May 4, 2021 - May 6, 2021

A Fully Immersive Virtual Conference

A History of Resilience... A Future of Brilliance

Now in its 40th Year, the Michigan Minority Procurement Conference (MMPC) continues to be the nation’s premier business conference, with a high focus on connecting global, national and local corporations with the top minority business enterprises (MBE) in Michigan and throughout the country.

This year's three-day event will be held fully virtually for a second year in a row, and will feature workshops, industry-specific forums, a diverse tradeshow floor, and a procurement matchmaker for MBEs to speak one-on-one with corporate buyers.


Build Relationships
The MMPC is the best way to meet the true decision makers in your field.

Discover New Opportunities
Develop business partnerships to further your business goals and attract high-level contracts.

Gain Exposure
Grow your company’s brand globally.

Learn the Industry
Learn how you can leverage the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council network to your benefit.


  • 8:15 AM to 9:15 AM ET
    333 Years to Parity! The Case for Changing Supplier Diversity as We Know it

    Passionate about minority supplier development? Committed to making a difference? Resolute in making your seat at the table count? Firm in your belief that all communities deserve strong economies?

    All of the above are admirable ideologies, but that is all they are if they aren’t combined with substantive, results-driven actions. Such actions must be tracked and reported for transparent accountability to ensure progress is made.

    MMSDC recently commissioned research to determine how long it will take to achieve economic equity in communities of color based on the current growth of U.S. MBEs. The data is sobering, but, with your commitment, we believe we can reduce the amount of time it will take.

    How? Join this session to see the countdown clock and learn powerful, actionable steps you can take to reduce the time. Together, we can accelerate success and improve the economy for all communities.

    Michelle Sourie Robinson
    President and CEO
    Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
    Neeraj Shah
    Founder and CEO
  • 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM ET
    KEYNOTE: Exclusive Access: If Economic Equity is part of the dream, how do we close the gap?

    A conversation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s daughter, human rights activist, Rev. Dr. Bernice King on her father’s legacy and how his dream truly encompasses economic inclusion and opportunity for all. Dr. King is often revered but few fully appreciate how attuned he was to the power of economic opportunity. You don’t want to miss this powerful discussion with his daughter who carries on her parents’ legacy as CEO of The King Center.

    Michelle Sourie Robinson
    President & CEO
    Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
  • 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET
    Corporate Supplier Diversity: What Great Really Looks Like

    A Reducing 333 Years to Parity: Real Talk and Real Results session featuring national corporations with cutting-edge supplier diversity processes, action-oriented top-down commitment and most importantly, tangible and measurable results. Whether you are just starting your supplier diversity program and desire to create sound processes for more than company marketing and awards, or you oversee an existing program that needs to reach next-level impact, this session is for you.

    Fernando Hernandez
    Director, Supplier Diversity
    The Coca-Cola Company
    Kris Oswold
    UPS Vice President of Global Supplier Diversity
    Tanya Nixon
    Manager, Impact Spending
    Kaiser Permanente
    Raul Suarez-Rodriguez (Moderator)
    Associate Director, Economic Inclusion and Supplier Diversity
  • 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM ET
    MBE Track: Tomorrow's Strategy for Building A Sustainable Business Today

    American companies are reshoring and near-shoring to the United States. After decades of sending jobs overseas, employment is being shifted back to Indian Nations and U.S. Territories. Discover how your business can benefit through tax incentives and other financial benefits when you reshore on Tribal lands and the Caribbean. Communities are competing to attract firms, and many have found that financial and nonfinancial incentives are tools that can provide a competitive edge. As a PRIME Supplier or Corporate Executive find out what your options are and the financial benefits that can help you become a vital part of the economic ecosystem.

    Kenny Tubby
    President and CEO
    Choctaw-Kaul Distribution Company
    Tamara Maxwell
    Vice President, Minority and Women Owned Business and Multiplier Outreach Division
    Office of Small Business at the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank)
    John Hendrix
    Director of Economic Development
    Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
    Alvin-o Williams (Moderator)
    President and CEO
    Southern Region Minority Supplier Development Council
  • 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM ET
    Minority Women's Track: Applying Basketball Court Principles to WIN in Business

    With over 20+ years being around the game of basketball – as a collegiate player, a professional player, and a coach – the sport has taught Chasity Melvin everything needed to exceed on the court, in life, and in business. In this session, you will learn:

    • Teamwork- Learn how to work together to know his or her role on the team
    • Communication – Learn how to communicate with your teammates on defense and offense
    • Character – Learn how to overcome tough moments, failures, and low production
    • Vision – Learn the importance of having a vision and building a culture is to a team

    These are just a few of the things that the sport of basketball has taught Chasity please join us to learn how you can apply basketball principles and protocol to win in business.

