Michelle Word

Michelle Word
Supplier Diversity Coordinator
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Reaching Out

Memberships | Diversity Initiatives | Recognition | Activities | Community Service


  • Through our corporate foundation, Burns & McDonnell provides financial support to more than 200 not-for-profit organizations. This funding provides a direct and positive impact by providing support to many organizations working to improve the lives of the less fortunate in our communities.
  • Corporate sponsor and host of a 2012 event for the American Indian Enterprise & Business Council to celebrate and recognize National American Indian Heritage Month. The AIEBC supports the American Indian and veteran community in efforts toward sustainable integration into the economy as employees and business owners.
  • Sponsor of "conversations on the environment" with Majora Carter, providing her insights of how Sustainable South Bronx has empowered community groups, developers, and city and state governments to create a green, equitable and prosperous community in the urban core. The result has been economic development, environmental justice and entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • 2007, 2006 and 2005 sponsor of "House Party" benefiting Newhouse, providing shelter from domestic violence. Newhouse's mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing the tools which allow women to make positive choices and lead self-sufficient lives.
  • Major corporate sponsor of the American Jazz Museum's effort to honor, celebrate and enjoy the essence of jazz, America's indigenous music. Burns & McDonnell was honored to support the 2007 event entitled "Turning X on 18th & Vine." In an effort to help commemorate this event, Burns & McDonnell placed an ad in the Kansas City Call, one of the country's oldest minority-owned newspapers.
  • 2007 and 2006 sponsor of the Blanco y Negro Annual Awards Gala recognizing individuals and organizations that have made a major impact on the Guadalupe Centers Inc. and the Hispanic community throughout the metropolitan Kansas City area.
  • 2007 and 2006 sponsor/contributor to the American Association of Blacks in Energy and the William Grant Pinkard Scholarship Program's annual golf tournament. Proceeds from this event assist outstanding local minority students majoring in science, engineering and business disciplines.
  • 2007 and 2006 sponsor of the Third & Long Foundation and Hickman Mills Education Foundation's Celebrity Golf Classic. The proceeds from this event support and improve reading and learning abilities of disadvantaged schoolchildren in Kansas City, Mo., and surrounding areas through school, cultural and educational activities and programs.
  • Sponsor of the Kansas City Hispanic Scholarship Awards hosted by the Hispanic Development Fund. The mission of this organization is to provide philanthropic support to programs that foster expression of Hispanic culture and improve the quality of life of Hispanic families in the greater Kansas City area. In 2007, more than $94,000 in scholarships was awarded and presented to 90 students at the awards dinner.
  • 2007 sponsor of the Science Pioneers 50th Anniversary Celebration. The mission of the Science Pioneers is to create innovative and supportive education activities that will encourage the youth of Kansas City to understand and use science and critical thinking in their careers and every day lives.
  • 2007 and 2006 "Gold" sponsor of the Annual JOBS Breakfast, hosted by the Full Employment Council whose mission is to obtain employment for the unemployed and underemployed residents of the Greater Kansas City area.
  • Sponsor of the 2007 Math Relays in Unified School District No. 500. This academic competition consisted of individual and team events focused on mathematical problem solving. The students had an opportunity to participate in an academically competitive atmosphere assisting in strengthening core academic areas including mathematics, science and English.

Ongoing Programs

  • Burns & McDonnell Explorer Post No. 2819: Established in October 2005 with students from local metropolitan schools, the goal is to expose students to the engineering industry, accomplish college prep work, identify a career path early on and develop their professional, leadership and business etiquette skills to foster a sense of entrepreneurship.
  • Project Lead The Way: This initiative is a pre-engineering curriculum designed primarily for high school students considering careers in engineering, science or technology. Karen Stelling, associate vice president of our Aviation & Facilities Group, and Joe Davis of Custom Engineering, a local MBE engineering firm, work as co-chairs of the Industry Council for this project. Project Lead the Way helps make science and math relevant for students, primarily those historically underserved in these fields of study, through engineering applications. We hope to build strategic partnerships among local schools, business and industry to provide students with the rigorous, relevant, reality-based knowledge necessary to pursue engineering or engineering technology programs.
  • Burns & McDonnell volunteers mentor the students of Central High School, "The Burns & McDonnell/Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation/State Street Investments & Central High School House of Technology HotBots" in the 2006 and 2007 Regional Robotics competition. Local MBE firms worked with Burns & McDonnell in supporting the team through donations of their time, tools, safety supplies and snacks. Burns & McDonnell representatives provided additional support by serving on the Kansas City/US First Planning Committee, assisting in judging the competition, providing opening remarks to the teams. 
Memberships | Diversity Initiatives | Recognition | Activities | Community Service