Speakers - May 2022
USPAACC 2022 CelebrASIAN Business + Procurement Conference Speakers
2022’s lineup features industry disrupters, seasoned entrepreneurs, and the best and brightest business talent. New speakers are added weekly!
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National President & CEOUSPAACC
Susan Au Allen
National President & CEO
Certified Leadership Coach and StrategistPower Your Impact
Certified Leadership Coach and Strategist
Power Your Impact
Shami Anand is a seasoned Executive with over 30-years experience developing, transforming, and leading high performing global teams in Procurement, Supply Chain, and Accounting.
At Otis, United Technologies and PepsiCo, Shami held various Executive roles including Vice President and Center of Excellence Leader-Global Procurement, Global Procurement Transformation Leader, and Executive Director Global Supply Chain.
Shami is Certified with Coach Training Alliance (an International Coach Federation accredited program). Other credentials include Change Management Certification (ADKAR), Certified Public Accountant, and a BS in Accounting from Babson College.
Acting National DirectorMinority Business Development Agency
Acting National Director
Minority Business Development Agency
Miguel serves as the Acting National Director for the Minority Business Development Agency at the Department of Commerce.
His 20-year professional trajectory in business and financial services was shaped by his time with GE Capital, where he structured multi-billion dollar transactions and led general management efforts in the corporate lending space, in roles such as Managing Director leading the working capital lending business in Mexico and Head of Strategy for GE’s commercial finance division in Latin America.
Senior Director, Advisory and Key Initiative Leader for Sourcing & ProcurementGartner
Senior Director, Advisory and Key Initiative Leader for Sourcing & Procurement
Roles and Responsibilities:
As a Senior Director in the Procurement Advisory Practice, Andrea Greenwald guides and educates executives within Procurement & Sourcing, Finance, and Supply Chain to coach them build, manage, and transform their firms Procurement functions approach to business for continued growth. Mrs. Greenwald facilitates virtual workshops and advises in a range of cross-industry topics, which include talent management, supplier management, supplier diversity programs, stakeholder influence, and functional transformation. Mrs. Greenwald also sits on the board for Women at Gartner, leading initiatives to raise awareness about implicit challenges that women face in business.
Background / Professional Experience:
Prior to Gartner, Mrs. Greenwald led two multi-million-dollar accounts as a healthcare advertising Account Executive; advising clients on educational marketing campaigns, working cross-functional to develop new content, and navigating complex medical/legal/regulatory requirements. Mrs. Greenwald also has experience in business development, events, payroll, accounts receivables, and people management.
- Leadership Vision for 2022: Chief Procurement Officer
- Drive Supplier Diversity Program Success by Addressing These Four Emerging Trends
- Video: Coca-Cola — Getting to a Billion Dollars in Supplier Diversity Spend: An Outcome-Based Program
- Video: Coca-Cola — Building a Global Supplier Diversity Program
Common Inquiries Andrea Assists Clients With:
- How do I transform my Procurement function?
- What are the emerging trends in Procurement?
- How do I influence stakeholders to work with Procurement?
- How do I build and grow a supplier diversity program?
- What are the component of a successful supplier relationship management program?
- How do I benchmark my functional performance?
AdministratorU.S. Small Business Administration
The Hon. Isabella Casillas Guzman
U.S. Small Business Administration
Isabella Casillas Guzman serves as the 27th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and was sworn in on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Administrator Guzman represents the more than 30 million U.S. small businesses and is committed to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs start, grow and be resilient.
A lifelong proponent of small businesses, Guzman grew up as the daughter of a small business owner and learned at a young age how important small businesses are to the communities they serve, the people they employ, and the economies they help power.
Administrator Guzman previously served as Director of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate, a position she held after being appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in April 2019. In that role, she served as the voice of small businesses and innovative startups in the 5th largest economy in the world. She administered and advocated for programs and initiatives to help small businesses access capital, markets, and networks for stronger outcomes. She and her team helped connect entrepreneurs in every community with the resources needed. As the economic recovery support function coordinator for the state, she focused on resilience and most recently worked to help small businesses access relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In California, Administrator Guzman oversaw a network of small business centers focused on expanding assistance to underserved business groups. She launched new public private partnerships and collaborated to deliver cutting edge resources to small businesses, including through initiatives like Get Digital CA to increase technology and e-commerce adoption and Source Diverse Source Local to strengthen supply chain readiness. She advocated fiercely for financial relief for small businesses, leading to the expansion of state supported lending and the largest COVID-19 grant relief program in the nation at over $2.5 billion. Guzman's office launched the Entrepreneurship Task Force to serve as a bridge to small businesses and create content and programs to help strengthen the competitiveness of startup and small firms.
Administrator Guzman has previously served in leadership at the SBA as the agency’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor during the Obama-Biden Administration, where she oversaw policy and new program implementation. She was a small business entrepreneur herself, and an advisor to fellow founders including in accelerating technology commercialization and in helping small business contractors leverage the federal marketplace. Administrator Guzman earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.
Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial DevelopmentU.S. Small Business Administration
Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development
U.S. Small Business Administration
Mr. Madrid has been selected to serve as Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development (OED) at the U.S. Small Business Administration. In this role, Mr. Madrid will lead the OED, which is the SBA’s technical assistance arm with a national resource network including Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), SCORE, and the Office of Entrepreneurship Education.
Previously Mr. Madrid served as CEO of Latino Business Action Network, a national 501(c)(3) organization focused on strengthening America through funding and supporting U.S. Latino entrepreneurial research and education-impact programs at Stanford University. Mr. Madrid was named the 2019 Silicon Valley Nonprofit CEO of the Year by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Scholarship America, the leading nonprofit scholarship and educational support organization in the United States. He is an Honorary Colonel of the United States Army and Jefferson Award recipient.
Before his chief executive nonprofit roles, Mr. Madrid held a senior executive career in banking that began on Wall Street in 1995 with J.P. Morgan. His passion for American small businesses is dedicated to his father, who passed away from COVID-19 in 2020. His father, Marcos Madrid, Jr., owned a welding business for over four decades.
Mr. Madrid holds a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business and a Master of Nonprofit Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business.
Washington ReporterABC News
Em Nguyen is a Washington reporter for ABC News. Before this, she was a political Washington Correspondent for Spectrum News, covering Asian American hate crime, and immigration, and traveled across the country for the 2020 presidential race. She won the Charter Spot Award for her first-hand coverage during the January 6 Capitol riot and was the political reporter on the team that won the LA Press Club’s Best Morning Newscast.
She’s the daughter of two Vietnamese immigrants, grew up in Texas, and graduated from Boston University. Em is the current Vice President of the Asian American Journalism Association - DC Chapter empowering journalists to diversify news coverage. She loves cooking different cultural foods and being on the water during the summer.
SVP, IT Chief Financial Officer, Chief Procurement OfficerNationwide
SVP, IT Chief Financial Officer, Chief Procurement Officer
Kevin G. O’Brien was recently named the SVP, IT Chief Financial Officer, Chief Procurement Officer and the Business Transformation Office Leader. Kevin brings more than 30 years of financial experience and a proven track record of helping businesses achieve their strategic priorities. Kevin’s experience in activating business strategies, contract negotiations, identifying creative and financially sound growth and expansion opportunities, along with his leadership and talent development skills, make him ideally positioned for this role.
Kevin began his career with Nationwide in 1998 and has served in many different roles within Finance including Investor Relations, CFO for Individual Protection, Strategy & Capital Management, CFO for Retirement Plans and most recently leading the Mergers & Acquisitions team. .
Prior to joining Nationwide, Kevin worked at Hartford Life and attained his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation while working at KPMG in Springfield, MA.
Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with an Accounting Concentration from Westfield State University. He has four daughters and lives in Westerville with his better half, Denise, where he serves on the Olentangy Local Schools’ Board of Education.
Senior Vice President, External Engagement, Diverse Segments, Representation and InclusionWells Fargo
Senior Vice President, External Engagement, Diverse Segments, Representation and Inclusion
Sr. Category Development ManagerFoodbuy
Sr. Category Development Manager
Lindsay Broome is the Sr. Category Development Manager for Supplier Diversity at Foodbuy, the largest foodservice procurement solutions organization in North America. Lindsay is responsible for adding new suppliers to the category portfolio, working to market and promote the growth of existing diverse suppliers, and leading the Foodbuy Supplier Accelerator Program. Lindsay’s more than 15 years of experience includes category development, marketing, and community outreach for a number of Fortune 500 companies.
Lindsay received a Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. In addition, Lindsay also serves on the Coaching Tree for Sports Biz Camps, a non-profit focused on increasing social mobility for students through education, while expanding diversity within the sports industry.
Supplier Diversity Program ManagerWells Fargo
Wendell G. Brown
Supplier Diversity Program Manager
Senior Supplier Diversity Sourcing ManagerAT&T Services, Inc.
Senior Supplier Diversity Sourcing Manager
AT&T Services, Inc.
Roger Cheng recently joined AT&T as a Sr. Supplier Diversity Sourcing Manager. Prior to AT&T, Roger spent the previous 14+ years with M/WBEs in the technology space leading business development through Supplier Diversity.
Roger, also known as “The Voice,” has served as emcee or VOG for a number of organizations across the country. In 2017, Roger was recognized as the #Hes4Shes Champion at the WBENC National Conference.
Supplier Diversity ManageUPS
Supplier Diversity Manage
Melody is aligned with the Transportation, Airline, Automotive and Plant Engineering Category Teams and is charged with helping the sub-category owners develop strategies for growing diverse spend. Melody also helps sourcing managers and other stakeholders find and engage qualified small and/or diverse suppliers. This includes developing and participating in supplier identification and development events and programs.
Prior to joining the Supplier Diversity Team in 2019, Melody held a variety of roles in the Transportation function at UPS, including vendor management responsibilities. Melody’s experience and broad network in the Transportation industry, has positioned her to lead our focused efforts on growing diverse spend in this category.
Melody supported Supplier Diversity events while in the Transportation group, and worked with The UPS Foundation for five years facilitating transport of disaster relief supplies all over the world. She also chaired the Women’s Leadership Development Program for the UPS Supply Chain Headquarters and was on the board of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta for 3 years.
Director of Supplier Diversity & SustainabilityCaesars Entertainment
Director of Supplier Diversity & Sustainability
Chief Procurement OfficerDuPont
Chief Procurement Officer
VP, Chief Procurement OfficerTIAA
VP, Chief Procurement Officer
Kindle Goodson currently serves as the Chief Procurement Officer leading the Global Supplier Services team responsible for the End-to End Procure to Pay process inclusive of Sourcing, Enterprise Vendor Risk, Procurement, Metrics, and Business Diversity. In this capacity, Kindle brings over 20 years of experience, 17 of which are in the financial services industry, working for several Fortune 100 companies.
In 2010, Kindle began her career at TIAA, initially responsible for the procurement of Printed Materials and Marketing Services. Since that time, in addition to her expanded roles in Sourcing, Kindle also served as the Business Finance Officer for TIAA’s Corporate Functions responsible for the fiscal budgeting process for Legal Risk & Compliance, Internal Audit Services, Human Resources, Chief Administrative Office, and Office of the CFO.
Kindle began her career at Navigant Consulting, where she worked to
assess Companies’ risk of insolvency. Given education has always been paramount, Kindle decided to return to school to pursue her MBA. During this time, she also worked at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Procurement and Acquisition Management.
Upon graduating with honors, Kindle moved to New York City, where she was accepted into the Management Associate Program at Citigroup, working in Acquisition Life Cycle Marketing for Card products. While at Citigroup, Kindle was approached by Bank of America and asked to join their Supply Chain Management organization. Excited about the opportunity, Kindle relocated to Charlotte, NC and became responsible for the sourcing of Data Aggregation and later all printed materials.
During her tenure there, she also worked on several mergers and acquisitions (MBNA, LaSalle, Countrywide, and Merrill Lynch) which positioned her to transition to TIAA.
Kindle has a B.B.A. in Business Insurance and a M.B.A., concentrating in Supply Chain Mgmt. from Howard University. She is also Six Sigma Green and White Belt certified. Kindle lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and three children; 2 sons and 1 daughter.
Adjunct Professor, Center for Excellence in Supply Chain ManagementHoward University School of Business Information Systems & Supply Chain Management Department
Adjunct Professor, Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management
Howard University School of Business Information Systems & Supply Chain Management Department
James Haddow is Director of the Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management (CESUM) and a professor in the School of Business at Howard University in Washington DC. Currently, Mr. Haddow teaches a range of supply chain management courses to both undergraduate and graduate level students. He also supports students as faculty advisor during supply chain case competitions and participates in various CESCM activities (e.g., SCM Think Tanks, Corporate Advisory Board, Site Visits, Workshops, etc.). Mr. Haddow has made supply chain presentations at ISM, IMC, APICS, PMAC and other Global industry conferences. Mr. Haddow has previously held positions as Director of Global Procurement (Chief Procurement Officer) and a Supply Chain consultant for A.T. Kearney a global consulting firm, Cost and Financial Analyst at the Interstate Commerce Commission and Safeway Stores, Inc. His 30 years of consulting and industry experience encompass global procurement, supply chain management, business planning and commercial business development which provides hands-on teaching examples for his students.
Adjunct ProfessorMarymount University
Terry Hsiao is an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor with extensive experience in mobile messaging, payment, and fintech. He has founded multiple companies in mobile that got acquired by Sybase, Verifone, and Kaleyra where he helped its recent public listing on NYSE:KLR in November 2019.
Mr. Hsiao served on the board of Virginia’s Center of Innovation and Technology, a state-funded economic development and investment agency. Terry is a current adjunct professor at Marymount University. He also serves as the President of Monte Jade DC, representing Asian American business leaders and entrepreneurs for 25 years. He also founded and leads the DC MIT Alum Angel Group.
Terry received a BSEE Honors degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Management of Technology from MIT Sloan.
Americas Regional Indirect Procurement DirectorMcCormick & Company
Americas Regional Indirect Procurement Director
McCormick & Company
Steve Kopelic is the Americas Regional Indirect Procurement Director for McCormick & Company. He has been with McCormick since 2013, which also included working in Packaging Procurement and as Strategic Procurement Projects Manager. Steve’s career has been within Procurement, including 10 years with Ford Motor Company and 5 years with H.J. Heinz. During his time at Ford, Steve spent 3 years at the China Sourcing Office in Nanjing, China managing the Interior Category team. He was also on assignment in China while working at Heinz which included a project in Qingdao and as Procurement Integration Manager in Shanghai.
Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Chief Procurement OfficerWells Fargo
Chief Procurement Officer
Barbara Kubicki-Hicks is a seasoned executive with over 25 years’ experience in supply chain management and global procurement operations in the financial services industry. She is the chief procurement officer at Well Fargo, responsible for leading Supply Chain Management, which is comprised of strategic sourcing, procure-to-pay, supplier diversity, and
third-party risk management functions. Her team executes end-to-end supply chain activities and third-party initiatives that align with business priorities and leads strategic, enterprise-wide programs with focus on third- party expense optimization.
Previously, Barb was a senior procurement executive at Bank of America responsible for end-to-end procurement, associated risk management and third party program adherence for all eight lines of business, and led a procurement transformation initiative to simplify the end-to-end third- party process, reduce connections, restructure roles to gain economies of scale, and replace current technology solutions.
Barb serves on the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee as board chairperson. During her 10- year tenure on the WBENC Board of Directors, she was also Corporate Membership and Revenue Generation Committee chairperson, co- chairperson of the Strategic Planning Resources Committee, and active member of the Marketing Committee.
Over the course of her career, Barb has held a variety of supply chain management, procurement, and technology roles with a proven track record for developing procurement professionals, delivering consistent results by balancing business needs, risk and value, as well as leading business transformation enabled by technology.
Supplier Diversity Consultant, StaffSouthern Company
Barbette Hill Washington
Supplier Diversity Consultant, Staff
Barbette is a Supplier Diversity Professional at Southern Company. She provides Supplier Diversity Support to the Southern Company Power Generation Business Unit which consist of Georgia Power, Alabama Power, and Mississippi Power. Barbette has a BS in Business Administration from Mercyhurst University, an MS in Business from Nova Southeastern University and a PMP.
Sourcing & Procurement ConsultantNationwide
Sourcing & Procurement Consultant
Vice President, Strategic Sourcing & ProcurementAflac
Wassel Lewis, Jr.
Vice President, Strategic Sourcing & Procurement
Wassel Lewis is vice president of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement and manages approximately $1.2 billion in spend. He is responsible for: Category Management, Strategic Sourcing, Procurement Ops, Procurement Administration, Supplier Relationship Management, Performance Management and Supplier Diversity.
Wassel joined Aflac in 2007 as senior project consultant in the Enterprise Project Office. During his career at Aflac he served in IT-PMO, and Strategic Partnerships before joining Strategic Sourcing and Procurement.
Wassel earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
Supplier Sustainability & Diversity Senior LeaderTrane Technologies
Edkedsha (KeeKee) Mathis
Supplier Sustainability & Diversity Senior Leader
Edkedsha (KeeKee) Mathis, Sr. Leader, Supplier Sustainability & Diversity for Trane Technologies beginning her new role in April 2021, is no stranger to the world of Supplier Diversity. Before deciding to accept her latest role at Trane Technologies, she worked in the automotive industry for thirteen years at Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. where she was the Supplier Diversity Manager. Her accolades include an array of awards, acknowledgements, and recognitions including but not limited to 2017 Corporation of the Year and Corporate Representative of the Year for (TSMSDC) TriState Minority Supplier Development Council and she has been recognized for many years as one of the Top 30 Diversity Professionals on a national level as a leader in the Supplier Diversity community. KeeKee brings more has more than 26+ years within purchasing which includes supporting as a regional buyer, service buyer, supply chain support, key user for all the purchasing systems and continuous improvement such as (TPM) Total Planned Maintenance, QCDSM, and Lean Management. She is committed to mentor diverse suppliers but also to build strategic “partnerships” and “alliances” with diverse suppliers. Now also leading supplier sustainability within her organization her role is the integration of social, ethical, and environmental performance factors into the process of selecting suppliers. The goal is to build strong, long term relationships with suppliers as we “Boldly challenge what’s possible for a sustainable world.”
Diversity within Procurement: Providing the tools and the access necessary for minority/diverse suppliers to be successful within our organization. This is to match or mimic our supplier base to our customer base. Our products represent many different styles, sizes, and unique options just as our community, customers, and employees who support our products.”
Sustainability within Procurement: We are climate innovators with the courage to look at our world's challenges and see endless opportunity. We aren't afraid to make bold commitments that set new standards to enhance the health and well-being of our communities, customers, employees, and planet.
Quote: “I alone can not change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” - Mother Teresa
Supply Management Procurement, Transmission/Substations/Major ProjectsSouthern California Edison
Supply Management Procurement, Transmission/Substations/Major Projects
Southern California Edison
Matt McKinley is a senior manager in Supply Management Procurement for construction of Transmission, Substations, and Major Projects at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utility. Matt is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in support of healthier and strong communities with a clean energy future.
Matt has over 35 years of Supply Chain experience and has supported many organizational business units across SCE with sourcing of materials and services.
Prior to joining Edison, Matt worked for Lockheed, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing in various capacities managing multi-million-dollar proposals and contracts within finance and procurement.
Matt is very passionate in supporting youth programs, including AYSO and club soccer. He enjoys traveling, exercise, hiking, golfing and spending time with family.
Matt holds a master's in business administration from Pepperdine University. He earned a bachelor's
degree in business with a major in finance from Kent State University. Matt holds a certificate in project management from UC Irvine. Matt is a lifetime C.P.M. and has a CPSM.
VP, Indirect SourcingEdwards Lifesciences
VP, Indirect Sourcing
Supplier Diversity Senior ManagerCVS Health
Supplier Diversity Senior Manager
Adam Moore is the Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity for CVS Health, and is directly responsible for growing company spend with diverse suppliers. He is heavily involved in the supplier diversity space, relating specifically to technology and contingent labor. Adam is often sought out as a speaker and moderator on the topic of supplier diversity, has written for numerous blogs, and is the co-host of the Breaking Barriers: Building a Hire Ground podcast, which focuses on corporate supplier diversity and helping small businesses develop their brand. Adam is an expert incorporate sourcing strategies, emerging technologies, Big Data analytics, and information technology sourcing and staffing. Adam has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the GWBC Buyer of the Year Award in 2017, the GMPC Top Mentor Award in 2020, and the GMSDC Advocate of the Year & Buyer of the Year Awards in 2021. He has also been recognized for the FSRSD Game Changer Award in 2019 and USPAAC-SE Advocate of the Year Award in 2018.As part of his mission to impact his community, Adam is a site visit volunteer for the National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA). Through this initiative, Adam is able to help numerous Georgia Veteran businesses obtain their NaVOBA certifications and set them up for a vibrant, successful future. Adam also serves on several boards that help in promoting and developing diverse suppliers. He is currently the Co-Treasurer for the GMSDC, Co-Chair for the USPAACC-SE, and is a member of the GHCC Board. Adam is also committed to serving the BDR, and acts as a liaison to the USPAAC and the NVBDC. His great passion for mentoring has driven him to work with Georgia Mentor Protégée Connection (GMPC)as well as the GWBC and CWE mentoring programs. In these organizations, Adam has had the opportunity to develop several diverse firms, guiding them to double their gross revenue and confidently grow into new markets. Adam holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Brenau University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from North Georgia College. He is married to Kristine Moore and has three children.
Corporate Supplier Diversity ManagerEnterprise Holdings
Corporate Supplier Diversity Manager
Dwayne Norris has worked for Enterprise Holdings for the past 17 years. During his time he has served on the North American DE&I Team for Enterprise Holdings for two years from 2018-2020 and the Southeast Region DE&I Team for Enterprise Holdings two years from 2020-2022. He managed daily rental operations as an Area Manager with Enterprise in Orlando FL, including the Orlando International Airport (Largest car rental facility in the world). He is an Alumni of the University of Florida where he earned a BA in History w/ concentration on General Business. He was also a student athlete, playing football at the University of Florida from 2001-2004 (Defensive Tackle). Dwayne was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) AdvisorSouthern California Edison
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Advisor
Southern California Edison
Millie Nuezca Yee is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Advisor at Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities bringing clean and renewable sources of energy to 15 million people across southern, central, and coastal California. As an integral part of the corporate DEI team, Millie brings thought leadership to all operating units within the organization, collaborating with leaders and employees to drive the company’s corporate DEI and culture transformation strategies. Through the integration of DEI into every aspect of our business, Edison strives to strengthen physical and psychological safety, trust, equity, excellence, and belonging for SCE’s employees, customers, and communities. Millie is a National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional (NDCCDP) with over 20 years of human resources experience and expertise in diversity, equity & inclusion, talent acquisition, project management, and as a business partner. She also serves as the vice president of ASCEND (AAPI) and an advisor to Lighthouse (LGBTQ+ and allies), Business Resource Groups.
Policy Programs ManagerMeta
Policy Programs Manager
Maui Orozco is a Policy Programs Manager on Meta’s Economic Impact Programs team based in Washington, D.C. In this role she manages the company’s relationships with national economic partners and organizations. She joined Meta in early 2019 previously managing partnerships and engagement with advocacy organizations and civil rights groups. Prior to joining Meta, she held a range of government relations and public affairs positions at emerging tech companies including Rubicon Global and Uber. At Rubicon she led government partnerships where she developed partnerships with municipalities to understand the value that innovative technologies can have on city operations. On the public affairs team at Uber, she worked with policymakers and community stakeholders to influence rideshare policies. Her experiences sit at the intersection of business, tech, and policy. Maui holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and was a Global Entrepreneurship Scholar, a program which encourages students to study entrepreneurship at a global scale.
Global Supplier Diversity LeadLogitech
Global Supplier Diversity Lead
Senior Manager, Global Supplier DiversityBristol Myers Squibb
Senior Manager, Global Supplier Diversity
Bristol Myers Squibb
Sundari Pai Luts is the Senior Manager, Global Supplier Diversity at Bristol Myers Squibb and supports the development, expansion and execution of the corporate wide global supplier diversity strategy, program, policies and procedures working with internal and external business partners to ensure alignment with BMS's Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) strategy. Sundari's efforts across BMS enterprise also include collaborating with, People Business & Resource Group (PBRG), D&I, corporate affairs and government affairs. She is strong proponent of diversity and inclusion and currently is the community co-lead for Disability Advancement Workforce Network (DAWN) PBRG promoting disability inclusion in the workplace and community. Her previous role included leading all strategic communications as well as Power2Impact community outreach program for supplier diversity. Sundari brings a unique perspective, working previously for diverse businesses and now at Bristol Myers Squibb within the Strategic Sourcing & Procurement organization for the last 4 years.
Sundari has over 16 years of experience in supplier diversity and strategic communications in both commercial and government sectors. She has previously worked in leadership positions for woman and minority business entrepreneurs where she managed their supplier diversity programs and led strategic communications and marketing strategies. Sundari has a passion for supplier diversity and cultivates this passion through her active engagement with various Minority Business Councils, State Offices, Chambers of Commerce and other institutions, like Disability:IN, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) where she is a currently a member of WBENC’s NextGEN Advisory board. She is also past board of directors' member of US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) NorthEast chapter and has also worked on various committees at the NY&NJ Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council). Sundari is also a mentor, coach and advocate to many small & diverse businesses, and community partners playing a strategic role in growth of many of them. She was recently named 2021 Top 25 Diversity Change Leader by DiversityPlus publication.
Sundari has a Master’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Maine and a Bachelor’s degree in Print and Media Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and two young children.
Professor & Executive Director, Howard University School of Business Center for Supply Chain Management; SVPAmpcus
Professor & Executive Director, Howard University School of Business Center for Supply Chain Management; SVP
Tanya Penny is a strategy and finance executive with an extensive track record across critical functions in the Fortune 50 realm. Penny held positions as Chief Procurement Officer at Verizon, with over $35 billion in spend and Senior Vice President of Real Estate, controlling a $2B budget and 3,000+ staff.
As President/CEO of TPW & Associates, a strategy consulting firm advising clients on financial and business performance, Penny continues to design and lead high-impact business transformation projects.
Penny serves on the advisory board of Ampcus, Inc., Ivy Community Charities, and leads the Board of Directors for the Redda Group.
Market ExecutiveBank of America
Bank of America
Derrick Perkins is the Market Executive for the Greater Washington DC. His primary role is to help meet the local market goals of connecting businesses, families, and individuals to the banking and investment teams. He also leads the effort to deploy the bank’s resources in the market to address social and economic concerns and build strong communities. Prior to accepting the role as Market Executive, he was a Senior Relationship Manager with coverage of affordable housing developers based in Suburban MD, Washington, DC and Virginia. His responsibilities also included leading the Bank’s national Charter School construction lending efforts.
Derrick joined NationsBank in 1998 in the Consumer Credit Card division as an account Manager in Norfolk, VA. In 2000, Derrick accepted a role as a Portfolio Management Associate in the Business Banking division in Richmond, VA. In 2002, Derrick relocated to Mclean, VA to work in the Middle Market banking group as a credit analyst and eventually an Underwriter. After four years in the Middle Market banking Derrick accepted a role within Community Development Lending, underwriting affordable housing developers and charter school facilities. Derrick accepted his current role as Market Executive in 2018.
Derrick holds Bachelor’s from Hampton University and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Derrick lives in Upper Marlboro, MD. Derrick is on the Boards of Virginia Housing Alliance, Volunteers of America National Services and Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers.
Transformation OfficerTrane Technologies
Supplier Diversity ManagerKellogg's
Supplier Diversity Manager
Debra Quade is the Supplier Diversity Manager at Kellogg Company. Prior to joining Kellogg, she served as Supplier Diversity Specialist at Toyota Boshoku America in Erlanger, Kentucky and Magna Donnelly in Holland, Michigan. Debra serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in addition to leading a MiDiCo module for supplier inclusion and opportunity. She represents Kellogg Company on the National Minority Supplier Development Council Working Group, and the Corporate Advisory Council for the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in addition to participating on the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Programs Committee, the Food Marketing Institute Group Supplier Diversity Committee, WEConnect International Agricultural Industry Group and the Food & Beverage Industry Group.
Director, Corporate Procurement & Supplier DiversityHilton
Director, Corporate Procurement & Supplier Diversity
Simone Ray leads Hiltons award-winning Supplier Diversity program, advancing their commitment to increase diversity in supply chain. She partners with HSM category leaders to identify, develop, and mentor minority suppliers. Simone also collaborates closely with Hilton’s D&I team and is always looking for a referral to small and minority business owners! She is originally from Orlando, Florida and attended Florida State University with a concentration on Merchandising. She’s worked with leading retail companies such as Macy’s and JC Penney, holding positions in buying, planning and product development. For her work at Hilton, she was named Buyer of the Year in 2020 by Minority Business News USA. In her free time Simone enjoys hosting events and meeting like-minded creative and community leaders.
Chief Procurement OfficerWindstream
Chief Procurement Officer
Mark has more than 20 years of procurement and operations experience in various industries, including telecommunications, retail and media and entertainment.
His responsibilities at Windstream include leadership of the procurement function, managing more than $1 billion in annual spend, the supply chain organization, corporate real estate, fleet and facilities. He joined Windstream from Alix Partners where he led large cost reduction and capability building engagements for publicly and privately-held companies.
Prior to working at Alix Partners, Mark served as AARP’s first Chief Procurement Officer where he transformed a purchasing organization into a true procurement function that leveraged category management, annual sourcing plans and common-sense policies and processes that balanced the need for speed and efficiency in business operations with appropriate competitive bid thresholds and controls.
Earlier in his career, Mark was VP of Procurement and Business Services at L Brands, owners of Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works, where he led a global procurement team managing over $1 billion in annual expenditures. He also served as a Director of Strategic Sourcing for C&S Wholesale Grocers, a $20 billion privately-held company, where he built the non-merchandise procurement department from the ground up.
Out of business school, Mark was a procurement and supply chain consultant at Accenture and Capgemini Ernst and Young, where he helped companies like Time Warner and 7-11 implement centralized procurement organizations, e-procurement technologies, sourcing processes and cost management programs.
Mark has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Prior to graduate school, he served on active duty as a Naval Intelligence Officer.
Global Supplier DiversityMeta
Global Supplier Diversity
With over 15 years of experience spearheading innovation and process improvement in the entertainment, media and tech industry, Natalie is a passionate thought leader with extensive experience driving collaboration, openness, and engagement through clear communication and a culture of mutual respect in the diversity & inclusion space. Natalie has a solid background in supplier diversity and has demonstrated the aptitude for architecting programs from the ground up, managing people, resources, and budgets. In her current role at Meta (also known as Facebook, Inc.), she is driving inclusive supply chain strategy and creating unique solutions by leveraging her expertise and strengths in building cross-functional relationships that maximize results. Today, Natalie is continuing the important work of increasing spend with diverse-owned businesses, which is making a difference in our communities and impacting lives globally.
Senior Vice President and Director of Small Business Diverse Customer SegmentsWells Fargo
Senior Vice President and Director of Small Business Diverse Customer Segments
Robert “Roby” Schapira leads Small Business Diverse Segments for Wells Fargo. In this role, Roby’s team builds strategy and guides the execution of initiatives that support Wells Fargo’s efforts to positively impact diverse/women-owned small businesses. Focus areas include strengthening access to capital, building engagement with women-owned businesses, developing partnership with diverse chambers/small business organizations, and removing barriers for un/underbanked businesses.
A 23-year Wells Fargo veteran, Schapira began his career at Wells Fargo as a part-time teller in 1998. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. He is the co-chair of the Corporate Advisory Council for the National LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the GSBA, Washington’s LGBTQ+ chamber.
Schapira is an accomplished speaker and has provided insight on small business topics for national and local media outlets, nonprofit organizations, and financial industry forums.
Relationship Management & Supplier Diversity DirectorNationwide
Relationship Management & Supplier Diversity Director
Michelle is a Procurement Leader and a PMI certified project management professional who leads teams and influences strategy by implementing supplier focused programs and defining the infrastructure needed to sustain them. She currently leads a team responsible for Procurement Relationship Management, Supplier Diversity, and Procurement Sustainability. Her experience includes managing procurement teams such as Corporate Travel and External Workforce Management, building supplier management programs, and establishing procurement policy and governance. Michelle has a passion for engaging stakeholders and driving alignment between business strategy and stakeholder expectations through mutually beneficial supplier/client relationships. Key highlights from her 20+ years of experience includes:
- 15+ years of global supplier management and sourcing experience in the Financial Services, Insurance, and Healthcare industries, for companies including JPMorgan Chase, Wachovia, Cardinal Health, and currently Nationwide Insurance
- Led Organizational Change Management for business applications that support Business Operations and Procurement functions
- Managed Supplier Management analytics teams for Corporate Services and IT with a focus on delivering action-oriented supplier and market insights to stakeholders
- Co-developed and managed operations management policies such as Enterprise Code of Conduct, Travel & Expense Management, External Workforce Management
Supplier Diversity ManagerMassMutual
Supplier Diversity Manager
Jon Suber joins MassMutual as the Supplier Diversity Manager reporting to Regina Heyward, Head of Supplier Diversity. Jon has served as Supplier Diversity and Development Manager at Freddie Mac with responsibility for connecting and developing diverse suppliers within Freddie Mac’s Supply Chain. He has been commended for his strategic leadership and relationship building and for integrating Supplier Diversity best practices across the organization, including establishing the widely recognized Supplier Academy, a diverse supplier development program. He has worked within the Supply Chain field across several industries including Consumer Product Goods, Food Security, and the Financial Services.
Jon as also been recognized for his successful appearances on podcasts, panels, and webinars in the Supplier Diversity Space. He has been awarded the 2021 Women’s Business Advocate of the Year by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Greater DMV.
Jon holds an MBA in Supply Chain Management from Howard University and a BA in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh.
Senior Strategic Sourcing ManagerMGM National Harbor
Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager
MGM National Harbor
Tobias Thornwell is the Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager for MGM National Harbor, a $1.4 billion resort and casino located on the banks of the Potomac River in National Harbor, MD. He is responsible for developing and overseeing all procurement activities including vendor sourcing, purchasing, vendor contracts, and supplier diversity for the property. Mr. Thornwell is focused on ensuring that MGM National Harbor continues to meet or exceed its spending goals with certified diverse suppliers with the State of Maryland and Prince George’s County.
Mr. Thornwell has more than 12 years of purchasing and supply chain management experience in the food service industry. Prior to joining MGM National Harbor, Mr. Thornwell served as National Product Manager/Regional Buyer at The Chef’s Warehouse in Hanover, MD, and Lead COP Buyer/Product Line Manager at US Foods in Severn, MD.
Mr. Thornwell earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park (Go Terps!). He also holds a Certified Purchasing Manager certification (C.P.M.), and a Certified Professional in Supply Management certification (CPSM) from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Mr. Thornwell is originally from the Bronx, New York and enjoys traveling.
Supplier Diversity Global Procurement ManagerPepsiCo
Supplier Diversity Global Procurement Manager
In his role as a Supplier Diversity Manager at PepsiCo, Trung drives economic inclusion by increasing the development and utilization of diverse-owned business enterprises (DivBEs) within PepsiCo. Trung began his career at PepsiCo in the Quaker Foods & Snacks division where he monitored innovation launches and designed product development processes.
Trung currently serves as Chair of the NGLCC (National LGBT Chamber of Commerce) Procurement Council. He has previously served as Co-Chair of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Advisory Council and as the Co-Chair of the Chicago chapter of EQUAL (PepsiCo’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group) and on the boards of the LGBT Community Center of Milwaukee and as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Windy City Performing Arts.
Trung continues to be actively engaged with PepsiCo’s employee resource groups across all diverse populations with special attention to the LGBTQ and Asian groups. In 2021 he moderated panel focused on intersectional Asian American-LGBTQ owned businesses and “Courage Conversations” for PepsiCo associates around the #StopAsianHate.
He is a two-time recipient of PepsiCo’s prestigious Harvey C. Russell Inclusion Award (2008 and 2013) for his leadership within the LGBT community and collaborative and innovative work with other companies’ LGBT groups.
Trung holds both a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where his research focused on “coming out” and identity construction. Trung is also a proud graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Business LGBT Leadership Institute.
Director, Supplier DiversityHome Depot
Director, Supplier Diversity
Head of Meta Prosper & Global Head of Social MarketingMeta
Head of Meta Prosper & Global Head of Social Marketing
Procurement Supplier Diversity Senior Program ManagerT-Mobile
Procurement Supplier Diversity Senior Program Manager
Throughout the last two years, Alan has supported T-Mobile on a variety of high visibility projects and impactful teams. Alan is a dedicated and focused individual who is an integral addition to the T-Mobile Supplier Diversity team. He helps the Un-carrier achieve excellent results through his collaborative work style, critical thinking skills and 25 years of experience in the telecom and procurement industries.
Before entering his current role with Supplier Diversity, Alan was a senior sourcing manager on the Un-carrier’s Technology Sourcing team, where he helped develop and deploy several high-profile projects. Prior to T-Mobile, Alan worked at Microsoft, AT&T, and USAA as a corporate negotiator, senior procurement manager, and sourcing manager. While at these national and global enterprises, he utilized his negotiation and interpersonal skills to strategically source various categories, including telecommunications, human resources, learning, technology, and legal.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Alan attended UC Berkeley and UC Hastings College of the Law. He currently lives in Kirkland, WA, with his fiancée, Zena, and their trusty Golden Retriever Zorro! Alan and Zena are volunteers for various causes and assist in local homeless and animal organizations; they also love to travel internationally.
Assistant Manager of Purchasing ComplianceMGM National Harbor
Assistant Manager of Purchasing Compliance
MGM National Harbor
Anthony Twyman is the Assistant Manager of Purchasing Compliance for MGM National Harbor, a $1.4 billion resort and casino located in the National Harbor, MD. He is responsible for vendor onboarding, reporting, and vendor gaming and nongaming licensing and supplier diversity compliance.
Mr. Twyman is a graduate of the University of Maryland, University College with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He is currently pursuing a double-degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a proud resident of Southern Maryland where he lives with his beautiful wife and their four young children.
Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking LeaderWells Fargo
Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Leader
Lucky Wadehra is a Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Leader for Wells Fargo’s Middle Market Banking in the Capital region. Lucky leads a team of bankers who are responsible for managing and growing their respective portfolios of commercial clients. Her team members are tenured, experienced professionals deeply involved in the communities in which they live and serve.
Lucky has been with Wells Fargo and in banking for over 19 years in various roles. Prior to Wells Fargo, she worked for USAA for 3 years and prior to that in hospitality management in various international locations for 7 years. Lucky, throughout her career, has held positions in leadership and management roles requiring a strong skill set in customer service, sales, budgeting, financial and business acumen, developing talent and practicing diversity, equity and inclusion.
She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with Honors from the University of Delhi and a Bachelor Degree in Hospitality Management from the Institute of Hotel Management Catering and Nutrition also in Delhi, India.
Lucky resides in Loudoun County with her husband, and two children. She currently serves as Chair of the Board for The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier.
SVP, Head of Supplier Diversity & Supply Chain Management SustainabilityWells Fargo
SVP, Head of Supplier Diversity & Supply Chain Management Sustainability
Priscilla Wallace is the head of Supplier Diversity & Supply Chain Management (SCM) Sustainability for Wells Fargo & Company. She leads a team of supply chain professionals and builds relationships within the communities Wells Fargo serves through the development, inclusion, and utilization of diverse and small businesses. As part of Wells Fargo commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), her team maintains and fosters the integration of diverse supplier options into the procurement strategies. The effort currently results in over $1 billion annual spend with certified diverse suppliers. Her team is also responsible for integrating and aligning with corporate ESG/sustainability strategies inclusive of data review, analysis, and reporting, as well as ensure organizational oversight which minimizes risk for Wells Fargo overall supply chain.
Priscilla brings more than two decades of supply chain and diversity, equity, and inclusion experience. She was previously vice president of supplier diversity at Foodbuy – Compass Group, the largest food service management company in North America. Priscilla was the vice president of corporate development and executive director at Charlotte Minority Economic Development Initiative. She spent 13 years in supply chain and diversity leadership roles at the American Red Cross.
Priscilla has received numerous accolades during her career. She was recognized in 2020 and 2018 as one of the Top 25 Diversity Women in Power by Diversity Plus, Inc., 2019 as an All-Star of Supplier Diversity by MBN Magazine, and on the Top 50 Omni awards for multi-cultural businesses in 2018 and 2019. She is a graduate of Delta State University.
Priscilla enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. Her hobbies include cooking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Vice President of ProcurementNationwide
Vice President of Procurement
Charles White leads the Procurement group at Nationwide covering all source to pay functions, corporate travel, supplier diversity and risk management. Charles has over two decades of experience in diverse sectors including, financial services, high tech, and consumer electronics manufacturing. He has covered a wide range of direct and indirect categories while working for some of the largest companies in the Technology and Financial Services. He recently joined Nationwide in December 2018 from Charles Schwab and prior to that was with Fidelity, Deutsche Bank and Microsoft. He is a US Navy Veteran and former aircraft carrier based jet pilot. He graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Director of Supplier DiversityCharter Communications
Director of Supplier Diversity
Darretta Whitfield is Director of Supplier Diversity for Charter Communications, a national of broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving 41 states through its Spectrum brand.
Darretta joined Charter in 2019 to lead the Supplier Diversity program, and is responsible for the strategy, management, and future roadmap across Charter’s footprint. In prior roles Darretta led eSourcing and Contract Management initiatives for various companies in financial technology and services, consumer products, and paper/packaging manufacturing focused on project management, competitive bidding, supplier management, and contract processing. These roles have provided her with a foundation of souring knowledge that she leverages in her current role in support of diverse owned businesses.
Darretta graduated from Clark Atlanta University’s School of Business Administration, serves as an Executive Board Member for tech:SCALE, and is a new member of the Board of Directors for the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (SCMSDC).
Provost & Chief Academic OfficerHoward University
Anthony K. Wutoh
Provost & Chief Academic Officer
Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., R.Ph. is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Howard University. He previously served in various roles at the University including as Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Assistant Provost for International Programs. Dr. Wutoh has also served as Director for the Center for Minority Health Services Research, and the Center of Excellence.
Dr. Anthony Wutoh received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1987. He then completed a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, and Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy Administration
(Pharmacoepidemiology) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Pharmacy. Dr. Wutoh has varied research interests including pharmacoepidemiology, international health, health services/outcomes research, and evaluation of large population databases, particularly in the area of AIDS and HIV infection in older patients. Dr. Wutoh has received over $80 million dollars in grant funding from several sources including; NIH, CDC, USAID, HRSA, AHRQ and foundations, and has published numerous research articles on HIV disease, medication adherence, disease state management, and various other topics in respected research journals, including; the Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Services Research, AIDS & Behavior, the Journal of the National Medical Association, and the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.
Dr. Wutoh has led, and participated in various international programs including sponsored projects (USAID, CDC, PEPFAR, etc.) in Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, etc. Dr. Wutoh has been a practicing pharmacist in Maryland since 1990 and has worked in various settings including hospital, retail, consulting, and community pharmacy, as well as academia. In 1993, He served as a policy intern with the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging where he was directed with evaluation of the economic impact of health care reform on the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. His other areas of interest and expertise include minority access to novel medical therapies, medication compliance, post‐marketing assessment, clinical trial protocol and evaluation, survival analyses, and the role of stress in the functioning of health care professionals. He is also the recipient of various awards and acclamations including the 1998 Excellence Award for Professor in the Division of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health Sciences, the 2007 Distinguished Faculty Award from the Howard University Pharmacy Alumni Association, the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and the 2017 Edward Bouchet Legacy Award.
Dr. Wutoh is married to Rita Wutoh, MD, MPH, and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Nadya and Niya.
Global Head of Asian & Pacific Islander AffairsJPMorgan Chase
Global Head of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs
Vivian Young has over 15 years of leadership experience in the financial services industry. In her current role as global head of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs for JPMorgan Chase, Vivian is responsible for developing a leading a global, unified strategy to advance equity and inclusion for the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community. Key focus areas include driving opportunity and progress through increased cultural understanding and collaboration; raising awareness about cultural identity and the challenges faced by underserved individuals and communities; supporting API communities globally through public advocacy, economic inclusion and community development.
Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Vivian spent 7 years at Charles Schwab Advisor Services, where she was responsible for strategy, execution and management of the Family Office and Investment Consultant client segment. She also served as business lead on new product initiatives for trust products, ETFs, mutual funds and separately managed accounts. Previous to Charles Schwab, Vivian was a relationship manager and team lead at U.S. Trust Company of New York providing financial planning services to high net worth individuals and families in the Wealth Management division.
Vivian Joined JPMorgan Chase in 2012 leading strategic initiatives for the Product and Platform team in the Private Bank and J.P.Morgan Wealth Management. She was responsible for product management, development and expansion of Trusts & Estates services, donor advised fund, and financial planning tools. She most recently was global head of Bank Product Marketing in Asset & Wealth Management, developing strategies to deepen client relationships and drive business growth. Working in partnership with Product leadership in banking, lending, mortgage, annuities, trusts and estates, and cyber and fraud, Vivian lead the content development and implementation of strategic marketing programs.
Vivian received a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and Certified Trust and Financial Advisor. She holds FINRA Series 7 license.
She resides in New York City with her husband and two children.
Government & Chamber Speakers
Project DirectorUSPAACC Community Navigator Pilot Program
USPAACC Community Navigator Pilot Program
Tracy Balazs is an entrepreneur and senior executive with a foundation based in supporting both public and private sector organizations in Healthcare, Human Resources Consulting, and Human Performance for Military Readiness programs. She comes from a background of healthcare with 20 years of clinical trauma nursing followed by healthcare recruiting and federal government business development career prior to her starting her first business in 2004. In 2004,Tracy founded a company called Federal Staffing Resources (FSR) which obtained several hundred prime government contracts that cover the United States. After leading FSR as their CEO for 17 years, she transitioned to became the founder and CEO of Compass Government Solutions in April, 2021.
Throughout Tracy’s career, she has always been involved and has subject matter expertise in Government Contracting, Health, Talent Acquisition, Leadership and Organizational Development. She has a vast network and is an active member in several associations and professional groups such as, Women’s Presidents Organization (WPO), Women Business Leaders (WBL), and various Government and Veterans organizations which gives her access to people with strong leadership and executive capabilities. Through these organizations and groups as either a board member or participant, she frequently mentors the professionals and has spoken at the behest of the SBA and for other organizations.
Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI)Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI)
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
Marcus graduated from Bowie State University with a degree in Communications and concentration in Broadcast Journalism. After graduating, Marcus worked for companies such as Digital, EDS and MCI Worldcom and has 30 years of acquisitions and small business experience. Marcus previously worked at the Federal Aviation Administration for 20 years as a senior contracting officer in acquisitions and senior program analyst in the small business office, while also serving as the Program Manager for FAA’s Mentor-Protégé Program responsible for over 70 mentor-protégé and joint venture partnerships.
Marcus joined The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in 2018 and is currently the Business Procurement Analyst and Small Business Specialist leading the Small Business Program in the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion. Marcus is passionate about working with small businesses and assisting in their growth. He believes small businesses are the backbone of society and there is a renewed energy around Supplier Diversity and Inclusion in today’s workplace which should pave the way for incredible growth in the small business community.
Digital Equity Director, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)U.S. Department of Commerce
Angela Thi Bennett
Digital Equity Director, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
U.S. Department of Commerce
Angela Thi Bennett will serve as the first-ever digital equity director at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), within the US Department of Commerce.
She will move from her current position as DigitalC’s director of advocacy, where she has been a strong champion for digital inclusion in Cleveland. Angela has also been deeply engaged in national digital equity work for years with National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA).
“We are thrilled Angela Thi Bennett is joining the NTIA team,” said Angela Siefer, executive director of NDIA. “Her local digital inclusion experience combined with her active national community involvement means she is equipped to understand the challenges and the need for holistic and collaborative solutions.”
NTIA is the agency responsible for advising the President of the United States on telecommunications and information policy issues. Currently, NTIA has a strong focus on expanding broadband access and adoption and advancing digital equity.
Business Development SpecialistExport - Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)
Business Development Specialist
Export - Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)
Jonathan Brady is a Business Development Specialist with the Minority and Women-Owned Business (MWOB) Outreach Group at the Export- Import Bank of the United States (EXIM). Based in Washington, DC, his business development role with the MWOB Outreach Group is to serve as the primary liaison for Hispanic business organizations and Veteran business organizations at the national, state, and local levels.
Jonathan possesses a strong background in international relations and economics from having worked for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the U.S. Treasury Department (International Banking Office), and ten years with the Ohio Department of Development’s International Trade Division.
Before joining EXIM, Jonathan worked at ExportDC, a division of the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD). Promoted to Program Manager in 2015, his primary responsibilities consisted of administering business support grants for DC-based exporters, organizing trade missions, providing export counseling services, conducting international business seminars, and coordinating special projects with the foreign embassies located in the District of Columbia.
Jonathan holds a B.A. and Master of Financial Economics (MFE) from Ohio University, and is a 2009 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, with a Master of International Public Policy (MIPP).
Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Darlene Bullock was appointed as the Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) in January 2020. She served as the Acting OSDBU Director in June 2019 and the OSDBU Deputy Director in June 2015. Ms. Bullock is responsible for implementing the Department’s small business procurement programs across DHS’ $21 billion procurement operation, which awards approximately $6 billion each year to small businesses.
Ms. Bullock joined the OSDBU in January 2011 as the Program Manager for several small business programs to include: 8(a), small disadvantaged, and women-owned. As a Desk Officer, she provided technical procurement and small business support to four DHS operational contracting offices.
Before joining the OSDBU, Ms. Bullock was a Division Director and Contracting Officer in the DHS, Office of Procurement Operations (OPO). OPO is one of the largest procurement divisions in DHS obligating about $4 - 4.5 Billion a year. Her division was responsible for supporting the Office of the Secretary and other high-visibility offices at DHS Headquarters. Ms. Bullock oversaw and managed the award process of the first DHS-wide Program Management, Administrative, Clerical, and Technical Services (PACTS) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contracts which were set-aside for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs). PACTS had an estimated value at $1.5 billion. The award of PACTS I enabled DHS to meet and exceed the 3% SDVOSB goal for the first time in Fiscal Year 2010. DHS continues to meet or exceed the SDVOSB goal.
With over 28 years of experience in procurement, federal assistance, and acquisitions management, Ms. Bullock has held leadership positions at several Federal and local agencies including DHS, U.S. Agency for International Development, U. S. Department of Commerce, District of Columbia Government, and the U.S. Army.
Ms. Bullock began her acquisition career with the U.S. Army successfully completing the Department of Defense contract specialist intern program. She was a Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) with the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and maintains her FAC-C Level III Certification in Contracting. She has completed various Federal Executive leadership courses throughout her career. She has an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Business and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and a MBA in International Management from Southeastern University.
Assistant AdministratorOffice of Women's Business Ownership
Natalie Madeira Cofield
Office of Women's Business Ownership
Ms. Natalie Madeira Cofield has been appointed to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women's Business Ownership, effective Monday, March 1, 2021. In this role, Ms. Cofield serves as a senior executive providing executive oversight, management, leadership, and championship of female entrepreneurship. As an assistant administrator, Cofield will oversee the largest expansion of the Women's Business Center (WBC) network in the history of the Small Business Administration across its nearly 140 center footprint and more than $70 million in federal grant-making to support the growth of women-led firms.
Cofield is a seasoned entrepreneur and executive with over 15 years of experience in securing diverse capital, building strategic partnerships, and leading state and local economic development programs to successfully incubate and scale small business development and expansion initiatives in communities throughout the United States. Cofield brings extensive experience leading business and trade associations and working with corporations, and philanthropic organizations to develop programs to support entrepreneurship within women-led, diverse and urban communities and is responsible for securing over $22 million in capital to invest in entrepreneurial ventures and small business programs and initiatives. Most recently she served as Founder & CEO of Walker's Legacy and the Walker's Legacy Foundation providing entrepreneurship programming to support thousands of multicultural women entrepreneurs. Prior to this role, Cofield held various leadership positions in cities across the nation including Los Angeles, New York and Austin, where she served as the CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce.
She has been named by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Business and was selected among 137 cover-story business leaders and entrepreneurs from across the nation for her response to COVID-19 in the magazine’s July/August 2020 edition cover. The Root named her one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans in the country and she has also been named among the list of Women Who Mean Business and one of the 100 Most Powerful Washingtonians by the Washington Business Journal.
She is a graduate of Howard University where she received her BBA in Information Systems as a Gates Millennium Scholar and the Baruch School of Public Affairs where she was a National Urban Fellow. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Attorney-Advisor, Office of Procurement Law, Office of General CounselSBA
Mark R. Hagedorn
Attorney-Advisor, Office of Procurement Law, Office of General Counsel
Mark Hagedorn is an Attorney Advisor in the Office of Procurement Law at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Washington, DC. He serves as a legal advisor to Agency officials and their staffs with respect to the 8(a) Business Development program; the Women-Owned Small Business Concern program; the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern program; the HUBZone program; suspension and debarment matters; and SBA’s internal contracting procedures. Mr. Hagedorn also represents the Agency in matters before SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He has been a lawyer in SBA’s Office of General Counsel since 2016.
Senior Advisor for the Office of Entrepreneurial DevelopmentSBA
Senior Advisor for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development
Shalei serves as Senior Advisor for SBA's Office of Entrepreneurial Development (OED). In this role, she leads initiatives to expand equitable access to the SBA’s national resource network, including Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), SCORE, and the Office of Entrepreneurship Education.
Prior to joining the SBA, Ms. Holway pioneered strategies to combat COVID-driven disruption at Wayfair, an e-commerce company. In this role she partnered with Wayfair’s thousands of small business suppliers to both support and grow them through the pandemic. In her leadership position at Wayfair, Ms. Holway also forged material improvements to diversity and equity in the firm’s hiring practices. Additionally, Ms. Holway brings to her role extensive experience leveraging analytics and design thinking to grow businesses at companies such as HelloFresh and JPMorgan.
Ms. Holway earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Barnard College and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Global Asia Team LeaderU.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration
Kyungsoo Dan Kim
Global Asia Team Leader
U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration
Dan Kim is the Global Asia Team Leader with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service based out of Chicago, Illinois. His responsibilities include promoting Asia as an export destination and coordinating resources and outreach to U.S. companies on exporting to Asia for the U.S. Commercial Service. This includes coverage across 16 markets in Asia. He is also an active participant on several industry teams, where he has contributed hands on knowledge to the advanced manufacturing, automotive parts/services equipment, railroad equipment, logistics services, and plastics industry sectors.
Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Dan worked for the S. Korean government agency, the Korea Trade Promotion-Investment Agency (KOTRA). There he specialized in connecting international SMEs to major corporations with extensive experience in automotive, commercial, pharmaceuticals, medical, and industrial applications. As an international trade delegation specialist and then a global business development manager, he launched several new products into the U.S. market and established strategic partnerships. He has considerable hands-on knowledge dealing with the challenges of exporting new products into an established market, and first-hand experience dealing with Asian cultures and business practices.
Acting Deputy General Counsel & Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law, Office of General CounselSBA
John W. Klein
Acting Deputy General Counsel & Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law, Office of General Counsel
John Klein is the Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law at the U.S. Small Business Administration. He serves as the principal legal advisor to senior Agency officials and their staffs with respect to the 8(a) Business Development program; the Agency's Government Contracting programs, including the small business set-aside, subcontracting and Certificate of Competency programs; the HUBZone program; the Small Business Innovation Research program; the Size Standards program; the Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program; the Woman-Owned Small Business program; and SBA’s internal contracting procedures.
Mr. Klein has been a lawyer in SBA’s Office of General Counsel since 1983, serving in the Office of Legislation and the Office of General Law before becoming the Associate General Counsel for the Office of Procurement Law in 2000. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1980, and With Distinction from Hofstra University School of Law in 1983.
Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)U.S. Department of Education
Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
U.S. Department of Education
In 2020, Calvin J. Mitchell Jr. joined the U.S. Department of Education leadership team as the Acting Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). In 2021, Mr. Mitchell transitioned to Director of OSDBU. As Director, Mr. Mitchell provides executive leadership and policy direction for developing and implementing policies and initiatives throughout the Department to ensure that all socioeconomic categories of small business are afforded opportunities to compete for contracts. Prior to the Acting OSDBU, Mr. Mitchell was the Deputy Director of Contracts and Acquisitions Management (CAM). As CAM Deputy Director, in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, he was responsible for overseeing the work of four contracting divisions that provide operational procurement services to the Department of Education. Prior to joining the Department, Mitchell served as the Branch Chief of the Accounts Management Division at the General Services Administration. Mitchell led the organization toward meeting the Government-wide strategic goals to support all 24 CFO Act agency vision, mission, and strategic goals. Separately, Mr. Mitchell served as a Congressional Fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee. In this position he served as the Principal Procurement Advisor to Committee leadership and provided guidance and oversight to Members and Committee staff on procurement, small business programs, and related acquisition issues within the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Mitchell has also held leadership positions at the U.S Army Corps of Engineers.
Director for Minority OutreachOffice of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
Director for Minority Outreach
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
Andrew Moss is the Director for Minority Outreach at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).
In this role, Mr. Moss is responsible for promoting and developing effective public affairs marketing and outreach strategies nationwide with national banks, banking regulatory agencies, bank trade associations, minority media groups and organizations, diverse communities, other government agencies, and the general public in support of the OCC and the national banking system. He also serves as an expert advisor and consultant to the Deputy Comptroller for Public Affairs and other agency executives and staff on public affairs matters, particularly as they relate to minority banking issues. He assumed this role in June 2020.
Previously, Mr. Moss was the Outreach and External Relations Manager within the External Outreach and Minority Affairs Office, where he has also served as the Community Relations and Minority Affairs Manager.
Prior to joining the OCC, Mr. Moss held various positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.
Mr. Moss holds a bachelor of business administration degree in finance and marketing from North Carolina Central University and a master of education administration degree from George Mason University. He also holds a law degree from the University of Baltimore.
Small Business Utilization Specialist in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business UtilizationU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Doan Ly Nguyen
Small Business Utilization Specialist in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Doan Ly Nguyen is a Small Business Utilization Specialist in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She assumed the role in February of 2022. In this capacity, she assists the Department on its small business outreach, education, and advocacy to help HUD meet its small business and socioeconomic goals.
Prior to joining HUD, she worked at Chemonics International for 16 years in various roles. Most notable was her role as the Small Business Liaison Officer for five years from July 2014 to June 2019. Through this position she created Chemonics’ formal corporate Small Business Department. She was responsible for managing Chemonics’ small business program to help the company meet its small business goals and meet three core small business objectives: internal policy, outreach, and reporting.
PresidentNational 8(a) Association
National 8(a) Association
Ron Perry is an Alaskan Native and a nationally recognized expert in 8(a) and minority contracting to include Mentor-Protégé, Joint Ventures, teaming, equity buyouts, and national business trends.
In his role as President of the National 8(a) Association, Mr. Perry facilitated thousands of meetings between large and small companies resulting in many successful relationships that led to hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts for small businesses.
Mr. Perry has been instrumental in creating relationships with groups such as the Associated General Contractors, National Black Chamber of Commerce, the Native Hawaiian Organizations Association, US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Society of American Military Engineers, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
Mr. Perry’s Teya Development company provides services in Information Technology, manufacturing, janitorial, event planning, construction, Operations and Maintenance, and management sectors. Teya is a subsidiary of Salamatof Native Association located in Kenai Alaska. Teya has secured millions of dollars in contracts and now has over 750 employees nationwide. Teya has had excellent success utilizing the Small Business Administration’s programs to include the 8(a) business development program, HUBZone, and the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program. Teya also has a Secret facility clearance.
Mr. Perry obtained his bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University. He also attended 8(a) training through Loyola University and a pilot program between Howard University and the University of Alaska Anchorage.
USPAACC and the National 8(a) Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in April of 2022. The MOU formalizes the relationship between the organizations and expands opportunities for additional collaboration.
Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business UtilizationU.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Ron Pierce is the Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In his prior role, he served as an independent management consultant, where he led efforts to address issues on environmental and climate change for several small businesses and military veteran lawmakers.
He spent five years as Senior Director of PBS Veterans and Small Business Initiatives on the Station Services Team. Ron led the national planning, coordination, and implementation efforts for member stations and other public media partners across the country. Over the course of two high-profile presidential campaigns, he was the National Director of small business, veterans, and military family outreach programs at the DNC.
A combat veteran, Ron spent 11 years as a U.S. Army Officer.
He earned his B.S. in Behavioral Human Services from U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, and holds a Master of International Affairs from The Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, CA.
Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)U.S. Department of State
Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
U.S. Department of State
George L. Price is the Director of the Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization for the U.S. Department of State. He assumed the role in October of 2015. In this capacity, he advises the Department on all small business procurement issues and is responsible for promoting the use of Small Businesses within the Department of State to support the Department’s mission of protecting U.S. interests abroad and implementing foreign policy initiatives.
Prior to the Department of State, he was the Deputy Associate Director for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Training and Management Assistance Program. He was responsible for providing Federal agencies with direct acquisition and project management assistance in the area of human capital management and customized training services.
Before joining OPM, he served ten years as the Director of Outreach Communications for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service.
Mr. Price began his Federal career with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Over a ten year span at SBA, he was a Business Opportunity Specialist within the 8(a) program, a Business Development Specialist, and lastly as the Director of the HubZone Program for the Eastern United States.
Small Business Professional for the Office of Small Business Programs, Aberdeen Proving Ground (OSBP - APG)Communication and Electronics Command (CECOM)
Small Business Professional for the Office of Small Business Programs, Aberdeen Proving Ground (OSBP - APG)
Communication and Electronics Command (CECOM)
Mr. Anthony Roberts is a Small Business Professional for the Office of Small Business Programs, Aberdeen Proving Ground (OSBP-APG), Maryland that supports the Communication and Electronics Command (CECOM) and its tenant’s organizations.
Mr. Roberts is primarily responsible for reviewing and providing input to acquisition requirements, conducting market research and overall Small Business support to the Program Executive Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S) mission partner. PEO IEW&S is made up of 7 project managers across 3 locations, dedicated to designing, delivering, and sustaining advanced technologies to give our Soldiers the decisive edge. He also serves as the Small Business Professional supporting the Army Contracting Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) who is responsible for executing well over $27B in obligations and over 20K contract actions in FY21.
Mr. Roberts, previously served as the Contract Operation Manager and Contracting Specialist for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command – Fort Belvoir (MICC-Fort Belvoir) office. During his tenure with MICC-Fort Belvoir he played a key role in leading several Advance Planning Briefing to Industry (APBI) at Fort Detrick, Fort Meade and Fort Belvoir.
Mr. Roberts received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from National-Louis University, he is 20 year Army veteran and Level III DAWIA certified in Contracting through the Defenses Acquisition University.
Manager, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s Procurement Assistance DivisionU.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
Leonardo San Román
Manager, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s Procurement Assistance Division
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
Leonardo San Roman currently serves as the Manager for the DOT Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s Procurement Assistance Division. In this capacity, Mr. San Roman is responsible for ensuring the Department of Transportation's compliance with Federal statutes and initiatives as they relate to small business development and other disadvantaged groups.
Prior to joining DOT, Mr. San Roman served as Project Manager for the Plans, Policy, and Resources Directorate with the Naval Audit Service. Previously he served as the Finance Director for the Senate of Puerto Rico. He has also served as the Deputy Director for Administration, Budget and Finance for the Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington, D.C.
Mr. San Roman earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, and obtained a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Program Officer, Community Navigator Pilot Program, Office of Entrepreneurship EducationSBA
Program Officer, Community Navigator Pilot Program, Office of Entrepreneurship Education
Ben helps run the day-to-day operations of the Community Navigator Pilot Program. He began his time at the SBA as a Presidential Management Fellow. Prior to SBA, Ben worked at LEAF, a Community Development Financial Institution in Boston, MA, with a focus on providing lending and technical assistance to cooperatives and disadvantaged small businesses. He attended Harvard College and Yale School of Management and is a Massachusetts native.
Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service, GSA & OMB-appointed Government-Wide IT Category ManagerGSA
Laura J. Stanton
Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service, GSA & OMB-appointed Government-Wide IT Category Manager
Laura Stanton is the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC), in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, DoD, State, and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies and motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services. As an organization within FAS, ITC provides access to a wide range of commercial and custom IT products, services, and solutions.
As Assistant Commissioner, Laura manages the largest fee-for-service IT procurement and services operation in the U.S. government. Laura leads a highly-skilled and diverse workforce that manages more than 6,000 contracts, providing access to relevant and timely IT and telecommunications products, services, and solutions to defense and civilian agencies, as well as to state, local, and tribal governments. ITC facilitates more than $32 billion in annual government spending and has provided nearly $2 billion in savings to its customers.
Before rising to lead ITC, Laura served as its Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management, where she oversaw a portfolio of acquisition solutions including the Government-wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) Alliant 2, VETS 2, 8(a) STARS II and III. In addition, her portfolio also included the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) and the USAccess shared services programs. Laura’s guidance and oversight of the category teams helped ITC play a critical role in the Administration’s IT modernization efforts to drive a more efficient and effective government for the American people.
Laura came to ITC from GSA’s Office of Enterprise Strategy Management. As the Assistant Commissioner, Laura directed FAS’s strategic business planning, performance management, category management, and Acquisition Gateway adoption. She played an integral role in creating and executing a FAS strategic vision that aims to establish itself as the Government Acquisition Marketplace. She also coordinated with the Category Management Leadership Council and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to implement category management government-wide.
Laura was named a recipient of the 2015 Federal 100 Awards, presented to government, industry, and academic leaders who have played pivotal roles affecting how the federal government acquires, develops, and manages IT.
Laura received her Bachelor of Arts from Smith College and a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University. Her thesis on broadband adoption was published by the IEEE, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.
Acting Supervisor for the Office of Business DevelopmentU.S. Department of Commerce
Acting Supervisor for the Office of Business Development
U.S. Department of Commerce
Deputy Director Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)U.S. Department of Agriculture
Michelle E. Warren
Deputy Director Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Michelle Warren began her federal career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1988, as a Federal Market News Reporter within the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Agency, then later served as the Contracting Officer for the Commodity Procurement Branch, responsible for the supervision of purchasing teams which administers contracts for commodities for distribution to the National School Lunch Program and other Food Assistance Programs.
By 2010, Michelle was assigned Program Manager in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). In December 2015, Michelle was appointed Deputy Director in OSDBU and still holds that position. It is her responsibility to provide maximum opportunities for small businesses to participate in USDA contracting activities. Michelle served in the Acting Director’s capacity from December 2016-May 2022.
Educating, and Supporting the Buyer and the Seller is OSDBU’s core value.
Michelle’s philosophy is, “Think about what you want to do, DO IT, then think about what you have done!”
Michelle is a graduate of Virginia State University located in Petersburg, VA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business and Economics.
USPAACC Procurement Opportunity Center Advisory Council and Founder CEOFedSolve
USPAACC Procurement Opportunity Center Advisory Council and Founder CEO
Robb recently returned to FedSolve to lead small business growth strategy. From 2017-2020 he was appointed by the White House to SBA as Associate Administrator/GCBD where he led the small business government contracting industry for the United States. He worked with Congress, the White House, DOD, Civilian, and industry leaders to grow the industry by more than 34% (largest growth in history). Robb increased the usefulness of federal certifications to include 8(a), HUBZone, WOSB, SDVOSB, ASMPP/JV and improved protections for small businesses with several new regulations published from 2019-2020. His team’s objective was that “small businesses are government’s best option to achieve agency missions!” That commitment remains today.
Robb’s professional background is unique with over 30 years of experience and expertise in SBA and government contract laws and policy; but also, with significant success leading small and large government contractors. He started his career with SBA as HQ attorney (he’s a Hoya Lawya) he was counsel to the 8(a) program; and helped to author eligibility rules in 1990 that are still in existence today. He moved into management and served as Acting Director in 2 SBA District offices. From 1997-2017, Robb left government and entered the private sector, where he was CEO, owned, or led several 8(a) and HUBZone companies before going back to government at SBA as AA/GCBD from 2017-2020. Robb remains an active leader, advocate and advisor in the government contracting industry.
Managed Service Providers Speakers
Tammy Browning is president of KellyOCG®. She’s responsible for the company’s $10 billion global MSP portfolio, which includes embedded solutions such as services procurement, payroll outsourcing, the global RPO practice, and the Ayers Group outplacement.
Her path to executive leadership started more than 20 years ago in a temporary role as a recruiter with Kelly®. Since then, she’s moved through several customer- and talent-facing roles with increasing responsibility and leadership, due in part to her visionary thinking and passion for operational excellence.
She brings a pioneering spirit to any challenge. Tammy always looks for new ways to add value for customers by helping them discover what’s next in the world of work and is recognized for her ability to spark change through forward-looking solutions.
Tammy is an industry thought leader who regularly shares insights on how people want to work and how organizations can meet their future workforce challenges. Staffing Industry Analysts® recognized Tammy as one of the most influential leaders in the staffing industry, naming her to its 2021 and 2020 “Staffing 100” list and its "Global Power 150" Women in Staffing lists. Inspiring Workplaces named Tammy a 2021 Inspiring Leader for being inclusive, courageous, transparent, and empowering. Diversity Journal honored Tammy as a 2020 “Women Worth Watching” for leading the way to excellence in the workplace.
Tammy is a well-seasoned and self-proclaimed “travel sports mom.” In her free time, you can find her spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren.
Jen Torres is a recognized leader in Workforce Solutions operations and sales to Fortune 100 companies seeking Managed Workforce Solutions, Recruitment Process Outsourcing and Total Talent Solutions. With a specialty in Workforce Advisory, Jen has 17 years creating and servicing Client HR Solutions in various industries with emphasis on the convergence of tech enablement with human experience. Jen’s subject matter expertise is designing creative and innovative solutions that have helped some of the country’s largest institutions launch and develop workforce operations into industry-leading programs. She has served in various Operations roles within the Workforce Solutions vertical and is known for her passion for customer centric solutions and elevating customer service. This aligns directly to her passion in matching people with meaningful work environments while advising employers on how to become a more purposeful employer organization. Within the last two years, Jen has witnessed a notable shift in priorities both from a client and a candidate perspective and as such wanted to move into more of a Solution Design role within the space. To support this, Jen joined GRI as their Growth Executive in 2021 and is responsible for bringing creative solutions to both new and existing GRI customers. Jen is also a champion of women in leadership and has recently joined a private executive female network that’s mission is to connect women into senior and executive positions which serves the overall goal of helping place more women in senior levels within corporate organizations. She is also a proud Diversity, Equity and Inclusion advocate and supports many initiatives that help train, place, and develop diverse candidates into meaningful careers. While Jen takes pride in her professional accomplishments, Jen’s most important work is her role as a mother to her 7-year-old son. Jen has a passion for how work and communities intersect and as such she supports many local NC non-profit organizations that work to connect people to support in the communities where they reside. Jen is a native North Carolinian and current lives in Asheville, NC with her son and husband. When not at work; you can find Jen exploring new experiences with her family, volunteering with local community or education organizations, traveling and learning new hobbies.
Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Speakers
CEORCI Technologies Inc.
RCI Technologies Inc.
Nisha Balwani is the Chief Executive Officer of RCI Technologies, an MWBE information technology firm focused on building and modernizing digital systems while minimizing security risk. By creating high-value technical solutions for clients ranging from, state, local, federal, and commercial entities, RCI Tech is poised to continue its growth. As a second generation-member of the family business, Nisha served as Head of Business Development for five years before becoming CEO, spearheading the company’s expansion into the public sector. Under her leadership, RCI has already tripled its’ business with New York City agencies and expanded its’ cyber security capabilities.
Nisha was recently featured in Forbes for her leadership of RCI through its’ generational succession. She is especially proud to continue RCI's woman-owned and led legacy as she leads the company into the next generation of growth.
Prior to returning to the family business, Nisha graduated from Columbia Business School with an MBA in technology and entrepreneurship and founded RENTALYA, the first US-based brand to provide South Asian formalwear as a rental service. She sat on the board of the NJBPU SDDC Supplier Diversity Development Council and was Chief of Staff to the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Northeast President
CEO & FounderESOLVIT
CEO & Founder
Usha Boddapu is the Founder and CEO of ESOLVIT, Inc., where she puts her entrepreneurial mettle and technology expertise to the task of providing Information Technology (IT) solutions and services. ESOLVIT, Inc. is Usha’s platform for passing on her business success back to society by helping other women entrepreneurs. In addition to ESOLVIT, Inc., Usha oversees ARYTIC, Inc., a next generation Artificial Intelligence Predictive Analytics Hiring Platform.
Usha has mentored Service-Disabled Veteran (SDV)-Owned, Woman-Owned (WO), Minority-Owned Small Businesses (SBs) and established incubator programs for high school students. ESOLVIT, Inc., through a Mentor-Protégé program with SDV- and WOSB, made available patented ARYTIC, Inc. software solution on the 8(a) STARS III Government Wide Acquisition Contract. Usha received her master’s degree in Computer Science in 1997.
Most Prestigious and highest national award from U.S Department of Commerce
“Minority Professional Services Firm of the Year.” From among 11 million businesses in the North America presented at MEDWEEK 2020 by National USMBDA
NAWBO National Association of Women Business owner of the year 2020, 2021 from San Antonio and Austin Chapter. First Indian Asian American to win this award in the inception of NAWBO San Antonio biggest chapter from the inception of this chapter since 1998
National award from USPAACC Fast 100 Asian American Business of the year 2020
National award from USPAACC Fast 50 Asian American Business of the year 2022
Austin Business Journal Profiles in Power award in 2019 Most Influential Women in Central Texas
Austin Woman’s way Technology and Innovation Award in 2021
National SCORE “Celia Bell Entrepreneur Award” in 2019 from Austin Chapter
The Power of People Technology Innovation Award from Engage Boston
City of Austin Supplier of the Year Award in 2020
City of Austin Excellence Award for giving back to community in 2019
Economic Engine of the year award from GAACC in 2017
CEO and Co-FounderStori
CEO and Co-Founder
Bin Chen is the CEO and co-founder of Stori, a digital bank focused on serving the 400 million underbanked population in Latin America. Stori has proudly served more than 1 million customers in Mexico already and is the leading fintech serving the underbanked population in Mexico. Stori has raised $250 million by end of 2021 to continue its super fast growth.
Previously, Bin was a business leader at Mastercard, BCG and Capital One with 17 years of global experience. His work at Capital One covered credit cards and online banking accounts. At BCG, he led teams to drive strategy and corporate development work for clients. And at Mastercard, he was China Country Manager of the Loyalty Solutions Business, Consulting & Services lead for large banks in Greater China and Korea and later on for U.S. community banks and credit unions. He also was Deputy Executive leading the post-merger Integration of a $600 million U.S. software company into Mastercard.
Bin has a Economics degree from Fudan University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Founder & CEOSaris and Things dba SNT Biotech
Founder & CEO
Saris and Things dba SNT Biotech
In 2012 she became an Amazon Seller and started selling her brand Saris and Things on Amazon, and also expanded to selling designer shoes, swimwear, fine jewelry and many top designer brands.
When the pandemic hit in 2020, she pivoted her business to selling PPE and was one of the first sellers to sell facemasks on Amazon, and within weeks expanded her product line to include hand sanitizers, gloves, pulse oximeters, swabs, surgical gowns, and all types of PPE. With the huge success with PPE, she grew her business to selling covid tests and lab supplies and launched her wholesale business, SNT Biotech in the latter half of 2020.
Her company SNT Biotech is now one of the largest suppliers of Rapid and PCR COVID tests and lab supplies to various hospitals and labs across the country. SNT Biotech also provides Onsite COVID Testing Services at schools and large corporations.
CEO & PresidentIMPRES Technology Solutions
CEO & President
IMPRES Technology Solutions
IMPRES knows the Federal marketplace. As a leading IT solutions provider, IMPRES Technology Solutions, Inc., combines decades of technological expertise with a thorough understanding of the federal procurement and contracting process to implement the best possible IT solution for civilian and defense agencies while reducing risk and lowering costs.
With a vendor-neutral approach, we can lead you through the procurement process to uncover the core drivers for your unique mission requirements.
IMPRES has been recognized as an industry leader within the Federal community and by OEM's alike. Recently named as Dell Technologies Excellence in Customer Experience – Partner of the Year 2021 and Los Angeles Business Journal 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies.
IMPRES is a certified HUBZone, minority-owned, small business with ISO 9001:2015 Certified by DQS, Inc. and CMMI Service 3.
CEO & Managing PartnerNU Media and NXT Factor
CEO & Managing Partner
NU Media and NXT Factor
Ada Hu is a female entrepreneur, angel investor, and social activist. Having gone to an all-girls school and a female dominant university, Ada truly believes in the power of female entrepreneurship. She currently serves as the CEO & Managing Partner of NU Media and NXT Factor.
Owner & FounderKeeton Iconoclast Consulting, LLC
Owner & Founder
Keeton Iconoclast Consulting, LLC
Fred Keeton has been owner, founder and Principal at Keeton Iconoclast Consulting, LLC (KIC) since January of 2015. The firm offers expertise in business strategy and leadership development, inclusion, new jurisdiction business development, and public affairs. As Chief Iconoclast, Keeton advises organizations in creating capacity to effectively challenge their own thinking, then evolve their leadership to new and advanced levels, while driving both enhanced business positioning and profitability outcomes. Keeton provides methods to maintain stable reliable business operations, while strategically identifying high yield opportunities to intelligently challenge the status quo. This leadership competency is key to sustainable business growth and success.
Prior to founding KIC, Keeton enjoyed a remarkable 30 plus year career at Caesars Entertainment serving 10 years in his last role as Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer. His career also included senior leadership positions including Vice President roles in Finance and Risk Management, Government Affairs, New Gaming Jurisdiction Development, and gaming operations Business Affairs. He lobbied extensively to grow the casino gaming and entertainment industry in multiple jurisdictions at the local, state and federal levels for over a decade. Fred is a noted and sought-after speaker on the topics of strategy, leadership, inclusion, and new jurisdiction business development. He has presented at the Harvard Business School, National Press Club, Aspen Institute, Tulane University, Loyola University, Cornel University, The Conference Board, United Nations Forum, and EntreCon among many others. He formerly served on the boards of Harvard Medical School’s Joslin Diabetes Research Center, the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the National Blues Foundation, and others. He currently serves on the Nevada Public Radio board. He has been the recipient of multiple awards and recognition nationally, regionally, and locally. Fred is a native of Morton, Mississippi, the last of eleven children, a devoted father and grandfather, and an alumni of Jackson State University where he majored in Political Scienc
CEO and PresidentBravium Consulting Inc
CEO and President
Bravium Consulting Inc
Christine Nuessle co-founded Bravium Consulting Inc in the summer of 2010 as she aimed to transform the way organizations provide enterprise services. Over the last eleven years she's grown Bravium into a mainstay in the field of Enterprise Service Management, boasting an Elite Tier ServiceNow partnership and a slew of awards from USPAACC, SECAF, Washington Business Journal, and Inc Magazine.
Founder and CEOAmpcus, Inc.
Ann Anjali Ramakumaran
Founder and CEO
Anjali Ann Ramakumaran, Founder and CEO of Ampcus Inc. (Ampcus), is a technology savvy entrepreneur with more than 15 years of contribution towards the design, development and delivery of leading edge Technology Solutions and Human Capital Management across the globe. Under her leadership she has cultivated Ampcus into a fast growing Consulting and Professional Services firm. For eight consecutive years (2009-2016), she has been recognized as a top Asian American owned business by the USPAACC. In addition, for the past seven consecutive years (2010-2016), she has been honored as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned Businesses in the CONUS by the Women Presidents Organization. Under Ann’s leadership, Ampcus has made the Inc. 500/5000 list and has been recognized as a Top Diversity Business for the past 7 years (2010-2016). Ann was also awarded Women in Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by WIT and most recently received the Chairman’s Award for Inspirational Leadership from the CRMSDC. Ampcus has also received the Global Growth Award from Astra Women’s Business Alliance, Supplier of the Year Award from the GMSDC and the Top Asian American Business Award from the USPAACC-SE.
Ann works closely with her Advisory Board, whose advice/input on strategy and direction helps her drive the company to attain its vision of being one of the largest and most successful high performing Professional Services companies globally. She has been actively involved in executing a consultative methodology to define, qualify and quantify Ampcus’ target clients, determine their strategic IT and business objectives and from this developed solutions which proactively address their current and evolving demands and needs.
Ann serves on the CRMSDC Board of Directors, WPEO Leadership Committee and the USPAACC Scholarship Committee. She has been a speaker at numerous National and Local Procurement and Diversity Conferences. In addition, Ann has mentored several women and minority start up’s in an effort to help them grow their business. Ann holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business and Commercial Management from India and has completed Executive Management from the Robins School of Business, University of Richmond Virginia and an Advanced Management from the Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University Illinois.
CEO & Co-FounderHauslane
CEO & Co-Founder
After starting his business in possibly the worst year for financial markets i.e. 2008, Shashank Shekhar has led the company to be one of the fastest-growing mortgage companies in America by helping thousands of families secure better financing for their homes. In 2017 and 2021, InstaMortgage formerly known as Arcus Lending Inc. was named to the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America (aka "Most Exclusive Club in Business").
This dramatic growth has been built on the pillars of legendary customer service and unrelenting focus on education. Shashank lives and breathes the mantra "We are in the customer service and education business, we just happen to do mortgages."
Amazon.com #1 best-selling author Shashank is widely regarded as "America's Premier Mortgage Expert". He is the expert guest of TV and radio show - "Mortgage Matters" and author of widely acclaimed books - "First Time Home Buying 101", "Real Estate Unleashed" and latest #1 best-seller "My First Home".
Besides writing one of the top mortgage blogs in the country, Shashank also gets invited to blog on several of the top mortgage and real estate websites. He has been quoted/featured on Yahoo! News, FOX Radio, Washington Post, Bankrate.com, Financial Times (London), and several other media for his expertise. He was interviewed by Emmy Award-winning director Nick Nanton on his TV show.
Global Head of DE&I Partnership Development & StrategyPyramid Consulting
Global Head of DE&I Partnership Development & Strategy
LaShaun Solomon is a purpose-driven leader committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the media, tech, telecom industries, and community. She has over 13 years of experience successfully developing and implementing strategic initiatives that drive revenue and scalability for Fortune 50 companies and global non-profit organizations. She has a bachelor's degree in Marketing and attained her MBA from Kennesaw State University. As the Head of DE&I Partnership Development &Strategy for Pyramid Consulting, LaShaun’s role oversees Pyramid’s intentionally inclusive efforts around diversity recruiting, employee and contingent staffing engagement, and community impact across the entire company portfolio which includes Pyramid Consulting, Celsior Technologies, ScaleUp, andGenSpark. Her additional responsibilities include reviewing our clients’ processes and controls against leading practice and industry frameworks to consult on improvements, designing activities of our DEI practice audit engagements, with a focus on strategic, operational and regulatory/compliance related risks, contributing to our company DEI knowledge base and internal practice development initiatives, developing core marketing assets and content to further business development.
Prior to joining Pyramid, LaShaun’s tenure at Comcast consisted of progressive growth across multiple business units including sourcing and cultivating inclusive partnerships that increased multi-product sales of consumer services and drove community impact initiatives in underserved communities; leading L&D initiatives that supported 1,700+ ad sales employees; and leading full-funnel cross-portfolio marketing strategy development and implementation for NBCUniversal ad sales. Before joining Comcast, LaShaun worked at HBO as a Sales Development Executive. She led strategic planning and execution for telecom operators across a ten-state territory to drive HBO and Cinemax distribution sales. LaShaun implemented innovative reward recognition programs to support her client's 3,000+ front-line employees that drove HBO sales 123% above business as usual and generated over $66 million in annual revenue. Previously, LaShaun was a Marketing Coordinator at Cox Communications. She developed and executed integrated marketing programs and campaigns across the Gulf Coast, and Central Florida markets focused on acquisition, loyalty, and retention. To mobilize and enhance employee's access to industry competitor information, she launched and managed the first regional competitive intranet site and employee text message platform. To further align efforts supporting the regions' competitive readiness focus, LaShaun also created and implemented the system's first regional employee incentive program based on competitive intelligence gathering. LaShaun's efforts helped the company reduce customer churn by 20%.
In extension to her role at Pyramid Consulting, she is the Chair of the Technology Association of Georgia, DE&I Society and an Advisory Council Member of Warrick Dunn Charities. In 2021,LaShaun was awarded the Outstanding Community Impact Award by the Women of Color Initiative Atlanta Collaborative in Higher Education and recognized as a finalist for the Technology Association of Georgia for Emerging DE&I Tech Leader of the Year. For 8 years, LaShaun has championed women equity leading strategic partnerships for the largest non-profit membership-based organization supporting the advancement of women and addressing disparities at the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender in media–Women In Cable Telecommunications (WICT). In 2019, LaShaun became the youngest and first African American President of the WICT Southeast Chapter-one of the largest chapters supporting 1,000+ members.
Co-Founder & Chief Customer OfficerPyramid Consulting, Inc.
Co-Founder & Chief Customer Officer
Pyramid Consulting, Inc.
Namita Tirath is the co-founder, co-owner and Chief Customer Officer of Pyramid Consulting, Inc., a company specializing in technology and professional staffing, and technology solutions across North America, Europe and Asia. Namita’s leadership has grown Pyramid from 3 people working in an Atlanta basement to a $300M business in 20+ countries.
In response to growing IT talent shortages, in 2019 Namita drove the creation of Pyramid Academy, giving recent college grads and those looking to grow in their careers the opportunity to re-skill, upskill or get their foot in the door with intensive IT training and a career-path while providing talent for clients. The Academy has graduated 100+ people and counting.
In addition to her experience and longevity in the marketspace, Namita brings her passion to increase diversity in the technology space, and the tenacity, perseverance, persuasiveness and ability to connect with people on both a personal and professional level that it takes to drive collaboration and change.
Co-Founder and CEOKarsun Solutions
Co-Founder and CEO
Sundar Vaidyanathan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Karsun Solutions. In this role, he is responsible for overall strategic direction of the company, developing and executing long-term strategies, and driving business results. Sundar epitomizes Karsun’s commitment to modernizing enterprises through technology innovations. Sundar is a proven leader with deep expertise in developing strong customer relationships, a passion for building high-performance teams, and a disciplined focus on delivery excellence. Prior to founding Karsun Solutions, he held leadership roles at Unisys Corporation and KPMG Consulting, driving strategy and implementation of complex multi-million-dollar IT programs. Sundar is active in the federal IT community and has served in leadership positions at technology-focused industry organizations such as American Council of Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC). He currently serves on the board of ACT-IAC. Sundar holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, a Master’s Degree in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science and an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.
CEO & Co-FounderMirapath
CEO & Co-Founder
In her role, Doris drives strategy four core values: relationships matter, commitment to excellence, results-driven, and strive for innovation and excellence - all these while enjoying the journey together. She is passionate about leadership development, and geeks out about cutting-edge technology related to platform development in the data center - server room paired with AI and automation.
Doris is proud of how the journey has unfolded for Mirapath. The company was the 54th fastest-growing women-owned business in WPO in 2014. It was recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal (SVBJ) as the 19th biggest minority-owned business in 2015, 11th in 2016, and 6th in 2017. Mirapath was also in the Fast 100 Asian American Businesses by USPAACC, CRN Fast Growth 150, CRN Solution Provider 500.
Doris began her technology career as a software programmer in Brazil. She relocated to the United States to assist in the growth of the company which was later sold to Avocent. Doris honed her technical knowledge in high-performance cluster integration and enterprise software solutions at VA LINUX which set an IPO record in 1999 when it went public.
Doris holds a BSEE from the University of São Paulo and her MBA from the University of Phoenix. She graduated from the prestigious Harvard Business School Owner President Management (OPM52) program in 2018 on an awarded scholarship. She is nominated by Silicon Valley Women of Influence in 2018 by Silicon Valley Business Journal and 2020 Infrastructure Mason IM100 Recipient. Doris is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Portuguese. Her favorite quotes are " Stay hungry, Stay Foolish, Keep dreaming" and "Luck is many years of preparation meets opportunity". She considers herself a very lucky dreamer.
Founder and CEOIdea Entity Corporation
Founder and CEO
Idea Entity Corporation
Venu Yerra is the founder and CEO of Idea Entity Corporation. He is involved in all aspects of company strategy and day-to-day operations. Venu is a visionary executive, technologist, and change agent. Having emerged from the Microsoft ecosystem, Venu conceptualized and shaped Idea Entity into the essential services organization it is today. Venu is credited with bringing the Personal Software Process (PSP) and the Team Software Process (TSP) to Microsoft, where the framework was implemented on a global scale.
Venu and his team are proud of their commitment to three core values: functional empathy, a customer-centric approach, and giving unbiased advice. In conjunction with his advanced skillset and knowledge of information technology, systems, and processes, these three values helped Venu develop Rhybus. RhyBus is a comprehensive change management platform offering customized workflows for resident and remote workers.
RhyBus simplifies organizational change. We engage process owners, influencers, and end users to develop a digital model for the customer’s work process. Our solutions are intuitively familiar, building on incremental improvements that enable flexibility, productivity, transparency, and compliance. At RhyBus, we see a world where solutions are built around an existing process on familiar platforms so that you can simply go about your work bringing together the right people and resources with visibility that leaves nothing in the dark.
With over 20 years of software development, quality assurance, program management, and process management experience, Venu enjoys spending his time engaging in new client projects and bringing his technical and leadership abilities to surpass client expectations. Idea Entity's dynamic growth reflects his passion for enabling and mentoring people.
List of awards:
- Financial Times
- 2022 Americas’ Fastest-Growing Companies
- Inc 5000
- 2021 Inc 5000 America’s Fastest-Growing Companies
- 2021 Inc 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the D.C. Metro Region
- Seattle Business Magazine Top 100 Best Places to Work
- Microsoft U.S. Public Sector Diversity Partners Spotlight Contest