Paying Tribute to Emmett Vaughn


ChicagoMSDC Wishes a Sincere Farewell to Mr. Emmett T. Vaughn.

On Friday, May 17, 2019, family, friends, and colleagues throughout the nation received the sad news of Mr. Emmett T. Vaughn’s passing.

For the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, the news is very close to home.  Emmett not only actively represented Exelon Corporation’s corporate membership and its seat on the Board of Directors, but Vaughn was also elected Chairman of the Board in January 2013.

Emmett represented Exelon Corporation with prideful passion as Director of Diverse Supplier Inclusion Strategies for nation’s largest nuclear/electric utility company.  In this role Emmett provided strategic direction and oversight for over $1.1 Billion of business done between Exelon and diversity certified businesses (DCB’s) annually. He joined the company in 2005 and was the catalyst for much of the success in national supplier diversity and economic development initiatives attributed to Exelon.

In addition to his corporate experience, he spent a year as a “loaned executive advisor” to Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and the Rainbow PUSH coalition on various national minority business development and civil rights projects.

Emmett’s professional expertise was cultivated early in his career as a senior consultant leading the diversity practice group for RGMA Consulting, a Chicago based management consulting firm. Additional Fortune 500 corporate experiences included developing the supplier diversity strategies for Albertsons Inc. and RR Donnelley & Sons Co.

Throughout his career, he was thoughtful and always prepared to articulate his expertise and perspective. Emmett earned several awards for professional achievement and outstanding accomplishments. In 2009 Emmett was presented the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the US Department of Commerce – Minority Business Development Agency for contribution to regional minority business growth. He was recognized in 2011 by Minority Business News Magazine USA as one of the “Best Supplier Diversity Professionals of the past decade.” The same publication has recently listed him as one the “75 most influential executives in supplier diversity – 2013.”

In 2015 Emmett was recognized by the ChicagoMSDC for his outstanding contributions to the supplier diversity community, receiving the Anders C. Rasmussen, Jr. Award.  At this year’s 52nd Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair, the ChicagoMSDC presented Vaughn with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a rousing standing ovation for tirelessly advocating for the entire community.

The ChicagoMSDC is deeply saddened by the news that Mr. Vaughn’s battle with cancer has led him beyond our grasp, but his legacy will remain in the spirit and fabric of how we continue to advocate for our community with relentlessness, focus and dedication to a greater sense of economic success.

Emmett is survived by three adult children, Erica, Hayley and Wesley, who he frequently regarded as his greatest life achievements.  His active role in his church and community coupled with his unwavering commitment to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. were all hallmarks of his well-rounded contributions and service.

Emmett was one of a kind and will be truly be missed. Born September 23, 1956 in St. Louis, Missouri and gone too soon, we respectfully pay tribute to Mr. Emmett Turner Vaughn, Jr.