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2024's lineup includes industry disrupters, experienced entrepreneurs, and the most talented business professionals. New speakers are added weekly!
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Susan Au Allen

CEO

USPAACC

Susan Au Allen

CEO
USPAACC

Corporate Speakers

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Eric B. Seldon

Sr. Vice President

Aflac

Eric B. Seldon

Sr. Vice President
Aflac

Eric Seldon is senior vice president of shared services at Aflac. He also serves as president and CEO of Communicorp Incorporated.

Seldon joined Aflac in 1999 as an operations manager in Client Services. After joining Aflac, Seldon took the helm of Payroll Account Service Billing, where he managed the reconciling and billing activities for the company's payroll accounts. Within six months, he was promoted to director of New Business and underwriting.

Since then, Seldon has held several leadership positions within Aflac including second vice president, Support Services; vice president, Business Services & Support; and senior vice president, Business Services, as well as president and vice chairman of the board for Communicorp administration and operations. In 2011, he was promoted to president and CEO of Communicorp, retaining his title as senior vice president of Shared Services.

Prior to joining Aflac, Seldon was vice president of Card Services at Total System Services Inc. He has more than 35 years of leadership experience, including more than 25 years with Aflac.

Seldon is a member of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC). In March 2008, the organization honored Seldon with the "Executive of the Year" award. The award recognizes the executive who has consistently demonstrated support for minority-business development. Additionally, the award honors the executive who operates as an integral force in their organization's Supplier Diversity efforts. In 2012, Seldon was selected as one of Atlanta Tribune's 2012 Men of the Year. With this award, he was recognized as an executive advocate for supplier diversity. This award also honors executives with strong business acumen, community involvement and being a positive role model.

Seldon is currently on the following boards. PIAG (Printing Industries of America in Georgia), The Chattahoochee River Club, The Columbus Technical College Advisory Board, Harris County Chamber of Commerce, Communicorp, Inc., and the Harris County Combine Church Leadership.

Seldon earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Madison University. He is certified by the U.S. Postal Service as a Mail Center Professional and by Mail com for Mail Center Security.

Eric B. Seldon is the Senior Pastor at Christian Valley Church in Cataula, GA. He is married to Nina Seldon, and they have one daughter, Ashley LaCour, and one son, Eric Seldon, Jr. He also has one grandson, Yashaya LaCour.

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Nina Patnala

Director of Technology

Amazon

Nina Patnala

Director of Technology
Amazon

Nina Patnala is a technology leader with an impressive 20 years of experience in the dynamic and ever-evolving field of technology. Currently serving as a Technology Director at Amazon Operations, where she drives procurement digital transformation and leads engineering, product and science teams.

Nina has played a pivotal role in shaping the Amazon’s procurement technical strategies, focusing on efficiency, scalability, and customer satisfaction. Known for her hands-on approach and collaborative spirit, Nina has fostered a culture of creativity and teamwork within her teams. Her leadership style empowers individuals to think outside the box, fostering an environment where groundbreaking ideas flourish.

Beyond her professional achievements, Nina is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. She actively mentors aspiring professionals, especially women, encouraging them to pursue careers in technology and break through gender barriers. Nina is active in raising awareness and promote the welfare of animals through advocacy, and education.

Nina embarked on her academic journey at the renowned University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a dual Bachelor's degree in Computer Sciences and Biology. With an insatiable curiosity and passion for innovation, Nina continued to hone her skills by pursuing an MBA at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). This advanced degree equipped her with the strategic mindset needed to navigate the complex intersection of business and technology.

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Roger Cheng

Senior Supplier Diversity Sourcing Manager

AT&T

Roger Cheng

Senior Supplier Diversity Sourcing Manager
AT&T

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.

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Trevor Boylston

Supplier Diversity Professional and LGBTQ+ Inclusive Workplace Speaker

Boston Scientific

Trevor Boylston

Supplier Diversity Professional and LGBTQ+ Inclusive Workplace Speaker
Boston Scientific

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Larncell Hymon

Senior Supply Chain Manager

Boston Scientific

Larncell Hymon

Senior Supply Chain Manager
Boston Scientific

With a wealth of experience in global supply chain leadership and strategy, team building, and sales and operations management, Larncell has successfully navigated complex supply chain operations in the healthcare and retail space.

As a Senior Supply Chain Manager at Boston Scientific®, Larncell has been instrumental in delivering significant cost savings, maintaining optimal inventory levels, and ensuring exceptional service levels, even during challenging times such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their expertise extends to international and national vendor management, inventory management, new product launches, and operational scorecard management. They have a proven track record of driving operational excellence, leading cross-functional teams, and implementing strategies to enhance supply chain efficiency and effectiveness.

In their role at Boston Scientific, Larncell has successfully improved the efficiency of the Global S&OP process, integrated warehouse operations, and transitioned legacy processes to align with company standards. Larncell has also partnered with global distribution to drive significant transportation savings and led initiatives to enhance hiring and retention practices within the organization.

Prior to their current role, they held key positions at Newell Brands®, where they led complex supply chain operations for electronics, consumables, arts and crafts, and writing business units. Larncell has a strong background in supply planning, vendor management, and operational strategy development, resulting in improved inventory management, increased shipment performance, and significant cost savings.

Larncell holds a MBA from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor's in Packaging from Michigan State University. With certifications in SAP BPC and previous participation in professional organizations such as APICS, Larncell is committed to continuous learning and professional development in the field of supply chain management.

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Rashmi Shinde

Strategic Sourcing

Boston Scientific

Rashmi Shinde

Strategic Sourcing
Boston Scientific

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Jessica MedeiRosman

SVP of Technology & Product Transformation

Caesars Entertainment

Jessica MedeiRosman

SVP of Technology & Product Transformation
Caesars Entertainment

Darretta Whitfield

Darretta Whitfield

Director of Supplier Diversity

Charter Communications

Darretta Whitfield

Director of Supplier Diversity
Charter Communications

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).

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Edwin Alvarez

Supplier Diversity Senior Manager

CVS Health

Edwin Alvarez

Supplier Diversity Senior Manager
CVS Health

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Hope Burtner

Manager, Supplier Programs

Cox Enterprises

Hope Burtner

Manager, Supplier Programs
Cox Enterprises

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Jackie Castañeda

Sr Mgr, Business Process Design & Improvement

Cox Enterprises

Jackie Castañeda

Sr Mgr, Business Process Design & Improvement
Cox Enterprises

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Nicholas Lanigan

Vice President, Sourcing & Procurement

Cox Communications

Nicholas Lanigan

Vice President, Sourcing & Procurement
Cox Communications

Since 2023, Nicholas Lanigan has led the Sourcing and Procurement goals and strategy for Cox Automotive, Cox Communications and Cox Enterprises. As Vice President, Nicholas is responsible for building and maintaining a world-class supply chain, and delivering on the company’s financial performance, while adhering to the highest level of customer service and compliance.

Nicholas brings a wealth of experience from his previous leadership roles as the Chief Procurement & Supply Chain Officer at Panasonic Avionics, as the Vice President, Global Procurement, Contracts & Compliance at Conduent, a global leader in business process outsourcing solutions, and as the Head of Global Procurement, Pricing and Contracts at Xerox Corporation.

Nicholas holds an MBA and a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut and is a member of the Connecticut Bar. He is married with three young boys. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports with his children, running, and traveling with his family.

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Leshaun Smedley

Supplier Diversity Manager

Cushman & Wakefield

Leshaun Smedley

Supplier Diversity Manager
Cushman & Wakefield

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Roy Yang

Principal

Deloitte Digital

Roy Yang

Principal
Deloitte Digital

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Randy Brown

Sr. Manager, Supplier Diversity

Denny's

Randy Brown

Sr. Manager, Supplier Diversity
Denny's

Randy Brown is the Sr. Manager, Supplier Diversity for Denny’s. The award-winning executive i charged with managing and expanding the company’s supplier diversity program. Brown works closely to identify procurement opportunities around the country with certified diverse companies, including small disadvantaged, minority business enterprises, veteran-owned, woman business enterprises, LGBTQ+owned, disabled veteran-owned or disabled-owned. Prior to joining Denny’s, he played an instrumental role at Emory University in winning the Jesse L.Moore's2021 Supplier Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity.

The Georgia Minority Supplier Diversity Council also awarded Emory its George Lottier Rising Star Award during Brown’s tenure at the university. Brown has served on Emory University’s Business Diversity Council, National Minority Supplier Diversity Council Mentor Program, and the Georgia Minority Supplier Diversity Council’s Executive Council. He is currently aboard advisor for Spectrum Autism, a board member of Encourage Men Ministries Inc., and a member of the Georgia State University Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute Strategic Planning Ecosystem Subcommittee. Brown received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson School of Business.

