W6 21st Century Networking: A Modern Approach

21st Century Networking: A Modern Approach. Business networking as we know it is dead. Forget the one-on-on idea that networking is only about building business relationships and only the lucky few are deemed worthy enough to network with.

Monday Power Breakfast

Monday Power Breakfast kicks off the first full day of activities.

Monday Luncheon

Take a break from the Trade show floor and gain valuable insights from the keynote address.

NMSDC Business Opportunity Exchange

The Business Opportunity Exchange allows minority business owners to cluster numerous sales calls with dozens of Fortune 500 companies and other buying institutions.

Plenary Session – Are MBE’s Ready for the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and “Big Data” Industries of the Future?

Are MBE’s Ready for the “Internet of Things" (IoT) and “Big Data” Industries of the Future? Since 2008, more objects than people have been connected to the Internet via “smart” devices that help people manage their lives and communicate through cars, home, appliances, and more.

Plenary Session – Beyond Procurement: Weaving Supplier Diversity into the Corporate Ecosystem

By infusing supplier diversity into their main business processes, forward-thinking companies are leading in a multicultural marketplace in unique and creative ways.

Tuesday Luncheon

Thought leadership and an additional opportunity to network.

Supplier Training & Empowerment Program (STEP)

STEP, presented by The Coca-Cola Company, is a learning platform that addresses recognized barriers women entrepreneurs may face while trying to start, sustain and grow their businesses!

The Growth Initiative – Minority-Controlled Certification

The NMSDC Growth Initiative is built on the premise that equity capital is the leading tool for building global corporations. If minority businesses are to assume a role in this global economy, they also must have access to equity capital.

Doing Business with the Nation’s Central Bank

In this highly engaging and interactive panel discussion, senior procurement leaders from the Federal Reserve System share how the nation’s central bank procures goods and services.

Supplier Diversity for Economic Growth

This 90-minute workshop will feature the partners, procedures and projects that Kaiser Permanente Health Plan, Inc. has implemented to enhance the economic impact of its supplier diversity program and to show how results were measured.

The Impact Regulatory Changes Are Having On The Color Of Business

The U.S. Insurance industry is a big industry, representing over $1 trillion in premiums and employing over 2.5 million people. Opportunities for increased supplier diversity in this segment of the economy is growing.

Plenary Session – Driving Sustainable Value Creation

This CEO-to-CEO discussion will focus on building sustainable relationships between MBEs and Corporate America.

Wednesday Luncheon

Thought leadership and an additional opportunity to network.