Agenda 2018

Expand your business.
Grow your network.

Four days of intensive educational programming and extensive networking opportunities. Celebration of the many successes of Asian American and minority businesses, outstanding individuals, and our next generation of exceptional leaders.

7:30 AM - 7:00 PM


Registration Desk
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM


Grand Foyer
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

CPO Breakfast (Invitation Only)

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Federal Contracts for Newcomers


Procurement officers of select U.S. government agencies – the world’s largest buyers of products and services representing some $500 Billion in expenditure – will share the nuts and bolts to newcomers in federal contracting. This program will be held in town hall meeting-style and will break down the “what, where, when, who and how” in government contracting opportunities for the benefit of diverse minority suppliers. Government purchases are varied and include everything – from complex space vehicles to office and janitorial supplies.

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Coffee Break

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

CPO Forum

Salon E

Top Procurement Officers from leading Fortune 1000 powerhouses will share their expertise on domestic and global trends in the supply chain, and what small businesses must do to align with the strategic needs of these corporations in the global marketplace.

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

CPO Forum Networking

Salon E
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

USPAACC/Wells Fargo Awards Luncheon

Salon A-D

Proudly celebrates the success of the Asian business community and the entrepreneurial spirit that drives robust growth and success in the marketplace.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

CPO Council Meeting (Invitation Only)

Glen Echo/Forest Glen
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Doing Business with Corporations in Construction, Manufacturing and Clean Tech Sectors

White Oak

Suppliers will learn how to successfully get into and stay in the Construction, Manufacturing and Clean Tech industries, and the requirements to be a part of the supply chain of these large industries.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Federal Contracts: Deep Dive for Experienced Contractors


With about $500 billion spent annually on goods and services at the federal level, there’s plenty of room for all types of businesses in 2018 to have a profitable year from government contracts. Experienced federal contractors will deep dive into the advanced phase to learn about opportunities in the mentor-protégé program, limitations on subcontracting, category management, and more.

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Coffee Break

5:45 PM – 7:00 PM

CPO, CTO & CIO Reception

Grand Foyer
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM

Soft Opening for Guanxi Business Fair

Salon F-H
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Excellence Awards Dinner, Fireside Chat with Indra Nooyi (CEO & Chairman, PepsiCo),


Join us at the talk-of-the-town dinner that will mark USPAACC’s 33rd Anniversary milestone and the achievements of business leaders – an extra-special celebration of the spirit and sacrifice it takes to build and successfully grow businesses. Meet our Conference Chair, PepsiCo Chairman & CEO Indra Nooyi, and at a fireside chat, be inspired by her compelling story as she shares her amazing journey from India to Fortune Magazine’s #2 “Most Powerful Woman in Business.” (Attire: Formal or National Costume).