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PREVIEW – How CPOs Are Responding: The Corporate Perspective on the COVID-19 Business Challenges

Thursday, April 2
3:00-4:30 PM (EDT)

Registration for the live webcast is full.

Limited to the first 500 participants.
The livestream link will be available here 90-minutes prior to the session start.

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For its third weekly virtual Town Hall in the ongoing health emergency, NMSDC invites you to join us on Thursday, April 2, for an essential discussion – “How CPOs Are Responding: The Corporate Perspective on the COVID-19 Business Challenges.”

  • What actions are they taking to mitigate the risk in their supply chains?
  • How are they working with their MBEs to reduce the impact to their businesses?
  • To limit the risk to minority suppliers, what strategies do these CPOs recommend to other corporations?

On April 2, hear the answers to these and other questions posed by the audience of MBEs and corporate members of NMSDC. We welcome your participation, questions, and insights on the critical CPO-MBE connection in this crisis.

As this health emergency continues to unfold, NMSDC’s transformed mission is even more vitally important than ever – today, tomorrow, and beyond. This Town Hall is a component in that mission. We need to hear your questions, your concerns, and your ideas. With your feedback, we can work more effectively as a network. Hosting the Town Hall is NMSDC President/CEO Adrienne C. Trimble.

Adrienne assumed the leadership of NMSDC after a successful career in the corporate world, much of it spearheading the supplier diversity initiative at Toyota North America – an ideal perspective from which to anchor this discussion. Panelists joining her on Thursday are:

Adrienne Trimble, President and CEO, The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
Adrienne Trimble
Moderator
Former President and CEO
The National Minority Supplier Development
Council, Inc.

Adrienne Trimble is the former President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She is a known thought leader for advancing corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Prior to her role with NMSDC, Ms. Trimble was General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor North America, responsible for leading and executing diversity & inclusion strategies across Toyota’s North American operations.

Read Adrienne’s full bio here.

Kala Gibson, Executive Vice President, Head of Business Banking, Fifth Third Bank
Kala Gibson
Panelist
Executive Vice President
Head of Business Banking
Fifth Third Bank

Kala Gibson is executive vice president and head of Business Banking. He oversees the strategic planning, operations, sales force and products for the division. Business Banking serves clients with annual revenues up to $20 million across 1,155 banking centers and 10 states.

Read Kala’s full bio here.

Farryn Melton, SVP, Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS)
Farryn Melton
Panelist

SVP, Chief Procurement Officer (CPO)
Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS)

With revenues in excess of $35B, her team is responsible for managing the company’s external spend of ~ $12B from early research to distribution. In addition to Global Procurement and Supplier Relationship Management, she is responsible for strategy-to-pay processes, global travel and fleet operations. She leads a diverse team of over 400 + colleagues around the world and manages large external partnerships.

Read Farryn’s full bio here.

Thomas Nash, Vice President Supply Chain & Chief Procurement Officer, American Red Cross
Thomas Nash
Panelist
Supply Chain & Chief Procurement Officer
American Red Cross

Tom is the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) for the American Red Cross, a $3 Billion humanitarian and blood supply organization. Tom has led Procurement and Supply Chain transformations in three (3) industries (manufacturing, consumer services and health care).He holds an Executive M.B.A. from LSU and a B.S. degree in Production Operations (Supply Chain) from Arizona State University. He is certified by ISM and APICS.

Read Thomas’ full bio here.

Brad Pomerleau, Vice President, Indirect Sourcing and Procurement COE Target Corporation
Brad Pomerleau
Panelist
Vice President, Indirect Sourcing and Procurement COE
Target Corporation

Brad Pomerleau is accountable for creating competitive advantage and achieving operational excellence through cost and process optimization for Target through its indirect sourcing and procurement organization. Brad leads his global team by effectively and efficiently managing the end to end “source to pay” function across 33 categories including construction, corporate services, marketing, property management, supply chain and technology. Brad is also responsible for the Supplier Diversity function
within Target.

Read Brad’s full bio here.

Registration for the live webcast is full.

