Independence Blue Cross (Independence) Supplier Diversity Director Chuck Stefanosky received two awards for his leadership and support of the company’s longstanding supplier diversity program.
In December, the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC) named him the Emmett T. Vaughn Corporate Advocate of the Year. EMSDC noted that Stefanosky exemplifies a goal-driven commitment to supplier diversity and is passionate about creating space and opportunity for minority businesses to thrive and grow.
Earlier in the fall, Stefanosky won the Women’s Business Enterprise Center East (WBEC East) Advocate of the Year award. He was recognized for providing exceptional support to women business enterprises (WBE) and demonstrating leadership in the promotion of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council-certified WBEs.
In 2021, Independence appointed Stefanosky the organization’s first-ever supplier diversity director. In this new role, he will develop and execute strategies to enrich the company’s 30+ year commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. He previously held the title of director Strategic Sourcing and Procurement.
Over the course of his two decades with Independence, Stefanosky has shown a deep commitment to advancing diverse businesses and bolstering the company’s longstanding and impactful supplier diversity program. His work helped create opportunities for growth among businesses that are owned and controlled by women, veterans, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community.
During Stefanosky’s tenure, the company saw a number of key milestones, including:
- The launch of an African American Supplier Mentoring program
- Landmark spending with diverse businesses owned and controlled by women, veterans, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community
- Award recognition for its commitment to supplier diversity
Stefanosky is a sought-after advisor and speaker on best-in-class supplier diversity programs. In October, Stefanosky spoke about Independence’s successful relationships with diverse suppliers during a GPLEX (Greater Philadelphia League Exchange) summit hosted by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. In December, he shared his thoughts on investing in Black and Brown-owned businesses during a forum from the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. Stefanosky will join the Chamber again in February to talk about building inclusive procurement strategies.