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April-Kelly Drummond

Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Denny's

April-Kelly Drummond

Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Denny's

Nearly 25 years ago, April Kelly-Drummond began her professional career as a wide-eyed, ambitious executive assistant to corporate diversity and community relations. Now, she’s leading “America’s Diner” diversity initiatives, playing a significant role in transforming the company’s image and forging lasting relationships with a who’s who in diverse national organizations.

April serves as the Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Denny’s Inc., the nation’s largest family dining restaurant operator with more than $2 billion in annual sales. She has been an integral player in championing the company’s “Bold Way Forward,” a company-wide ongoing effort to create diversity at all levels, improve corporate culture and strengthen and expand relationships with community partners. The award-winning executive has been named to Savoy’s Top 100 Influential Women in Corporate America.

Among her many accomplishments, she established and chairs Denny's first DEI Council chair, sponsored by CEO and Denny's board member. This includes seven business resource groups that impact the local and national community. She also played a pivotal role in and negotiated Denny’s title sponsorship of the Orange Blossom Classic, an event that had not occurred in 43 years.

April is an experienced executive in corporate diversity and multicultural affairs who currently works directly with all members of the company’s C-Suite and marketing team to create effective programs and partnerships with major national organizations.

She has become known as an effective collaborator in the company, coordinating messaging and program implementation with corporate board members, the executive team, and the media to help strengthen and raise the profile of Denny’s work in diversity, its core products, and services. She has become a key team member in helping to roll out the company’s outreach for its major Hungry for Education program.

As part of this major corporate initiative, the company has awarded more than $1.3 million in scholarships, recognizing academic achievement and students in elementary, high school and college who have worked in their communities to help end hunger. April has forged relationships with nine diverse organizations including, the Tom Joyner Foundation, the U.S. Pan American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation, the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI), the Urban League of the Upstate of South Carolina, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and the Magic Johnson Foundation to create the “Hungry for Education” Scholarship program.

April also has helped raised Denny’s profile with many organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Civil Rights Museum, The King Center, the National Urban League, the National Action Network, the Step Up Foundation, and the Hispanic College Fund. She has worked tirelessly to help the company gain significant national media attention from civil rights groups for becoming a corporate example of increasing diversity among its workforce, its franchisees and its vendors. She has received numerous awards and coverage on TV (60 Minutes), Fortune, Black Enterprise, and Essence. Other recognition for April and Denny’s efforts have appeared in Hispanic Business, Savoy Magazine, Family Digest, and Latino Magazine. She has been acknowledged at the beginning of the book, titled “Denny’s Turnaround Story” by Jim Adamson for the contributions made to Denny’s Brand Acknowledged in the book, titled “Managing for Diversity for a Global Inclusive Workforce” by Michalle E. Mor Barak.

Additionally, she was named South Carolina Women of the Year /Human and Community Relations Award by the Governor of South Carolina; was named Minority Advocate of the Year by Asian Enterprise Magazine for two consecutive years. In her community, April is a corporate board member of the League of United Latin American Citizen Multicultural Foodservice Hospitality Alliance, the Southern Area Links, Incorporated, and a former board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate. She is currently president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated chapter and president of the Lambda Rho Omega chapter of Gaffney, SC.

April believes that you must continuously learn, putting knowledge into practice. She demonstrated that philosophy while working on her B.A. in Professional Studies with a concentration in organizational leadership and development at the College of Charleston. As an example of her ability to bring disparate groups together to rally around a common cause, April and Denny’s co-sponsored with the college “Advancing Diversity and Inclusion: Building Successful Organizations and Communities,” a conference that attracted over 200 attendees. In an interview, April later said, “My goal was to apply my learnings to impact my job and the community … I was able to achieve this goal by participating in the evolution of the CofC’s (diversity) event.”

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Robert P. Verostek

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial

Denny's

Robert P. Verostek

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial
Denny's

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Axel Adams

Manager - Supplier Diversity and Inclusion

Delta Air Lines

Axel Adams

Manager - Supplier Diversity and Inclusion
Delta Air Lines

Axel D. Adams is employed with Delta Air Lines as a Manager in Supplier Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion where he and his colleagues are responsible for ensuring diverse businesses have an opportunity to secure contracts for business with Delta. Prior to Delta, he had a brief stint as National Director of African American Outreach with 2020 Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer’s Campaign. His overall responsibility keeping the campaign focused on AA voters, issues, concerns and what is most important to them.

Axel’s most noted employment was noted with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC) where the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. is the Founder and President. Axel served in a many roles such as the Chief Operations Officer in the Chicago Headquarters managing all operations/departments of the organization. staff, finance, education, trade bureau, press, finding, national and regional conventions, and cooperate relationships, emerging markets, and regional offices to name a few. He also held the positions of Bureau Chief, and National Youth Director.

Prior to RPC, Axel was with Westinghouse Savannah River Company as a supervisor in the Nuclear Materials Processing Division. During his employment there, he was the first African American to receive the Community Service Award.

Axel is a recipient of many awards/honors such as the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama; The Georgia Assembly passed House Bill 1984 for his dedication to the betterment of the citizens of the State of Georgia; South Carolina Senate recognized Axel Adams and passed Resolution 1118 for his significant contributions and outstanding achievements in the fields of politics, business, and community outreach. He is the author of “The Journey”, a book detailing his life experiences in politics, community service, and social activism. He is President of the Axel Adams Foundation (www.axeladamsfoundation.com), which is committed to making long-term improvements in education, health and wellness, and combating socioeconomic issues in the Central Savannah River Area. Axel has the honor of being the first African American elected to serve on City Council in New Ellenton South Carolina at the early age of 22 years old, serving two-four-year elected terms on city council. And he was Acting-Mayor and Police commissioner for three years, and the first African American to serve in this capacity as well.

He has a master’s in business administration, and bachelor’s degree in business management. Axel says that God is first and foremost in his life.

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Antoine Hinton

Director, Supplier Diversity

Dollar General

Antoine Hinton

Director, Supplier Diversity
Dollar General

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Rich Szellan

SVP Procurement and Margin Improvement

Dollar General

Rich Szellan

SVP Procurement and Margin Improvement
Dollar General

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Cedric Cravens

Director, Patient Engagement & Health Access Equity

Edwards Lifesciences

Cedric Cravens

Director, Patient Engagement & Health Access Equity
Edwards Lifesciences

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Kimberley Thompson

Global Diversity & Inclusion Leader

Edwards Lifesciences

Kimberley Thompson

Global Diversity & Inclusion Leader
Edwards Lifesciences

Inclusion thought leader, diversity, inclusion and equity strategist, culture changer, influencer, internal and relationship architect with over 15 + years related experience in diversity and inclusion design, management and community engagement.

Currently practicing D&I in the healthcare industry. Prior to that spent 12 years at Starbucks Coffee Company, providing D&I subject matter expertise, best practices, tools and strategic consultation across the corporate and retail businesses.

Kimberley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Sociology (Race Relations and Education) from University of California, Los Angeles. She holds several certifications: D&I from eCornell, Unconscious Bias and Cultural Intelligence training.

Outside of work, Kimberley enjoys listening to podcasts and running, spending time with her husband, George, and children George, Alexander (twins) and Grace.

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Dipali Hunjan

Director, Indirect Sourcing

Edwards Lifesciences

Dipali Hunjan

Director, Indirect Sourcing
Edwards Lifesciences

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Roxanne Wilson

Supplier Diversity Manager

Fannie Mae

Roxanne Wilson

Supplier Diversity Manager
Fannie Mae

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Cydni Baldwin

Senior Manager - Supplier Diversity

Foodbuy

Cydni Baldwin

Senior Manager - Supplier Diversity
Foodbuy

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Simone Ray

Director, Corporate Procurement & Supplier Diversity

Hilton

Simone Ray

Director, Corporate Procurement & Supplier Diversity
Hilton

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.

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Sonia Moin

Director

Goldman Sachs

Sonia Moin

Director
Goldman Sachs

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Shantoura James

Associate Program merchant

Home Depot

Shantoura James

Associate Program merchant
Home Depot

Homedepot

Kyle Wilckens

Senior Manager Supplier Diversity

Home Depot

Kyle Wilckens

Senior Manager Supplier Diversity
Home Depot

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Breana Chan

Vice-President, Global Supplier Diversity

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Breana Chan

Vice-President, Global Supplier Diversity
JP Morgan Chase & Co.

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Breana Chan's journey began in the dotcom boom, navigating the fast-paced world of Silicon Valley startups. This entrepreneurial spirit, coupled with her 30+ years of Procurement and Supplier Diversity experience across industries, fuels her approach to consulting and mentoring individuals and businesses. Breana believes diversity isn't just a box to tick; it's a strategic imperative for growth.

Featured in Winning Leadership by Two-Time Olympian Sherry Winn, Breana empowers businesses to unlock untapped talent pools, gain a competitive edge, and build cultures of inclusion and does so with a constant attitude of gratitude.

Ranked #78 in the Top 100 Women in Procurement in 2023 (Procurement Magazine, 2023), #11 in the Top 100 Women in Procurement in 2022 (EY & Procurement Magazine, 2022), and Corporate Buyers of the Year in 2022 (Minority Business News USA, 2022) she understands the challenges businesses face and brings practical, results-oriented solutions. Whether with a global giant or a nimble startup, Breana can craft a diversity strategy that delivers measurable impact.

Build a Business, Not a Hobby was authored and published by Breana in an effort to share her experiences and mentorship with more entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship-minded individuals like herself as they dream of and start businesses of their own.

Breana is married to her high school sweetheart, Isaac. They have four children and a granddaughter whom they adore. You can often find Breana cruising the seven seas in her quest to see the world.

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Vivian Young

Vivian Young

Global Head of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs

JPMorgan Chase

Vivian Young

Global Head of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs
JPMorgan Chase

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.

She resides in New York City with her husband and two children.

Learn more about Vivian:

⦁ Office of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs at JPMorgan Chase https://www.jpmorganchase.com/...

⦁ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vi...

⦁ Bringing a cultural lens to her community: Women on the Move podcast

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Todd Gray

Director, Supplier Diversity NFS

Kaiser Permanente

Todd Gray

Director, Supplier Diversity NFS
Kaiser Permanente

Todd A. Gray is Director of Supplier Diversity for Kaiser Permanente NFS. In this role, Gray is responsible for system wide Supplier Diversity for National Facility Services. The Nations largest vertically integrated healthcare delivery system. His responsibility include: Facility Development, Maintenance, Sustainability, and Social Economic Impact. Prior to, Gray served as Director, Supplier Diversity at Grady Health System. Where Gray’s responsibilities included the development, implementation, and facilitation of Grady’s corporate supplier diversity program. Grady Health System is the 5th largest public academic health system in the United States.

Prior to joining Grady Health System, Gray served as the Head of Supplier Diversity for CVS Caremark at their corporate headquarters in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. In this role, Gray led CVS Caremark’s supplier diversity program, and was an instrumental workforce diversity partner. Previously, Gray also served as Assistant Vice President of Wachovia, and Wells Fargo Corporate Diversity with responsibility for the implementation of processes, procedures, and tools that supported enterprise-wide Diversity initiatives with Wells Fargo. He actively promoted and encouraged the success, and inclusion, of minority and women-owned business enterprises as they sought supplier partnership opportunities within the institution. Gray was a certified HR workforce diversity practitioner for the company. Gray joined Wachovia in 2005 as Lease /Portfolio Administrator of Corporate Real Estate.

As a Metro Atlanta native, Gray is an active participant in civic, and state level initiatives impacting diversity, and community. Gray has partnered over the last decade as a mentor through the State of Georgia’s Mentor/Protégé Program for small business development. He also supports youth minority entrepreneurship through his partnership with the Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance Construction Skills Development Institute and other organizations that provide current and future entrepreneurs with education, awareness and technical assistance. Gray also founded an Atlanta community youth development initiative for young men ages 12-17 called P.O.L.I.S.H.E.D. to help young men in the Atlanta Community develop life, social and community involvement skills through ongoing tutoring and mentorship.

Gray contributes leadership by serving as Vice-Chair of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Councils Board of Directors, Business Opportunity committee chair on The Atlanta Business League Board, and Board Co-Chair of The Villages at Carver Family YMCA. Where Gray represents his location for the collective YMCA of Metro Atlanta’s annual “Why it Matters” fund raising campaign. Gray also serves on the City of Atlanta Ethics Board and previously held board positions with the South Region Minority Supplier Development Council, the South Florida Minority Supplier Development Council, and the Atlanta Berean Church. Gray was recognized in 2008 by the Atlanta Business Journal as one of Atlanta’s Top 50 Rising Stars. Received the 2015 and 2017 Advocate of the Year Award from the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, 2016 Advocate of the year from the Greater Women’s Business Council, and in both 2016 and 2017, led Grady Health System to become the 1st Health System in the state of Georgia to receive the Corporation, and Local Corporation of the Year awards from the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council. Mr. Gray is a featured public speaker, cover feature in the 2017 Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, and nationally recognized for his achievements in Diversity & Inclusion, and direct contributions in assuring stronger communities across the nation. Gray has founded The Gray Impact, a platform which empowers, and tools community stakeholders to be at the front line in assuring social, and economic equity in communities across the State of Georgia.