PREVIEW – How MBEs Are Navigating The COVID-19 Business Challenges

A town hall focused on a frank discussion with minority business owners on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on their business, how are they coping, what can corporate customers do to support them and what advice can they give to other MBEs. What do the federal, state and local governments need to do to support minority businesses?

We will also be taking questions from the audience which will consist of other MBEs as well as corporate members of NMSDC. We welcome your participation, questions and insights on what your companies are doing. We want to hear from you!


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Adrienne Trimble, President and CEO, The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
Adrienne Trimble
Moderator
Former President and CEO
The National Minority Supplier Development
Council, Inc.

Adrienne Trimble is the former President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She is a known thought leader for advancing corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Prior to her role with NMSDC, Ms. Trimble was General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor North America, responsible for leading and executing diversity & inclusion strategies across Toyota’s North American operations.

Read Adrienne’s full bio here.

Sidd Ahmed, Founder & CEO VDart Group
Sidd Ahmed
Panelist
Founder & CEO
VDart Group

Sidd Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of VDart Group, one of the leading digital talent management, solution and product companies found in the industry globally. VDart was born months after the recession during a time when companies were closing, and its success was the result of sheer effort and motivation from its captain, Sidd. He claims that it’s because the mindset has always been to “create opportunities for the success of others,” the company is standing where it is today.

Read Sidd’s full bio here.

Nina Vaca, CEO and Chairperson Pinnacle Group
Nina Vaca
Panelist
CEO & Chairman of Pinnacle Group
Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship

Nina Vaca is Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Group, named the fastest-growing woman-owned company in the country in 2015 and 2018. Pinnacle has also been included on the Inc 500/5000 list of fasting growing companies 13 times. Vaca is one of the few Latinas in the nation serving on the boards of publicly traded companies.

Read Nina’s full bio here.

Alfred Edmonds, President/Co-Owner, E.E. Ward Moving & Storage
Brian Brooks
Panelist
President/Co-Owner
E.E. Ward Moving & Storage

A business leader with a diverse entrepreneurial background, Brian Brooks is someone to know. Since 2001, Brian has served as President of E.E. Ward Moving & Storage Co., an agent of North American Van Lines, a SIRVA Relocation company. E.E. Ward provides professional relocation services for local, long distance and international household goods relocation, commercial office moving and corporate employee relocation.

Read Brian’s full bio here.

Roderick K. Rickman, Chairman & CEO, Rickman Enterprise Group
Roderick K. Rickman
Panelist
Chairman & CEO
Rickman Enterprise Group

Roderick K. Rickman, Chairman and CEO of Rickman Enterprise Group is a native Detroiter whose roots are firmly planted in the community. He is the founder of the Rickman Enterprise Group, an Industry leader in complete Facility Management Demolition, Industrial Environmental Technical Cleaning Waste Management, Interior Finishing for Manufacturing, Utility, Education, Aerospace, and Defense/Military Industries.

Read Roderick’s full bio here.

Leon Richardson, Founder, President and CEO Chemico Group
Leon Richardson
Panelist
Founder, President and CEO
Chemico Group

Leon C. Richardson is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chemico Group, one of the largest minority-owned chemical management and distribution companies in the United States. For 30 years, Richardson has guided a single employee start-up to employ more than 400 people across 30 states and four countries and amasses more than $100 million in sales annually. Black Enterprise has named Chemico to its list of the top 100 Black Businesses nine times.

Read Leon’s full bio here.

Partners Make The Difference

Partners Make The Difference

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PREVIEW: NMSDC COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall: The Stimulus Package – Continuing the Conversation

NMSDC COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall:
The Stimulus Package – Continuing the Conversation

Thursday, April 9, 2020
3 — 4:30 p.m. (EDT)

Limited to the first 500 participants.

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NMSDC invites you to continue the conversation about the CARES Act and what this federal stimulus package can do for your business.

A special guest from our nation’s capital will provide additional information, details about the package, how they are addressing some of the challenges that have occurred during its launch and answer your questions. Additionally, our panel will share valuable resources about how to access programs to help your business stay afloat during this crisis.

Get first-hand information about:

  • The key elements of the package
  • Who and what qualifies for emergency coverage
  • The scale and scope of the coverage
  • The parameters and limits of the coverage
  • The application process
  • When you might expect to receive assistance

Join us in the virtual room from 3 p.m. — 4:30 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, April 9, to be a part of this urgent discussion.

Adrienne Trimble, President and CEO, The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
Adrienne Trimble
Host
Former President & CEO
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

Adrienne Trimble is the former President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She is a known thought leader for advancing corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Prior to her role with NMSDC, Ms. Trimble was General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor North America, responsible for leading and executing diversity & inclusion strategies across Toyota’s North American operations.

Read Adrienne’s full bio here.

Clifford A. Bailey, President & CEO, TechSoft Systems, Inc.
Clifford A. Bailey
Moderator
Chair, NMSDC National Minority Business Enterprise
Input Committee (NMBEIC)
President & CEO, TechSoft Systems, Inc.

Clifford A. Bailey is an advocate for small businesses and a driving force in community reconciliation and development. Mr. Bailey is a leader devoted to education, employment, and economic development, and is active with organizations that share these same passions. He is recognized as a frank, candid, and honest leader. He has the skills, ability, and experience to inspire, motivate and lead.

Read Clifford’s full bio here.

Chris Pilkerton
Chris Pilkerton
Panelist
White House Policy Advisor
and former Acting Administrator
US Small Business Administration

Chris Pilkerton serves as a White House Policy Advisor and former Acting Administrator of the US Small Business Administration. He is also the current Executive Director of the White House Opportunity Now initiative, a government-wide program which supports economic empowerment for underserved communities.

Read Chris’ full bio here.

Michael Faulkender - Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy U.S. Department of the Treasury
Michael Faulkender
Panelist
Assistant Secretary for
Economic Policy
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Dr. Michael Faulkender was confirmed as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy on August 1, 2019.

In this role, he advises the Secretary on current and prospective economic developments in the United States and world economies, and assists in the determination of appropriate economic policies.  The Assistant Secretary also serves as head of the Office of Economic Policy.

Read Michael’s full bio here.


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Limited to the first 500 participants.

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PREVIEW – NMSDC COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall: The CARES Act…What’s Next and When?

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NMSDC invites you to join us in continuing the conversation with guest speakers from the Nation’s Capitol, as well as other experts to help you navigate through this COVID-19 pandemic crisis.


Adrienne Trimble, President and CEO, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
Adrienne Trimble
Host
Former President and CEO
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

Adrienne Trimble is the former President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She is a known thought leader for advancing corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Prior to her role with NMSDC, Ms. Trimble was General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor North America, responsible for leading and executing diversity & inclusion strategies across Toyota’s North American operations.

Read Adrienne’s full bio here.

Senator Chris Van Hollen, United States Senate, South Carolina
Chris Van Hollen
Panelist
Senator
United States Senate
Maryland

Elected to the United States Senate by the people of Maryland in November 2016, Chris Van Hollen is committed to fighting every day to ensure that our state and our country live up to their full promise of equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity. His top priorities include creating more and better jobs, strengthening small businesses, and increasing educational and job training opportunities for individuals of all ages and in every community.

Read Chris’s full bio here.


Brenda L. Lawrence
Panelist
Congresswoman
Michigan’s 14th District
United States House of Representatives

Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence represents Michigan’s 14th Congressional District that includes a portion of Detroit, the City of Southfield and 16 other cities located in Oakland and Wayne counties. Living in the 14th District her entire life, she was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November of 2014 and has been re-elected in 2016 and 2018.

Read Brenda’s full bio here.


Chris Pilkerton
Panelist
White House Policy Advisor
and former Acting Administrator
US Small Business Administration

Chris Pilkerton serves as a White House Policy Advisor and former Acting Administrator of the US Small Business Administration. He is also the current Executive Director of the White House Opportunity Now initiative, a government-wide program which supports economic empowerment for underserved communities.

Read Chris’s full bio here.

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PREVIEW – NMSDC COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall: How are Financial Institutions Contributing to the Recovery of Minority Businesses?

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NMSDC invites you to join us in a conversation with financial institutions participating in the SBA loan program. This Town Hall will give insight on how they are helping minority businesses obtain financial assistance during this crisis. We will also hear from minority business entrepreneurs (MBEs) who have received funding through the Stimulus Pay Check Protection Program (PPP) and/or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) programs. They will discuss their experiences with the financial institutions, and give valuable information on what to expect during the process.

Join us in virtual room from 3 — 4:30 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, April 16, to be a part of this urgent discussion.


Adrienne Trimble, President and CEO, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
Adrienne Trimble
Host
Former President and CEO
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

Adrienne Trimble is the former President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She is a known thought leader for advancing corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Prior to her role with NMSDC, Ms. Trimble was General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor North America, responsible for leading and executing diversity & inclusion strategies across Toyota’s North American operations.

Read Adrienne’s full bio here.

Harvey Butler, Global Head of Supplier Diversity, Barclays
Harvey Butler
Moderator
Global Head of Supplier Diversity
Barclays

Harvey Butler is Global Head of Supplier Diversity at Barclays, responsible for developing and executing the firm’s strategy to expand its utilization of diverse suppliers – both small businesses and those majority-owned by ethnic minorities, women and other under-represented segments of society, within the major international geographies it operates.

Read Harvey’s full bio here.

Henry Childs, National Director, U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
Henry Childs II
Panelist
National Director
U.S. Department of Commerce
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

Mr. Henry Childs II was appointed as the National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) on September 4, 2018. Director Childs is the 17th National Director of the agency. In his role, Director Childs has been laser-focused on getting minority-owned businesses to size and scale.

Read Henry’s full bio here.

Patty Juarez, National Diverse Segments Director, Commercial Banking Group Wells Fargo & Company
Patty Juarez
Panelist
National Diverse Segments Director, Commercial Banking Group
Wells Fargo & Company

Patty Juarez has spent over 24 years in Commercial Banking where she has held various leadership roles. Currently Patty serves as National Diverse Segments Director creating, developing, and executing our strategy within several lines of business in Wholesale Banking. Patty earned her bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in accounting from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MBA from St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga.

Read Patty’s full bio here.

James H. Sills, III, President and CEO, Mechanics and Farmers Bank
James H. Sills, III
Panelist
President and CEO
Mechanics and Farmers Bank

James H. Sills, III – President and CEO of Mechanics and Farmers Bank headquartered in Durham, NC.  M&F Bank has total assets of $265 Million and seven branch locations in 5 major markets within North Carolina.  M&F Bank is the 2nd oldest African American owned bank in the U.S. Mr. Sills’ background includes a unique combination of executive experience within large-scale banking operations, community banks and government organizations.

Read James’ full bio here.

Mercedes Enrique, President, CMS Corporation
Mercedes Enrique
Panelist
President
CMS Corporation

Mercedes Enrique is President and owner of CMS Corporation, a federal government and industrial construction company with self-performance capabilities in mechanical construction. CMS is headquartered in Bargersville, IN. Since purchasing CMS’s assets in 2004, the company has grown from one to five locations and from 8 to 85 employees.

Read Mercedes’s full bio here.

Abel Herrera, President & CEO, IT Data Solutions
Abel Herrera
Panelist
President & CEO
IT Data Solutions

Abel Herrera is the President/CEO of IT Data Solutions, an SBA 8(a) small business which offers expert Information Technology (IT) consulting services, staffing, and tools for implementation in any industry. IT Data Solutions provides strategic IT solutions to increase efficiency, reduce cost, and streamline processes.

Read Abel’s full bio here.

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PREVIEW – NMSDC COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall: What is the Administration’s Vision of Economic Recovery for Minority Businesses?

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NMSDC invites you to join us to hear what is currently underway as the country begins pivot to get our economy running again, discuss what minority businesses need for a successful post-pandemic recovery, and provide input into the process.

Join us in the virtual room from 3 — 4:30 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, April 30, to be a part of this urgent discussion.


