Although programs focusing on the growth of minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs) and black-owned businesses have been in existence for decades in the United States, the growth of these firms in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry has either remained constant or diminished. In this fireside chat, Amie Kromis will speak with Deryl McKissack, Chairwoman and CEO of McKissack & McKissack, and Michael Russell, President and CEO of H.J. Russell & Company. The conversation will explore how the AEC industry can support MBEs through the lens of these companies’ successful—yet unnecessarily challenging—experiences in building capacity and competing on their own.
- Learn about steps to proactively and meaningfully engage with DBEs (disadvantaged business enterprises).
- Learn how to collaboratively create opportunities for MBEs.
- Discover resources to connect MBE firms.
- Learn new ways to support MBEs through their lenses.