2016 Professional Services Diversity Symposium

Work Together Win Together


University of Illinois
Office of the President
Office of the Senior Associate Vice President (SAVP) for Business and Finance (OBFS)
Office of Procurement Diversity (OBFS)


Message from Michael B. Bass, Senior Associate Vice President and Deputy Comptroller, OBFS, University Administration

President Timothy L. Killeen is requesting University Vice Presidents, Business Managers, Buyers and other staff with responsibilities for procuring various professional and general services to support the Office of Procurement Diversity's 2016 Professional Services Diversity Symposium. The Symposium will provide a platform for diverse professional services firms and select suppliers to present their capabilities to key internal staff. The intent of this outreach initiative is to build relationships that may lead to procurement opportunities that meet the University’s needs. This event will be key to increasing spend with diverse firms.

The Symposium will provide an opportunity for key staff members to attend presentations by diverse firms, followed by a reception to network with representatives of these firms. The 2016 Professional Services Diversity Symposium will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the UIC Forum located at 725 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60607.

President Killeen is committed to this initiative as it represents a clear demonstration of our core value of diversity and inclusion in economic development with a focus on excellence.


The Symposium consists of individual presentations provided by diverse firms in the seven (7) professional services and supplier categories. University staff is encouraged to register and attend as many presentations as possible in the areas that could potentially meet the University’s procurement needs.

Networking Reception

President Timothy L. Killeen and the Board of Trustees request your attendance at the Networking Reception immediately following the Symposium. President Killeen is hosting this reception in appreciation of participating firms and supporters for making this event a success. Take advantage of the opportunity to network with members of the Illinois General Assembly, Board of Trustee Members, and University Leadership, as the Office of Procurement Diversity enhances diversity and inclusion at the University of Illinois.