As the Director of Supplier Diversity at Turner & Townsend, Wayne Lambert leads efforts to enhance the firm’s Supplier Diversity program and expand the supply chain to create contract and capacity-building opportunities for diverse businesses, including and not limited to minority, women, disadvantaged, and small businesses. Wayne works with public and private sector clients and provides support to meet utilization targets, amongst other internal and external efforts in area of diversity. Previously, Wayne worked in the public- sector, where he had over 15 years of experience in supplier and workforce diversity, spending time in New York City’s (NYC) Mayor’s Office of M/WBE as Deputy Director of Programs, as Chief Diversity and Industry Relations Officer with the NYC Department of Design & Construction, led M/WBE efforts and supported health equity initiatives at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and served at NYC’s Department of Small Business Services where he connected over 10,000 small businesses to public and private sector opportunities.
Diversity in Construction Personal Statement -
It has been a mission of mine to create opportunities for diverse groups of businesses. This effort opens the door for many firms to learn, build capacity and grow, and ultimately impact the communities they reside in through workforce opportunities and other activities that furthers economic development. It is important for all of us to understand our role in this mission and play a part in creating access to opportunities across various industries. There are diverse contractors and consultants ready, willing, and able to get involved, and we all can have an impact in moving the needle towards a more inclusive and equitable contract environment- let’s support small and diverse businesses!