Colette Holt & Associates
Colette Holt & Associates is a national law and consulting firm specializing in issues related to Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise programs, supplier diversity initiatives, and affirmative action issues. The firm has conducted court-approved disparity studies and designed court-approved programs for over 25 years, including for most Chicago area agencies and numerous governments across the country. We also provide training, monitoring and investigative services to agencies and businesses. Ms. Holt began her career in this area of the law when she was an Assistant Corporation for the City of Chicago and drafted and shepherded to adoption the City’s first M/WBE ordinance. The firm has counseled Illinois governments for over 25 years. More information is available at our website: www.mwbelaw.com or see us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @mwbelaw.
Sandi Llano & Associates, Inc.
With more than 30 years of experience, Sandi Llano established Sandi Llano & Associates, Inc. to continue advocating for equal access to business opportunities for disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned firms. After retiring as the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Director for Metra, Ms. Llano provides consulting services to governments and firms on compliance with contracting equity requirements, best practices for M/W/DBE programs, and representation for M/W/DBEs as their mentor and advocate.