NMSDC Welcome Reception
Our Welcome Reception celebrates "We're Back!"— together and in person — for the first time in several years! Enjoy a "Taste of NMSDC" as you kick off your conference week in New Orleans! Network with colleagues and partners as you savor cuisines honoring the distinct communities NMSDC serves, including African-American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American.
As you experience this melting pot of cultures and tastes, get your feet moving to the sounds of our exclusive entertainment featuring the local Jazz and Blues sounds of New Orleans. Finally, enjoy a roaming Zulu parade that will create timeless moments for you and your colleagues! This is one NMSDC conference event you don't want to miss!
Thank you to our Welcome Reception sponsors:
One night brings the funk of 40,000 years.
It’s New Orleans, y’all. This place is alive with spirits all year ‘round, but never more so than on All Hallows’ Eve. Why shouldn’t the living join the party?
Catch the annual Thriller Flash Mob at City Hall. Wander down Royal Street, keeping an eye out for Lestat. Or commune with Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, the beautifully spooky city of the dead. There’s nowhere like NOLA for Hallowe’en!
Photo courtesy of Cemetery Tour New Orleans at Basin St. Station
Creole Death and Mourning Tour – At the historic Gallier House
Haus of Hoodoo – Pick up a protective potion and maybe a message from the spirits
The Mortuary – A 150-year old haunted house (and former funeral parlor)
History & Haunts Carriage Tour – Ride with the French Quarter’s creatures of the night
Frenchmen Street – Come for the costumes, stay for the live music and libations
New Orleans Haunted Pub Crawl – Enjoy spirits with the spirits
New Orleans Nightmare – One of the Top 13 Haunted Houses in America
Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left): House of Hoodoo. History & Haunts Carriage Tour. Thirteenth Floor. New Orleans Ghost Adventures Tours. Outcast Carnival. The House that Fear Built.
50th anniversary and NMSDC is putting on a tradeshow like none other. We’re starting early with one-on-one matchmaker sessions beginning on Monday, followed by the official tradeshow ribbon cutting on Tuesday. On the show floor, attendees will have access to hundreds of exhibitors, in addition to an amazing aesthetic experience with several photo op stations.
Thank you to The Exchange sponsors:
Concert at Champion's Square
NMSDC is proud to present the Concert at Champion’s Square, featuring Sheila E. and Bell Biv Devoe! Join us for an exciting night filled with fun at the New Orleans Superdome, where you’ll have access to exclusive lounge views at Club 44 and special performances from DJ Shakim and more!
Thank you to our 50th Anniversary Concert sponsors:
50th Anniversary Awards Ceremony and Farewell Celebration
Our week in New Orleans concludes with the prestigious Awards Gala! Gather together as we honor the outstanding achievements of member corporations, suppliers, and minority business enterprises (MBEs), as well as the most prominent individuals and companies in the field of minority business development. Enjoy a stellar evening of food, drinks, and entertainment. This event will also feature a ball drop, champagne toast, and post-ceremony music and dancing as we celebrate the end to our incredible and exciting conference.
Thank you to our 50th Anniversary Awards Ceremony and Farewell Reception sponsors:
Community Service — Project I Am
Project I Am, a 501c3 organization that was created by Jahkil Naeem Jackson when he was 8 years old. Jahkil, now 15, has a heartfelt desire to help those in need. After helping his aunt distribute food to the Chicago homeless, he knew that he wanted to do more to make a difference.
Project I Am inspires a generation of servant leaders, community builders, and social entrepreneurs while building awareness and providing temporary support and long-term solutions for the homeless.
To date, Project I Am has raised over $300,000 towards the homeless initiative and has impacted over 85,000 homeless people.
Join us by assembling bags from Monday, October 31 – Wednesday, November 2. Spend just 30 minutes helping this organization, and you’ll receive a ticket to VUE Orleans to venture out on your own time.
Bags will be delivered to the Harry Tompson Center on Thursday, November 3.
VUE New Orleans
Want to take in the sights of New Orleans? Your first stop in the VUE Orleans, the only 360-degree observatory in the city, perched atop the Four Seasons. Attendees can receive a complimentary ticket for VUE by participating in the NMSDC community service project that will be housed in The Grand Hall of the convention center.
Get your free ticket by participating in community service with Project I Am!
Thank you to our Community Service sponsors: