We’re excited to welcome you to MMPC! As the nation’s third-largest supplier diversity conference, MMPC is one of the best places to network with MBEs and suppliers from around the country. View everything MMPC has to offer your business below and check back often as more details on the schedule and other sessions will be added on an ongoing basis.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL SCHEDULE DETAILS AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME
- 7:00 am — 4:00 pmAtriumRegistration
- 7:00 am — 7:45 amAtriumContinental Breakfast
- 8:00 am — 9:00 amRoom 142 A-BAnnual Meeting
- 9:15 am — 11:30 amRoom 142 A-BCDC and MBEIC Meetings
- 11:30 am — 12:30 pmBreak for Lunch
- 12:30 pm — 1:30 pmRoom 142 A-BAmplifyd – Understanding Capital Support and Wraparound Services: What It Is and What It Is NotUnderstanding capital support & wraparound services: What it is and what it is not to Provide Innovative Advisory, Training and Lending Services that Maximize the Potential for MBEs to have future growth to scale and provide inhouse friendly services.12:30 pm – 1:30 pmRoom 141Supplier Risk and Deal Making
Identifying the eco system of supplier risk bank special asset group and restructuring Newco or sell. This session will educate you and your team in the areas of distressed business and the fiduciary responsibility for the (Customer, Bank and Restructuring or Investment Banking Group). Failure is NOT an Option and continued supply is a MUST! The PLAY BOOK of Supplier/Bank distressed businesses.
- 7:30 am — 5:00 pmAtriumRegistration
- 7:30 am — 8:15 amAtriumContinental Breakfast
- 8:30 am — 10:00 amRoom 142 A-BMorning Plenary: Showcasing MBE Success StoriesCome ready to hear from just a few MBEs in various industries and of various sizes as they share their success in deals they’ve worked on with the MMSDC/MBDA/BSG teams. In this session, you will learn the power of certification as we focus on firms that achieve our mission by owning, managing day to day and ultimately, controlling their companies. Hear from the 8th fastest growing woman-owned firm as well as an MBE executive whose experience prepared him to be the Founder and CEO of his own firm, to a successful serial entrepreneur who leveraged the council’s network and expertise to grow and diversify new lines of business. You don’t want to miss this kick off as it truly underscores why we all do what we do!10:00 am — 5:00 pmAtriumResource Center – Leveraging Tech to Ease Staffing Burdens, Sustainability: Energy and Waste Reduction; Understanding the Power of Your Certification; Economist, Electrification10:30 am — 11:45 amRoom 142 A-BMBE – Supply Chain Lessons Learned: From Reactive to Proactive in 2023
The COVID Pandemic taught us that the supply chain was not invincible. We learned the hard way through empty store shelves, food, and necessity shortages as well as lack of access to essentials causing panic and distress. This impacted not only the trucking and transportation industries but all other industries across the board. Come learn about how Data Analytics can prevent the supply chain dilemma of 2020 and how to prepare for the future using data analytic tools. Just say Never Again!
Purpose of Session
Suppliers leave with a new understanding how data analytics works to solve the challenges faced by a slow down of the supply chain.10:30 am — 11:45 amRoom 141Corporate – Power to Purpose: How to Create Engaged Senior Executive Champions
Just as companies have pledged to be more intentional about their hiring practices, many companies are being even more deliberate about purchasing goods and services from diverse suppliers. C – Suite leaders are realizing that partnering with diverse companies provide a Return on Investment (ROI) both internally and externally. This is about equity in the business community and doubling down on building up the economic viability of minority business enterprises.
This session will focus on how Supplier Diversity Professionals can engage their executive leadership team in understanding the long-term benefits of supplier diversity both socially and economically, while providing some real-life examples of how to successfully move your organization to achieve actionable results.
