25th Annual Networking for Scholarships

May 18th 2023 | New York, NY

2023 Business Opportunity Exchange

Resilient MBEs, refined supply chains, growing bottom lines — you can find this and more at our 2023 Spring Business Opportunity Exchange (BOE).

About the Event

Spend the day with The Council, as we lay out a program jam-packed with sessions designed to expand your business relationships. From inspiring discussions to deep insights from leading diversity officers and minority suppliers, we’re giving businesses across our network the chance to Explore, Build, Succeed and Celebrate.

Located at:
BNY Mellon
240 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10286

Top Reasons to Attend the Business Opportunity Exchange:

  • Network, Network, Network! — No matter if you’re representing a Fortune 500 company or a small MBE, this event is designed to help build connections.
  • Meet diverse suppliers ready to bring innovative ideas to the table that will set you apart from competitors.
  • Strengthen your knowledge of supplier diversity programs from leading corporations and better understand how you can do business together.
  • Market your products and services to hundreds of potential clients.

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Corporates and General Attendees: $150.00
Certified MBEs: $100.00

Registration is Closed

For more information please email us at events@nynjmsdc.org


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

Opening Session

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

10:00 am - 11:00 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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