Kansas City’s Influential Women: Michelle Word

Michelle Word, Principal and Supplier Diversity Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Advancing awareness and emphasizing the importance of a diverse supplier base and methods within the workplace, Michelle Word reached the pinnacle of her career when she became a principal at Burns & McDonnell in 2013.

The promotion intensified an already heightened desire to promote the inclusion of underutilized businesses in Burns & McDonnell’s projects. Word has served on its Diversity Advisory Council since it was founded in 2004 and developed the company’s supplier diversity procedures and policies, many of which have gained recognition from political leaders, led to partnerships with diverse organizations nationwide and provided small businesses with opportunities and support.

Her focus on diversity extends beyond the workplace with multiple leadership positions in organizations like the Missouri Women’s Council, where she is board chair, and active participation with the MidAmerica Minority Supplier Development Council, the Hispanic Chamber of Greater Kansas City, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, the Minority Contractors Association and the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council. Word volunteers for Powell Gardens, the Urban League and the FBI Citizens Academy, and she is a member of the Jackson County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

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