Our goal is to provide a robust experience for attendees and shift away from the typical panel discussion or workshop in which participants are spoken to for an hour. We have created a model suited to adult learning styles and practical applications that we are looking for speakers to incorporate.10:30 am — 11:45 amRoom 140 CMBE – Future Trends in Managing Supply Chain Risk
As such, supply chain real-time decision execution adoption will increase 5x by 2028. With the right supply chain technology, analytics and skills, the future supply chain will automate execution and improve performance across the end-to-end value chain “ LEARN what’s to come, how to prepare and what to avoid”.10:30 am — 11:45 amRoom 140 AErnst & Young – Leveraging EY Awards Programs to Grow Your Business
—10:30 am — 11:45 amRoom 140 ECorporate – Future Ready: Ensuring Your Strategy Drives Growth
Just as our MBEs and corporate members must take steps to pivot for growth, so has your council. This session will feature a glimpse into various programs and resources MMSDC has created for you as corporate members and MBEs. The staff will share timely updates on the council’s Mergers & Acquisitions unit, as well as the impending CDFI, a community bank the council is in the process of creating to provide cost-effective capital options to our MBEs. In our preliminary work, the team has already closed $25M in deals and has more than $150M in the pipeline. Likewise, we will review our progress with the mobility incubator we created with Silicon Valley investors that now boasts 13 corporate partners and more than $82 M in investments for M/WBEs. These and other great programs are sure to lead our corporations and MBEs into the future. Don’t miss this interactive session that will even allow you to weigh in on future programming. Many people talk and market, and we are proud to say we do the actual work and achieve cutting-edge results that drive the years to economic equity from 333 years to 15 years.11:45 am — 12:30 pmAtriumGrab A Meal and Make A Deal12:45 pm – 1:45 pmRoom 142 A-BAfternoon Plenary: Fireside Chat with Mr. Don Cravins, Jr. Under Secretary of Commerce for the Minority Business Development Agency
—2:15 pm — 3:30 pmRoom 140 AMBE – Managing Inflation Pricing, While Maintaining Customer ServiceMinority businesses often face an uphill battle to remain competitive in a tough economic climate. Discover how to build a competitive advantage and get access to capital. Get tips on pricing strategies, marketing tactics and how to optimize your processes and find new markets so you can take control and win.2:15 pm — 3:30 pmRoom 141Corporate – How to Maintain Current Program Gains, While Planning for Future Growth
As the automotive industry and society becomes more cognizant of the importance of energy efficiency, climate change and adjusts accordingly through electrification, shifts of product development and programming will directly impact the goods and services needed from the supply base.
The supply base, which includes both Fortune 500 companies and Minority Business Enterprises, has to adapt and adjust. Maintaining your existing market share and focusing on continued growth is a strategic decision that must be made now – “Pivot or Standstill!”
This session will focus on how Corporations and Supplier Diversity Professionals can assist their supply base in maintaining their economic viability, by understanding emerging trends and opportunities while not losing existing market share. We will discuss strategic initiatives to assist suppliers in leveraging existing competencies, identify opportunities to create joint ventures, strategic alliances as well as identify new and emerging industries to support this impending shift in the marketplace.2:15 pm — 3:30 pmRoom 140 EMBE – Tax Engineering for Generational Wealth
Description: This session with describe and provide the attendees MBEs and Corporate Members with available funds through tax vehicles and tax shelter vehicles to retool business and personal tax access to capital as well as tax engineering to create generational wealth
- Tax Season 2-year tax planning
- IRS Tax Codes that are used by the wealthy that are available to all through tax code
- Grants and funding vehicles to create access to capital
- Tax Credits and Tax Incentive
- Past 3-Years of tax engineering opportunities to recover capital through tax code
- Charitable Trust
Purpose of Session: Wealth generation and tax planning for now and in the future. Identifying the current financials that can benefit from tax code that are available to all.2:15 pm — 3:30 pmRoom 142 A-BMBE – Culture in Hybrid WorkDescription: Building a strong company culture is essential in the workplace for many business leaders. COVID has affected the economy on multiple levels and has allowed the workforce to change from a normal environment to an abnormal environment.Business leaders are challenged to not only manage the productivity of their company but to maintain a sustainable and engaged workforce.Purpose of Session: In this session business leaders will learn how to overcome barriers that affect their culture in the workplace including Safety measures, Restructuring of the Workspace, Employee Engagement and Mental Health concerns.3:45 pm — 5:00 pmRoom 142 A-BALL – Mental Health in the Workplace
- Description: Mental Health is a key factor to create a successful work environment and business, if not addressed it can yield negative results for the employer and employee. Mental health must be at the forefront of each company to ensure quality employee output.
Purpose of Session: To teach corporate members and MBEs various techniques to maximize its employees’ understanding of mental health and how to achieve optimum mental wellness. Through hands on training exercises corporate members and MBEs will gain the knowledge to:
Help employees understand themselves and their co-workers better
Help employees to identify the signs that someone may be struggling with a mental health or addiction issue.
Sharing tools for reaching out to someone dealing with a mental health challenge.
Sharing resources that can offer immediate help for someone struggling with a mental health issue
Fostering more effective communication amongst your organization
Increasing your organization’s overall mental health and productivity
- 7:30 am — 2:00 pmAtriumRegistration
- 8:45 am — 9:00 amHall DBusiness Opportunity Exchange Ribbon Cutting
- 9:00 am — 4:00 pmBOE FloorMarket Place
- 9:00 am — 4:00 pmHall DBusiness Opportunity Exchange
- 9:15 am — 11:30 amRoom 142 A-BCPO Summit (Invite Only)
- 10:00 am — 1:00 pmRoom 250 A-BMatchmaker
- 4:00 pm — 6:00 pmGrand Ballroom BClosing Reception
2023 Speaker Registration