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OCT 30 - NOV 2, 2022  NEW ORLEANS

AGENDA

The below agenda is tentative and subject to change (download as a PDF). All times in CST. 

Last updated: October 3, 2022

The Impact Labs/workshops on Monday are categorized into the following three tracks, and are notated as such after the session title:

  • Insights: It’s been said that information is power, but for MBEs it’s profit. This track will explore how MBEs can curate data and use it to position themselves more competitively in the market. Attendees will explore new approaches to R&D, tech-driven scenario modeling, and more. This workshop has something for corporations, MBEs, and NGOs alike.
  • Innovation: In this track, attendees will have the opportunity to find new solutions and opportunities by exploring new industries, tactics, and partnerships to drive MBE growth. We’re talking about exciting topics like access to capital, the infrastructure bill, and everything in between, and you don’t want to miss it.
  • Inspiration: This track is designed to energize MBEs for the next 50 years. After two years of economic headwinds, we’re helping MBEs forge ahead by going back to basics. We’ll explore topics like maintaining, personal wellness, finding community, and being authentic in leadership. Join us as we find collective power by tapping into the human side of business.

Stay within a track, mix-n-match, tailor your conference experience!

  • SATURDAY (Pre-Conference 10/29)
  • SUNDAY (10/30)
  • MONDAY (10/31)
  • TUESDAY (11/1)
  • WEDNESDAY (11/2)

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Hall B1 Lobby

NMSDC Information Center

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Hilton, Commerce Jasperwood - 3rd Floor

VDart International Meeting (Invite Only)

10:00 - 11:00AM

Convention Center, Room 215-216

Supplier Diversity Advisory Committee Meeting (Invite Only)

11:15AM - 12:15PM

Convention Center, Room 210

Industry Group Chairs Meeting (Invite Only)

12:00 - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Mosaic Room

Let's Connect Lounge

12:00 - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Hall B2-2

Wellness Room

12:00 - 5:00PM

Hilton, St. Charles Ballroom

Expanding Beyond Our Borders
NMSDC's International Day, Pre-Conference Program

Limited Capacity. Select "Expanding Beyond Our Borders Pre-Conference Program" during the registration process to secure your spot (includes reception).

Welcome Remarks
Speaker(s):
Constance Y. Jones, senior director, field services, NMSDC
Ying McGuire, CEO and president, NMSDC
Harriet Michel, former CEO and president, NMSDC

The Next Evolution of Going Global
What is the trajectory of global exports/imports on the US supply chain?  How should corporations view expanding their global diversity efforts and how do MBEs play an active role?  This segment will begin the conversation on how to expand corporations' global programming and provide the results of the NMSDC global survey.
Speaker(s):
Constance Y. Jones, senior director, field services, NMSDC
Ben Ngobi, global supplier inclusion and suitability lead, Accenture

Government Resources for International Growth
The new administration has programs that are centered on growth opportunities for diverse businesses.  Hear firsthand at new strategic relationships established by NMSDC to assist MBE firms interested in global expansion.
Moderator:
Sergio Retamal. president & CEO, Global 4PL Supply Chain Management

Speaker(s):
Terri Batch, director, global diversity export initiative, U.S. Department of Commerce - U.S. Commercial Service 
Jeremy Faber, private sector engagement, Prosper Africa
Tammy Maxwell, acting senior vice president, small business division, EXIM Bank

An MBE Journey: My Global Journey to Business Expansion
Moderator:
Jeremy Faber, private sector engagement, Prosper Africa

Speaker(s):
Daniel Sung Park, owner, Eclaro 
Sergio Retamal, president & CEO, Global 4PL Supply Chain Management  
Reshma Moothy, CEO, Frontier Technologies 
Leon Richardson, CEO & founder, Chemico

 

Leveraging Our Global Resources
Twenty years ago, NMSDC leveraged its resources and created global partnerships. These partnerships have blossomed to support the plight of minority business development internationally.  Hear from our global partners and they share how to leverage the relationships established can support your global efforts.
Moderator:
Steven Sims, field services consultant, NMSDC

Speaker(s):
Cassandra Dorrington, president & CEO, Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council
Gary Joseph, CEO, South African Supplier Development Council
Mayank Shah, founder & CEO, MSDUK
Integrare Brazil
MSD China
Supply Nation

Closing Remarks
Speaker(s):
Constance Y. Jones, senior director, field services, NMSDC

Thank you to our International Day sponsors:

Global4PLC81a-A02aT01a-Z   Prosper Africa Stacked Logo 

5:00 - 6:30PM

Hilton, St. Charles Ballroom Foyer

Expanding Beyond Our Borders Pre-Conference Program Reception

9:30AM - 12:00PM

Hilton, Jefferson Ballroom - 3rd Floor

NMSDC Kellogg AMEP Alumni Educational and Networking Session (Registration Required)

Please register to join.

12:00 - 2:00PM

Hilton, Jackson Belle Chasse - 3rd Floor

Professional Services Industry Group

1:00 - 3:00PM

Hilton, St. Charles Napoleon - 3rd Floor

OA22: Opportunity Accelerator LIVE (Registration Required)

Please register to join

1:00 - 4:00PM

Hilton, Canal Magnolia - 3rd Floor

Utility Industry Group Meeting (Invite Only)

1:00 - 4:00PM

Hilton, Camp Rosedown - 3rd Floor

The Working Group Live in NOLA (Invite Only)

1:00 - 4:30PM

Hilton, St. James (Versailles) - 3rd Floor

Health Care Industry Group Member Meeting & Supplier Showcase (Invite Only)

1:00 - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Room 214

EYE Program

1:00 - 6:00PM

Hilton, River Room

RMSDC Presidents Meeting (Invite Only)

1:00 - 7:00PM

Hilton, Jackson Belle Chasse - 3rd Floor

Financial Services Roundtable for Supplier Diversity Q3 General Body Meeting (Invite Only)

2:00 - 4:00PM

Hilton, Royal (Oak Valley) - 3rd Floor

Retail Industry Group Meeting (Invite Only)

2:00 - 4:00PM

Hilton, Fulton Melrose - 3rd Floor

Hospitality Group Meeting (Invite Only)

