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2020 NMSDC Virtual Conference

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

In This Together: 2020 National Conference Opening Session

October 26, 2020
11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET
The conference kick-off session sets the tone for this week and features an inspiring keynote message from Doug McMillion, President & CEO of Walmart.

Sponsored by IBM and Nissan

Emerging Young Entrepreneurs Cohort Summit | Session 1: ”Family Ties”

October 26, 2020
1:00 PM-4:30 PM ET
This virtual session for current participants in NMSDC’s Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Program supports the interactive pre- and post-conference curriculum. Session panelists will discuss the benefits and challenges of leadership and succession in a family-owned business.

Food and Beverage: Industry Group Session

October 26, 2020
1:00 PM-2:30 PM ET
Food and Beverage: Industry Group Session

Utilities: Industry Group Session

October 26, 2020
1:00 PM-2:30 PM ET
Utilities: Industry Group Session

CPO & Corporate Plus Joint Session | “Responsive Actions in Today’s Economy”

October 26, 2020
1:00 PM-2:30 PM ET
The economic impacts of Covid-19 and increased focus on economic inclusion of minority business offers new possibilities for doing business. Explore how CPOs and Corporate Plus members are taking action and providing responsive support for MBEs in this dynamic roundtable discussion.

Healthcare: Industry Group Session #4, Reinventing Healthcare in a New Decade

October 26, 2020
3:00 PM-4:30 PM ET
Focused on the Healthcare Industry, this is one of several industry group sessions being offered during the National Conference. Come and listen to experts and executives as they discuss industry innovations, supply chain opportunities, and the evolving global landscape.

Supplier Diversity Series: Best Practices 5 & 6

October 26, 2020
3:00 PM-4:30 PM ET
Energize your strategy for implementing NMSDC’s Best Practices with expert insight and examples from the supplier diversity community.

Government Services: Industry Group Session

October 26, 2020
3:00 PM-4:30 PM ET
Focused on the Government Services Industry, this is one of several industry group sessions being offered during the National Conference. Come and listen to experts and executives as they discuss industry innovations, supply chain opportunities, and the evolving global landscape.

Leveraging Capital to Fund Minority Business Growth

October 27, 2020
11:00 AM-12:30 PM ET
Access to capital continues to limit the establishment, expansion, and growth of minority-owned businesses. Hear from an esteemed panel of financial leaders who are collaborating to connect minority businesses with the capital they need to recover and thrive – especially in today’s complex economic environment.

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.

Emerging Young Entrepreneurs Cohort Program: Session II

October 29, 2020
1:00 PM-4:30 PM ET
*By invitation only
The EYE program was created to support a commitment by the NMSDC to adEvance business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connect them to corporate members. During today’s program, a pitch competition will take place and the winner will receive a grant to help fund business growth. The EYE program was created to support a commitment by the NMSDC to adEvance business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connect them to corporate members. During today’s program, a pitch competition will take place and the winner will receive a grant to help fund business growth.

Corporate Plus Summit: Next Level Capital and Growth Strategies

October 29, 2020
1:00 PM-2:30 PM ET
Expert Sig Huber will discuss how various capital options can continue to support the stability and growth of Corporate Plus members as they navigate their post-COVID-19 business strategies. He’ll explore how mergers and acquisitions, private equity and SPAC financial products will play a key role to fuel growth.

Sponsored by The Coca Cola Company | Google

CPO Summit

October 29, 2020
1:00 PM-2:30 PM ET
The Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the supply chain and has caused particular devastation within the minority business community. This session takes a deep dive into how minority businesses have been impacted and explore what leaders can do to help stabilize operations for diverse suppliers.

Supplier Diversity Series: Best Practices 7 & 8

October 29, 2020
3:00 PM-4:30 PM ET
Energize your strategy for implementing NMSDC’s Best Practices with expert insight and examples from the supplier diversity community.
#7 | Establish a Continuous Improvement Plan
#8 | Establish a Second Tier Program

Financial Services: Industry Group Session

October 29, 2020
1:00 PM-2:30 PM ET
This session offers an overview of the financial services industry and provides insights on the state of the industry, how the pandemic has impacted it, and how its members have pivoted or changed to deal with the pandemic

Transportation Industry Group: “ReENVISION Challenges & Opportunities in Transportation”

October 29, 2020
1:00 PM-2:30 PM ET
The multi-billion-dollar transportation industry procures billions of dollars in goods and services – from aircraft parts and fuel to professional services, uniforms and more for sectors including airline, rail, and trucking.