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


Prefunction, Level Two
7:30 am - 8:30 am


Prefunction, Level Two
6:00 am - 8:00 am

Business Fair Set Up

Ballroom of the Americas DE, Level Two
8:00 am - 8:15 am

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Guanxi* Business Fair

Prefunction, Level Two

An auspicious tradition that opens the gateway to our signature Guanxi* Business Fair and Prescheduled One-on-One Business Matchmaking Meetings.

8:15 am - 4:30 pm

Guanxi* Business Fair

Ballroom of the Americas DE, Level Two

Asian American suppliers will have the opportunity to directly showcase and sell their products or services to serious buyers and key decision-makers from Fortune Corporations, Federal, State and Local Governments, and the small and minority business community.
*Pronounced “gwan-shee,” it is a commonly used Asian business concept meaning “connections” or “relationship.”

8:30 am - 10:30 am

Prescheduled 1-on-1 Business Matchmaking Meetings - AM

Ballroom of the Americas F, Level Two
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Asian American EBRG (Employee/Business Resource Group) Leadership Meeting

Room 329, Level Three

(Corporation Only) The AA ERG/BRG Leadership Meeting gathers professionals that seek to advance strategic sourcing and supply chain procurement operational excellence. Join peers from Fortune powerhouses including Walmart, JPMorgan Chase, and UPS to discuss best practices, innovative ideas and strategies on professional development, benchmarking and reporting, and more. Brand your respective organization through meaningful peer-to-peer information exchange and quality networking conducted in an atmosphere of camaraderie and inclusion.

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Rising 10 and Scholarship Awards Luncheon

Ballroom of the Americas ABC, Level Two

Be inspired by the remarkable success stories of our business leaders and the “Rising 10” entrepreneurs of our community, and the uplifting journeys of “triumph over adversity” from some of the finest young men and women – our country’s future leaders – like this year’s winners of college scholarships sponsored by Asian Americans and corporations.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Prescheduled 1-on-1 Business Matchmaking Meetings - PM

Ballroom of the Americas F, Level Two
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Asian American EBRG (Employee/Business Resource Group) Leadership Meeting

Room 329, Level Three

(Corporation Only)

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Managed Service Providers (MSP) Panel Discussion

Ballroom of the Americas A, Level Two

MSPs operating in different industries will discuss key trends, current challenges, and strategic approaches on how to meet the everevolving needs of their customers, provide healthy margins, and reduce the need for additional resources.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Gathering of American Dream BUILDERS & Top 10 Regional Asian American Businesses Reception

Prefunction, Level Two

A networking reception like no other! Get ready with your fresh stack of business cards as you connect with some of the best and brightest business leaders Houston has to offer. Mingle with successful suppliers from across industries nationwide, Fortune 1000 corporate executives, and members of a vibrant community that sustains our country’s entrepreneurial vigor!

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

After Party

Prefunction, Level Two

With the night still young, the drinks still cold, and business connections just warming up – why not join us at this fun-filled after-party gathering? Of course, putting on your dancing shoes is optional – but highly recommended!