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Skanska USA Building unveils its Diversity and Inclusion-focused Excellence in Construction Leadership Program.

First of its kind, a national program designed to strengthen relationships with local business partners and promote diversity and inclusion within the construction industry supply chain.

Skanska, a global leader in sustainable building, has announced the launch of its Excellence in Construction Leadership Program (ECLP), a nomination-based, executive-level program that brings together Skanska USA Building’s leadership team members with executives from diverse local businesses across regions to promote diversity and inclusion within the construction industry supply chain. ECLP is the first of its kind in the construction industry to focus specifically on nationwide peer-to-peer relationships with trade partners and is built off the firm’s successful Construction Management Building Blocks Program (CMBB).

“Skanska has long been committed to fostering meaningful relationships in our local communities, and we are thrilled to introduce the Excellence in Construction Leadership Program to further strengthen our network of diverse partners,” said Joycelyn Yue, National Director of Supplier Diversity, Skanska USA Building. “Participants in our ECLP program will have unique opportunities to further develop and expand their businesses through the resources and connections that our team can provide, as well as foster further diversification across the construction industry.”

Introduced in 16 of Skanska’s USA Building offices, ECLP participants from each region have been nominated and selected by Skanska’s general managers, account managers, business developers, and local Supplier Diversity team members based on their company values, leadership potential, success in the local market, relationships with clients, and connections with community stakeholders.

Participants are invited to attend an annual two-day, in-person development session with their peers and Skanska leadership before returning to their local markets for ongoing relationship building. The open-ended program is designed to facilitate ongoing access, knowledge-sharing and mutually beneficial relationships between Skanska and their diverse business partners, that will further develop strategic connections with clients and community stakeholders.

ECLP builds on Skanska’s already successful subcontractor development program CMBB in-house training program, which has a long record of success in a variety of Skanska markets across the USA. Since 2007, over 800 companies have engaged in Skanska’s programs and the participating firms have collectively exceeded $740M in contracts on Skanska projects. The multi-week training program introduces and familiarizes diverse-owned companies with various business management tools necessary to become stronger business enterprises.