2:30 - 5:30PM

Hilton, Windsor - 3rd Floor

Air, Rail & Transportation Working Group Meeting (Invite Only)

4:00 - 5:00PM

Hilton, Commerce Jasperwood - 3rd Floor

Automotive Industry Group (AIG) 4th Qtr General Body Meeting (Invite Only)

4:00 - 7:00PM

Hilton, Magazine Elmwood

Construction Industry Group Meet & Greet (Invite Only)

7:00 - 10:00PM

NMSDC “Bon Temps” Welcome Reception

7:30 - 8:45AM

Convention Center, Great Hall Foyer

Networking Breakfast

8:45 - 10:00AM

Convention Center, Great Hall
Streamed Live for Virtual Attendees

Main Stage Keynotes: Welcome to NMSDC 50th Anniversary Conference & Exchange

Opening Remarks
NMSDC CEO and President Ying McGuire commences this historic and important 50th Anniversary Conference & Exchange with her vision for how the next 50 years will unfold. Reflecting on the organization’s growth and impact over the past 50 years, she will also focus on setting a vision for how NMSDC will disrupt to achieve the $1 trillion goal, expand reach across geographic and organizational boundaries, and ensure that all NMSDC members are poised to meet the opportunities and challenges of the future.
Speaker(s):
Ying McGuire, CEO and president, NMSDC

Dignitary Greetings
Special greetings to all NMSDC members, attendees, and guests on behalf of the state.

Celebrating the NMSDC Story: Letters from Presidents
In this keynote address, attendees will take a trip in time to see how the disruption all started. Past NMSDC Presidents will share how they disrupted the MBE ecosystem during their terms, and the inspiration behind their work, and reflect on how NMSDC has evolved to becoming the longest-operating business growth engine for the broadest group of communities of color while also focusing on the organization’s 50 years of tremendous growth, milestones, and success.
Speaker(s):
Louis Green, president, Supplier Success
Harriet Michel, president & CEO, HR Michel, LLC
Adrienne Trimble, vice president, chief diversity officer, Sysco
Joset Wright-Lacy, CEO & founder, Waypoint Strategies

Foresight: A New Vision for a New Future

The Future of NMSDC
The path forward for NMSDC in our next 50 years starts here. This wide-ranging conversation will focus on what is working now to drive growth and opportunities for MBEs, what the organization can do better, and the potential implications of policy changes, societal shifts, and even international events on today’s business owners. Featuring Ying McGuire, NMSDC CEO and President, Carlton ONeal, NMSDC Board Member, and Alvin-O Williams, President/CEO, SRMSDC, this session will illustrate the power of collaboration from all sides of the NMSDC ecosystem as we move toward achieving the $1 trillion goal. Attendees will enjoy robust dialogue on how to redesign strategy and tactics to drive change, and how to help MBEs pivot into emerging fields to become early adopters. Most importantly, this dynamic panel will address the opportunities that come with the unprecedented government spending, and explore critical questions such as: what hangs in the balance for MBEs if we do not move the needle? How much longer will it take to close the racial wealth gap? You do not want to miss this enlightening conversation.
Moderated by Alvin O-Williams, president & CEO, Southern Region Minority Supplier Diversity Council
Moderator:
Alvin O-Williams, president and CEO, SRMSDC

Speaker(s):
Ying McGuire, CEO and president, NMSDC
Carlton Oneal, president, LighSpeedEdu, Inc.
Guy Schweppe, senior vice president, technology & software procurement, Dell

Live Case Study: Kicking the Door Open in Nontraditional Lines of Business
Join Mass Mutual General Counsel, Mike O’Connor as he presents a case study from a legal perspective on how to break through barriers and gain access to non-traditional lines of business.
Speaker(s):
Mike O'Connor, General Counsel, Mass Mutual

10:15 - 11:15AM

Convention Center, Great Hall
Recorded for On-demand Access Post Conference for All Attendees

Wealth Creation: Creating Jobs in Distressed Communities

In the past two years, the federal government has invested a once-in-a-generation amount of funding into the nation's critical infrastructure to remain competitive in the global economy. The CARES Act, American Rescue Plan, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, CHIPS Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act is bringing over $6.8T into the American economy to drive economic development. Come listen to how the federal government and local MBEs are both finding innovative practices to grow new living wage jobs and wealth creation in local underserved communities.
Moderator:
Susan Jin Davis, social impact officer, Al Roker Enterprises

Speaker(s):
Mark Wilson, CEO, Chime Solutions

10:15 - 11:15AM

Convention Center, Room 203-205
Repeated at 2:45PM

Program Showcase: The Cyber Cypher 1- Changing How You Protect Your Data to Secure Your Future

What is your security weakness? In this session you will learn how to protect your data from hackers and in the process become your company’s security point person.
Speaker(s):
Chris Golden, vice president of infrastructure, security, and privacy, React Health
Miguel Villarreal, principal, Villa Tech
Jamie Bass, CEO, navy qualified validator (NQV), USMC validator, GRAVICOM
Jan Fourman, regulatory consultant, Purdue University
Doreen Gonzalez-Gaboyan, president and CEO, Industry Workforce Solutions

10:15 - 11:15AM

Convention Center, Room 210
Repeated at 2:45PM

Demystifying and Evolving Retail: How Target and Others Are Collaborating to Increase MBEs in Retail

This workshop is all about understanding what it takes to do business with retailers, on the shelves and behind the scenes. The panel will discuss how Target is disrupting the status quo and creating opportunities for minority-owned brands and companies.
Moderator:
Tonda Collier, supplier diversity lead, Target Corp.

Speaker(s):
Karen Tobler, supplier diversity lead, Target Corp.
Rick Fink, lead program manager property management, Target Corp.
Brenda Curry, partner, Curtom-Dunsmuir
Keyaria Miller, lead business partner, business partners & negotiations, Target Corp.
Natalia Serrano, lead business partner, business partners & negotiations, Target Corp.
Pernell Cezar, CEO and founder, BLK & Bold Specialty Beverages

10:15 - 11:15AM

Convention Center, Room 208-209
Repeated at 2:45PM

Minority Report: Corporations and Suppliers Collaborating to Disrupt the Market (Innovation Track)

Building strong and lasting relationships requires trust, communication, and commitment. In this session, you learn how corporations and MBEs working together can create synergy and business.
Moderator:
LaShaun Solomon, head of DE&I partnership development & strategy, Pyramid Consulting

Speaker(s):
Vince DeMichael, category manager, global procurement, Dupont
Carlos Guzman, managing director, supplier diversity, Cigna
Ben Ngobi, global supplier inclusion and suitability lead, Accenture
Doug Roginson, executive director, relationship management, JP Morgan Chase
Susan Shustack, global director, indirect, Dupont

10:15 - 11:15AM

Convention Center, Room 215-216
Repeated at 2:45PM

Uncommon Spaces: Positive MBE Disruption in Manufacturing, Agribusiness, and Commodities (Innovation Track)

Having an inclusive economy leads to a stronger nation. In this session, you will learn about NMSDCs newest initiatives that are disrupting current processes to create a new pace for emerging industries.
Speaker(s):
Donna Ennis, director, diversity, engagement, and program development, MBDA Georgia
Natalie McGrady, director of supplier diversity, Cargill

10:15 - 11:15AM

Convention Center, Room 217-219
Repeated at 2:45PM

What You Don't Know: Finding Blind Spots to Unlock New Potential (Insights Track)

Revealing company blind spots is critical. Whether it’s stalling growth, high staff turnover, or underperforming initiatives, those blind spots can have significant implications. Identifying and prioritizing those can be difficult. Ensuring that you are aware of those often hidden challenges is key to continued success.
Speaker(s):
Sami Grady, operations manager, Lexico
Cynthia Short, founder and CXO, supplier diversity, Lexico
Damani Short, founder and CEO, Lexico

10:15 - 11:15AM

Convention Center, Room 220-222
Repeated at 2:45PM

Researching the Past to Change the Future (Insights Track)

Did you know that One Billion People with Disabilities are Key to the Global Economic Recovery? And Despite passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, individuals with disabilities continue to face isolation and segregation. Join us as we take a journey through the importance of accessible procurement as a driver of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We will hear from industry leaders from around the country who will present data on past trends and share best practices for both buyers and sellers in a global cross-industry effort to grow your efforts with accessible procurement.
Speaker(s):
Philip DeVliegher, vice president, supplier diversity, Disability:IN, Merk
Nedra Dickson, managing director, global supplier inclusion & sustainability lead, Accenture
Raul Suarez-Rodriquez, director, global economic inclusion & supplier diversity, Merk

10:15 - 11:15AM

Convention Center, Room 225-227
Repeated at 2:45PM

Access to Capital: Mergers and Acquisitions (Inspiration Track)

Organizational growth comes in many different forms, but having access to capital to fund that growth is a must. In this session, hear from top industry leaders on opportunities to access capital through corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Moderator:
Moses Harris, Black segment leader for commercial banking, Wells Fargo

Speaker(s):
Joe Anderson, CEO and chairman, TAG Holdings LLC
Trevear Thomas, national managing principal | M&A and restructuring services, Deloitte LLP

10:15 - 11:15AM

Convention Center, Room 228-230
Repeated at 2:45PM

Witness: Beating the Odds to Achieve Success (Inspiration Track)

Growing a business can seem daunting. Come hear the stories of MBEs who in spite of obstacles and challenges persevered and made it through to the other side.
Speaker(s):
Cesar Enciso, CEO and founder, EvoTek
Kim C. Folsom, CEO and founder, Founders First Capital

10:15 - 11:15AM

Convention Center, Room 211-213
Repeated at 2:45PM

The Technologies That Might Change Everything (Inspiration Track)

Find inspiration in leading-edge technologies that are revolutionizing the way we connect to EVERYTHING. Blockchain technology enables digital identity for cars, devices, software, and the people who use them, creating entire networks where every connecting person or thing can verify the other to provide scalable, trusted networks. Learn how it will affect our daily lives and how you can capitalize as a supplier.
Speaker(s):
Anthony Maley, sales executive, Vouch
Sam Yehya, partner and COO, Six Consulting

10:15 - 11:15AM

Convention Center, Room 206-207
Repeated at 2:45PM

Approach to Opportunities: Pitching to Corporations, hosted by Capital One, with special guest Chala Dincoy (Insights Track)

Did you know that 86% of B2B buyers don’t see any difference between vendors? With only 7 seconds to make a first impression, it’s important for MBEs to stand out immediately. Fortunately, there is a formula to impress buyers and leave a lasting impression during those networking events and Matchmaking Meetings. In this session, attendees will learn the essentials for pitching solutions to corporations and will have an opportunity to engage in small group coaching on preparing for RFPs.
Speaker(s):
Chala Dincoy, CEO, The Repositioning Expert
Allison Kube, supplier diversity manager, Capital One

10:30AM - 3:00PM

Conference Center, Room 214

EYE Program

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Convention Center, Great Hall
Recorded for On-demand Access Post Conference for All Attendees

MBEs and the New Currency of the Future

The acceleration of Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies has opened up new wealth creation opportunities for MBEs to be part of the global digital transformation. Come participate in this thought leadership conversation with some of the country's top Blockchain & Cryptocurrency diversity leaders who are trailblazing new initiatives for minority communities to be represented and integrated into this emerging technology.
Speaker(s):

Michael Blake, CEO, Atlas Strategy
Cleve Mesidor, executive director, The Blockchain Foundation 
Olayinka Odeniran, founder, Black Women In Blockchain
Sinclair Skinner, founder, Black Blockchain Summit

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Convention Center, Room 210
Repeated at 4:00PM

How MBEs Can Disrupt the Cannabis Industry (Innovation Track)

The cannabis market has created new opportunities but has also disrupted traditional approaches to business development. In this session you will hear from local and state officials navigating opportunity, business entrepreneurship, and policy with the ever-changing sentiments towards this new market.
Moderator:
Travis Johnson, State Representative, Louisiana Legislature

Speaker(s):
Bryant Mitchell, founder, Blacq Star Farms
Tess Taylor, founder, Saucey
Nishant Reddy, CEO and founder, Golden State

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Convention Center, Room 208-209
Repeated at 4:00PM

Reimagining Access to Capital for Minority Businesses (Innovation Track)

The pandemic has focused on the importance of partnerships. In this session, innovators and leaders of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Ace, and National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development discuss how an inclusive economy is good for businesses and for the United States. Investing in communities of color will create opportunities for business growth nationally.
Speaker(s):
Karen Eng, board chair, National ACE
Sahra Halpern, president, NMSDC Business Consortium Fund, Inc.

