graves, Burns & McDonnell chairman and CEO, with Resolution No. 070197, acknowledging the company's contributions to the development of the minority business economy in the Kansas City region.
  • Burns & McDonnell and Greg M. Graves were recognized as Corporation of the Year and CEO Advocate of the Year, respectively, by the MidAmerica Minority Business Development Council in 2007 and again in 2011.
  • From 2005-2012, Burns & McDonnell has received 27 contract recognition awards acknowledging our collaboration with diverse firms on local and national projects.
  • Received a letter of commendation from U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II for continuing efforts to utilize diverse businesses in our subcontracting process. 
  • Our supplier diversity manager received a 2012 Ace Award from the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce for efforts to embrace a diverse supplier base.
Memberships | Diversity Initiatives | Recognition | Activities | Community Service