Posted on August 20, 2013

PG&E Recognized for Diversity and Procurement Outreach at Annual Black Chamber Conference

FRESNO – The California Black Chamber of Commerce presented PG&E with its Diversity & Procurement Outreach award during the chamber’s annual business and economic summit in Fresno.

The chamber’s Ron Brown Summit & Awards Gala was held Aug. 15-17 at Fresno’s Radisson Hotel and attended by 250 business owners, corporations and community-based organizations. Over the course of three days, participants worked to build relationships, partnerships and contracting success.

From left, Marlene Murphy-Roach and Jerilyn Gleaves from PG&E, CBCC President Aubry Stone and PG&E’s Trish Williams at the recent California Black Chamber of Commerce event.

PG&E – one of the summit’s sponsors – was given the Diversity & Procurement Outreach award for its commitment to contract with diverse businesses. PG&E’s Marlene Murphy-Roach, a Fresno-based senior manager in customer engagement, accepted the award on behalf of the company.

The utility has a long history committed to diversity and inclusion and its supplier diversity program has provided thousands of diverse businesses with opportunities to deliver products to PG&E.

In 2012, PG&E spent more than $2 billion with diverse suppliers — a record for the company — accounting for 38.8 percent of its total procurement budget. The total was twice what the utility spent on diverse suppliers in 2010. The company spent about $356 million with Black businesses.

PG&E suppliers WWT (World Wide Technology Inc.) and MSI Computer Corp. joined company representatives at the event. PG&E’s Aaron Keough, customer relationship manager in Fresno, took part in a “Green Economic Business Opportunities” panel. And Jerilyn Gleaves, from PG&E’s supplier diversity department, provided coaching during a “Presenting with a Purpose” workshop.

Aubry Stone, longtime president of the California Black Chamber of Commerce who announced this year’s conference would be his last, was honored with a special tribute from Curren Price, a Los Angeles City Council member and former California state senator.

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