NMSDC Leadership Series/Enterprising Women of Color

NMSDC Leadership Series/Enterprising Women of Color


2020 NMSDC Leadership Series, “The State of Minority Business.”

NMSDC’s traditional Leadership Week activities are going virtual this year, with an expanded programming schedule being presented online from May 13 through June 11. Join us for thought-provoking discussions, practical strategies for adapting to the ‘new normal,’ and inspirational stories of success.

The 2020 NMSDC Leadership Series offers sessions specifically designed for:

  • Women of Color Entrepreneurs
  • CPO’s
  • Corporate Plus® Members
  • Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs)
  • Supplier Diversity Practitioners
  • Millennial Entrepreneurs

Registration Fees

VirtualAwards Ceremony: $150 (tax deductible)

Virtual Awards Ceremony Celebration

June 11, 2020
5:00 – 7:30 PM (EDT)

Our closing Keynote will weave the learnings from our time spent together and leave you inspired with a renewed energy to develop new strategies and tackle new opportunities in our changing economy post COVID-19.

Corporate Plus® Summit II (Invite Only)

June 9, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (EDT)

Bronze Sponsors: UPS
As our Corporate Plus® program develops new energy and a higher profile in the NMSDC network, we are especially pleased to invite you to join NMSDC President/CEO Adrienne Trimble and your Corporate Plus® peers for the 2020 Corporate Plus® Summit.

CPO Summit (Invite Only)

June 9, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (EDT)

Sponsored by Cox Communications, CVS Health, USPS
This highly exclusive CPO or CPO equivalent only event has built a stellar reputation of being attended by the who’s who in the world of procurement.

Enterprising Women of Color: The Mental, Emotional, & Physical Comeback for Women in Business

June 3, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 PM (EDT)

Powered By: The Coca- Cola Company
While you are busy shifting strategies for your business, it’s equally as important to take care of your own mental and physical well-being, too. After all, it’s not selfish to take time for yourself, and our speakers will share why and how self-care can contribute to your overall comeback success.

ROI for Supplier Diversity

June 3, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Bronze Sponsor: Communications Test Design, Dell, Nissan
Framework for developing an internal ROI for supplier diversity/development programs to secure support and funding of supplier diversity.

CPO & Corporate Plus® Summit Joint Session (Invite Only)

June 2, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (EDT)

Bronze Sponsor: Kellogg’s
The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will reach far into the coming months. Discover what indicators to watch for in your company with expert guidance on how to best navigate through and recover from the downturn in our economy.

Millennial Entrepreneur(s)

May 28, 2020
3:00 – 4:30 PM (EDT)

Calling all Millennial Minority Business Entrepreneurs!
Why start from a blank canvas when you can have the opportunity to hear from trailblazer entrepreneurs, just as you may be now or you’re striving to be; iron sharpens iron.

Up and coming Millennial Entrepreneurs will share the key ingredients to their success, what to keep doing, what to stop doing, and what the future holds in post-COVID-19.

COVID-19 – Risk Mitigation in Ops, Insurance IT & HR

May 28, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (EDT)

Bronze Sponsor: ExxonMobil
What are the necessary steps MBEs should take to achieve business continuity during this difficult period? Our panelists will lead a conversation focused on operations, safety, technology, and human resources challenges and concerns.

Attendees will gain insight on tangible actions they can implement and ask questions during the Q&A segment.

Enterprising Women of Color: Creating Growth & Success Strategies for Your Comeback

May 27, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 PM (EDT)

An interactive roundtable discussion featuring successful women entrepreneurs sharing their journey to success and how are they coping in today’s new economic conditions.

Directed Tier 1 Spending: What Is It and How Does It Impact Your Company and Industry?

May 27, 2020
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (EDT)

The “Directed Tier 1” concept has been moving through supplier diversity circles for several years. But, what is it, exactly? In certain situations, an OEM selects Tier 2 Suppliers to work with Tier 1 Suppliers to guarantee quality, supply, and other purchasing standards are achieved. While the OEM does not directly pay the Tier 2 Supplier, the Tier 2 spend is more appropriately counted as a directed Tier 1 spend since the OEM controlled much of the process.

Keynote Address: Hard Pivots, Atomic Time and a New Vision of the American Dream

May 21, 2020
3:00 – 4:30 PM (EDT)

Sponsor: Walmart
During the 1980’s, Chris Gardner struggled with homelessness while raising a toddler son – a gripping story told through his autobiography, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” which became a successful movie where he was portrayed by actor Will Smith. In 2007, Will Smith was nominated for an academy award as best actor for his portrayal as Chris Gardner. Through perseverance, he became a stockbroker, eventually founding his own brokerage firm in 1987.

Enterprising Women of Color: Fireside Chat with Lisa Price

May 20
1:00 – 3:00 PM (EDT)

One-on-One with Adrienne Trimble. Hear Lisa’s inspiring story of overcoming obstacles to achieve success in the highly competitive beauty and healthcare industry.

Enterprising Women of Color: Get Money: The Comeback Edition

May 13
1:00 – 3:00 PM (EDT)

Staging a comeback is an essential element of a revised business plan in the “new normal.” Making sure that you have access to capital is crucial to executing the plan. Join our featured speakers and panelists as they host a Q&A to discuss opportunities to access capital in our new normal.


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