2023 Healthcare Symposium

About the Event

This November, we’re partnering with Northwell Health to discuss different ways to increase supplier diversity in the healthcare sector and help MBE’s discover emerging opportunities at the largest healthcare provider in New York state.


Thursday, November 30
8:30 am – 12:00 pm


Northwell Health Headquarters
2000 Marcus Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11042


8:30 amRegistration & Breaktfast
Breakfast provided by: The Nourish Spot – SBE, MWBE, HUBZONE
The Nourish Spot is a quick-serve healthy food and beverage restaurant. Many of the foods we offer have the power to fight diabetes, heart disease, and cancer and can literally help save our customer’s lives.
9:00 amNorthwell Health — DE&I and Community Health
Dr. Debbie Salas-Lopez, SVP, Community & Population Health
9:10 amWelcome from the Council
Terrence Clark, President & CEO, NYNJMSDC
9:15 amMBE Input Committee
Cheryl McCants, MBE Input Committee Chair, President & CEO, Impact Consulting Enterprises
9:25 amNorthwell Health Procurement/Supply Chain
Phyllis McCready, SVP, Chief Procurement Officer, Northwell Health
9:30 amDoing Business with Northwell — Supplier Risk & Onboarding Process
Jessica Olphie, VP of Supply Chain
Alfio DiFranco, Director, Supply Chain
9:45 amOpportunities — Current & Emerging
Scot Silberlust, VP, Digital Finance
Mark Cahill, AVP, Marketing
10:15 amPanel Discussion
Dawn Wells, AVP, Supply Chain | Northwell Health
Amber Patino, Program Manager | Northwell Health
Anthony Pellicone, VP, Facilities Management | Northwell Health
Seema Bhansali, VP, Employee Experience & Inclusion | Henry Schein
Cheryl McCants, Foudn & CEO | Impact Consulting Enterprises
11:05 amMBWE Spotlights
Jeanette McClennan, CEO of the McClennan Group
Adrienne Nicole, CEO of Adrienne Nicole Productions
Dawn Kelly, Founder & CEO of the Nourish Spot
Rizwan Chaudhry, CEO at Cenmed Enterprise
Vanessa Best, CEO at Precision Healthcare Consultants
11:35 am
Networking Opportunity (in-person only)

Session Overview

♦ Welcome from Northwell Health

A senior Northwell Health leader will speak to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and how the commitment to supplier diversity and inclusion is the intersection between economic empowerment and health equity.

♦ Doing Business with Northwell – Supplier Risk and Onboarding Process

With Jessica Olphie and Alfio DiFranco

♦ Current & Emerging Opportunities at Northwell Health

Find out about current and emerging opportunities at Northwell Health from their category managers and targeted department leadership teams. Learn how MBEs can submit their information for consideration on these projects.

♦ Panel Discussion: Sustainability and MWBEs

Join Dawn Wells, MPH, AVP, Supply Chain and GPO Operations at Northwell Health for a discussion on how MWBEs and small businesses can engage with healthcare organizations to help reach sustainability goals and engage with facility project managers. Hear from a panel of experts and get answers to these questions and more.

♦ MBE Spotlights

Up to three MBEs will have the exciting opportunity to spotlight their business for all attendees.

♦ Networking Opportunity

Get those Capability Statements ready! At the conclusion of the above session, event attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their unique business offerings with Northwell Health and network with other companies in attendance.

About the Speakers

Terrence Clark

President and CEO
NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council

Terrence Clark leads the way forward for staff and members of The Council community by providing oversight and guidance in relation to The Council’s goals and objectives. Prior to this position, he served as the Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Business Development for the National Urban League, where he was responsible for the management of all small business and entrepreneurship programs. Mr. Clark also served as the Senior Vice President of Knowledge Sharing for the Opportunity Finance Network, where he was responsible for community development for financial institutions nationwide.

In addition to serving on The Council’s board, Mr. Clark is proud to sit as a board member for TruFund Financial Services and the Supplier Diversity Development Council of New Jersey. He also sits on the Economic Impact Committee of Stonehenge Capital and on the Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Councils for the NYC Comptroller and the NYS Governor. In 2021, he was named as one of the Notable Black Leaders and Executives by Crain’s New York.

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