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  • 8:30 AM to 9:15 AM ET
    ALL: Opening Session: 333 Years: Best Practices a Year Later

    A year after introducing the groundbreaking analysis that showed it will take more than 333 years to achieve parity for minority firms at the nation’s current pace of growth, are we making progress? Our council has always boldly answered the tough questions to drive real results. Hear from corporate members and MBEs that are taking strategic moves to drive sustainable results.

    Speakers: 

    From the left:

    Andra Rush,Founder and CEO of The Rush Group

    Neeraj Sha, Founder and CEO of Supplier.io

    Travis Spencer, Head of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Ford Motor Company

  • 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM ET
    ALL: DESIGN Series Keynote – HERstory

    In this powerful interview led by the dynamic Walker-Miller Energy Services, Carla Walker-Miller interviews Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter. In her own words, hear how Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter became a formidable entrepreneur who changed the game and became a Herstory maker as the country’s largest female-owned franchise organization and the only black woman minority owner of the 2021 NBA Champs, Milwaukee Bucks.

    Speakers: 

    From the left:

    Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter, President and CEO of V&J Holdings Inc.

    Carla Walker-Miller, Founder of  Walker-Miller Energy Services

     

  • 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM ET
    Corporate Track: Real Talk, Real Results
  • 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM ET
    MBE Track: Electrification Forum

    Electrification – Is it too late or are there still opportunities to participate in this arena?  Equally importantly, what steps must we take to ensure MBEs are included in all future innovation?

    Speakers:

    From the left:

    Benjamin Burns, Director of Electric Marketing of DTE Energy

    Dante Crockett, Chief Engineer of Ford Motor Company

    John Deboer III, Head of eMobility

  • 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM ET
    ALL: Economic Outlook

    Global growth is expected to moderate from 5.9 in 2021 to 4.4 percent in 2022, largely reflecting forecast markdowns in the two largest economies. A revised assumption removing the Build Back Better fiscal policy package from the baseline, earlier withdrawal of monetary accommodation, and continued supply shortages produced a downward 1.2 percentage-points revision for the United States. What does all of this mean for the marketplace?

    Speaker:  Kristen Broady, Senior Economist, Economic Advisor, and Director of Economic Mobility Project

  • 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET
    Corporate Track: CDO Summit 2.0

    CDO Summit 2.0

    The past two years have shown significant changes in the number of companies exploring DEI. Whether your company is in DEI start-up mode or a DEI legendary leader, you will find great benefit in this session designed and led by CDO icons. If you fully participate, you will leave this session with renewed vigor and edits to your company’s written plan of action for DEI success.

    Speakers: 

    From the left:

    Byna Elliot, Head of Advancing Black Pathways

    Gloria Johnson Goins, o  Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity for the Sales, Marketing and Global Services for AWS

    Reginald Bean, Principal Consultant/Inspirational Leader/Effective Storyteller of Management Consulting Firm

  • 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM ET
    Sustainability Talks – The Power of the Pivot: How to Manage through Market Shifts

    In our fast-changing economy, businesses can’t continue to operate in the same space they have been for the past 5, 10, 20 years and expect to be successful. MBEs have long been known for being nimble and agile, but how do you it’s time to pivot your business, and what does it mean to effectively pivot? This panel session will feature top leaders who have reached new markets by diversifying their product offerings.

    Speakers: 

    From the left:

    Betty Manetta, Founder, President and CEO of Argent Associates

    Carla Walker-Miller, Founder and CEO of Walker‐Miller Energy Services

    Jeff Styers, Owner and CEO, Assoc Strategies

    Natalie King, CEO of Dunamis Clean Energy Partners LLC.

  • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET
    MBE Track: Sustainability Talks – Here Now AND Tomorrow

    You’ve worked hard, overcome obstacles to successfully launch your business – now what?  Hear from family-owned firms that are successfully transitioning and taking their businesses to new heights to successfully establish long-lasting legacies. In addition a succession planning expert will weigh in on the importance of defining or refining a solid succession plan for your business.

    Speakers:

    From the left:

    Dennis Arthur Jr., CEO of Ignition Media Group,

    Frank Venegas Jr., Chairman and CEO of The Ideal Group, Inc.

    George Barnes, Founder/Owner of Heritage Vision Plans & Heritage Optical

    Linzie Venegas, Vice President of Ideal Group, Inc.

    Michael Sheppard, IronwoodDrive Financial Group of Founder

  • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET
    Corporate Track: Creating Your Corporation’s Blueprint to Reduce 333 Years/ Ideation and Solutions

    Speakers: 

    From the left:

    Bashar Cholagh, Head of Supplier Diversity Development,

    Jacinto Blanco, Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity,

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

    Sherry Diccion, Senior Manager, Global Supplier Diversity,

    Tammi Hart, Director of Purchasing, Supplier Diversity and Corporate Services, Tenneco Inc,

    Teresa Lefevre, Vice President of Supplier Diversity Manager,

    Tracy Deuman, Head of Supplier Diversity

  • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET
    MBE Track: Effectively Scaling Your Business (Women’s Forum)

    Scaling is a challenge for any business, but women-owned MBEs face more barriers than anyone when it comes to business expansion. Listen to MWBEs tell their stories and insights in a panel session on topics like business planning, overcoming cash constraints, growing sales revenue, investing in technology, and hiring a top-notch team.

