Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program

2023 Penn Supplier Diversity Impact Awards Announced

Penn Supplier Diversity Impact Award Being Presented to Karoline Prosperi

Penn Procurement Services is pleased to recognize this year’s recipient of the Penn Supplier Diversity Impact Award.  Now in its third year, this award honors faculty and staff who have made outstanding contributions in advancing Penn’s goals in the areas of supplier diversity and inclusion.  

This year’s recipient, Karoline Prosperi, Procurement Manager from Facilities & Real Estate Services (FRES), focuses on expanding diversity spend with minority- and women owned-business enterprises (MWBE). In FY 2022 and FY 2023 (year-to-date), she served in the lead procurement role in directly awarding over $400,000 in diversity spend across several initiatives. Among the contract recipients were two woman-owned companies, including one that was based locally in Philadelphia; a local, Asian-American owned business; and an African-American owned company.  The agreements ranged from $15,000 to $175,000.   

Among her other accomplishments, Prosperi teamed up with her FRES colleagues in Design and Construction to host monthly Meet & Greet sessions with newer, small MWBEs.  As a result of this engagement, various opportunities for diverse suppliers came to fruition with contracts.  Included among these were a construction opportunity involving a partnership with a large, majority-owned business; a significant painting opportunity; and mechanical preventative maintenance work for fan coil units and HVAC equiement.

An Honorable Mention Award was bestowed this year to Dr. Yoosun Park, Associate Professor at the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2). As part of Dr. Park’s work, she significantly revamped one of the School’s foundation social work classes, “History and Philosophy of Social Work and Social Welfare.” On the evenings that the new class was held, participating students gathered prior to class to enjoy a meal together.  Dr. Park took the initiative to seek out minority caterers that offered a range of menu items, including vegan options. Her initiative allowed SP2 to support the School’s community members who follow a vegan diet while also sustaining, local, minority-owned businesses.  Dr. Park plans to propose more diverse caterers for Penn Marketplace, the University’s portal that houses information about Penn Suppliers and which opens the door for them to participate in Catering@ Penn, Penn Procurement Services’ database of preferred suppliers that allows faculty and staff to search by diversity status as well as other criteria such as cuisine type, service offerings, sustainability and geographic location.   

As Marie Witt, Vice President, Division of Business Services, explains, “This year’s Supplier Diversity Impact Award honorees have collaborated with their colleagues to take the University’s inclusion priority to a place where we are driving substantive impact at a critical time. Their intentional business practices are something that can be emulated by all of us to help fuel business growth among local and diverse suppliers.”  


Pictured above from left to right: Joann Mitchell, Senior Vice President of Institutional Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer, Office of the President;  Colleen Reardon, Senior Director, Strategic Sourcing and Sustainability, Penn Procurement Services; Craig Carnaroli, Penn’s Senior Executive Vice President, Karoline Prosperi, the 2023 Supplier Diversity Impact Award honoree, Chris Wailoo, Associate Dean of Business Services & CFO, Penn Carey Law School; Mark Mills, Chief Procurement Services, Penn Procurement Services; and Glenn Bryan, Assistant Vice President, Office of Government and Community Affairs.