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.


  • 7:30 am — 5:00 pm
  • 7:30 am — 8:15 am
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 am — 10:00 am
    Room 142 A-B
    Morning Plenary: Showcasing MBE Success Stories
    Come 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!

    Sylvester Hester

    LM Manufacturing, LLC

    Tamira Chapman

    Storehouse In A Box, LLC

    Varchasvi Shankar

    V2Soft, Inc.

  • 10:00 am — 5:00 pm
    Resource Center – Leveraging Tech to Ease Staffing Burdens, Sustainability: Energy and Waste Reduction; Understanding the Power of Your Certification; Economist, Electrification
  • 10:30 am — 11:45 am
    Room 142 A-B
    MBE – 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.

    Jasaun Moncrief

    Adam Divine Analytics, LLC

  • 10:30 am — 11:45 am
    Room 141
    Corporate – 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. 

    Arthur McClellan

    Lear Corporation

    James B. Flynn

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • 10:30 am — 11:45 am
    Room 140 C
    MBE – 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”.

    Ron Cirihal

    American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM)

    Bryan Clem

    Toyota Motor North America

    Sig Huber

    Elm Analytics

  • 10:30 am — 11:45 am
    Room 140 A
    Ernst & Young – Leveraging EY Awards Programs to Grow Your Business

  • 10:30 am — 11:45 am
    Room 140 E
    Corporate – 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.

    Tamira Chapman

    Storehouse In A Box, LLC

  • 11:45 am — 12:30 pm
    Grab A Meal and Make A Deal
  • 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
    Room 142 A-B
    Afternoon Plenary: Fireside Chat with Mr. Don Cravins, Jr. Under Secretary of Commerce for the Minority Business Development Agency

    Donald R. Cravins Jr.

    Minority Business Development Agency

  • 2:15 pm — 3:30 pm
    Room 140 A
    MBE – Managing Inflation Pricing, While Maintaining Customer Service
    Minority 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.

    Sylvester Hester

    LM Manufacturing, LLC

    Brian Calley

    Small Business Association of Michigan

  • 2:15 pm — 3:30 pm
    Room 141
    Corporate – 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.

    Travis Spencer

    Ford Motor Company

    Charles Poon

    Electrified Systems Engineering

    Pina Vyas

    DTE Energy

    Brittany Fischer

    Consumers Energy

  • 2:15 pm — 3:30 pm
    Room 140 E
    MBE – 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.

    Vince Nelson

    Arno Wealth, LLC

    Robert SMith

    NUE Capital

    Mina Lu

    Victoria's Voice

    Julio Gonzalez

    Engineered Tax Services, Inc.

  • 2:15 pm — 3:30 pm
    Room 142 A-B
    MBE – Culture in Hybrid Work
    Description: 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.

    Andre Ash

    Michigan Chronicle

    Lorena Patterson

    Connect@ Corp

    Karl Stephens

    Call Center For Hire

    Nacsha Ealy

    Michigan Rehabilitation Services

  • 3:45 pm — 5:00 pm
    Room 142 A-B
    ALL – 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

    Dr. Gretchen Moran Marsh

    Dr. Gretchen Moran Marsh

    Dr. La-Toya Gaines

    Family Matters Counseling and Psychological Services, Inc.

    Sean Egan

    State of Michigan

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