    This session will be valuable to all business-owners looking to scale, but will include special focus on the distinct challenges faced by W/MBEs, including the double bias of race and gender; lack of access to traditional business networks, mentors, and funding; and how to differentiate yourself as a woman-owned business in male-dominated industries.

    Speakers: 

    From the left:

    Courtney Morales Hoffman, CEO of Robal Tech, LLC & MCM Staffing,

    Haith L. Johnson, CEO of Le’Host, LLC,

    Monika Mantilla, President and CEO of ALTURA CAPITAL,

    Rajini Podar, CEO and Co-Founder of Artech L.L.C.,

    Shonte Jovan Taylor, Neuroscientist, Entrepreneur and Success Strategist of Coffee

  • 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM ET
    All: Capital Forum

    In this forum, we will demystify capital for MBEs AND CORPORATE MEMBERS. Subject Matter Experts will speak in clear terms in a safe space to help corporate members as well as MBEs. Experts will discuss how to negotiate with the private equity or venture capitalist investors and focus on the investment agreement, aka the “term sheet.” In a capital negotiation, the outcome of the term sheet should leave the MBE with the economic power and full control of the company.

    Speakers: 

    From the left:

    Derron Sanders, Founder and CEO of Sanders Management Group, Ltd,

    Shannon Smith, Vice President, Credit Officer of Clear Vision Impact Fund,

    Vijay Mehta, Co-founder of Arkview Capital

    Constituents who purchase Full Conference or Virtual Access passes will be able to access select sessions utilizing the virtual platform. Virtual access to sessions will be available starting Wednesday, August 24th.

  • 08:30 AM to 09:00 AM ET
    (Live) 333 Years: Best Practices a Year Later

    A year after introducing the groundbreaking analysis that showed it will take more than 333 years to achieve parity for minority firms at the nation’s current pace of growth, are we making progress? Our council has always boldly answered the tough questions to drive real results. Hear from corporate members and MBEs that are taking strategic moves to drive sustainable results.

    Speakers: 

    From the left:

    Andra Rush,Founder and CEO of The Rush Group

    Neeraj Sha, Founder and CEO of Supplier.io

    Travis Spencer, Head of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Ford Motor Company

  • 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM ET
    (Live) Economic Outlook

    Global growth is expected to moderate from 5.9 in 2021 to 4.4 percent in 2022, largely reflecting forecast markdowns in the two largest economies. A revised assumption removing the Build Back Better fiscal policy package from the baseline, earlier withdrawal of monetary accommodation, and continued supply shortages produced a downward 1.2 percentage-points revision for the United States. What does all of this mean for the marketplace?

    Speaker:  Kristen Broady, Senior Economist, Economic Advisor, and Director of Economic Mobility Project

  • 15:00 PM to 16:15 PM ET
    (Live) Capital Forum

    In this forum, we will demystify capital for MBEs AND CORPORATE MEMBERS. Subject Matter Experts will speak in clear terms in a safe space to help corporate members as well as MBEs. Experts will discuss how to negotiate with the private equity or venture capitalist investors and focus on the investment agreement, aka the “term sheet.” In a capital negotiation, the outcome of the term sheet should leave the MBE with the economic power and full control of the company.

    Speakers (From the left):

    Derron Sanders, Founder and CEO of Sanders Management Group, Ltd,

    Shannon Smith, Vice President, Credit Officer of Clear Vision Impact Fund,

    Vijay Mehta, Co-founder of Arkview Capital

  • 23:00 PM to 23:00 PM ET
    The Power of the Pivot: How to Manage through Market Shifts

    In our fast-changing economy, businesses can’t continue to operate in the same space they have been for the past 5, 10, 20 years and expect to be successful. MBEs have long been known for being nimble and agile, but how do you it’s time to pivot your business, and what does it mean to effectively pivot? This panel session will feature top leaders who have reached new markets by diversifying their product offerings.

    Speakers (from the left):

    Betty Manetta, Founder, President and CEO of Argent Associates

    Carla Walker-Miller, Founder and CEO of Walker‐Miller Energy Services

    Jeff Styers, Owner and CEO, Assoc Strategies

    Natalie King, CEO of Dunamis Clean Energy Partners LLC.

  • On-Demand - HR Track 1: Embracing a Mindset Shift From Using Intuition To People Analytics

    On-Demand - HR Track 3: Help me: Impact of Mental Health in the Workplace