    Chastity Melvin
    Assistant Coach
    Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)
  • 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM ET
    MBE Track: Demystifying Supply Chain Financing: Reverse Factoring

    Supply chain finance is a process used to promote healthy cash flow for small and minority owned businesses who win contracts with large corporations who generally have payment terms that are not convenient for smaller businesses. By definition, Supply chain finance (SCF) refers to the techniques and practices used by banks and other financial institutions to manage the capital invested into the supply chain and reduce risk for the parties involved.

    The intention of this session is to demonstrate how Supply Chain Financing benefits the ordering party (customer), the supplier, and the factor.

    We invite all procurement executives, supplier diversity professional, Minority Businesses and Corporations to come hear TradeIX Managing Director & subject matter expert Dan Juliano demystify this banking process.

    Dan Juliano
    Managing Director
  • 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM ET
    One MMSDC: The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion; Not Just a Passing Fad

    ONE MMSDC, the committee focused on the unification of the business community of Michigan presents a session on; Diversity & Inclusion, Not Just a Passing Fad. This session is designed to discuss: Why the corporations are engaging; How they are engaging; and the opportunities to work with MBEs. The Corporations want you to know that they are committed to fostering an inclusive climate in the business they conduct with minority owned businesses

    James Bos
    Vice President, Global Procurement
    Yanfeng Global Automotive Interiors
    Two Eagles Marcus (Moderator)
    MPWRDX Media Group
    Paul Colligan
    Manager, Corporate Procurement
    AF Group
    Joe Matthews
    Vice President of Purchasing and Diversity Officer
    Debra Quade
    Supplier Diversity Manager
    Kellogg Company
    Andrea Poulopoulos
    Director of Indirect and Information Services Sourcing
    Spectrum Health
  • 2:45 PM to 4:45 PM ET
    DEI Exclusive: Chief Diversity Officer Forum

    A Reducing 333 Years to Parity: Real Talk and Real Results session. After the U.S. economy declined in Spring 2020, the DEI&B industry experienced an astonishing 123% increase in job postings between May and September.Companies are truly making historic moves to meet the moment.To support this effort and help drive meaningful change, we have created a special forum for MMSDC corporate members or certified MBE employees bearing organizational DEIB credentials.

    The focus is on equipping, supporting and empowering those with total oversight for all diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging initiatives.Our national line-up of subject matter experts will consult a Real Talk, Real Results session designed to assist you as you and your company leverage diversity to drive business results.

    Lottie Holland (Moderator)
    Director - Diversity, Inclusion, Engagement & EEO Compliance
    Kevin Clayton
    Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement
    Cleveland Cavaliers
    Gloria Johnson Goins
    Head of Health Equity, Growth and Business Partnerships
    Amazon Pharmacy
    Frank McCloskey
    Former Vice President of Diversity (Retired)
    Georgia Power


    With the plethora of expert knowledge present during this session, you have an opportunity to submit questions/scenarios in advance for the panel to address directly

    Click here to submit your questions

  • 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET
    USMCA Cooperation to Increase Trade and Investment Opportunities

    Thank you for planning to attend the USMCA Cooperation to Increase Trade & Investment Opportunities. By attending session, you will learn how to connect with like minded businesses to create international teaming agreements, arrange on demand B2B’s, create partnerships, export transactions or establish operations abroad.

    Gary Schkade
    AMBE Engineering, LLC
    Suk-Kyu Koh
    Chairman and CEO
    Chrysan Industries
    Ricardo Apaez
    Innovation Director
    Nuevo Leon Automotive Cluster – CLAUT
    Jeronimo Garcia de Brahi
    Founder & CEO
    Disruptive Matters ©
    Oscar Albin
    Executive President
    National Industry of Automotive Parts
    Jorge Canavati (Moderator)
    J. Canavati & Co. LLC

We are excited to announce that MBEs now have the option to pre-schedule appointments to meet directly with buyers attending various corporate booths during the Business Opportunity Exchange Day. Please note that only one appointment per commodity with each Corporate Member and that duplicate appointments will be deleted. Appointment availability is limited, so be sure to book your appointment today!

Schedule an appointment today

Conference attendees are invited to join us in celebrating 40 years of MMPC with a festive, virtual Wine Down Networking Cocktail hour at the conclusion of the conference on May 6th 4:15pm – 5:30pm (EST).

The hour will be filled with piped-in tunes from a live virtual DJ, live mocktail/cocktail demonstrations (including our very own 40th MMPC signature cocktail!) with a talented mixologist, and opportunities to socialize, network, or connect with colleagues in a celebratory environment.

Moscow Mule Box

  • One 200ml Tito's Vodka
  • One bottle Ginger Beer
  • One Squeeze Lime

The Perfect Margarita Box

  • One 200ml bottle of Hornita Plata Tequila
  • One 10oz bottle of Zing Zang Margarita Mix
  • One Squeeze Lime

Be sure to order your Cocktail Kit today so that you can follow along the mixology demonstration.

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