On March 3 and 4, NMSDC launched IMPACT 2015, a two-day event hosted by Time Warner Inc. featuring knowledge sharing, networking, updates on exciting new initiatives and a focus on our NMSDC certified women business owners. IMPACT 2015 was a  highly-interactive event for national corporate members, MBEs and women-of-color entrepreneurs.  It brought together experts including Dr. Katherine W. Phillips, Senior Vice Dean at Columbia University, Erika V. Hall, PhD, Assistant Professor of Organization and Management at Emory University, CPOs, supplier diversity professionals and business owners to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing minority businesses.

The panels, presentations and discussions were complemented by a survey for the minority women business owners. We will continue to explore these topics as well as collect essential data as IMPACT 2015 events will be held throughout the country in 2015 and beyond to 2016.

1-Clint Grimes

Clint Grimes
Time Warner Inc.
NMSDC IMPACT 2015 Sponsor


Ellen Blau (left)
Blau Office Furniture, Inc.

Raghu M. Nandan (right)
Soltrix Technology Solutions, Inc.


Joy Wong (left)
New York Life Insurance Company

Keith Hines (right)
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

4-Ben Jungreis

Ben Jungreis
Colgate-Palmolive Company

5-Leslie McFarland

Leslie McFarland (left)
21st Century Expo Group

Jere C. Eaton (center)
Printibilities, LLC

Ellen Blau (right)
Blau Office Furniture, Inc.


Attendees at NMSDC Empowering Minority Women Suppliers Focus Group

7-Reggie Layton

(From left)
Reginald Layton – Johnson Controls, Inc.

Elisabete Miranda – CQ Fluency

Ranjini Poddar – Artech Information Systems, Inc.

Armentha “Mike” Cruise – The Aspen Group, Inc.

Beverly A. Jennings – Johnson & Johnson

Dr. Katherine W. Phillips – Columbia University

8-Ellen Blau

Ellen Blau
Blau Office Furniture, Inc.

9-Dr. Katherine Phillips

Dr. Katherine W. Phillips (left)
Columbia University

Erika V. Hall PhD(right)
Emory University

10-Adam Walker

(From left)
Adam Walker – Summit Container Corporation

George Ehrgott – Communications Test Design, Inc.

Janice Acevedo – Al Mar Housekeepers, Inc.

Fred Lona – Hilton Worldwide