September 26, 2024 – Building Bridges: Advancing Supplier Diversity Healthcare Conference

Last Year, we hosted our inaugural 2023 Hospital Supplier Diversity Conference, which was an incredible success! With over 100 attendees, we fostered meaningful connections and shared innovative strategies to advance supplier diversity. Inspirational speakers, engaging panel sessions, and a vibrant marketplace of ideas left everyone energized. We witnessed the power of connection and heard stories of success for diverse businesses in establishing hospital contracts.

Join Us in 2024!

This year, we’re taking it to the next level.

Communities Lifting Communities is thrilled to announce its fall hospital supplier diversity conference, Building Bridges: Advancing Supplier Diversity in Health Care.

September 26, 2024
09:00 am – 4:30 pm

Quiet Cannon
901 Via San Clemente
Montebello, CA 90640

As an advocate for diversity and inclusivity, CLC aims to build bridges among industry, hospital procurement, and supply chain professionals. In this way, diverse suppliers and economic development organizations can come together to explore partnership opportunities, share best practices, and collectively advance diversity inclusion in healthcare procurement.

Be part of a community dedicated to expanding horizons, creating new partnerships, and building bridges that span industries and communities. The 2024 Supplier Diversity Conference is your chance to connect, learn, and grow!

  • Engage in panel discussions with industry experts on topics such as supplier diversity initiatives, overcoming challenges in procurement, and fostering sustainable partnerships.
  • Participate in interactive workshops designed to equip attendees with practical strategies for enhancing supplier diversity within their organizations.
  • Network with peers, potential partners, and industry leaders to exchange ideas, forge connections, and explore opportunities for collaboration and growth.

Whether you’re a supplier, hospital executive, entrepreneur, or diversity advocate, the 2024 Supplier Diversity Conference offers invaluable opportunities.

Register below to secure your place in our conference!

State Senator Holly Mitchell, MLK CEO Joined Cherished Futures for Black Moms & Babies Workshop for Deep Dive Discussion on Birth Inequities in Los Angeles

Keynote speaker Sen. Holly Mitchell (D—Los Angeles) joined a lineup of visionary leaders to address Black infant mortality and patient experience and safety for Black mothers and birthing people.

On July 24, 2020, HASC’s Communities Lifting Communities conducted its third Cherished Futures for Black Moms & Babies collaborative workshop. This portion of the workshop highlights keynote speaker Sen. Holly Mitchell discussing SB 464, why the legislation is important for California, her vision for respectful, equitable maternity care especially for Black mothers, and her call to action for perinatal care providers.

Anchor Mission Workshop 2: Inclusive and Local Hiring


Communities Lifting Communities (CLC), in partnership with the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC), is working to advance health equity and economic opportunity through regional collaboration among hospitals, health systems, and partner organizations. The Advancing Health Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiative will convene, engage and support hospital and health system executives and staff in addressing the underlying racial, social, economic, environmental, and systemic conditions that fuel health and economic inequity.

Join our online workshop series and learn about the anchor mission — defined as a commitment to apply economic power in partnership with the community to mutually benefit the long-term well-being of both. You’ll hear about anchor mission and strategy, address common challenges, share best practices and identify opportunities where collective regional action is possible in workforce development, local purchasing, place-based investments, policy and advocacy.

In our second session, participants will continue to expand their knowledge about the anchor mission with a focus on inclusive and local hiring by:

  • Learning about inclusive hiring strategies at the individual hospital, county, and regional levels
  • Hearing from a peer institution on best practices and lessons learned for workforce development
  • Identifying opportunities and defining challenges for inclusive local hiring within institutions and across the region
  • Understanding next steps in how HASC and CLC will support the anchor mission work through the regional collaborative


Registration is complimentary and includes meeting materials, self-assessment tools and handouts. Participating hospital teams should include at least one executive leader, along with a representative(s) from human resources; workforce development; purchasing/procurement; community benefit/population health; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and treasury.

Save the date for our upcoming anchor mission sessions on May 31 (impact purchasing) and August 30 (place-based investment). Please stay tuned for more information.