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Convention Center, Room 215-216
Repeated at 4:00PM

How to Become an MBE Advocate 101 (Inspiration Track)

Hear the importance of advocating on every level of government and the first steps to becoming an advocate for underserved communities of color.
Moderator:
Albert Shen, founder, Shen Consulting

Speaker(s):
Nick Charles, honorable, Maryland State Representative
Bob Marshall, business growth strategy executive, small business development, Wells Fargo
Renee Johnson, senior advisor, Public Private Strategies
Charles Rice, community liaison and business attorney, Louisiana MBDA Center
Sharon Pinder, president, Capital Region Minority Supplier Diversity Council

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Convention Center, Room 217-219
Repeated at 4:00PM

Turning Disruption into Dollars: How MBEs Can Fill New Roles in Supply Chains (Innovation Track)

Established supply chains have been destroyed carving wide open lanes of opportunity. Suppliers of every size and sector have been affected by the pandemic, material shortages, inflation, geopolitical conflicts, and resurgent demand. Learn how exposed vulnerabilities have disrupted traditional sourcing disciplines offering new entry points for MBE's.
Speaker(s):
Camille Geiger, corporate supply chain manager, Boeing
Eugene Partridge, senior director, global marketing, events, and travel sourcing, Salesforce
Christina Washington, corporate supply chain manager, Boeing
Lisa Zukaukas, SVP procurement (CPO), Organon

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Convention Center, Room 220-222
Repeated at 4:00PM

Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities and Underutilized Businesses, presented by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) (Insights Track)

Join USDOT officials as they discuss the opportunities available to emerging majority businesses. Specifically, learn about specific procurement opportunities across 10 operating administrations and key strategies that allow communities to benefit from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
Speaker(s):
Kimberly Harris, assistant manager, USDOT/FAA
Monica McCallum, director of regional operations, USDOT/FTA
Willie Smith, senior procurement executive, Department of Transportation
Shawn Wilson, Louisiana DOT secretary, Louisiana Dept of Transportation
Mariia Zimmerman, strategic advisor, Department of Transportation

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Convention Center,  Room 225-227
Repeated at 4:00PM

Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG): What You Need to Know & Why is it Suddenly Business Critical? (Insights Track)

Join us for a robust discussion on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and learn why it is so critical to business. ESG factors are used by investors and shareholders as criteria to assess a company’s values and impact on the world. This session will provide the insight you need to ensure your company is not left behind.
Speaker(s):
Lissa Miller, senior vice president, chief supplier diversity officer, Truist
Brendan Walsh, principal, World Wide Technology (WWT)
Dee Marshall, CEO, Diverse & Engaged

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Convention Center, Room 228-230
Repeated at 4:00PM

Impact Lab Coming Soon (Inspiration Track)

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Convention Center, Room 211-213
Repeated at 4:00PM

Disrupt or be Disrupted! Riding Economic Shockwaves (Insights Track)

More than ever, MBEs need to be agile to prepare so they are able to respond to market needs. Innovations in electrification,3D printing, AI, Big Data, and other technologies are causing commercial turning points and opportunities -- and challenges. In this session, you will learn how to capitalize on the seismic evolutionary shift to build and grow new opportunities.
Speaker(s):
Joshua King, cost modeling supervisor, ExxonMobil

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Convention Center, Room 206-207
Repeated at 4:00PM

Storm Chasers: Predicting and Preparing for the Next Economic Shockwave (Insights Track)

Leading financial experts will discuss the financial landscape and the opportunities for growth during uncertain times. In this session the economic future will come into focus allowing you to make important business decisions.
Moderator:
Priscilla Wallace, head of supplier diversity & supply chain management (SCM) sustainability, Wells Fargo
Speaker(s):

Dr. Frederick McKinney, principal, BJM Solutions

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Convention Center, Room 203-205
Repeated at 4:00PM

Program Showcase: The Cyber Cypher 2-Competitive Advantage Through Cybersecurity Capability

Data is the most sought-after asset by cyber hackers. Ensuring the security of that data is critical to continued business success and growth. In this session the Cyber Cyper 2 will focus on transforming cyber security resilience for MBEs.
Speaker(s):
Kenny Mesker, enterprise OT cyber security architect – guardrails and innovation, Chevron
Ayon Sarkar, vice president of IT and cyber security, SoftPath


12:45 - 1:30PM

Convention Center, Great Hall Foyer

Networking Lunch

1:30 - 2:30PM

Convention Center, Great Hall
Streamed Live for Virtual Attendees

Main Stage Keynotes

Welcome Remarks
Special greetings to all NMSDC members, attendees, and guests on behalf of the city.
Speaker(s):
Ying McGuire, CEO and president, NMSDC


The 50-Year Plan: Building Multigenerational Pipelines for Minority-owned Suppliers
Opening doors to ensure that MBEs become true partners with corporations as Tier1 suppliers is critical to creating an inclusive economy that ensures the US global economic standing will be an even greater priority for the next 50 years. In this session you will hear from MBEs and corporations as they share anecdotes on how MBEs can be true Tier 1 partners and how together they can break barriers to market entry to drive job creation, stability in local economies, and generate multigenerational wealth in communities of color.
Speaker(s):
Berto Guerra, CEO and founder, AVANZAR, Inc.
Chris Nielsen, executive VP of product support and chief quality officer, Toyota Motor North American
Rosa Santana, CEO and founder, Forma

2:45 - 3:45PM

Convention Center, Room 203-205

Program Showcase: The Cyber Cypher 1- Changing How You Protect Your Data to Secure Your Future

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 10:15 - 11:15 AM session.

