Four days in New Orleans turning ideas into action.
50 years of building momentum for economic equity.
$1 trillion impact in our sights.
We have arrived at a moment of pure potential, when everything is on the table. And as we gather together in person for our first hybrid national conference in two years, we are seizing this moment to reimagine the NMSDC Conference & Exchange as you know it.
It’s time for a new way of doing things — a collaborative, inclusive way, befitting our mission and ethos. So we’re turning to you and your unique insights, goals, and POV to help guide content selection, drive discussion across expertise and organizational boundaries, and chart the course for our next 50 years. If ever there was a time to show up, speak up, and step up, this is it.
Join us live in New Orleans for the NMSDC 50th Anniversary Conference & Exchange.
For the first time, the National Conference will feature:
Breakout sessions where MBEs and corporate leaders work together to turn keynote takeaways into springboards to action
The topics you want discussed, presented by and to the people you want to discuss them with
Leveraging this moment to accelerate the movement towards $1 trillion in certified MBE annual revenues and true economic equity
PLEASE NOTE: This is a hybrid (virtual + in-person) conference.
Video replay of select recorded sessions will be available to in-person and virtual attendees one week after the conference and available for 30 days. Plan your conference itinerary strategically. (But experience it exuberantly.)
There will be Magic in New Orleans.
Co-Chair, 50th Anniversary Steering Committee
Earvin "Magic" Johnson joins NMSDC to set forth meaningful action and commitment to bring systemic change and help close the wealth gap for communities of color.
Don't miss the Magic of the ribbon cutting at The Exchange!
The next 50 years.
In just five decades, NMSDC has made unprecedented strides, building a membership of 1,500+ corporate leaders, certifying over 15,000 MBEs, and helping them grow their annual economic output to $400 billion. Now, as we look back with pride from this pivotal point in history, we have the perspective to see that where we’ve been is nothing compared to where we’re going.
So let’s celebrate our successes. Let’s harness the energy of the last two years and the momentum of our first 50. And let’s use it to propel us boldly forward on the road to economic equity and $1 trillion in annual MBE revenues. We have a half century of progress at our backs. And nothing but wide-open possibilities ahead.
More voices. More choices.
New Orleanians are big fans of lagniappe (LAN-yap) — that little something extra. And this year, we are bringing all the extra to the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Community-driven content. Pop-up, interdisciplinary working groups (Impact Labs). Only-in-NOLA adventures. And four days filled to the brim with inspiration, innovation, collaboration, and celebration. Because around here, too much is just about right.
- Industry Group Meetings
- MBEIC Opportunity Accelerator
- NMSDC “Bon Temps” Riverboat Welcome Reception
- Keynotes, Sessions, Impact Labs, and Workshops
- Matchmaking Sessions (In Person)
- Explore New Orleans on All Hallows' Eve
- Morning Keynote and NMSDC Theater Sessions
- The Exchange and Matchmaking Sessions
- 50th Anniversary Concert at Champions Square
- The Exchange (Half Day) and Matchmaking Sessions
- Briefing on the State of NMSDC
- 50th Anniversary Awards Ceremony & Farewell Reception
Years don’t make this a milestone.
As a sponsor of the NMSDC 50th Anniversary Conference & Exchange, you are moving more than the needle. You’re moving MBEs, corporate executives, policy makers, and thought leaders into each other’s orbits, generating the kind of illumination, innovation, and momentum that will move us all towards true business diversity and economic equity. Because what makes this event a milestone is not the distance we’ve traveled — it’s the bold, new horizon that’s opening up before us.
The world we know is possible is, at last, in our sights. Your support will speed us towards it.
Learn more about becoming a Golden Anniversary Sponsor:
Flights and Hotels
NMSDC has negotiated discounted airline and hotel rates for attendees.
You must make your hotel reservation through Orchid Events. Hotel reservations are taken on a first-come,
first-served, space available basis. All reservations must be received by October 1, 2022, to guarantee availability and conference rates. After this date, reservations will be made based on availability and hotels may charge higher rates.