Thank you for making the 2017 NMSDC Conference a huge success!

The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development. For four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations convened in Detroit, MI.
Calendar 2017-10-20 07:00:00 2017-10-25 23:59:00 America/Detroit NMSDC Conference + Business Opportunity Exchange: 2017 Conference-at-a-Glance NMSDC Conference + Business Opportunity Exchange October 22-25, 2017 Cobo Center 1 Washington Blvd Detroit, MI 48226 The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development. For four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations will convene to re-energize their collective efforts to Certify > Develop > Connect > and Advocate for solid minority firms in the global corporate supply chain. This one-of-a-kind event features: * Thousands of corporate executives, procurement professionals and Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners * More than 20 targeted sessions and workshops * A one-day Business Opportunity Exchange with more than 700 exhibit booths * Matchmakers (By Appointment Only) * A black-tie Awards Banquet * Endless opportunities to network, network, network! Useful links = = = = = = = 2017 Conference-at-a-Glance http://www.nmsdcconference.com/schedule/ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Connect with us - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/company/national-minority-supplier-development-council Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Minority-Supplier-Development-Council/132183146823970 Twitter https://www.twitter.com/NMSDCHQ #NMSDCConference http://www.NMSDCConference.org - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Certify. Develop. Connect. Advocate. NMSDC 1359 Broadway, Tenth Floor Suite 1000 New York, NY 10018 United States http://www.NMSDC.org © 2017 The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226 NMSDC info@NMSDC.org

All activities are at the Cobo Center unless otherwise noted.