2:45 - 3:45PM

Convention Center, Room 210

Demystifying and Evolving Retail: How Target and Others Are Collaborating to Increase MBEs in Retail

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 10:15 - 11:15 AM session.

2:45 - 3:45PM

Convention Center, Room 208-209

Minority Report: Corporations and Suppliers Collaborating to Disrupt the Market (Innovation Track)

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 10:15 - 11:15 AM session.

2:45 - 3:45PM

Convention Center, Room 215-216

Uncommon Spaces: Positive MBE Disruption in Manufacturing, Agribusiness, and Commodities (Innovation Track)

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 10:15 - 11:15 AM session.

2:45 - 3:45PM

Convention Center, Room 217-219

What You Don't Know: Finding Blind Spots to Unlock New Potential (Insights Track)

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 10:15 - 11:15 AM session.

2:45 - 3:45PM

Convention Center, Room 220-222

Researching the Past to Change the Future (Insights Track)

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 10:15 - 11:15 AM session.

2:45 - 3:45PM

Convention Center, Room 225-227

Access to Capital: Mergers and Acquisitions (Inspiration Track)

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 10:15 - 11:15 AM session.

2:45 - 3:45PM

Convention Center, Room 228-230

Witness: Beating the Odds to Achieve Success (Inspiration Track)

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 10:15 - 11:15 AM session.

2:45 - 3:45PM

Convention Center, Room 211-213

The Technologies That Might Change Everything (Inspiration Track)

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 10:15 - 11:15 AM session.

2:45 - 3:45PM

Convention Center, Room 206-207

Approach to Opportunities: Pitching to Corporations, hosted by Capital One, with special guest Chala Dincoy (Insights Track)

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 10:15 - 11:15 AM session.

4:00 - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Room 210

How MBEs Can Disrupt the Cannabis Industry (Innovation Track)

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM session.

4:00 - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Room 208-209

Reimagining Access to Capital for Minority Businesses (Innovation Track)

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM session.

4:00 - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Room 215-216

How to Become an MBE Advocate 101 (Inspiration Track)

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM session.

4:00 - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Room 217-219

Turning Disruption into Dollars: How MBEs Can Fill New Roles in Supply Chains (Innovation Track)

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM session.

4:00 - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Room 220-222

Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities and Underutilized Businesses, presented by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) (Insights Track)

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM session.

4:00 - 5:00PM

Convention Center,  Room 225-227

Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG): What You Need to Know & Why is it Suddenly Business Critical? (Insights Track)

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM session.

4:00 - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Room 228-230

Impact Lab Coming Soon (Inspiration Track)

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM session.

4:00 - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Room 211-213

Disrupt or be Disrupted! Riding Economic Shockwaves (Insights Track)

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM session.

4:00 - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Room 206-207

Storm Chasers: Predicting and Preparing for the Next Economic Shockwave (Insights Track)

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM session.

4:00 - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Room 203-205

Program Showcase: The Cyber Cypher 2-Competitive Advantage Through Cybersecurity Capability

Repeated session, please see the description/speakers from the 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM session.

4:00 - 5:30PM

Convention Center, NMSDC Theatre

EYE Program Pitch Competition

6:00 - 9:00PM

Hilton, Lobby Bar

CyberReadyMBE Meet Up

Informal meet-up with CyberReadyMBE cohort participants and those interested in learning more about NMSDC's CyberReadyMBE program. We will grab a drink at the hotel lobby bar while folks gather and then walk to a local restaurant for dinner.

7:30 - 8:45AM

Convention Center, Great Hall Foyer

Networking Breakfast

8:00 - 9:00AM

Convention Center, Great Hall

Main Stage Keynotes

Billion-dollar MBEs I: Stories from the NMSDC 50th Anniversary Steering Committee
In this session, attendees will hear from members of the steering committee as they share their journeys of how they disrupted their respective industries to become some of the largest MBEs in the nation. From humble beginnings to what's next, attendees will enjoy deep conversations on how MBEs can use disruptive strategies in order to successfully scale and become titans of industry.

 

The State of Race in America and the Impact on Minority Business
Join Former New Orleans Mayor and current National President of the Urban League, Marc Morial and MSNBC / NBC News journalist Richard Lui for a fireside chat to share their insights on the state of American race relations today, the role of minority entrepreneurs in society and the impact of race on minority businesses.
Moderator:
Richard Lui, American journalist and news anchor, MSNBC/NBC News
Speaker(s):
Marc Morial, president and CEO, National Urban League

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Hall B2-2

Wellness Room

9:15 - 9:30AM

Convention Center, Hall C&D Lobby

The Exchange Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

with Earvin "Magic" Johnson

9:30AM - 12:15PM

Convention Center, Hall C&D

The Exchange

9:30AM - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Room 206-207, 208-210, 215-216, and 220-222

Matchmakers

Onsite only.

10:15 - 10:35AM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: The Science of Storytelling: How to Build Your Brand

Want to grow your business? Tell a story. There's nothing in the world more powerful than a good narrative, and science shows us that emotions drive decision-making. In this session, I will break down the science of storytelling and walk participants through the process of identifying, clarifying, focusing, and telling their brand's story to reach customers where it matters most—at the heart.
Speaker(s):
Christine Maddela, managing partner/owner, Storyville Road

10:35 - 10:55AM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: Corporate Allyship Advocating for Racial and Cultural Diversity

In support of the NMSDCs’ search for transformation and its journey toward $1 trillion in MBE annual revenue, this session addresses revenue and innovation potential fueled by cognitive diversity. According to McKinsey & Company, diverse teams outperform homogenous ones. For businesses to attract, engage, and retain diverse representation in their workforce and suppliers, they must focus on developing more inclusive leaders who are advocates and Allies. Participants will learn key themes and best practices relevant to engaging people of color and glean from corporate members’ experiences as an Ally or expert through lived experience. Our goal is to empower and equip attendees to avoid common performative Allyship mistakes and become more inclusive leaders of the future as it pertains to the lived experiences of racially diverse individuals and groups.
Speaker(s):
Paul Ashley, chief of staff, BMS
Nedra Dickson, managing director, global supplier inclusion, Accenture
Dee Marshall, CEO, Diverse & Engaged
Farryn Melton, CPO, BMS

