International MBE Forum and Luncheon

For 45 years minority business development has been the focus of the NMSDC and the automotive industry in Detroit. In recent years that focus has proven to be a critical…

NMSDC Kellogg AMEP Alumni – Billion $ Businesses

NMSDC Kellogg AMEP is designed to help minority-owned businesses accelerate their business growth with timely information tools and training. This session is designed...

MBE “Boot Camp” Session – Classes I & II

One of the important challenges facing MBEs is their ability to collaborate with other businesses to successfully win larger contracts. MBEs must be open to building...

MBE “Boot Camp” Session – Classes III & IV

MBEs prosper and grow to scale when they successfully create and deliver real value for their customers. This three-hour session is all about your business.

ISM Exam

Designed for professionals tasked with creating diverse supplier initiatives as well as strategic diversity initiatives, the CPSD™ Certification gives you exemplary...

MBE Opportunity Accelerator: Connect to Opportunities

This FREE, high-impact annual event is the perfect way to start an exciting and productive week in Detroit. Held every year the day before the official opening of the conference...

Welcome to Detroit Reception


The Welcome to Detroit Reception is a great time to reconnect with familiar colleagues and to meet new business associates.

Power Breakfast – Monday

Speakers: Chris Garcia, Acting National Director, Minority Business Development Agency

Keynote Luncheon – Monday

Speakers: Vanessa K. De Luca (ESSENCE Magazine); The Honorable Wilbur Ross (U.S. Department of Commerce); Joseph R. Hinrichs (Ford Motor Company)

Plenary Session (Fueling Company Growth)

Join us for an exclusive, in-depth conversation with three minority women CEOs who each successfully built their own billion dollar businesses.

Adapting to Digital

In this session EY will discuss how your business needs to evolve to address changing customer expectations and stay competitive.

CyberSecurity: A Serious Security Challenge (T2)

Recent cyber events continue to reinforce one of the core principles of robust cybersecurity programs, i.e. "a chain will only be as strong as its weakest link."

Supply Chain of the Future: A Self Organizing Network (T3)

This panel explores how Industry 4.0 technologies enable new forms of collaboration within companies and across all tiers of supply networks.

Innovation & Design Thinking: Better Collaboration (T4)

In this session, Dell’s Global Operations group will describe its innovation journey, discussing the mindsets, tools, and management, as well as the infrastructure...

Going Global: New Markets (Powered by MBDA) (T5)

In this session you will learn what you need to do to become “export-ready,” and about the myriad of federal government programs and resources ready to work with you.

Gen Now: Understanding the Multi-gen Workforce (T6)

Businesses and organizations across the world are grappling with an unfolding skills dilemma that is challenging the way we manage and plan the workforce...

Exploring Joint Ventures

As one of the fastest vehicles for growth, joint ventures are a lucrative opportunity for minority business enterprises and majority-owned corporations to achieve...

Practical Considerations for Going Global (T9)

This session will feature interactive discussion on what every business should consider before entering a new foreign market, including: Why Going Global Is Strategic.

Sustainable Purchasing

Join us in a robust discussion of sustainability and its global impact. Hear leaders speak about key considerations that corporations must begin to understand...

Casino Gaming’s Pledge to a Diversified Workforce (T11)

Please join the American Gaming Association (AGA) and casino gaming leaders for an in-depth look at the industry's commitment to a diversified workforce.

Procurement without Bias (T12)

Bias is present in all areas of business and personal life. One area where bias can greatly affect MBE's is in procurement.  Join us for a presentation and lively discussion...

Keynote Luncheon
Transformational Leadership

Janice Bryant Howroyd, The ACT 1 Group; George S. Corona Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kelly Services

Winning Federal Contracts (Powered by MBDA) (T13)

This session will explain how to market your goods and services to federal agencies and walk you through the process of getting on the GSA Schedule for Government acquisitions.

Are You Leading Or Managing? (SS1)

Combining outstanding management skills with leadership qualities can generate improvements in business. This workshop will explore the differences between leaders...

TSMSDC Centers of Excellence (COE) (SS2)

The TSMSDC COE, launched by the TriState Minority Supplier Development Council in conjunction with Ingersoll Rand, and NMSDC, is an educational platform to address...

How Sm Biz Can Leverage Technology (SS3)

Strategic technology decisions can help businesses scale, acting big through greater productivity, improved cyber security, and incredible virtual experiences.

FSIG Procurement Master Class (SS4)

Supplier risk, compliance, and sustainability strategies, when combined with supplier optimization initiatives, hold both challenge and opportunity for minority businesses...

Protecting Your Business Enterprise (SS6)

From data breaches to social media backlash and even natural disasters, there are increasingly more factors that can threaten your business today than ever before.

The Bigger Discussion™ V (SS7)

Over 70,000 people have watched TBD I-IV as part of a live audience or viewed the video series on YouTube—more than any other industry related video by far!

MBDA Plenary

For minority-owned firms seeking to gain insight into how they can help with disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts, this is a must attend session.

Mentorship: Corporate Programs Add Value (W1)

This session provides success stories of such mentorship programs and explains how corporations can use them to their advantage, helping both the MBE and the corporation.

Teaming to Develop MBE Suppliers of the Future (W2)

The session focuses on supplier network innovation and creating sustainable MBEs of the future. We will discuss emerging/disruptive technology megatrends...

Building a Top Notch Supplier Diversity Program (W3)

This session will outline the different aspects of a good program and provide tips on what helps when working with your sourcing team.

How to Effectively Pitch Corporate Clients (W4)

This intensive session is an interactive sales session designed to show you how to upgrade your corporate pitching skills and show you how to deliver with impact.

Boost Your Business with Facebook and Instagram (W5)

Learn directly from Facebook experts and local businesses to walk away with the resources you need to grow your business!

The Billion Dollar Roundtable (W6)

Hear from Supplier Diversity Leaders of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, as they discuss best practices, proven methods and common-sense strategies to help MBE’s.

Opportunities with Sovereign Tribal Nations (W7)

This workshop will help educate purchasing agents, business development managers, and site selection professionals about the advantages of working with a tribe.

Keynote Luncheon – Wednesday

Matthew J. Simoncini, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Lear Corporation; Jenniffer González-Colón, Congresswoman

Awards Banquet 2017


Awards for Suppliers of the Year, Corporation of the Year, and Regional Council of the Year will be presented.

Farewell Reception 2017


Immediately following the Awards Banquet, we bid farewell to Detroit and set our sights on the 2018 conference in Austin, Texas!