Building Diverse Partnerships Panel

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Building Diverse Partnerships Panel

Apr 21, 2021 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The A/E/C business is built on relationships, and some of the most important relationships are those between firms that offer complementary services. The A/E/C industry consists of firms as diverse as the people who work in them. As the industry has become more diverse, we are learning more and more each day about how building long-term partnerships with small and disadvantaged firms can contribute to completing successful projects.

Combining the expertise of an owner/agency with a strong commitment to ensuring work for COBID-certified firms with representatives from large and small firms, this panel aims to give participants practical advice on how to build diverse partnerships that go beyond meeting diversity goals and result in lasting relationships over multiple projects.

Learning Objectives

  1. Why COBID participation matters to agencies and the impact participation goals have on the success of COBID-certified businesses.
  2. How to approach prime or COBID-certified firms to build mutually beneficial partnerships.
  3. Tips for starting the discussion with your firm about building diverse partnerships.


11 – 11:15 a.m. | Sign-in/Welcome/Announcements
11:15 – 12:15 p.m. | Panel Discussion
12:15 – 12:30 p.m. | Q&A


Adrienne Lindsey,
Senior Marketing and Business Development Specialist, GeoEngineers, Inc.

Adrienne co-founded GeoEngineers’ Inclusive Contracting Program in 2015 and has since lead the program from a small two-person effort to a national, companywide program. Starting with a grassroots approach, she created the Inclusive Contracting Group to increase awareness internally about the importance of proactively collaborating with diverse businesses. As an Inclusive Contracting advocate, she has helped build momentum and support across the company. These efforts were recognized with the 2020 SMPS-Oregon Marketing Communications Award for Internal Marketing. Adrienne is passionate about connecting with the firm’s leaders, technical staff and other advocates to partner with more certified firms in all aspects of the company’s business.

Adrienne is a Senior Marketing and Business Development Specialist at GeoEngineers with 13 years in the A/E/C industry. She has a Master’s in Public Administration from Portland State University, and a Bachelors’ in Political Science from Washington State University. In her current role, she is spearheading marketing efforts across GeoEngineers, a national employee-owned earth science and engineering consulting firm.

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$15.00 Non-Member Registration
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April 21
11:00 am - 12:30 pm PDT
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