Supplier Diversity

Washington University is committed to supporting those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, especially minority and women owned businesses.

Our plan includes providing guidance on increasing cash flow, assessing work scope opportunities, collaborating with industry and commerce organizations, and offering educational resources and forums aligned to your needs.

You will find information regarding our recent webinars here. We have included the recordings of the webinars as well as related forms and resources.

Washington University will continue to make the necessary steps to support our M/WBE supply chain community for the long haul. For construction specific questions, please contact Julie Ledbetter @ 314-935-6063. For Supplier Diversity related questions, please contact Janelle Turner @ 314-935-6811. Thank you for your dedication during these extraordinary times.

Together, we can persevere and emerge more resilient. Please check back often as we will provide updates as they occur.

The Office of Supplier Diversity was established at Washington University in St. Louis in 1999. Its mission is to assist the university in the implementation of a Supplier Diversity Strategic Plan aimed at:

  • Sustaining diverse businesses in the St. Louis community.
  • Creating viable new diverse businesses in the St. Louis community.
  • Increasing diversity representation in the workplace.

Washington University is committed through its Supplier Diversity Initiative to assist diverse business enterprises in gaining access to business opportunities at the university with the expectation that all goods and services acquired from any business enterprise will meet the university’s requirements relating to value, quality and timeliness. The university believes that through this initiative, more diverse business enterprises will not only have greater opportunities, but will increase their business presence at the university.

This office works closely with key departments on both the Danforth and Medical campus including Resource Management and Facilities and Planning. Our staff consists of consultants experienced in the area of business development, training and support.

Supplier Small Business Classifications

Easily search the supplier database for diverse small businesses by business type. Navigate to the column for the business classification you are seeking. Click on the drop down box, un-click the ‘blanks’ box, hit ‘go’.

Supplier Database Search


Janelle Turner
Director of Supplier Diversity

Evangeline Lettnecker
Administrative Coordinator


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