Lead Supplier Diversity Manager, Evergy
Valerie Coyazo has been Lead Supplier Diversity Manager for Evergy for over 18 years. She provides direction and leadership for the day-to-day operations of the Evergy Supplier Diversity Program. Valerie is responsible for promoting and facilitating the development of business relationships between Evergy’s Supply Chain, Internal Business Partners, and Diverse Suppliers doing business with Evergy. She is responsible for coordinating the establishment, implementation, and continuous evolution of Evergy’s Supplier Diversity program, enabling Sourcing to optimize diversity in its supply base and to improve supply chain performance, transparency, and accountability. Valerie champions Evergy’s external participation with diversity advocacy groups, such as: NMSDC, WBENC, NGLCC and their regional affiliates. Evergy’s Supplier Diversity team is “Committed to the Community” and best in class people practices that promote a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Valerie serves as a member of several boards which include the Chair for the Business Diversity Executive Advisory Committee for the Edison Electric Institute. Chair of the Hispanic Collaborative of Greater Kansas City, serves on the regional WBDC Certification committee, serves on the regional planning committee for FIRST Robotics, Co-Chair for the Supplier Diversity subcommittee for the Kansas City Procurement Roundtable, and on the Executive Board for the FBI Citizens Academy.
Valerie has received the Chairman’s Award from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity from Diversity, Inc. Magazine, MBE Coordinator of the Year award from the Mid America Minority Business Development Council for her work with minority suppliers, the Thomas E. Purcell Award from the Guadalupe Centers for outstanding contribution to the Guadalupe Center by a board member and was honored by the Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City for making a difference in the lives of women and girls in our community.
She received a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from Park College in Kansas City, Missouri.