Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32Thomas Street is the new Deputy General Manager for Administration and has oversight for the Finance, General Services (formerly Logistics) IT, Procurement and SLMBE Offices of WSSC. Tom’s support of the SLMBE Programs and vendor community is evidenced in his desire to see a marked increase in the amount of WSSC contracts that are being awarded and paid to small, local and minority and women-owned businesses. “One of the primary goals of WSSC is to create value for its customers, and part of that is to make a concerted effort to use our SLMBE Programs to significantly increase opportunities for small, local and minority and women-owned businesses, which has the additional benefit of decreasing disparities in contracting in the Prince George’s and Montgomery counties’ business communities. That action alone will ensure that WSSC stays focused on helping to grow our local economy and connecting with our local stakeholders.” Towanda R. Livingston, Director, SLMBE Office is the administrator of both the Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) and Small Local Business Enterprise (“SLBE”) Programs. She knows it is imperative to ensure that both Programs are fully complementary and are operating in tandem to support the overall objective to facilitate and sustain a value-added, diverse supply chain. At WSSC, supplier diversity is a strategic priority, which is a different perspective than “just an obligation.” WSSC views its diverse suppliers and small businesses as assets, that are suitable for developing and growing into the strategic long-term partners needed to sustain WSSC’s level of customer service excellence and support our local economies. As an asset, Ms. Livingston knows that WSSC has invested in SLMBE Programs that have the capacity to provide opportunities as primes and/or subcontractors to diverse and small local firms. The SLMBE Office is charged with ensuring that diverse suppliers and local small businesses are positioned to deliver value at every level of WSSC’s supply chain. Livingston states, “The SLMBE Office is reengineering the public contracting ‘playing field’ by shifting the focus of our SLMBE Programs from meeting tactical goals such as spend targets/metrics to more strategic outcomes that focus on supporting our diverse supplier base in developing skills, scale and financial stability.” In order for WSSC’s SLMBE Programs to continue to build on its progress, it will take concerted efforts, building trusted relationships, and providing excellent service to all of WSSC’s internal and external stakeholders. Ms. Livingston adds, “The SLMBE Office’s extensive outreach and development is fixated on ensuring that our diverse suppliers and local small businesses understand our ‘customer value stream’ and are positioned as long-term value-driven partners. This shift in mindset elevates our diverse and local small businesses from being relegated to low value and peripheral work to a value-added strategic partner.” Mujib Lodhi is WSSC’s Chief Information Officer. He was asked about Strategic Sourcing as it relates to increased minority spending for Professional Services at WSSC, which has had a significant increase due to IT contracts. “We have found the quality and level of Our SLMBE Programs — Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Diversity: Views from the C-Suite Thomas Street, Deputy General Manager for Administration with a MGT Representative Towanda R. Livingston, SLMBE Director with David Malone, Chief Procurement Officer WSSC SLMBE Program Performance Results Report FY 2016 15