10:55 - 11:15AM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: The Power of Brand Strategy: Taking Your Brand to the Next Level

Brand strategy is crucial to position MBEs for brand growth. The primary goal of brand strategy is to create the needed foundation for organizations to connect with customers and consumers. Developing the right building blocks such as brand architecture, visual representation, and messaging, can set up a brand for success. Whether it is product labels, marketing campaigns, social media, or websites, brand strategy is the starting point to ensure that all elements that are associated with a Brand are congruent and aligned. This session will explore the road map to creating the soul of a Brand; how it speaks, who it’s speaking to, what it says, and how it is said. Additionally, attendees will learn tactics to use branding to drive new business opportunities.
Speaker(s):
Elizabeth Kemp Caulder, president, chief brand strategist, Phoenix Lifestyle Marketing Group

11:30 - 11:50AM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: From Transactional to Transformational: Using Data to Influence Organizational Diverse Supplier Spend

Transformational impact for companies lies within the data available to key stakeholders who develop, lead and drive purchase decisions. In this session, led by Meta Platforms, Inc., we’ll explore how supplier diversity professionals can empower internal teams to move beyond reporting diverse supplier spend to using analysis to implement changes that scale impact. The speakers will share specific insights and strategies to increase stakeholder awareness, engagement, and accountability to support supplier diversity goals. The discussion will include: building and using tools to increase diverse supplier discoverability to influence spend; increasing transparency and availability of diverse supplier spend data to drive ownership of diverse supplier spend goals, and using data and insights to support capacity and resource requests. This session will explore how to break down macro-level data to support the business case for diverse supplier utilization across business units, categories, and cost centers. Finally, the speakers will share what data insights help teams understand their purchasing patterns and the impact of their purchase decisions.
Speaker(s):
Gavin Michaels, data scientist, Meta
Tanika Thompson, manager, supplier diversity, Meta

11:50AM - 12:10PM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: Cyber Security - Protecting your Dreams

Cyber threats exist in every industry and must be considered when striving for $1 trillion member revenue growth. NMSDC members understand the difficulty in starting, growing, and maintaining a business. In this session, panelists will review industry trends related to the current cybersecurity threat landscape and share how to adopt cost-effective cybersecurity practices to help MBEs protect their business strategy.
Speaker(s):
Andy Fiumefreddo, IT risk manager, American Family Insurance
Anisha Jackson, supplier diversity, American Family Insurance
Prashanth Mekala, deputy enterprise chief information security officer, American Family Insurance

12:10 - 12:30PM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: How to Hack New Tech for New Business Opportunities

This panel features a robust discussion of MBE and WBE leaders whose firms are considered early adopters in the energy & sustainability space – including community solar power development, EV charger infrastructure, and microgrid development. In this session, attendees will explore concepts that will empower them to enter these industries they experience a boom, and position themselves for industry thought leadership.
Speaker(s):
Jordan Taylor, CEO, Synergy Grid
Kristal Hansley, CEO, We Solar
Sheryl Ponds, CEO, Dai Technologies Corporation

12:15 - 1:15PM

Convention Center, Great Hall Foyer

Networking Lunch

1:15 - 2:15PM

Convention Center, Great Hall

Main Stage Keynotes

Impacting Global Disruption: Government Partnerships to Increase MBE Growth with Legendary Sports Icon Isiah Thomas
The recent global pandemic and supply chain shortages brought forth several significant concerns that affected our global economy. In order to disrupt the status-quo and change the way we respond to supply chain shortages, minority businesses must be a part of the equation and solution. This session will focus on the relationship government services can provide to MBEs and aid in their growth while providing solutions.
Moderator:
Ying McGuire, CEO and president, NMSDC

Speaker(s):
Enoh T. Ebong, director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency

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Isiah Thomas, CEO, Isiah International

 

Fireside Chat with Apple VP of Procurement Dan Rosckes
In this exclusive and robust fireside chat, Dan Rosckes will share how he has leveraged power and influence, developed smart strategies, and provided socially conscious leadership to disrupt the status quo in supplier diversity.
Speaker(s):
Walter Freeman, director, global procurement, Apple
Dan Rosckes, vice president of procurement, Apple

2:30 - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Hall C&D

The Exchange

2:30 - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Room 211-213

C-Suite Roundtable (Invite Only)

2:30 - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Room 217-219

CPO Summit (Invite Only)

Supply Chain Resiliency: Trends, Challenges, and Best Practices
This session will provide guidance and insight to all regarding what C-suite leaders are faced with as we continue to manage disruptions in business. The Covid-19 Global pandemic has had an effect on every single corporation globally. Additional challenges such as war, divestitures, wars, loss of talent, leadership shifts, and global supply chain issues, including those that relate to ESG continue to rise to the surface. Learn what CPOs are doing to manage risks, stay abreast of ESG and its supply chain implications, stay on the pulse of economic trends/challenges and compliance, and even manage the ongoing war for talent and the departure of key talent. Hear C-suite leaders speak about what is needed to reimagine the vision for what Supply Chain excellence represents.
Moderator:
I. Javette Hines, Director, Global Head, Supply Chain Development, Inclusion and Sustainability Enterprise Supply Chain (ESC), Citigroup Inc.

Speaker(s):
Tony Abate, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Procurement Officer, Cigna
Miguel Gonzalez, Chief Procurement Officer, DuPont
Barbara Kubicki, Chief Procurement Officer, Wells Fargo

 

The War for Talent: The Journey Continues
The War for talent has expanded and new terms have emerged, including quiet quitting. How can supplier diversity leaders also advance during this period of dynamic opportunity and visibility? What must CPOs keep in mind when it comes to leveraging the diverse skillsets and abilities of global supplier diversity leaders? Hear from dynamic leaders who represent growth, lead talent initiatives, and are recognized for creating successful career paths and making an impact at every step.
Moderator:
I. Javette Hines, Director, Global Head, Supply Chain Development, Inclusion and Sustainability Enterprise Supply Chain (ESC), Citigroup Inc.

