A phrase of choice for Toni Y. Silva, Director of Supplier Relations for The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is that she does not want businesses to survive she wants them to thrive. Bringing over 30 years of experience in Business Administration and Program Development to the position she has held since 2006, Silva says her department is building the capacity of suppliers who are doing business with UPMC.
“We are building them to succeed in doing business not only with UPMC, but with other corporations and business entities within the region,” said Silva.
As a way to demonstrate their commitment to the minority, women-owned and veteran-owned suppliers they work with, UPMC recently held what they consider a first-of-its-kind business collaboration that brought together UPMC MWDBE suppliers; UPMC Supply Chain Management leadership; local corporations; city, county and state officials; governmental agencies, and executive leaders from vital organizations that support minority business growth and development.
“Our role as the largest employer in Western Pennsylvania and the largest economic driver is to help the region grow,” pointed out UPMC’s Gregory K. Peaslee, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer. “Programs like the Collaboration for Growth event puts us a step forward in that regard.”