Event Schedule


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibit Contractor Load In & Setup
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm General Session Room Setup-Caterer
General Session Room
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Exhibitor Registration and Move-In
Trade Fair Floor


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

7:30 am –
3:00 pm
General Registration
6:30 am –
8:30 am
Exhibitor Registration and Move-In
Trade Fair Floor
8:00 am –
8:45 am
Opening Breakfast Buffet
General Session Room
Sponsored by:
Co-sponsored by:

Johnson Controls Inc.
Walker International
8:45 am –
9:00 am
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
General Session Room
Sponsored by:
Comcast NBCUniversal
9:00 am –
12:30 pm
Business Opportunity Fair
Trade Fair Floor
11:00 am –
12:30 pm
Corporate Connections (Matchmaker Meetings)
Matchmaking Room
12:30 pm –
2:00 pm
Power Luncheon and Keynote Address
General Session Room
Presented by:
Dr. Randal Pinkett
Chairman and CEO, BCT Partners
Entrepreneur, Speaker and Author
Season 4 Winner of NBC’s The Apprentice
Corporate Program Co-Chair:
Metlife, Inc.
MBE Program Co-Chair:
BKW Transformation Group,
Speaker Sponsor:
Lee Hecht Harrison
Sponsored by:

  • Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • Comcast NBCUniversal
  • Consolidated Edison Company of NY
  • PepsiCo
  • Time Warner Inc.
2:00 pm –
3:30 pm
Business Opportunity Fair
Trade Fair Floor
2:30 pm –
3:30 pm
Corporate Connections (Matchmaker Meetings)
Matchmaking Room
3:45 pm –
5:00 pm
Concurrent Workshops
Room A/B
Room C/D
Certified Supplier/MBE Track: Proven Success Strategies for Obtaining Financing for Business Growth. MBE Workshop: Leveraging Capital to Fuel MBE Growth -Reengineering How You Use Capital.

Outside capital can be used to fuel organic growth and fund the acquisition strategy of minority businesses. Does your company need to reengineer its capital deployment strategy? This panel of financial experts will offer guidance and give practical examples to optimize your outside capital while balancing the need to retain MBE ownership.

Corporate Track: Advancing Supplier Diversity Through Non-Traditional Corporate Channels
This workshop will address how supplier diversity professionals can collaborate and leverage resources from other areas of their organization such as corporate contributions and foundations, Diversity and Inclusion, multi-cultural markets, line of business leaders and sales to move your supplier diversity programs to the next level. Our seasoned panelists will explain how successfully leveraging these resources can lead to sustained and/or expanded funding for supplier diversity, expanded activities to connect corporate buyers with MBEs, increased training and development for MBEs and improved brand awareness through more corporate sponsorships.

Corporate Program
MetLife, Inc.
MBE Program Co-Chair:BKW Transformation Group
5:15 pm –
7:30 pm
Networking Reception
The Urban Plum at the Holiday Inn
300 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ
Sponsored by:

  • AIG
  • Emblem Health
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Macy’s Inc.
  • New York Life
  • Public Service Enterprise Group Inc.
  • Tyco International