President & CEO
National Minority Supplier Development Council
Welcome to the 2018 Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)!
As the new President & CEO of NMSDC, I am thrilled for you to join us in beautiful Austin for this year’s Conference, so we can together explore The Global Stage for Innovation & Impact.
Our theme is a fresh perspective on NMSDC, its nationwide network and our vision for what this Conference can inspire and realize. Innovation earns minority suppliers a seat at the table. Impact speaks to the exceptional value they deliver there. Because we partner with American businesses, from the largest worldwide corporations to the smallest emerging startups, NMSDC takes the global view in delivering on its mission.
What a changing world we live in! The very identity of the American people – culturally and ethnically – is evolving quickly. That points to a transformative future, especially for minority-owned businesses in national and global supply chains. NMSDC has the tools, the connections and the vision to help you find your place in that future. We are supported by 1,595 corporate members, serving them and 12,000 certified minority businesses. The total economic impact of NMSDC’s MBEs exceeds $400 billion dollars, tied to the creation of 2.3 million jobs.
You have a fascinating four days ahead of you, whether this is your first Conference, or you are a seasoned veteran. From thought leadership to technical learning, our programs and resources will open your minds and sharpen your skills. We’re all in, fully focused on the future at the NMSDC Conference – MBEs, national corporate members, CPOs and diversity professionals.
Thank you for being here. And thanks to everyone in the NMSDC network for the warm welcome. I would like to salute the local Host Committee that helped in organizing the Conference, our Co-Chairs, our sponsors and our many program participants.
Now, all we have to do is get out there and connect, learn, aspire, innovate!
Corporate Plus® Co-Chairs