Wednesday Keynote Luncheon: The Recipe for Success: Lessons on the Road to the Fortune 500

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Wednesday, 12:15 PM
This discussion will explore MasTec's path to success in becoming the first MBE Fortune 500 company and the different elements of supplier diversity that came together to set history.

NMSDC Resource Center

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Monday - Wednesday
Bring your technology questions to experts who can provide answers, advice, and solutions for productivity, travel and other interests.

MBDA Corporate Roundtable

Sunday, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
MBDA is expanding its capabilities and expertise in policy, research and advocacy aimed at developing solutions that remove obstacles and drive sustainable

“The Champion’s Huddle” – Monday Breakfast 2018

Monday, 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Don’t miss your chance to be in the “The Champion’s Huddle.” Our Monday Power Breakfast Keynote Speakers will inspire, energize and share innovative approaches to your company’s growth.

PO2 C-Suite Plenary Session: Disruptive Technology and The New Economy

Wednesday, 8:30 AM
Chief Procurement Officers and MBEs discuss disruptive technologies - AI, Block Chain, Machine Learning - and how MBEs can find opportunities.

Tuesday Power Breakfast

Tuesday, 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Kick off the morning of the BOE with an address from our partners at MBDA, MBDA awards presentations and robust program featuring our various industry groups.

W01 Assessment Tools for Supplier Diversity Programs

Wednesday, 9:45 AM
The Assessment Tools for Supplier Diversity Programs is a 50 question assessment of their current supplier diversity program.

Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Program

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Monday - Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Created in partnership with McPherson|Berry and MetLife, this unique four-day program is to provide a pipeline of minority millennial entrepreneurs to become certified...

M28 How to Double Your Company Profit in 90 Days

Monday, 2:15 PM
This session will leave participants with a definitive plan on how to increase revenue, increase profits, decrease expenses and improve customer service.

Lights, Camera, Austin! Reception

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Monday, 7:30 PM
After a full day of business on the trade show floor, we change the vibe with a relaxed evening of networking and fun at Star Hill Ranch.

M02 How to Successfully Market to Defense Prime Contractors

Monday, 10:15 AM
Discourse on prospective suppliers the necessary knowledge to successfully market their core capabilities to partner with the DOD prime contractors.

M03 Improving Customer Value Through Innovation

Monday, 10:15 AM
This session explores methods used by innovative companies to design and prototype product and service offerings.

M07 MBDA Signature Session: Government to Business (G2B) Exchanges

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Monday, 10:15 AM
Federal acquisition officials will provide an analysis of top spend categories by NAICS for their department and demystify federal supply schedules.

M08 GSDA-NMSDC International Program- Together: Expanding Our Impact

Monday, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
The Economic Impact of Diversity: Regionally, Nationally and Globally; Fireside Chat: Impact of Tariffs on Global Trade; Expanding Globally: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

M06 A Different Future: For Minorities in the U.S. Economy

Monday, 10:15 AM
This session explains how the U.S. economy works, and how to increase inclusion and sustain national competitive advantage

M04 The Ultimate Elevator Pitch Bootcamp To Wow Buyers

Monday, 10:15 AM
There is a formula to impressing buyers and leaving a lasting impression during those Roundtables, Matchmaking Meetings and cocktail parties. Learn how.

M05 Unconscious Bias in the Supply Chain

Monday, 10:15 AM
This course is aimed at raising awareness of how unconscious biases work, and how they can negatively influence supply chain interactions and decisions.

Affiliate President Bootcamp

Monday, 10:15 AM
The Affiliate Presidents bootcamp is designed for the education, development and enrichment of the leaders of NMSDC's twenty-three (23) regional affiliates

M12 What Does MBE Mean in this Current Political Environment?

Monday, 11:30 AM
Thelma Sias will lead a discussion addressing working with hostile political entities and how to increase visibility of diverse procurement objectives.

M09 A Time Management Clinic Led By Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

Monday, 11:30 AM
Small business owners face challenges around time management and this clinic focuses on generating strategies for behavioral change.

Monday Keynote Luncheon: An Access To Capital

Monday, 12:45 PM
During lunch together, NMSDC esteemed panel will discuss the various types of investment capital available to businesses and when, in a project cycle, it is best to access each opportunity.

M10 An Access to Capital Summit: Working With The NMSDC Business Consortium Fund 

Monday, 11:30 AM
Discourse focusing on available capital to acquire existing businesses, achieving additional flexibility through lines of credit and other capital needs.

