Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan wins Corporation of the Year at MMSDC Awards for the sixth time in the last seven years

Oct. 14, 2013

DETROITBlue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan was awarded the Corporation of the Year in Financial and Insurance Services at the 30th Annual Awards celebration of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC). This prestigious award is given to the corporations that can successfully demonstrate their contribution to the growth and development of minority businesses. 

“Our commitment to supplier diversity is an important part of our success as a company, and we are very proud of the impact we continue to make, to strengthen and empower the diverse communities we serve,” said Tricia Keith, senior vice president and corporate secretary at BCBSM. “We are honored to be recognized by the MMSDC as the Corporation of the Year for the sixth time during the past seven years.”

Several Blues employees were also nominated for awards this year by MMSDC. Ulysee Rice, Jr., senior procurement specialist, was nominated for Buyer of the Year, and Marcianna Goodsell, advanced procurement specialist, was nominated for Advocate of the Year.

Minority business enterprises (MBEs) provide recommendations for the majority-owned corporations they feel would be deserving of the award. Nominated corporations are then judged on several key factors including support of MMSDC best practices and programs, efforts in mentoring MBEs, and educating internal staff on supplier diversity. 

BCBSM’s Supplier Diversity Program has a rich history and has established best-in-class business development practice, empowering the diverse communities it serves. BCBSM hosts its annual Supplier Diversity Achievement Awards to recognize the achievements of the company’s diverse suppliers and recognize the efforts and strides made in supplier diversity by internal BCBSM staff.

Learn more about supplier diversity at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan at For more information about the MMSDC, or to view event photos, visit


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