Friday, October 20, 2017
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Exhibitor Set Up Hall BC
Saturday, October 21, 2017
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Exhibitor Set Up Hall BC
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. International MBE Forum & Luncheon (Marriott Renaissance Center) DMRC-Mackinac
12 – 4 p.m. AMEP Alumni (Marriott Renaissance Center) DMRC-Richard AB
12 – 5 p.m. Registration Lobby BC
NMSDC Committee Meetings (Marriott Renaissance Center) RM
2:15 – 4:15 p.m. Industry Group Chairpersons DMRC-Michelangelo
Sunday, October 22, 2017
8 a.m. – 4 p.m Registration Lobby BC
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. MBE Boot Camp Class I & II (Marriott Renaissance Center) DMRC-Mackinac West
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. MBE Boot Camp Class III & IV (Marriott Renaissance Center) DMRC-Mackinac East
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ISM CPSD Exam 2 (Marriott Renaissance Center) DMRC-Michelangelo
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exhibitor Set Up Hall BC
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Program 252
10 – 11:30 a.m. Supplier Diversity Advisory Committee (SDAC) Meeting
(Marriott Renaissance Center)
DMRC-Joliet AB
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Field Operations Committee (Marriott Renaissance Center) RM
12 – 2 p.m. Chairpersons Committee (Marriott Renaissance Center) DMRC-Greco
12 – 5 p.m. Presidents’ Committee (NMSDC Affiliate Councils)
(Marriott Renaissance Center)
DMRC-Cadillac B
1 – 3:30 p.m. Corporate Plus® Forum (Marriott Renaissance Center) DMRC-Ambassador 3
1 – 5 p.m. MBE Opportunity Accelerator (NMBEIC General Assembly Meeting) 430
4 – 6 p.m. Corporate Plus® Reception (Marriott Renaissance Center) DMRC-Ambassador 2
7 – 10 p.m. Welcome Reception Ford Field
Monday, October 23, 2017
6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration Lobby BC
7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Power Breakfast
Doors close and no meals served after 8:00 a.m.
Hall D
9 – 9:15 a.m. Business Opportunity Exchange Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Hall B Entrance
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Program 252
9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Business Opportunity Exchange Hall B
9:15 a.m. – 6 p.m. Connect Zone 140
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Keynote Luncheon
Doors close and no meals served after 1:00 p.m.
Hall D
2 – 6 p.m. Business Opportunity Exchange Hall B
8 – 11 p.m. Monday Night Reception The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration Lobby BC
7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Networking Continental Breakfast 140
9 – 10 a.m. C-Suite Plenary Session Grand Riverview Ballroom B
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Program 252
10 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Connect Zone 140
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Workshops
T1 Adapting to Digital 430A
T2 Information/CyberSecurity: One of our Most Serious Economic and National Security Challenges 410A
T3 Supply Chain of the Future: A Self Organizing Network Including All Tiers 410B
T4 Innovation and Design Thinking: Better Collaboration Internally and with Suppliers 420A
T5 Going Global: New Markets for Minority Business Enterprises (Powered by MBDA) 310
T6 Gen Now: Understanding the Multi-gen Workforce and the Intersection with Supplier Diversity Development 420B
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. CPO Forum 251C
10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. T8 Exploring Joint Ventures 320
10:15 – 12:30 p.m. NMSDC Corporate2MBE Matchmakers (By Appointment Only) 330A
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Workshops
T9 Practical Considerations for Going Global 410A
T10 Sustainable Purchasing 410B
T11 Casino Gamin’s Commitment to a Diversified Workforce 430A
T12 Procurement without Bias 420A
T13 Winning Federal Contract (Powered By MBDA) 310B
12:45 – 2 p.m. Keynote Luncheon
Doors close and no meals served after 1:15 p.m.
Hall D
2:15 – 3:45 pm Signature Sessions
SS2 TSMSDC Centers of Excellence (COE) – “Designed for Results” ….in Partnership with Ingersoll Rand and NMSDC 420A
SS4 Financial Services Industry Group (FSIG) Master Class: The convergence of compliance, competition and capital 320
2:15 – 4:15 p.m.
SS6 Protecting Your Business Enterprise
420A
2:15 – 5:15 p.m. SS1 “Are You Leading or Managing? “STEPS” for Business Success While Doing Both.” 430A
SS3 How Small Business Can Leverage Technology to Act Big 430B
SS7 The Bigger Discussion 410B
2:15 – 5:15 p.m. NMSDC Corporate2MBE Matchmakers (By Appointment Only) 330A
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
7 – 8:15 a.m. Networking Continental Breakfast 140
7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration Lobby BC
7:30 – 10 a.m. BCF Corporate Membership and Board of Directors’ Meeting 360
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Plenary Session (Powered by MBDA) Grand Riverview Ballroom B
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Program 252
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Connect Zone 140
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Workshops RM
W1 Mentorship: How Effectively a Mentorship Program from Corporates brings Value 410A
W2 Supplier Network Innovation: Teaming to Develop MBE Suppliers of the Future 410B
W3 Trending to Success: Building a Top Notch Supplier Diversity Program 411
W4 How to Effectively Pitch to Get Corporate Clients 320
9:45 – 11:15 a.m. W6 The Billion Dollar Roundtable: Leveraging Diversification Strategies for MBEs into New Markets and Industries with the National Business League, Inc. 430B
11 – 12:30 a.m. W5 Boost Your Business with Facebook and Instagram 310
9:45 – 10 45 a.m. W7 Exploring Commercial Opportunities with Sovereign Tribal Nations 410B
10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m NMSDC MBE2MBE Matchmakers (By Appointment Only) 330A
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. NMSDC National Corporate Members’ Meeting Grand Riverview Ballroom B
12:45 – 2 p.m. Keynote Luncheon
Doors close and no meals served after 1:15 p.m.
Hall D
2:15 – 3:45 p.m. NMSDC Board of Directors’ Meeting 360
6 – 7 p.m. Awards Banquet Reception Grand Riverview Ballroom Pre-function
7 – 9:30 p.m. Awards Banquet Grand Riverview Ballroom
9:30 – 12 a.m. Farewell Reception Atrium

Schedule subject to change.