Illinois Tollway Diversity Advisory Council discusses ongoing diversity initiatives and their positive regional impacts
Illinois Tollway leadership gathered recently with members of its Diversity Advisory Council over breakfast to discuss ongoing diversity initiatives and the positive impact they’re having for small, diverse and veteran-owned firms throughout the region.
Tollway Director and Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair Jackie Gomez and Interim Executive Director Lanyea Griffin thanked members of the Diversity Advisory Council for their support in advancing the agency’s diversity programs.
Chief of the Department of Diversity and Strategic Development Terry Miller provided a brief update on Tollway diversity programs and the group had a chance to network and talk to Director Gomez about her vision for the future of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, while meeting with Griffin for the first time in her role as interim executive director. Many DAC members were familiar with Griffin’s past work managing construction and engineering services in the Move Illinois Program.
The Diversity Advisory Council is a group of outside subject-matter experts and construction industry participants who share ideas and guidance with Tollway management to further the agency’s diversity programs. Their work provides an outside perspective that helps inform the Tollway’s efforts to build upon its established foundation of inclusion.
The breakfast meeting serves as an opportunity to strengthen relationships between Tollway leadership and advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion in the transportation industry.
Below, please find images from the meeting.