Celebrating Women of Color

2020 NMSDC Virtual Conference

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The 2020 NMSDC Conference +
Business Opportunity Exchange (BOE) is now virtual!
October 26 – 29, 2020

Celebrating Women of Color
October 29, 2020
11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET

More than ever before, female entrepreneurs of color are blazing new trails and bringing innovative ideas to the marketplace. A lively discussion with pioneering women focuses on the power of community connections and the positive impacts business ownership makes for their families, their neighborhoods, and the global economy.

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

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Jonathan Sprinkles, Founder, The Connection Lab
Jonathan Sprinkles
Welcome Remarks
The Connection Lab

Jonathan Sprinkles is the author of 13 books (including two international bestsellers), a TV personality, celebrity business coach, and award winning keynote speaker. He is the founder of The Connection Lab, an award-winning company that is on a mission to help people live bigger and lead better through the power of human connection.

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Tina Tchen, President and CEO, Times Up
Tina Tchen
Keynote Speaker
President and CEO
Times Up

Tina Tchen serves as president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now and the TIME’S UP Foundation, overseeing the organizations’ efforts to change culture, companies, and laws in order to make work safe, fair, and dignified for women of all kinds. In 2017, Tina co-founded the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund with Robbie Kaplan, Fatima Goss Graves, and Hilary Rosen; since then, the Fund has connected more than 3,600 people to legal or PR support for sexual harassment across dozens of different industries.

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Carla Wright
Group Manager, Purchasing Supplier Relations
Toyota Motor North America

In mid-2020, Carla Wright assumed the role of Supplier Relations Group Manager within the Purchasing Supplier Development division for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). Located at Toyota’s R&D headquarters in Saline, MI, this role becomes the latest in Ms. Wright’s long career with Toyota which began in 1999. Throughout that time, Ms. Wright has held multiple executive leadership roles within Toyota’s Engineering function including stints in Data Management, Technical Strategy, Cost Planning and to her current role with Purchasing Supplier Development.

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Janice Bryant Howroyd, Founder and CEO, ActOne Group
Janice Bryant Howroyd
Founder and CEO
The Act One Group

Founder and CEO, Janice Bryant Howroyd, is a North Carolina native who left her hometown in 1976 armed with $1500. Since then, she has dedicated her efforts to building an organization that is committed to keeping the humanity in Human Resources and Strategic, Inclusive Procurement.

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Christie W. Barrett, CEO, MacArthur Corporation
Christie Wong Barrett
MacArthur Corporation

Ms. Barrett is the Chief Executive Officer of MacArthur Corporation, a manufacturing company headquartered in Michigan with operations in the U.S., China, Mexico and Poland. MacArthur is a world class manufacturer of innovative labels, tags, decals and functional film components for automotive, mobility, electronics, health technology, industrial and consumer goods sectors. For over 50 years, MacArthur Corporation (www.macarthurcorp.com) has engineered flexible solutions for some of the largest global brands.

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Morgan DeBaun, Founder & CEO, Blavity Inc.
Morgan DeBaun
Founder & CEO
Blavity Inc.

Morgan DeBaun is the Founder & CEO of Blavity Inc., the leading media company for Black culture and millennials. Since launching Blavity Inc. in 2014, Morgan has led the company to successfully acquire Travel Noire, a travel platform for Black millennials and Shadow And Act, a Black entertainment news site. Under her leadership, Blavity has launched several leading consumer summits including Summit 21 for Black women creators and Bay Area’s AfroTech, the largest tech conference for Black innovators and founders.

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Mercedita Roxas-Murray, CEO, Montage Marketing Group
Mercedita Roxas-Murray
Montage Marketing Group

Mercedita Roxas-Murray is the founder and CEO of Montage Marketing Group, LLC a marketing services agency. With over 20 years in the marketing industry, Mercedita is a recognized leader in the integrated marketing space. Montage was recognized as the US Dept. of Commerce MBDA Minority Marketing and Communications Agency of the Year, 2020, GrowthLab Top 100Federal Marketing Communication Leaders, 2020, awarded the State of Maryland Governor’s Citation, 2020, the NMSDC Top 100 MBE, 2019 and the 2018 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner, Maryland Women’s Business Center.

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Rea Ann Silva, Founder & CEO, Beautyblender
Rea Ann Silva
Founder & CEO

Rea Ann Silva’s experience spans a 20-year journey as one of the most sought-after Hollywood makeup artists in the industry. As the creative force behind beautyblender, she single-handedly changed the beauty game.

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