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Friday, December 01, 2017

WTS December Lunch Program –WSDOT’s Disparity Study & Panel Discussion

11:30 AM - 01:00 PM Pacific Standard Time



WTS is pleased to welcome Earl Key, Director of WSDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity to present a summary of the findings of WSDOT’s latest Disparity Study. This introduction will serve as a starting point for a panel discussion with Earl Key, Teresa Berntsen (Director, Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises), and Leslie Jones (Director, Sound Transit Office of Small Business Development and Labor Compliance) about DBE qualifications, barriers to entrepreneurial success, and plans fo

WSDOT recently conducted a Disparity Study for its DBE program to ensure disadvantaged businesses have equal access to contracting opportunities and that current programs remain legally defensible and administratively successful.

WTS is pleased to welcome Earl Key, Director of WSDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity to present a summary of the findings of WSDOT’s latest Disparity Study. This introduction will serve as a starting point for a panel discussion with Earl Key, Teresa Berntsen (Director, Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises), and Leslie Jones (Director, Sound Transit Office of Small Business Development and Labor Compliance) about DBE qualifications, barriers to entrepreneurial success, and plans for future initiatives at their respective organizations.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) are for-profit small businesses where socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51% interest and control management and daily business operations. Recipients of USDOT funds must develop and implement a DBE program that conforms to USDOT standards.

A Disparity Study examines race- and gender-based barriers to contracts. It determines if there is evidence of a disparity between the availability and the utilization of DBEs in the contracting marketplace. Such a disparity determines whether an agency may implement a race- or gender-conscience contracting program and how the program should be tailored.

Please join us for an interesting and engaging lunch program.

If you have questions for the panel, please submit them in the comments section when you register with Brown Paper Tickets. The WSDOT Disparity Study Report can be found here:

https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/EqualOpportunity/DBE.htm

http://wsdot.disparity-study.com/

Networking begins at 11:30 am, the program begins at noon and ends at 1:00 pm.

Where: CH2M, 1100 112th Ave NE, Suite 500, Bellevue, WA 98004

When: Friday, December 1, 2017 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Cost:$15 for public agency staff and students, $20 for WTS members and $25 for non-members (plus Brown Paper Tickets service fee). Please RSVP by purchasing your ticket through Brown Paper Tickets at the link below. Registration will close on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3173443

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