Adrienne Trimble, President and CEO, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
Adrienne Trimble
Moderator
Former President and CEO
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

Adrienne Trimble is the former President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She is a known thought leader for advancing corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Prior to her role with NMSDC, Ms. Trimble was General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor North America, responsible for leading and executing diversity & inclusion strategies across Toyota’s North American operations.

Read Adrienne’s full bio here.

Paul Teller, Deputy Assistant to President Trump and Director of Strategic Initiatives for Vice President Pence
Paul Teller
Panelist
Deputy Assistant to President Trump and
Director of Strategic Initiatives for Vice President Pence
White House

President Donald Trump, in January 2017, named Paul Teller as a Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, where he operated as the White House liaison to U.S. House conservatives, to U.S. Senate conservatives, and to all the groups and activists of the Conservative Movement who were helping advance the President’s legislative agenda.

Read Paul’s full bio here.

Ja’Ron K. Smith, Deputy Assistant to the President Office of American Innovation, Executive Office of the President, White House
Ja’Ron K. Smith
Panelist
Deputy Assistant to the President Office of American Innovation
Executive Office of the President, White House

Ja’Ron Smith serves as a Deputy Assistant to the President for the White House Office of American Innovation. As a Deputy Assistant to the President, Ja’Ron spearheads initiatives such as Criminal Justice Reform, Workforce Development, Opportunity Zones, and others. Prior to his role as Deputy Assistant to the President, Ja’Ron served as Special Assistant to the President in the Office of Legislative Affairs.

Read Ja’Ron’s full bio here.

Sharon Pinder, President and CEO, Capital Regions Minority Supplier Development Council
Sharon Pinder
Panelist
President & CEO
Capital Regions Minority Supplier Development Council

A renowned expert in entrepreneurial diversity and inclusion, Pinder has transformed the landscape for minority and women owned businesses, leveling the playing field and creating increased opportunities for these businesses to succeed. Pinder may be best known as Maryland’s first appointed cabinet Secretary of the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs and for her work as the architect of Maryland’s minority and small business reform movement.

Read Sharon’s full bio here.

Sue Bhatia, Chairman and Founder, Rose International
Sue Bhatia
Panelist
Chairman/Founder
Rose International

Sue Bhatia was named one of Fast Company’s “Top 25 Women Business Builders in North America”, as well as receiving an “Enterprising Women of the Year Award” from Enterprising Women Magazine. She has also been honored to receive the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Entrepreneurial Success Award, and the Missouri Small Business Person of the Year award.

Read Sue’s full bio here.

Bonnie Nijst, President and CEO, Fidget Branding
Bonnie Nijst
Panelist
President & CEO
Fidget Branding

Bonnie Nijst is president and CEO of FIDGET Branding, a B2B growth marketing agency with a brand-first approach to strategy, inbound + outbound marketing, sales enablement and design. FIDGET works with small and medium-sized businesses, as well as large organizations, including Disney, Warner Bros., City of Los Angeles, Amgen, USC and Rock the Vote.

Read Bonnie’s full bio here.

Carlton O'Neal, Managing Partner LightSpeedEDU, Inc.
Carlton L. Oneal
Panelist
Managing Partner
LightSpeedEdu, Inc.

Carlton L. Oneal is one of the managing partners of Light Speed, a privately owned eLearning and communications firm. Light Speed specializes in eLearning, multimedia video development and motion graphics. Mr. Oneal currently serves as Secretary to the National MBE Input Committee.

Read Carlton’s full bio here.

Terri Quinton, Chief Executive Officer, Q2 Marketing Group
Terri Quinton
Panelist
CEO, Q2 Marketing Group
CEO & Principal, Alliance of Diversity Printers LLC

Terri L. Quinton is CEO and President of Q2 Marketing Group, an award-winning marketing and business development firm servicing small and mid-sized firms. Her firm works to assist these companies in messaging and connecting to prime target markets in the most economically and efficient method. Quinton is also a Managing Principal of the Alliance of Diversity Printers LLC (ADP-LLC), a printing, warehousing and fulfillment firm with a national footprint.

Read Terri’s full bio here.

