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Calendar 2016-10-23 07:00:00 2016-10-26 23:59:00 America/Chicago NMSDC Conference + Business Opportunity Exchange: 2016 Conference-at-a-Glance NMSDC Conference + Business Opportunity Exchange October 23-26, 2016 Lakeside Center/McCormick Place 2301 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60616 The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development. For four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations will convene to re-energize their collective efforts to Certify > Develop > Connect > and Advocate for solid minority firms in the global corporate supply chain. This one-of-a-kind event features: * Thousands of corporate executives, procurement professionals and Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners * More than 20 targeted sessions and workshops * A one-day Business Opportunity Exchange with more than 700 exhibit booths * Matchmakers (By Appointment Only) * A black-tie Awards Banquet * Endless opportunities to network, network, network! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Future Conferences: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The 2017 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange will be held at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, October 22-25. Please go to www.nmsdcconference.com for the most up-to-date information on the conference. Useful links = = = = = = = 2016 Conference-at-a-Glance http://www.nmsdcconference.com/2016-conference-at-a-glance/ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Connect with us - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/company/national-minority-supplier-development-council Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Minority-Supplier-Development-Council/132183146823970 Twitter https://www.twitter.com/NMSDCHQ #NMSDCConference http://www.NMSDCConference.org - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Certify. Develop. Connect. Advocate. NMSDC 1359 Broadway, Tenth Floor Suite 1000 New York, NY 10018 United States http://www.NMSDC.org © 2016 The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. McCormick Place, 301 E Cermak Road, Chicago, Illinois 60616 NMSDC info@NMSDC.org
Friday, October 21 – Sunday, October 23, 2016
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily Digital Excellence Program DEP
(Prior, separate registration required)
Saturday, October 22, 2016
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Exhibitor Set Up
9 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. The Global Strategy Summit
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Working Group Consumer Products Industry Group
12 – 4 p.m. AMEP Alumni
12 – 5 p.m. Registration
McCormick Place Lakeside Center
NMSDC Committee Meetings
(All committee meetings held at Hyatt Regency Chicago unless otherwise noted.)
2:15 – 4:15 p.m. Industry Group Chairpersons
5 – 6:30 p.m. Certification Staffers – Hot Topics
5 – 7 p.m. Program Connect Reception (Invitation Only)
Sunday, October 23, 2016
8 a.m. – 4 p.m Exhibitor Set Up
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Program
(Prior, separate registration required)
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. MBE Boot Camp Class I & II
MBE Boot Camp Class III & IV
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration
McCormick Place Lakeside Center
COMMITTEE MEETINGS
(All committee meetings held at Hyatt Regency Chicago unless otherwise noted.)
10 – 11:30 a.m. Supplier Diversity Advisory Committee (SDAC) Meeting
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Field Operations Committee
12 – 2 p.m. Chairpersons Committee
12 – 4 p.m. Automotive Industry Group
12 – 5 p.m. Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Sports Industry Group
Presidents’ Committee (NMSDC Affiliate Councils)
Utilities Industry Group
1 – 2:30 p.m. Financial Services Industry Group
1 – 3 p.m. Professional Services Industry Group
1 – 4 p.m. Corporate Plus© Forum
(Invitation only)
1 – 4:30 p.m. Food and Beverage Industry Group
1 – 5 p.m. MBE Opportunity Accelerator
2 – 4 p.m. Air Transportation Industry Group
2 – 4:30 p.m. Healthcare Industry Group
Retail Industry Group
3 – 5 p.m. Rail Transportation Industry Group
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Manufacturing Suppliers Industry Group
7 – 10 p.m. Welcome to Chicago Reception
(Event barcode required)
Monday, October 24, 2016
6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration
McCormick Place Lakeside Center
7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Power Breakfast (Event barcode required)
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Program
9 – 9:15 a.m. Business Opportunity Exchange Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
YOUR CONFERENCE EVENT BARCODE IS REQUIRED TO GAIN ADMITTANCE TO THE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY EXCHANGE.
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Business Opportunity Exchange
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Business Opportunity Exchange Presentation Stage
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Keynote Luncheon
(Event barcode required)
2 – 6 p.m. Business Opportunity Exchange
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Information Sessions
(By Invitation Only)
8 – 11 p.m. Peer-to-“Pier” Reception
(Event barcode required)
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration
McCormick Place Lakeside Center
7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Networking Continental Breakfast
(Event barcode required)
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Program
(Prior, separate registration required)
9 – 10 a.m. C-Suite Plenary Session
Beyond Procurement: Weaving Supplier Diversity into the Corporate Ecosystem
9 – 10 a.m. MBDA Plenary Session
Are MBE’s Ready for the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and “Big Data” Industries of the Future?
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10:15 – 11:15 a.m. WORKSHOPS
T1 Leveraging Your Brand Through Supplier Diversity
T2 How to Gain Competitive Advantage in Global Markets
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T3 Cybersecurity: Improve Your Cybersecurity Posture to Increase Revenue
T4 Navigating the Corporate Procurement Process
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. CPO Meeting (By Invitation Only)
11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. WORKSHOPS
T5 Federal Contracting Opportunities and Growth Strategies
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T6 The Blueprint: Leveraging Strategy, Partnership and Access for Competitive Edge
T7 Speaking with Confidence – Step Up Your Game!
T8 Access to Capital
12:45 – 2 p.m. Keynote Luncheon (Event barcode required)
SIGNATURE SESSIONS
2:15 – 3:45 p.m. SS1 Supplier Training & Empowerment Program STEP
2:15 – 4:15 p.m. SS2 Doing Business with the Nation’s Central Bank
SS3 The Growth Initiative – Minority-Controlled Certification
SS4 Supplier Diversity for Economic Growth
SS5 The Impact Regulatory Changes Are Having On The Color Of Business
2:15 – 5:15 p.m. NMSDC Matchmakers (By Invitation Only)
2:15 – 7 p.m. Connect Zone
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
7 – 8:15 a.m Networking Continental Breakfast
(Event barcode required)
7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration
McCormick Place Lakeside Center
7:30 – 10 a.m. BCF Corporate Membership and Board of Directors’ Meeting
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Program
(Prior, separate registration required)
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. CEO to CEO Plenary SessionDriving Sustainable Value Creation
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. WORKSHOPS
W1 The Power of the Innovation Highway: R&D Investments to Revolutionize the American Business Landscape
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W2 Getting Ready: Valuing the Target, Making the Bid,and Setting the Price. Monetizing your Growth through Acquisition
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W3 The Changing Economy: Diversity, Millennials, Generation Z and The Gig Economy
W4 Strategic Ways to Elevate Your Standard of Business
W5 Sustainable Procurement—Corporate & Government Policy & Practice
W6 21st Century Networking: A Modern Approach
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MBE Meet-up
NMSDC National Corporate Members’ Meeting
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Connect Zone
12:45 – 2 p.m. Keynote Luncheon (Event barcode required)
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. NMSDC Board of Directors’ Meeting
6 – 7 p.m. Awards Banquet Reception (Event barcode required)
7 – 9:30 p.m. Awards Banquet (Event barcode required)
9:30 – 12 a.m. Farewell Reception (Event barcode required)

Schedule subject to change.