Michelle Word

Michelle Word
Supplier Diversity Manager
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P: 816-822-3084
F: 816-822-3412

Recent Honors

Recognition received for outstanding support to small/diverse business concerns within the past five years includes:

  • December 2014 - Presented with the Champion of Supplier Diversity award by the Urban League of Greater Kansas City during its Difference Maker Luncheon.
  • May 2014 - Burns & McDonnell Chairman and CEO Greg Graves was the recipient of the Community Guardian Award for Business. This honor is presented to a company that understands that giving back is both a privilege and a responsibility.
  • May 2013 - Recipient of the Prime Supplier of the Year Award during Edison Electric Institute's Supplier Diversity Conference.
  • October 2012 - Recipient of the Champions of Diversity Award from the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (Kansas City Chamber). The presentation stated: "Burns & McDonnell has designed a company culture that celebrates and nurtures diversity in many ways, including encouraging their staff to be actively involved in area minority chambers and business associations and invests in these same agencies with multiple resources."
  • March 2012 - Burns & McDonnell's supplier diversity manager was recognized by the Kansas City Chamber with an ACE award. This award celebrated Burns & McDonnell's efforts to embrace a diverse supplier base and provide meaningful project opportunities to small business concerns.
  • November 2011 - After helping to relaunch its pre-engineering program, Burns & McDonnell was recognized as the Partner of the Year by Donnelly College "for sharing your many gifts to help our students develop theirs." Donnelly is a federally recognized minority institution.
  • January 2011 and 2007 - Burns & McDonnell and Graves were awarded Corporation of the Year and CEO Advocate of the Year, respectively, by the MidAmerica Minority Business Development Council, an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

    The Corporation of the Year is the council's highest award and is presented to a corporate member who consistently demonstrates commitment to minority business development through its minority purchases, technical and managerial assistance and/or sponsorships of minority firms and programs. This commitment to equal economic opportunities for minorities is its endorsement of the principles of MAMBDC.

    The CEO Advocate of the Year award was established to recognize the CEO whose contributions to minority business development demonstrate vision and leadership. This individual has a significant impact on minority business enterprises.
  • During the 90th Anniversary of the Urban League's Difference Maker Awards Day Luncheon, Graves was named the Difference Maker for "setting the bar in corporate social responsibility."
  • During the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City's annual Noche de Gala awards dinner, Burns & McDonnell received the El Dorado Corporation of the Year award. This award is presented to the corporation who has demonstrated and implemented initiatives that have made a positive difference in the growth of Hispanic businesses.
  • The Urban League of Greater Kansas City awarded Burns & McDonnell the 2010 Equalizer for advancing corporate and supplier diversity, inclusion, community involvement, engagement and support.
  • Burns & McDonnell's supplier diversity manager received a gubernatorial appointment to chair the Missouri Women's Council board. One of the council's objectives is to serve as a resource and referral center to help encourage, educate and support women as they pursue their business goals. This appointment was the result of identifying Burns & McDonnell's commitment to small and diverse business concerns.
  • Burns & McDonnell has been a recipient of 19 contract recognition Awards, presented on behalf of the (former) MidAmerica Minority Business Development Council. These awards were given to Burns & McDonnell in recognition of success in providing significant procurement/project opportunities to minority/disadvantaged firms. The firms that stood with Burns & McDonnell as the awards were presented have various certifications, including Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, SDB, SBA HUBZone certified and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned.