Welcome to the

25th Annual Networking for Scholarships

May 18th 2023 | New York, NY

Celebrating 50 Years of MBE Advancement


As the President & CEO of the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, I’m thrilled to welcome you to the first major Signature event of our 50th Anniversary year: The Business Opportunity Exchange. 

We’ve worked hard to make sure today’s program is packed with new opportunities and relevant information for our members, but I would be remiss in my duties l if I did not first take this opportunity to thank our generous sponsors for this event: Cigna and BNY Mellon, our gracious hosts. Your support for today’s event—and for The Council in general—is greatly appreciated and we look forward to continuing our partnership in the years to come. 

“Amplifying Opportunities, Fostering Growth” is the official theme for our 50th Anniversary year. It also perfectly encompasses our mission today: to provide you with the opportunity to learn from leading diversity officers and minority suppliers so we can help foster growth in your existing business network.   

It’s a mission that is at the heart of what The Council does—and one that will come up again and again throughout the year. But today, we hope you explore new ideas, build your skills with hands-on workshops, and succeed in forging new relationships with other members in our network. 

Thank you so much for your support at this years’ Business Opportunity Exchange. I hope you enjoy today’s program and I’m excited to celebrate with you all later at the BOE Reception. 


Terrence Clark, President & CEO 


8:30 am – 9:15 am Registration open. Light breakfast served.
9:15 am - 9:45 am

Opening Session

Room: West Assembly

Welcome: Terrence Clark, President & CEO, NYNJMSDC

Remarks: Amy Shanle, Managing Director and Global Head, Enterprise Change, Resiliency & Sourcing Office (ECRSO), BNY Mellon

Remarks: Gene Waddy, CEO, Alpha Business Solutions

Special Presentation: Roland Williams, Chairman and CEO, Brown Diamond Holdings

Room: West Assembly

10:00 am - 11:00 am

MBE Workshop: Leveraging the RGMA 10 Characteristics of World-Class Suppliers to Grow your Business

Room: 1031E

Ralph G. Moore, President, RGMA
Reginald K. Layton, Managing Partner and CTO, RGMA

Corporate Workshop: Corporate Supplier Diversity Professional Tune-up

Trung Tieu, Supplier Diversity Program Manager, Wells Fargo Bank
Sheri Shafir, Director, Supplier Diversity Procurement, AMC Networks
Dawn Wells, Assistant Vice President, Supply Chain, GPO Operations, Northwell Health

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

MBE Workshop: The MBE to MBE Goldrush: New Opportunities and New Markets

Room: 1023E

Cheryl McCants, MBEIC Chair, Founder and CEO, Impact Consulting Enterprises

Corporate Workshop: Leveraging Supplier Diversity Best Practices to Accelerate Program Performance

Room: 1031E

Ralph G. Moore, President, RGMA
Reginald K. Layton, Managing Partner and CTO, RGMA

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Luncheon: RISE created by Barclays: Opportunities for Diverse Businesses

Room: West Assembly

Suma Kumaraswamy, Barclays’ Head of Global Experimentation, Patents & Innovation
Paula Machado Jackler, Founder, Ozzie

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Workshop: Getting to Know You – Understanding the Relationship Between Corporate Members and MBEs in the NMSDC Network

Room: East Auditorium

Dawn Wells, Assistant Vice President, Supply Chain, GPO Operations, Northwell Health
Patrice Gordon-Poyser, Supplier Diversity Manager, Mount Sinai Health System
Rose Hatcher, Director, Supplier Diversity, Paramount

MBE Workshop: Access to Resources

Room: 1034E

Jumoke "Joy" Fagbayl-Butts, Vice President, Senior Business Consultant, JPMorgan Chase

Michelle Buonfiglio, Executive Director, Middle Market Commercial Banker, JPMorgan Chase

2:45 pm - 4:30 pm Meet & Greet with Corporate Members

Room: West Assembly

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 50th Anniversary BOE Reception: Celebrating 50 Years of MBE Advancement

Room: West Assembly Foyer

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