• 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.

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

    In this powerful interview led by the dynamic Founder and CEO of ActOne GroupJBH 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.

  • 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?

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

    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?

  • 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET
    Corporate Track: 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.