Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter

President and CEO
V&J Holdings Inc.

Carla Walker-Miller

Founder and CEO
Walker-Miller Energy Services

Speakers/Panelists

Paul C. Ajegba, P.E.

Director
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

George Barnes

Founder/Owner
Heritage Vision Plans & Heritage Optical

Reginald Bean

Principal Consultant/Inspirational Leader/Effective Storyteller
Management Consulting Firm

Jacinto Blanco

Senior Manager
Supplier Diversity

Kristen Broady

Senior Economist, Economic Advisor, and Director
Economic Mobility Project

Tarolyn Buckles

President and CEO
Onyx Enterprise

Benjamin Burns

Director of Electric Marketing
DTE Energy

Christopher Che

President and CEO
Che International Group, LLC

Bashar Cholagh

Head
Supplier Diversity Development

Dante Crockett

Chief Engineer
Ford Motor Company

Tracy Deuman

Head
Supplier Diversity

Sherry Diccion

Senior Manager
Global Supplier Diversity

Byna Elliott

Head
Advancing Black Pathways

Jennifer Good

Sr. Manager for Supplier Relations, Compliance and Diversity
American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM)

Tammi Hart

Director of Purchasing, Supplier Diversity and Corporate Services
Tenneco Inc

Marcus Holmes

Human Resources Professional
Human Resources Certification Institute

John DeBoer III

Head
eMobility

Michael Jefferies

Wellbeing Director
Health Management Systems of America

Haith Johnson

CEO
Le'Host, LLC

Anthony Joiner

Founder
BLOOKSY

Burt Jordan

President
Atlantic Coastal Acquisition Corporation

Kishen Kavikondala

N/A
SK International

Natalie King

CEO
Dunamis Clean Energy Partners LLC.

Grace Lee

President and CEO
Ashford Connex, LLC.

Teresa Whalen LeFevre

Vice President
Supplier Diversity Manager

Betty Manetta

Founder, President and CEO
Argent Associates

Monika Mantilla

President and CEO
ALTURA CAPITAL

Vijay Mehta

Co-founder
Arkview Capital

Wayne Montour

N/A
Green Arrow Staffing

Tracy Regina Purnell

CEO
Reasons for You

Michelle Sourie Robinson

President and CEO
Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

Andra Rush

Founder and CEO
The Rush Group

Derron Sanders

Founder and CEO
Sanders Management Group, Ltd

Neeraj Shah

Founder and CEO
Supplier.io

Michael Sheppard

IronwoodDrive Financial Group
Founder

Lewis Lamont Smith

Attorney
Detroit Law Firms

Travis M. Spencer

Head
Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Ford Motor Company

Jeff Styers

Owner and CEO
Assoc Strategies

Shonte Jovan Taylor

Neuroscientist, Entrepreneur and Success Strategist
Coffee

Noah Urban

Co-Executive Director
D3

Linzie Venegas

Vice President
Ideal Group, Inc.

Frank Venegas, Jr

Chairman and CEO
The Ideal Group, Inc.

Moderators

Courtney Morales Hoffman

CEO
Robal Tech, LLC & MCM Staffing

Nancy Maurer

Principal/Owner
Sonder Haven, LLC

Arthur McClellan

Director of Supplier Diversity and Development
Lear Corporation

Lorena Patterson

President and CEO
[email protected] Corp

Shannon D. Smith

Vice President, Credit Officer
Clear Vision Impact Fund

Carla Walker-Miller

Founder and CEO
Walker‐Miller Energy Services