Speaker(s):
Melani Wilson Smith, Chief Procurement Office, PepsiCo

2:45 - 3:05PM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: Stress Management for Business Survival

Employee mental health is a main contributor to the great resignation. Increasing demand on employees, shifting expectations and consistent uncertainty are amplifying our stress and leading to fatigue and burnout. This interactive seminar is a place for attendees to learn more about the emotional impact of destabilizing events such as external societal challenges, racial trauma and organizational disruptions; get validation for their experiences; and gather resources and support to continue to weather the uncertainty we are all facing during these unprecedented events. This session includes a brief didactic about emotional functioning and how stress management needs are unique in these situations.
Speaker(s):
Dr. Sunitha Chandy, founder/licensed clinical psychologist, Artesian Collaborative

3:05 - 3:25PM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: The Audacious Female Leader: 8-Crucial Habits to Overcome the Barriers Women Face in Life and Leadership

Is it possible to have it all? Between career and home life, women wear many hats. However, the question of whether women are maximizing potential and opportunities is still up for debate. This session asks the fundamental question: what would you do if you could show up as the fully-expressed version of yourself? Who would you be? Today’s woman has the powerful opportunity and authority to create a life where they are able to live audaciously on their own terms. For the woman who is open to the possibility that she can have it all, accomplished author, trainer, speaker, and certified Self-Mastery coach, Tracey Knight will help you discover essential habits needed to live and lead audaciously during her session, “The Audacious Female Leader: 8-Crucial Habits to Overcome the Barriers Women Face in Life and Leadership.”
Speaker(s):
Tracey Knight, chief experience officer, Inview Solutions

3:25 - 3:65PM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: The Culture Will Be Televised: When MBEs Unite

When MBE’s Russell Westbrook Enterprises, led by NBA Superstar Russell Westbrook, and leading ad agency, Digital Detroit Media (DDM), unite, the power of the culture is on full display. Leveraging their global clients, these two companies not only put the culture in media but authentically impacts communities through their philanthropic works around the country! Learn how communities are impacted by working with minority-owned businesses. Join Donnell Beverly, President and CEO of Russell Westbrook Enterprises, and Akil Alvin, CEO and Global Chief Creative Officers of DDM, and celebrate the power of NMSDC.
Speaker(s):
Akil Alvin, CEO and global chief creative officer, Digital Detroit Media
Donnell Beverly, CEO and president, Russell Westbrook Enterprises

4:00 - 4:20PM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: What Does DEI or D&I Have to Do with Dessert?

Is your organization searching for a creative way to celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion? DEI holidays provide monthly opportunities to celebrate and educate! We blend bite-sized historical nuggets into an entertaining baking demonstration featuring a cultural dessert.
Speaker(s):
Maria Kemp, pastry chef, Beyond Decadence

4:20 - 4:40PM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: The Returns of the Future – Why Business Diversity in Treasury, Asset Management, and Investment Banking Delivers More than Outperformance

Case study on not only how companies began their respective journeys on inclusion in these critical spend areas, but how inclusion efforts have grown over time.
Speaker(s):

Malik Murray, SVP, head of business development, Ariel Investments

4:40 - 5:00PM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: How Can Nonprofits and Academia Provide Support To Help Expand The Pipeline of Minority Suppliers?

Diverse suppliers are a large and increasing part of the US economy. In 2021, certified MBEs contributed almost $400 billion to the U.S. economy. However, there are still a large number of minority business professionals who are either unaware or who have had trouble overcoming barriers to accessing these vast opportunities. This panel will reiterate the attractiveness of becoming a diverse supplier, while acknowledging the very real barriers many current and aspiring minority suppliers have faced. Additionally, panelists will explore some of the ways academia and nonprofits have been helping to expand the pipeline of minority suppliers. Among college graduates that choose to pursue entrepreneurship, still few choose to become diverse suppliers. In this session, corporations, MBEs, and adjacent organizations will share solutions to bridge the gap of this missed opportunity by influencing corporations and increasing awareness amongst their members.

7:00 - 10:00PM

Champions Square

NMSDC's 50th Anniversary Concert

with headliners Sheila E. and Bell Biv DeVoe

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7:30 - 8:45AM

Convention Center, Great Hall Foyer

Networking Breakfast

8:45 - 10:00AM

Convention Center, Great Hall
Streamed Live for Virtual Attendees

Main Stage Keynotes

Billion-dollar MBEs II: Stories from the NMSDC 50th Anniversary Steering Committee
In this session, attendees will hear from members of the steering committee as they share their journeys of how they disrupted their respective industries to become some of the largest MBEs in the nation. From humble beginnings to what's next, attendees will enjoy deep conversations on how MBEs can use disruptive strategies in order to successfully scale and become titans of industry.

How the Business Consortium Fund Invests in Human Capital
Join Business Consortium Fund CEO Sahra Halpern, as she provides an in-depth overview of BCF and discusses the fund’s success in investing in human capital.
Speaker(s):
Sahra Halpern, CEO, Business Consortium Fund

Growth is King: Critical Considerations for Every MBE to Become a Mega Success by Leveraging Private Equity
Growth is often identified as a common objective for businesses of all sizes. Startups need growth to prove their business model, large businesses need growth to provide a return for their investors. This panel will explore three key strategies to achieve growth 1) Venture Capital, 2) Mergers and Acquisitions and 3) the benefits of working with private equity investors.
Speaker(s):
Leslie Brun, chairman and CEO, Ariel Alternatives
Bob Greene, CEO, NAIC
Tarrus Richardson, CEO, IMB Partners

9:00AM - 1:00PM

Convention Center, Hall B2-2

Wellness Room

10:00AM - 1:00PM

Convention Center, Room 206-207, 208-210, 215-216, and 220-222

Matchmakers

Onsite only.

