Agenda 2019

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 - 7:30 pm


8:00 am - 9:00 am


7:45 am - 9:00 am

CPO, CTO & CIO Breakfast

(Invitation Only)

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Supplier Diversity Managers & Buyers Caucus

Ballroom of the Americas E, Level Two

(Corporation & Government Only) Candid and in-depth discussions among peers – Corporate and Government Supplier Diversity Managers, Directors, and Buyers – who will explore the synergy between supplier diversity and procurement, mutual benefits and collaborative approaches, and insights into the current state and future of supplier diversity and procurement. Topics will include challenges, best practices, and strategic solutions for a rapidly changing marketplace.

9:15 am - 10:45 am

Chief Procurement Officers (CPO) Forum

Ballroom of the Americas E, Level Two

Top Procurement Officers from leading Fortune 1000 powerhouses in high-growth industries will share their thoughts and expertise on current domestic and global trends in the supply chain, risks involved, big-picture outlook on procurement amidst existing and potential global disruptions, and what small businesses must do to align with the strategic needs of these corporations in today’s global marketplace.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

CPO Council Meeting

(Invitation Only)
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Chief Technology Officers (CTO) & Chief Information Officers (CIO) Forum

Ballroom of the Americas F, Level Two

As the world transitions to the 4th Industrial Revolution with disruptive technologies such as Blockchain, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, innovation and new solutions are being created by businesses on all levels – from startups, small and medium enterprises to Fortune powerhouses. A must-attend forum to hear what technology thought leaders, drivers and diverse innovators think of this transformative and emerging frontier that could signify “business unusual” from here on out.

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Industry Builders (i-Builders) Marketplace Lunch

Ballroom of the Americas ABC, Level Two

Successful entrepreneurs will showcase their capabilities and expertise in front of corporate and government buyers. Each of these seasoned suppliers with strong track records will take to the stage to lay out their core competencies, competitive advantages, and why they deserve to be a valued supply chain player. A must-attend forum for buyers and decisionmakers who are looking for innovative, top-caliber, and best-in-industry suppliers.

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Doing Business with Government

Ballroom of the Americas F, Level Two

Procurement officers of select U.S. government agencies including USDA, City of Houston, Small Business Administration (SBA) – who are among the world’s largest buyers of products and services that represent some $500 Billion in annual expenditure – will share the nuts and bolts for beginners, key information for seasoned suppliers, and other invaluable strategies and opportunities in federal contracting for the benefit of minority and diverse suppliers of all levels.

2:15 pm - 3:55 pm

CTO & CIO Council Meeting

(Invitation Only)
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

What's Your Pitch: Innovation Meets the Market - Final Round

Ballroom of the Americas F, Level Two

In this national competition’s ultimate and exciting round, the finalist startups will pitch their unique and innovative ideas for products/services to an esteemed panel of judges composed of Silicon Valley venture capitalists and Houston Tech hub investors. The startups will vie for a chance to win fabulous prizes worth over $100,000! The finalists will also have the opportunity to take their idea to the next level by networking with successful entrepreneurs and Fortune 1000 corporate executives.

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Business Fair Set Up

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

CPO, CTO & CIO Reception

Prefunction, Level Two

Make this event a wonderful prelude to a special evening as you connect and network with C-Suite executives of Fortune 1000 Corporations, top-caliber Asian American and diverse suppliers, business and community leaders, industry visionaries, disruptors and innovators. Bring stacks of business cards and network at this distinctive gathering of CPOs, CTOs, and CIOs from major corporate powerhouses!

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Excellence Awards Dinner

Ballroom of the Americas ABC, Level Two

Join us at the talk-of-the-town dinner that marks USPAACC’s 34th Anniversary milestone and the achievements of corporate and small business leaders – an extra-special event that celebrates the spirit and sacrifice needed to build and grow successful enterprises. It will be an awe-inspiring and memorable evening! (Attire: Formal or National Costume)