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


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

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 2017 Professional Services Diversity Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the UIC Forum located at 725 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60607.


The Symposium consists of individual presentations provided by diverse firms in various professional services and supplier categories. University staff is encouraged to register and attend as many presentations as possible. With recent changes to the University’s Small Purchase policy, meet qualified diverse firms that can meet your small purchase and other 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.