Team Changer: The Effects of DEI on Procurement and Winning Strategies

May 07, 2021
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
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Consideration of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) continues to permeate the public discourse, and rightly so.

When it comes to traditional teaming strategies, how has our increased awareness and commitment to change altered our approaches to partnership? How important is it to clients? Have participation goals increased? Does our team adequately reflect the communities in which we work, live, and play? And if not, what can we do to remedy this?

You are invited to join SMPS Philadelphia and WTS Philadelphia for this joint event and learn what our panelists think about the transformative ways in which the design and construction community can use and maximize "team changer" methodologies to enhance project delivery.


Eileen Della Volle
VP, Business Development
KS Engineers

Eileen is a recognized business development executive and community leader with 20 years of professional experience in business development in the A/E/C industry. At KS Engineers, an MBE firm, she maintains an extensive network of influential business leaders, government officials, diversity representatives, and trade organizations to create change and results in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Within this network she is committed to helping to shape public policy and contribute to the education of stakeholders related to business diversity in public project delivery at state and municipal levels. In addition to chairing SMPS Philadelphia’s new DEI committee, Eileen also serves on the DEI committees of WTS, SMPS NY, and Women Builders Council.



Hon. Katherine Gilmore Richardson
Councilmember At-Large
City of Philadelphia

Councilmember Gilmore Richardson is the youngest woman ever elected citywide and the youngest African American woman ever elected to Philadelphia City Council. She is focused on addressing the city’s ongoing recovery from COVID-19, upskilling and reskilling the workforce, supporting local, small, and minority-owned businesses. As the chair of the Committee on the Environment, she launched the Citizen Environmental Advisory Committee, which works directly with her to co-create policy solutions that address environmental justice and climate change. A lifelong Philadelphian, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson’s first bill passed City Council in September. It established more transparency and accountability in city government by allowing Philadelphians, for the first time in the city's history, to provide public comment on the police contract process that dictates nearly 15% of the city’s spending.

Kate Bailey
Director of Procurement


Kate has been with the Port of Philadelphia since 2006, where she has held the director of procurement position at PhilaPort since September 2013. In this role, she is responsible for all solicitations as well as the establishment of procedures. She oversees procurement, diversity and inclusion, as well as contract administration. Kate has contracted over $300 million in development funds since 2016 and also aids in policy creation related to purchasing and diversity and inclusion in contracting for the Authority. 

Kate McNamara
Sr. VP, Navy Yard Plng. & RE Dev.


Kate is an attorney specializing in complex project management, public sector real estate, and capital projects. In her current role, she is responsible for planning, design, construction, infrastructure, transportation, facilities operations, and real estate development at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. She joined PIDC in 2011 to lead a long-term revitalization initiative for 3,700 acres of historically industrial land along the east and west banks of the lower Schuylkill River. Key highlights of her tenure include the Lower Schuylkill Master Plan, advancing life sciences infrastructure, and the growth and expansion of the University City Medical Complex. Prior to PIDC, Kate was special assistant to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, managing the commonwealth’s $450 million port expansion initiative and strategic planning for the $786 million expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

Tiffany Spraggins-Payne
Project Director

US DOT-Mid-Atlantic Region
SBTRC at The Enterprise Center

Tiffany’s full title and role is as project director of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), Mid-Atlantic Region Small Business Transportation Resource Center at The Enterprise Center in Philadelphia. Her star continues to rise at OSDBU, where over the past four years she has assisted more than 500 small and diverse businesses to secure bonding capacity, contracts, and access to capital throughout the mid-Atlantic region. In the last decade, Tiffany has leveraged her deep knowledge of public sector regulatory requirements applicable to federal, state, and local SBE programs to help small minority businesses start, scale, and succeed. She is the recipient of the 2018 Philadelphia Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Rising Star Award, and the 2018 Walker’s Legacy 15 Award.

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