"We are pleased to have such a broad cross-section of speakers join us to share their insight and perspective on minority supplier development," said NMSDC President Harriet R. Michel. "The business economy is global, and minority business owners must continue to grow and develop if they are to remain competitive in the global marketplace."
The conference program opens on Monday, October 29, with a Power Breakfast featuring Dr. Randal D. Pinkett, founder, president and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management, technology and policy consulting firm based in Newark, NJ. The company is one of the leading firms in the country with expertise in housing and community development, economic development, healthcare, human services and education. An entrepreneur and first-time author, Dr. Pinkett gained national prominence as the winner of Season 4 of television''s "The Apprentice" with Donald Trump.
The one-day Business Opportunity Fair follows the Power Breakfast. After a short ribbon-cutting ceremony, the doors open to the exhibit space featuring 850 booths - the perfect venue for a day of deal making. The conference program resumes with Regina Montoya as the featured luncheon speaker. Ms. Montoya is the chief executive officer of the New America Alliance, an American Latino Business initiative that is comprised of the nation''s most prominent Latino business leaders. Hetal Gandhi, an anchor for the local Miami NBC affiliate, is the luncheon emcee.
On Tuesday, Joseph Quinlan, managing director and chief marketing strategist in the investment strategies group at Bank of America Corporation, is the speaker at the International Power Breakfast. He is an authority on trends in the global economy. Constance Mitchell-Ford, real estate bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal, will moderate a plenary session titled "Next Generation Supply Chains." Session speakers James Mallard, vice president of procurement services at United Parcel Service, and D.K. Singh, senior vice president of procurement at ConAgra Foods, will share with minority business owners the road map to keeping supply chains competitive far into the future. R. Marcelo Claure is the featured speaker at the Tuesday Luncheon. Mr. Claure is the founder, chairman, president and CEO of Brightstar Corporation, the largest Hispanic-owned business in the United States. Charles Perez, news anchor for ABC 10 in Miami, will emcee the luncheon. Richard Hughes, vice president of global purchases for The Procter & Gamble Company, will moderate an MBE Seminar titled "The Advertising Industry: Potential for New Paths." Speakers Heide Gardner, senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer for the Interpublic Group of Companies, and Jd Michaels, vice president/director of Print Services, BBDO New York, will address how MBEs can tap into the advertising industry and become a source for providing high-value multicultural marketing and innovative solutions for all markets.
Wednesday opens with a Power Breakfast featuring Bruce Geier, founder, president and chief executive officer of Technology Integration Group, a leading U.S. supplier of value-added computing solutions. Milton Carroll, chairman of CenterPoint Energy, Inc., will moderate a plenary session titled "The View from the Top: The Future of Minority Business Development." The featured speakers are John W. Chidsey, chief executive officer of Burger King Corporation, and Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy''s, Inc. They will discuss how minority businesses add value for corporate America. Andra Rush, founder, president and chief operating officer of Rush Group, is the featured speaker at Wednesday''s Business Consortium Fund Luncheon. Ms. Rush heads the nation''s largest Native American-owned minority business enterprise group. The Business Consortium Fund, Inc. (BCF) is a minority business development company created by NMSDC to provide contract financing to NMSDC-certified minority businesses through a network of local participating banks and NMSDC affiliates. Kenneth Shropshire, professor of legal studies and business ethics, and director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, will present the MBE Seminar "Make Me an Offer: Negotiating Strategies." Mr. Shropshire, a nationally-renowned expert on negotiation, will lead MBEs through the steps in preparation, meetings and closing the deal.
The conference also includes 28 workshops covering such topics as Analyzing the Corporate Spend to Find Opportunities; Capacity Building for Minority Suppliers; Second-Tier Purchasing: The Big Multiplier Effect; and Bottom Line: Return on Investment of Supplier Diversity Initiatives.
The conference is co-hosted by the Florida Regional Minority Business Council, one of NMSDC''s 39 local affiliates around the country.
Providing a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses is the primary objective of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the country''s leading business membership organizations. It was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.
Source: National Minority Supplier Development Council