M21 Level Up By Facebook

Monday, 2:15 PM
This session will provide businesses with the most up-to-date tools, insights, and best practices for raising your company's profile and visibility and achieving success on Facebook and Instagram.

M23 Signature Session: Out Of This World

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Monday, 2:15 PM
The President recently issued the National Space Strategy to ensure U.S. leadership and success in space.

M16 Creating a Culture of Innovation

Monday, 2:15 PM
Dell’s Innovation team will provide professionals and business owners the tools needed to drive bold innovation, change culture, and tackle big problems.

M17 Supplier Diversity Refresh: How To Succeed In Spite Of The Challenges

Monday, 2:15 PM
The impact of Supplier Diversity as an effective business strategy is best achieved when it supports the brand! This means we need to examine strategic options that

M18 Signature Session: Government Contracting in the Digital Age

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Monday, 3:30 PM
Learn to capitalize on the Digital Age to announce contracts and how your company can better position itself for new opportunities.

M25 Building a Permanent Bridge Across Cultures: How to do Business With Asian Companies

Monday, 3:30 PM
In this 90-minute interactive workshop, participants will learn to establish and maintain meaningful, mutually beneficial and long-term business relationships with Asian companies.

M24 Adaptive Leadership With Inspired Innovation

Monday, 3:30 PM
In this program you will learn about tools and techniques to search for and encourage innovation in your organization.

M26 Hacking Our Way into Advanced Technology: A Micro-Hackathon

Monday, 3:30 PM
“Hacking Our Way into Advanced Technology” is a micro-hackathon engaging MBEs and diversity experts in the NMSDC community to map out a path to full inclusion in tomorrow’s supply chains.

M27 The Bigger Discussion VII: State of Minority Owned Business in America

Monday, 3:30 PM
Over 80,000 people have watched TBD, an honest, powerful dialog about Diversity & Inclusion, as part of a live audience or viewed on YouTube.

Farewell Reception 2018

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Immediately following the Awards Banquet, we bid farewell to Austin and set our sights on the 2019 conference in Atlanta, GA.

Awards Banquet 2018

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Wednesday, 7 PM
Awards for Suppliers of the Year, Corporation of the Year, and Regional Council of the Year will be presented.

W07 Oil and Gas Industry – Part II: Emerging Trends in Oil and Gas

Wednesday, 11:00 AM
Focusing on industry trends, Exxon and BP will host an interactive session on modernization, innovation, sustainability and cost-efficiency.

W06 Getting in the Zones…Opportunity Zones

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Wednesday, 9:45 AM
'The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created Opportunity Zones, designated areas that are designed to connect private capital with low-income and rural communities across America.

W02 Doing Business With Public Utilities (Water)

Wednesday, 9:45 AM
This session will review the many opportunities to do business within the water industry.

W04 Innovation Convergence

Wednesday, 9:45 AM
Block Chain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, will converge soon. Mike will catch you up and share what this exciting future will mean.

W11 Opportunities in Today’s Real Estate and Construction Markets (P3)

Wednesday, 11:00 AM
This panel brings together experienced minority professionals active in the real estate and construction markets across the Nation to share with the audience the state and outlook of real estate and construction and the existing and emerging opportunities for minority suppliers and minority-owned companies in general.

W10 New Generation Opportunities in the Electric Industry

Wednesday, 11:00 AM
Learn about how the shift to cleaner energy is creating new business opportunities. 

W12 Understanding the Economic Impact Of Your Supplier Diversity Program

Wednesday, 11 AM
An interactive session that shows supplier diversity professionals how to measure the economic impact of their corporation’s supplier diversity activities.

W08 Effective Grant Writing

Wednesday, 11 AM
Seasoned grant writer, Stephanie Arcella, will discuss what it takes to write a winning proposal, and other, essential elements of effective grant writing. 

W09 Linking Supplier Diversity to Corporate Goals

Wednesday, 11 AM
This session will focus on how to effectively link supplier diversity goals and outcomes to overall company growth and success.

Welcome To Austin!

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7:30 - 10:30 p.m. Deep in the Heart of Texas Reception The 2018 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange kicks off with a welcome at Bullock Texas State History Museum. The Reception is a great [...]

MBDA National MED Week Awards Reception 2018

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Tuesday, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
The MBDA National MED Week Awards Program is designed to celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievements of […]
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