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PREVIEW – NMSDC COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall: Addressing Questions Regarding All Programs Enacted to Support Minority Businesses – Week 6

There’s More to Share
Addressing Questions Regarding All Programs
Enacted to Support Minority Businesses – Week 6

Thursday, May 7, 2020
3 — 4:30 p.m. (EDT)

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We are not done just yet … You asked for more and we are giving you more! We are continuing the conversation to discuss topics impacting MBEs during this phase of the pandemic crisis.

We are pleased to announce Congresswoman Joyce Beatty who will lead in a very impactful discussion.  She and other guests will address the unclear and unanswered questions our members have regarding all of the programs enacted to support minority businesses during COVID-19.  In addition, discussions will also address any actions being taken to support businesses ongoing as we pivot to economic recovery. Hope to see you there!

Join us in the virtual room from 3 — 4:30 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, May 7, to be a part of this urgent discussion.


Adrienne Trimble, President and CEO, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
Adrienne Trimble
Moderator
Former President and CEO
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

Adrienne Trimble is the former President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She is a known thought leader for advancing corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Prior to her role with NMSDC, Ms. Trimble was General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor North America, responsible for leading and executing diversity & inclusion strategies across Toyota’s North American operations.

Read Adrienne’s full bio here.

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Ohio 3rd Congressional District, House of Representatives
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty
Speaker
Ohio 3rd Congressional District
House of Representatives

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty is a native Ohioan with a strong history of connecting people, policy and politics to make a difference. Since 2013, Beatty has proudly represented Ohio’s Third Congressional District.

Read Congresswoman’s full bio here.

Henry Childs II, Special Advisor to the NMSDC President
Henry Childs II
Speaker
Special Advisor to the NMSDC President

Mr. Henry Childs II was appointed as the National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) on September 4, 2018. Director Childs is the 17th National Director of the agency. In his role, Director Childs has been laser-focused on getting minority-owned businesses to size and scale.

Read Henry’s full bio here.

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2021 PPP and Stimulus Bill Town Hall-PREVIEW

NMSDC: Understand What The Paycheck Protection Program Means for You

NMSDC and USCC Presents:
The 2021 PPP and Stimulus Bill Town Hall

NEW PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
Understand What the Paycheck Protection Program Means for You

January 6, 2021
2:30 — 4:00 PM (EST)

Live Webcast & Live Stream on YouTube
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Don’t miss NMSDC and the US Chamber of Commerce (USCC) joint forum that will include a fireside chat with USCC experts on the new stimulus bill, Coronavirus Response and the Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Additionally, there will be a panel discussion with bankers and other financial institutions, familiar with the PPP application process, designed to share information and answer questions to assist MBEs with securing a PPP loan.

This forum will provide insights that will:

  • Allow small businesses to take a 1st or 2nd PPP loan;
  • Simplifies PPP loan forgiveness application for loans $150,000 or less;
  • Permits tax deduction of PPP loan expenses;
  • Eliminates payback of the EIDL grant;
  • Extends the COVID-19 paid leave tax credit; and
  • Provides provisions for service industry companies and under-represented entrepreneurs.

The 90-minute forum is slated for January 6th at 2:30 p.m. EST. Don’t allow your questions to go unanswered; we want to hear from you.

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Adrienne Trimble, President and CEO, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
Adrienne Trimble
Host
Former President and CEO
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

Adrienne Trimble is the President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She is a known thought leader for advancing corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Prior to her role with NMSDC, Ms. Trimble was General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor North America, responsible for leading and executing diversity & inclusion strategies across Toyota’s North American operations.

Read Adrienne’s full bio here.

Rick Wade, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Outreach, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Rick Wade
Host

Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Outreach
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Rick C. Wade is senior vice president of Strategic Alliances and Outreach at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Wade develops and implements programs and initiatives to help the Chamber create new business relationships and partnerships across diverse audiences.

Read Rick’s full bio here.

Carlton O'Neal, Managing Partner LightSpeedEDU, Inc.
Carlton L. Oneal
Moderator

President
LightSpeedEdu, Inc.
and National MBE Input
Committee, Chair

Carlton L. Oneal is one of the managing partners of Light Speed, a privately owned eLearning and communications firm. Light Speed specializes in eLearning, multimedia video development and motion graphics.

Read Carlton’s full bio here.

Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, US Chamber of Commerce
Neil Bradley
Panelist

Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer
US Chamber of Commerce

Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has spent two decades working directly with congressional committee chairpersons and other high-ranking policymakers to achieve solutions.

Read Neil’s full bio here.

Henry Childs II, Special Advisor to the NMSDC President
Henry Childs II
Panelist
Special Advisor to the NMSDC President

Mr. Henry Childs II was appointed as the National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) on September 4, 2018. Director Childs is the 17th National Director of the agency. In his role, Director Childs has been laser-focused on getting minority-owned businesses to size and scale.

Read Henry’s full bio here.

Chris Hollins, Managing Director, GM Cash Management, Chase Business Banking, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Chris Hollins
Panelist

Managing Director, GM Cash Management, Chase Business Banking
JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Christopher Hollins is the GM of Cash Management for Chase Business Banking. He is responsible for ensuring Chase implements the optimal treasury products, marketing, sales and service strategies to deepen relationships with small business owners.

Read Chris’ full bio here.

Dominik Mjartan
Dominik Mjartan
Panelist

President and CEO
Optus Bank

Dominik Mjartan is President and CEO of Optus Bank, a U.S. Treasury certified CDFI and an MDI (FDIC designated Minority Depository Institution). He spent more than a decade as a senior executive officer at a community development bank, Southern Bancorp, most recently as the Executive Vice President of Southern Bancorp, Inc. (SBI), a holding company for Southern Bancorp Bank and CEO of an affiliated lending company Southern Bancorp Community Partners (SBCP).

Read Dominik‘s full bio here.

Cara Wallace
Carra Wallace
Panelist
President
MBE Capital

Carra Wallace is the president of MBE Capital Partners (MBECP), which was established with the strategic objective of developing straight forward financing products for small to midsize Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (MWBEs) over 21 years ago.

Read Carra’s full bio here.


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PREVIEW – 2021 PPP and Stimulus Bill Town Hall

NMSDC: Understand What The Paycheck Protection Program Means for You

NMSDC and USCC Presents:
The 2021 PPP and Stimulus Bill Town Hall

NEW PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
Understand What the Paycheck Protection Program Means for You

January 6, 2021
2:30 — 4:00 PM (EST)

Live Webcast & Live Stream on YouTube
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Don’t miss NMSDC and the US Chamber of Commerce (USCC) joint forum that will include a fireside chat with USCC experts on the new stimulus bill, Coronavirus Response and the Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Additionally, there will be a panel discussion with bankers and other financial institutions, familiar with the PPP application process, designed to share information and answer questions to assist MBEs with securing a PPP loan.

This forum will provide insights that will:

  • Allow small businesses to take a 1st or 2nd PPP loan;
  • Simplifies PPP loan forgiveness application for loans $150,000 or less;
  • Permits tax deduction of PPP loan expenses;
  • Eliminates payback of the EIDL grant;
  • Extends the COVID-19 paid leave tax credit; and
  • Provides provisions for service industry companies and under-represented entrepreneurs.

The 90-minute forum is slated for January 6th at 2:30 p.m. EST. Don’t allow your questions to go unanswered; we want to hear from you.

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Adrienne Trimble, President and CEO, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
Adrienne Trimble
Host
Former President and CEO
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

Adrienne Trimble is the former President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She is a known thought leader for advancing corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Prior to her role with NMSDC, Ms. Trimble was General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor North America, responsible for leading and executing diversity & inclusion strategies across Toyota’s North American operations.

Read Adrienne’s full bio here.

Rick Wade, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Outreach, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Rick Wade
Host

Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Outreach
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Rick C. Wade is senior vice president of Strategic Alliances and Outreach at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Wade develops and implements programs and initiatives to help the Chamber create new business relationships and partnerships across diverse audiences.

Read Rick’s full bio here.

Carlton O'Neal, Managing Partner LightSpeedEDU, Inc.
Carlton L. Oneal
Moderator

President
LightSpeedEdu, Inc.
and National MBE Input
Committee, Chair

Carlton L. Oneal is one of the managing partners of Light Speed, a privately owned eLearning and communications firm. Light Speed specializes in eLearning, multimedia video development and motion graphics.

