Construction Inclusion Week Webinar Series

Achieving Supplier Diversity—the Merit Shop Way

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers: Indria Hollingsworth, JE Dunn Construction; Yvette Stevens, P.E., Gilbane Building Co.; Calvin Williams, Construction Contracting Services Inc.
Moderator: Brad Lewis, Hensel Phelps


Webinar Description

Supplier diversity is proven to provide economic benefits and improve opportunities for all in the industry. Discover how a commitment to inclusiveness and awarding work based on merit is key for construction buyers to create the conditions for diverse contractors to feel welcomed and appreciated for the unique value they bring to the construction field. Join this panel as they share and explore practical means and methods to provide the authentic opportunity for all contractors to compete on a fair and level playing field.



Indria Hollingsworth is the south-central regional senior diversity, equity and inclusion manager for JE Dunn Construction. In this role, she supports offices in Austin, Texas, Dallas, Houston, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma, advocating for equity in the marketplace, workplace and workforce. Hollingsworth actively promotes JE Dunn through participation in industry events and demonstrates a passion for the industry.

Yvette N. Stevens, P.E., PMP is vice president, director of economic inclusion at Gilbane Building Co., a global construction and facilities management firm. In this enterprise leadership role, she leads Gilbane’s corporate economic inclusion strategies, including its industry-leading commitment to award $4 billion to minority-, veteran- and women-owned businesses, as well as Disadvantaged and LGBT Business Enterprises, over a five-year horizon.

Calvin E. Williams is founder and CEO of Construction Contracting Services Inc., a general contracting firm that specializes in vertical construction, provides construction consulting and performs construction advisory services. Formerly, Williams was a project manager with Walsh Construction, one of Chicago’s largest and most respected general contracting, construction management and design-build firms. His experience in commercial construction is broad and varied, and his projects span across all sectors from commercial, local and state government to higher education.



Brad Lewis, MCA, has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry with Hensel Phelps. He started as a field engineer and working his way up to a superintendent position, where he learned the importance of fostering relationships with owners, trade partners, community leaders and vendors to enhance project and community initiatives. Lewis is the chair of the ABC Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee, which he has served on for eight years.