From the Power Breakfast to the renowned CEO/Presidents Roundtable, you don’t want to miss any of this year’s events. There will be numerous events and seminars that you can attend from corporate leaders to M/WBEs to our youth. These inspirational events will not only change you as a business leader but also the outcome of our future.

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  • Tue
    27
    Jun
    2017
    08:00 am - 12:00 pmGrand Ballroom
  • 5:30 pm - 7:30 pmThe Guest House Veranda

    EDF Kick-Off Business Reception

    Entertainment - Ms. Candice Fox

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  • Wed
    28
    Jun
    2017
    07:00 am - 4:00 pmGrand Ballroom
  • 07:30 am - 09:00 amThe Guest House Veranda

    Power Breakfast

    Speaker: Darrell S. Freeman, Sr., Founder, Zycron, Inc.

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  • 09:15 am - 09:30 amGrand Ballroom

    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    Exhibit Hall Opens

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  • 09:30 am - 11:30 amGrand Ballroom

    Exhibit Hall Hours

    (Exhibit Hall Closes for Lunch at 11:30am and Re-opens at 1:15pm)

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  • 10:15 am - 11:30 amTheatre

    America’s Distribution Center: The New Frontier for MWBE Growth

    Seminar Description: The seminar will highlight the opportunity for Memphis to develop diverse firms in the light assembly, distribution and logistics sectors to leverage the current ecosystem, create more jobs and awareness of opportunities for M/WBEs in these sectors . The seminar will provide insight to corporations for this model by engaging M/WBEs to increase industry spend as well as the benefits of recruiting other port cities to build a similar industry ecosystem.

    Introduction of Facilitator: Althea Jones, Manager, Supplier Diversity and Development, Tennessee Valley Authority – Supply Chain

    Facilitator: Reid Dulberger, President, EDGE

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  • 11:45 am - 1:00 pmThe Guest House Veranda

    Luncheon

    Speaker:

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  • 1:15 pm - 2:30 pmTheatre

    Scaling M/WBEs Through Bona fide Minority/ Majority Partnerships

    Seminar Description: Seminar presents strategies for minority firms to gain access to the economic pie by focusing on Majority-Minority Joint Ventures in Underserved markets, though the formation of legitimate partnerships, and secondary core competencies.

    Introduction of Facilitator: Keith L. Collins, Sr., First Vice President-Commercial Line of Business, SunTrust Bank

    Facilitator: Monica Wharton, Regional One

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  • 1:15 pm - 4:00 pmGrand Ballroom

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  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pmGrand Ballroom

    Corporate Connection Zone – Exhibit Hall (Ballroom)

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  • 4:00 pm - 4:30 pmGrand Ballroom

    Exhibit Hall - Closing Ceremony

    Booth Award Winner/Grand Prize Winner

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  • Thu
    29
    Jun
    2017
    07:00 am - 1:00 pmGrand Ballroom

    Registration

  • 07:30 am - 08:30 amHall/Lobby Area

    Continental Networking BreakfastHall/Lobby Area

  • 08:30 am - 10:00 amTheatre

    The Economic Entry and the Vendor of Tomorrow

    Seminar Description: This seminar presents the business case for diverse firms to be prepared to meet the new corporate requirements in order to be better prepared do business with major corporations. The session will highlight the benefit to M/WBE firms that have made the investment in their businesses to meet the demands of corporations.

    Introduction of Facilitator: Donna Doss, Director, Supply Chain Sustainability and Supplier Diversity, International Paper Company

    Facilitator: Donnie Wideman, Director of Materials Management, St. Jude Childrens Hospital

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  • 10:15 am - 11:30 amTheatre

    Fueling the Future of Entrepreneurship in Growth Industry Sectors

    Seminar Description:  This seminar will feature successful entrepreneurs with companies in innovative or growth industries.  This panel is designed to showcase industries for youth and young adults to consider and identify ways that young entrepreneurs can meet future demands of corporate America. This high-energy panel will discuss how they started and have sustained their companies, as well as the valuable role that education played as a foundation to their success.

    Introduction of Facilitator: TBC

    Facilitator:  Hardy Farrow, President, LITE Memphis

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  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pmGrand Ballroom

    Luncheon

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  • 1:45pm - 3:00pmTheatre

    CEO/Presidents Roundtable

    Diversity & Inclusion Leading From the Top

    Seminar Description: The CEO/Presidents Roundtable will feature diverse CEOs and their view of the world and the progress or the lack there of that minorities have made in leadership roles. The panel will also share insight about what M/WBEs can do to be successful vendors/strategic partners for corporate America.

    Introduction of Facilitator: Luke Yancy III, CEO, The MMBC Continuum

    Facilitator:  Emily Greer, Chief Administrative Officer, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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