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
    23
    Aug
    2016
    08:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Exhibit Hall
  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Main Lobby

    EDF Opening Business Reception
    Entertainment: Tameka “Big Baby” Goodman

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  • Wed
    24
    Aug
    2016
    07:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Main Lobby
  • 07:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Ballroom A

    Speaker: Cedric D. Sparks, Sr., Executive Director, City of Birmingham-Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services

    Introduction of Speaker: Douglas Scarboro, Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Memphis Branch

    Cedric D. Sparks, Sr. Executive Director, City of Birmingham-Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services

    Cedric D. Sparks, Sr.
    Executive Director
    City of Birmingham-Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services

     

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  • 09:15 a.m. – 09:30 a.m.Exhibit Hall
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  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall
    (Exhibit Hall Closes for Lunch at 11:30am and Re-opens at 1:15pm)
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  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Ballroom C

    Corporate Discovery: Developing Unique Strategies to Engage Diverse Firms
    Seminar Description:  M/WBEs will gain insight about growing their firms by competing for corporate business through the process of discovery for procurement opportunities that don’t surface in the form of a traditional RFP.

    FACILITATOR Lynn Walker Executive Vice President & Director of Affinity Banking Strategy, First Tennessee Bank

    FACILITATOR
    Lynn Walker
    Executive Vice President &
    Director of Affinity Banking
    Strategy,
    First Tennessee Bank

    Joe Durante General Manager Mitsubishi Power Transformer Division

    Joe Durante
    General Manager
    Mitsubishi Power
    Transformer Division

    Larry Fogarty Chief Financial Officer Olive Branch Hospital and Vice President Supply Chain Management, Methodist Healthcare

    Larry Fogarty
    Chief Financial Officer
    Olive Branch Hospital
    and Vice President Supply
    Chain Management,
    Methodist Healthcare

    Jonathan Nimrod Vice President Supply Chain & Facilities, Tennessee Valley Authority

    Jonathan Nimrod
    Vice President Supply
    Chain & Facilities,
    Tennessee Valley Authority

  • 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Ballroom A

    Speaker: Julianne Malveaux, renowned economist, author, social and political commentator and businesswoman.

    Dr. Julianne Malveaux Founder & President, Economic Education 2016 Luncheon Speaker

    Dr. Julianne Malveaux
    Founder & President, Economic Education
    2016 Luncheon Speaker

  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Ballroom B

    Scalability 2.0: The Pathway to Growth for Single Employer Firms
    Seminar Description: Seminar will present strategies for non-employer M/WBE firms to leverage and position their firms for growth and increased capacity to scale and meet corporate needs.

    FACILITATOR Cassius Butts Regional Administrator U.S. Small Business Administration

    FACILITATOR
    Cassius Butts
    Regional Administrator
    U.S. Small Business Administration

    Dr. Jeff Wallace Economist and Professor of Economics University of Memphis

    Dr. Jeff Wallace
    Economist and Professor of Economics
    University of Memphis

    Dr. John D. Calhoun Chief Executive Officer Integrated Management Services, Inc.

    Dr. John D. Calhoun
    Chief Executive Officer
    Integrated Management Services, Inc.

    Darrell Freeman Executive Chairman & Founder Zycron, Inc.

    Darrell Freeman
    Executive Chairman & Founder
    Zycron, Inc.


  • 1:15 p.m. – 4:00 9.m. Exhibit Hall
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  • 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Exhibit Hall

    Unique Strategies for Finding Supplier Opportunities in the Public Sector
    Seminar Description: Focusing on ways to identify and connect with government entities to do business outside the traditional bid process. It involves relationship building, strategic marketing and exploration of the needs in the industry.

    Althea Jones Senior Program Manager, Supplier Diversity, Tennessee Valley Authority

    FACILITATOR
    Althea Jones
    Senior Program Manager, Supplier Diversity
    Tennessee Valley Authority

    Renise Holiday Supplier Diversity Coordinator Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW)

    Renise Holiday
    Supplier Diversity Coordinator
    Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW)

    Shelia Maclin Purchasing Manager Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA)

    Shelia Maclin
    Purchasing Manager
    Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA)

    Mahi Chambers Director, Staff Services Memphis/Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA)

    Mahi Chambers
    Director, Staff Services
    Memphis/Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA)

    Eric Mayse Purchasing Agent City of Memphis

    Eric Mayse
    Purchasing Agent
    City of Memphis

  • 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Exhibit Hall

    Joint Venture Relationships That Work!
    Seminar Description: This seminar will showcase the power of Joint Ventures formed between independent firms in exploration of cutting-edge growth opportunities.

    FACILITATOR Kevin Bruce Partner Bruce & Turner

    FACILITATOR
    Kevin Bruce
    Partner
    Bruce & Turner

    Charles Barnes President & CEO Action Chemical, Inc.

    Charles Barnes
    President & CEO
    Action Chemical, Inc.

    Frazer Windless President A-1 Printing Service, Inc.

    Frazer Windless
    President
    A-1 Printing Service, Inc.

    Armstead Ward President Worldwide Label & Packaging

    Armstead Ward
    President
    Worldwide Label & Packaging


  • Thu
    25
    Aug
    2016
    07:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Main Lobby
  • 07:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.Ballroom Foyer

    Power Up Session - TBD

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  • 08:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Ballroom B

    Buy Local: A B2B Model for Accelerated Economic Impact
    Seminar Description:  This seminar highlights the success modeled by the Billion Dollar Roundtable for corporate engagement of diverse and inclusive suppliers. Implementing similar strategies in Memphis with intentional focused effort to “Buy Local” serves to demonstrate the potential impact on the economy. This is a formula that can be replicated across the state, region and country.