10:00AM - 1:00PM

Convention Center, Hall C&D

The Exchange

10:15 - 10:30AM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: Meaningful Data Storytelling for Socio-Economic Impact

Steve Jobs once said, "The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values, and agenda for an entire generation that is to come." Storytelling is a powerful tool for inspiring action, changing behaviors, and building bridges. As companies struggle with their messaging on supplier diversity and sustainability, storytelling is the most effective way to communicate with various stakeholders and move forward the corporate strategy in meaningful ways. This session will look at data from the perspective of executive leadership, employees, and the supply chain and provide context and understanding to the communities that are impacted by corporate strategy and messaging. Participants will collaborate in breakout groups to build narratives from datasets and insights by using four key story elements: including characters, setting, conflict, and resolution.
Speaker(s):
Florance Amate, CEO and founder, Laisar Management Group
Gretchen Greene, principal economist, Greene Economics
Jerome Paige, senior economist, Laisar Management Group
Kerry Watson Jr., regional vice president for government affairs, MGM Resorts International

10:30AM - 1:00PM

Convention Center, Room 214

EYE Program

10:30 - 10:45AM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: Leveraging the Metaverse for Growth

For decades, Hollywood has entertained us with the concepts of 3D experiences and virtual worlds. While adoption is yet to be widespread, these technologies can no longer be referred to as the proverbial “future”—they’re happening now. Major corporations from the National Football League to the Miller Lite brand are already leveraging emerging technologies. This session has been engineered by The Verb360 Agency to prepare the attending MBEs to capitalize on the Metaverse and Web 3.0 before barriers to entry can become entrenched. Additionally, this session will explore the fundamentals of the blockchain, the utility of NFTs, and the practical applications of the VR. By examining how these capabilities are being leveraged by B2B and B2C businesses, participants will gain insight to how government contractors can profit from the early adoption of Web 3.0.
Speaker(s):
Dean Lloyd, COO, Verb360
Vania Abdul-Badee, CMO, Verb360
Matt Zanardo, VP, Metaverse Advisors

10:45 - 11:00AM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: Revenue Partners: How MBEs Bring Winning Solutions to Corporate ESG Initiatives to Create Revenue Increase

The growing need for ESG has risen and leaders are seeking new viewpoints that result in long-lasting winning solutions. To aid them in addressing the challenges they face, corporate leaders should look to MBEs, the next-gen innovators, to bring a fresh perspective and rock-solid strategies. In this engaging interactive Impact Lab, MBEs will learn how to up-level their skills to deliver winning solutions that result in corporates being the ESG leader in their industry.

11:15 - 11:30AM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: Mapping MBEs to Geospatial Fluency

Geospatial and Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) is a growing career field. The Federal government has large agencies dedicated to exploiting geospatial technology and tradecraft. (e.g., United States Geological Survey and the National Geospatial-intelligence Agency). Every state and most major cities have allocated money to developing geospatial solutions for both administrative/ management operations and for use by citizens. The number of geospatial business opportunities has grown over the last 5-10 years, and the number of universities that provide advanced geospatial degrees has grown as well. This intersection between market demand and a trained workforce represents a prime opportunity to map DBEs into Geospatial and GEOINT. This session will demonstrate how DBESs can seize a competitive advantage by influencing the accuracy and inclusivity of geospatial data, reflective of the America in which we live.
Speaker(s):
Aaron Kelley, CEO, Upslope Advisors

11:30 - 11:45AM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: An Empathy Strategy to Elevate Business Diversity

Despite the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on communities of color, MBEs have continued to grow because of the partnership with NMSDC. This session will amplify that message and empower attendees to use an Empathy Strategy to “Disrupt the Status Quo” and Multiply that Growth. Participants will explore critical questions such as, “what is an Empathy Strategy?” and “how can we leverage this emerging concept to create mutually beneficial (and profitable) relationships?” Through tangible tools and experiential storytelling, MBEs and corporations will discover new ways to create deeper connections and collaborations leading to a positive financial impact.
Speaker(s):
Ajit Dodani, empathy strategist, founder and CEO, EmpathifyU

11:30AM - 1:00PM

Convention Center, Great Hall

Networking Lunch

11:45AM - 12:00PM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: Supplier Diversity is Past - Circular Economics is Now

This interactive presentation is with a corporate leader sharing a new business framework they follow using circular economics to simplify management infrastructures, drive inclusion, and increase utilization and value.

12:15 - 12:30PM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: Accelerating Your Growth Curve

Companies that experience rapid growth almost always experience a period of growing pains, yet other companies plateau and struggle to achieve their next milestone. Companies within each stage experience very similar challenges and require different areas of focus and different leadership competencies to maximize the growth of their organization. When leaders understand their company’s stage and identify the hidden agents that unlock the company’s ability to grow, it creates clarity and focus for the organization. This session will introduce the 7 Stages of Growth Enterprise Development model which is a research-proven model for accelerated growth. Additionally, the workshop will provide insight on the 7 Stages of Growth, the corresponding challenges, leadership styles, and competencies. Participants will learn to identify when and how to focus on profits, processes, and people. This is the perfect workshop for companies that are experiencing growth and looking for a process that will show immediate and long-term results.
Speaker(s):
Jennifer Garcia, COO, Latino Business Action Network

12:30 - 12:45PM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: Exploring Value Added Agriculture Through the Lens of Equity

In this session, Toni Stanger-McLaughlin, CEO of the Native American Agricultural Fund, will explore how communities of color can capitalize on federal and private funding in pursuit of economic development, diversification, and regional collaborations.

12:45 - 1:00PM

Convention Center, Hall B-2 at the NMSDC Theatre

Power Talks: The Digital Transformation Evolution: Thriving in the New Normal

In order to thrive in the digital future, businesses must make sense of the future of the global marketplace and begin creating strategic roadmaps for their own transformation. This session will help participants understand the forces that are reshaping the business landscape and gain the critical skills and understanding needed to start pivoting their business model in a rapidly shifting environment. The session is built to provide participants with a keen understanding of the emerging technologies, customer shifts, business models, and new operating models that are reshaping companies in this new era and how to begin mastering them to create the highest level of impact on their business and thrive for the next several decades.
Speaker(s):
Marvin Dejean, senior managing partner, Gilead Sanders

1:30 - 3:00PM

Convention Center, Room 225-227

State of NMSDC (Corporate Members Meeting)

Open to all attendees

6:30 - 9:30PM

Convention Center, Great Hall

50th Anniversary Awards Ceremony

9:30PM - MIDNIGHT

Convention Center, Hall B-1

Farewell Reception