Read Carlton’s full bio here.

Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, US Chamber of Commerce
Neil Bradley
Panelist

Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer
US Chamber of Commerce

Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has spent two decades working directly with congressional committee chairpersons and other high-ranking policymakers to achieve solutions.

Read Neil’s full bio here.

Henry Childs II, Special Advisor to the NMSDC President
Henry Childs II
Panelist
Special Advisor to the NMSDC President

Mr. Henry Childs II was appointed as the National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) on September 4, 2018. Director Childs is the 17th National Director of the agency. In his role, Director Childs has been laser-focused on getting minority-owned businesses to size and scale.

Read Henry’s full bio here.

Chris Hollins, Managing Director, GM Cash Management, Chase Business Banking, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Chris Hollins
Panelist

Managing Director, GM Cash Management, Chase Business Banking
JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Christopher Hollins is the GM of Cash Management for Chase Business Banking. He is responsible for ensuring Chase implements the optimal treasury products, marketing, sales and service strategies to deepen relationships with small business owners.

Read Chris’ full bio here.

Dominik Mjartan
Dominik Mjartan
Panelist

President and CEO
Optus Bank

Dominik Mjartan is President and CEO of Optus Bank, a U.S. Treasury certified CDFI and an MDI (FDIC designated Minority Depository Institution). He spent more than a decade as a senior executive officer at a community development bank, Southern Bancorp, most recently as the Executive Vice President of Southern Bancorp, Inc. (SBI), a holding company for Southern Bancorp Bank and CEO of an affiliated lending company Southern Bancorp Community Partners (SBCP).

Read Dominik‘s full bio here.

Cara Wallace
Carra Wallace
Panelist
President
MBE Capital

Carra Wallace is the president of MBE Capital Partners (MBECP), which was established with the strategic objective of developing straight forward financing products for small to midsize Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (MWBEs) over 21 years ago.

Read Carra’s full bio here.


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PREVIEW – Adrienne Trimble

Adrienne Trimble, President and CEO, The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.Adrienne Trimble
Former President and CEO
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

Adrienne Trimble is the former President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She is a known thought leader for advancing corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Prior to her role with NMSDC, Ms. Trimble was General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor North America, responsible for leading and executing diversity & inclusion strategies across Toyota’s North American operations.

In her role at Toyota, Ms. Trimble worked closely with the company’s senior leadership team in developing advocacy and accountability measures to integrate DEI processes across the organization’s business operations. She also worked closely with the company’s External Diversity Advisory Board, chaired by the Honorable Alexis Herman, former United States Secretary of Labor. She led the company’s rise on the DiversityInc Top 50 list from #42 to #25 in two short years. She also firmly solidified the company’s recognition by third party advocacy organizations such as Black Enterprise Best Companies for Diversity, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, and The United Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Adrienne Trimble’s appointment marks a unique, significant milestone in NMSDC’s long and close relationship with Toyota. Ms. Trimble led Toyota’s Supplier Diversity initiative from 2005 – 2012. In this role, she grew the company’s diverse supplier base to reflect more than a 300 percent increase in total spend, topping nearly $3B in spend with diverse suppliers. Toyota received numerous accolades under Ms. Trimble’s direction, including Corporation of the Year by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) as well as Corporation of the Year honors from the organization’s affiliates in Arkansas, Michigan, South Central Ohio, Southwest Texas and Tri-State KY/IN/WV. She was named Advocate of the Year by the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council. In recognition of her efforts to advance economic development for diverse suppliers, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Founder and CEO of Rainbow PUSH, presented Ms. Trimble with their Corporate Leader Award and Women in Leadership Award.

A graduate of Wilberforce University, Ms. Trimble earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Organization Management. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees for her alma mater in 2014. Other board and committee leadership positions have included NMSDC and several of its regional Councils, as well as Executive Committee roles for the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Ms. Trimble has previous Human Resources leadership experience in financial services, healthcare and media industries. She resides in McKinney, Texas with her husband Jamiel.