SLMBE Director Towanda Livingston Named Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year
Award was presented by Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel - October 17, 2012: Towanda Livingston, Director of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s (WSSC) Small, Local and Minority Business Enterprise (SLMBE) Office, was named the 2012 “Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year” by the Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council (MD/DC MSDC).
WSSC General Manager/CEO Jerry N. Johnson, said, “This award is further validation that when it comes to advocacy on behalf of WSSC and women-and minority-owned businesses, nobody does it better than Towanda. She is truly a force behind our efforts to improve business opportunities at WSSC.”
In Fiscal 2012, WSSC awarded $129 million to MBE firms and paid 28 percent ($102 million) of its total contract payments to MBE firms, exceeding its aspirational MBE goal of 26 percent.
Kenneth E. Clark, president and CEO of the MD/DC MSDC, said, “Livingston’s work in getting the new WSSC MBE Program developed and implemented was a major victory for minority businesses in this region. Her actions demonstrate the type of dedicated leadership that is invaluable in helping to boost minority participation with major buying organizations in the region.”
The award was presented Friday night in Baltimore during the council’s annual Leaders and Legends Gala. MD/DC MSDC provides a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses headquartered in Maryland and the District of Columbia for the purpose of increasing procurement opportunities.
For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.