    FACILITATOR Mary Frances-Winters Founder, President & CEO The Winters Group, Inc.

    FACILITATOR
    Mary Frances-Winters
    Founder, President & CEO
    The Winters Group, Inc.

    Gary Shorb CEO Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

    Gary Shorb
    CEO
    Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

    Jerry Collins President & CEO Memphis Light, Gas & Water

    Jerry Collins
    President & CEO
    Memphis Light, Gas & Water

    Frank Sanders Vice President, Technology & Manufacturing Intel Corporation

    Frank Sanders
    Vice President, Technology & Manufacturing
    Intel Corporation

    Phil Trenary President & CEO Greater Memphis Chamber

    Phil Trenary
    President & CEO
    Greater Memphis Chamber

  • 08:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Exhibit Hall
    (Exhibit Hall Closes for Lunch at 11:30am and Re-opens at 1:15pm)
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  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Ballroom C

    Intentionality: New Strategies to Grow Diversity Spend
    Seminar Description: This seminar highlights organizations that are practicing intentionality by implementing strategies to improve their spend with diverse suppliers.

    FACILITATOR Jozelle Luster Booker Manager, Procurement and Contracts,  MLGW

    FACILITATOR
    Jozelle Luster Booker
    Manager, Procurement and
    Contracts, MLGW

    Oliver Turman Director, Supplier Diversity, AT&T

    Oliver Turman
    Director,
    Supplier Diversity,
    AT&T

    David Hill Chief Estimator, W.G. Yates and Sons Construction Company

    David Hill
    Chief Estimator,
    W.G. Yates and Sons
    Construction Company

    Byron Witherspoon Director, Supplier Diversity, Ameren

    Byron Witherspoon
    Director,
    Supplier Diversity,
    Ameren

    Omar Blaik CEO & Co-Founder, U3 Advisors

    Omar Blaik
    CEO & Co-Founder,
    U3 Advisors

  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Mezzanine Level

    2GMBE:  Developing Future Entrepreneurs Through Leadership +Technology
    Seminar Description: This seminar highlights the important role education and technology play in developing the mindset necessary to build scalable B2B (business to business) firms that can meet the demands of corporations. A dynamic and energetic panel of young entrepreneurs will discuss how they came up with innovative solutions-oriented businesses by integrating technology and education.

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    FACILITATOR Hardy Farrow CEO, LITE Memphis

    FACILITATOR
    Hardy Farrow
    CEO
    LITE Memphis

    Donna Stoddard Associate Professor Information Technology Management, Babson College

    Donna Stoddard
    Associate Professor IT Management,
    Babson College

    Dagim Girma CEO, The Audible

    Dagim Girma
    CEO,
    The Audible

    Daniel Bandy President & CEO, Primetime Basketball Performance

    Daniel Bandy
    President & CEO, Primetime
    Basketball Performance

    Isaac Rodriguez CEO & Chief Science Officer, SweetBio

    Isaac Rodriguez
    CEO & Chief Science Officer,
    SweetBio

    Kayla Rodriguez COO, SweetBio

    Kayla Rodriguez
    COO,
    SweetBio

    Marsalas Whitaker CMO, SweetBio

    Marsalas Whitaker
    CMO,
    SweetBio

  • 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Ballroom A

    Speaker: Dr. Algernon Austin, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Global Policy Solutions

    Dr. Algernon Austin Senior Research Fellow Center for Global Policy Solutions

    Dr. Algernon Austin
    Senior Research Fellow
    Center for Global Policy Solutions

  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Exhibit Hall

    Collaboration At Work: Ecosystem Providers Advancing M/WBE Growth

    Seminar Description: This seminar will showcase the Minority Business Ecosystem and how a collective group of community organizations can work together to comprehensively serve the needs of diverse businesses. M/WBE service providers on the panel will present how each organization offers differentiated services and programs to support the growth of diverse businesses.

    FACILITATOR Joann Massey Director, Office of Business Diversity & Compliance City of Memphis

    FACILITATOR
    Joann Massey
    Director, Office of Business Diversity & Compliance
    City of Memphis

    Dianne Dixon President NAWBO

    Dianne Dixon
    President
    NAWBO

    Andre Gibson Project Manager Economic Development Greater Memphis Chamber

    Andre Gibson
    Project Manager Economic Development
    Greater Memphis Chamber

    Patrice Harris Economic Development Manager Renaissance Business Center

    Patrice Harris
    Economic Development Manager
    Renaissance Business Center

    Stephanie Alexander Executive Director Memphis Area Minority Contractors Association

    Stephanie Alexander
    Executive Director
    Memphis Area Minority Contractors Association

    Dino Hull Executive Director Minority Business Development Agency

    Dino Hull
    Executive Director
    Minority Business Development Agency

    Melvin Jones Executive Director, Business Contracting Consortiums

    Melvin Jones
    Executive Director,
    Business Contracting Consortiums

    Leslie Smith Executive Director EpiCenter

    Leslie Smith
    Executive Director
    EpiCenter

    Joyce Tabb Consultant TNMSDC

    Joyce Tabb
    Consultant
    TNMSDC

    Rory Thomas Executive Director Tennessee Small Business Development Center

    Rory Thomas
    Executive Director
    Tennessee Small Business Development Center

    Roby Williams President Black Business Association

    Roby Williams
    President
    Black Business Association

  • 1:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Exhibit Hall
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  • 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Exhibit Hall

    Booth Award Winner/Grand Prize Winner

  • 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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