Gray received a Bachelor’s of Science in Network and Communications Management from DeVry University, and a Master of Business Administration with concentration’s in both Finance and marketing from DeVry’s Keller Graduate School of Management.

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Debra Quade

Supplier Diversity Manager

Kellanova

Debra Quade

Supplier Diversity Manager
Kellanova

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.

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Bruno Ceccarelli

Senior Managing Director Regional Executive

Lendistry

Bruno Ceccarelli

Senior Managing Director Regional Executive
Lendistry

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Itu Otu

Head, Global Supplier Diversity

Logitech

Itu Otu

Head, Global Supplier Diversity
Logitech

Itu Otu is the Global Supplier Diversity Lead at Logitech, responsible for developing, implementing and prioritizing a robust supplier diversity vision and strategy across the enterprise to meet the company’s business objectives.

Itu is a 25-year veteran of supplier diversity. He joined Logitech in November 2020 after a five-year career at Wyndham Destinations as the senior manager for supplier diversity, seven years at Mars Chocolate North America as the manager for supplier diversity. Prior to joining Mars, he had a lengthy career at the Walt Disney World Resort where he progressed through several roles from Merchandising to Minority Business Relations. He was instrumental in positioning Walt Disney World Resort as a choice destination for multicultural convention businesses.

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Chris Bilton

Supplier Diversity Manager

MassMutual

Chris Bilton

Supplier Diversity Manager
MassMutual

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Quinae J. Ewing

Supplier Diversity Manager

MassMutual

Quinae J. Ewing

Supplier Diversity Manager
MassMutual

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Quinae J. Ewing is a MassMutual Supplier Diversity manager, supporting the company’s innovative supplier diversity strategy that aligns with MassMutual's core values, and was appointed to this position in July 2022. With more than two decades of manufacturing, engineering, global procurement and supplier diversity management experience at Xerox Corporation, Quinae has managed significant corporate initiatives across North America, Asia, and Europe.

Quinae is an active and visible member of his community. He has worked as an adjunct professor of Mathematics at Monroe Community College (Rochester, NY) and also served on the Board of Directors at the Carlson Metro Center YMCA (Rochester, NY). Quinae represented Xerox Corporation as a corporate member of the Portland Black Business Association (Portland, OR) and over the past ten years, has attended various Supplier Diversity and Sustainability conferences and activities nationwide.


Quinae holds a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Business from Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY). He earned Bachelor of Science degrees in both Interdisciplinary Science and Mechanical Engineering from Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA) and North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro, NC) respectively. Quinae is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated (Gamma Kappa Chapter) and Pi Tau Sigma National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society

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Cathy Carroll

Associate Director, Economic Inclusion & Business Diversity

Merck

Cathy Carroll

Associate Director, Economic Inclusion & Business Diversity
Merck

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Tobias Thornwell

Regional Director of Supplier Inclusion

MGM Resorts International

Tobias Thornwell

Regional Director of Supplier Inclusion
MGM Resorts International

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.

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Andrea Arce

Specialist, Global Economic Inclusion & Supplier Diversity

Merck

Andrea Arce

Specialist, Global Economic Inclusion & Supplier Diversity
Merck

Andrea Arce is a Specialist, Global Economic Inclusion & Supplier Diversity at Merck. Joining the company in 2019, as part of the Global Economic Inclusion & Supplier Diversity Team, Andrea has been responsible for supporting Research Development Sourcing & Procurement category when it pertains to sourcing diverse suppliers. Andrea also leads the Merck Drexel Advanced Leadership Program for Diverse Suppliers, along with external and internal communications. Prior to joining Merck, Andrea was the Site Manager at Express Employment Professionals, where she was responsible for large clients and their staffing needs. Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts from William Paterson University.

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Meghan Schwartz

Director, Research & Development Sourcing & Procurement

Merck

Meghan Schwartz

Director, Research & Development Sourcing & Procurement
Merck

Meghan Schwartz is a director in the Global Supplier Management Group at Merck. Meghan is responsible for outsourcing Global Regulatory and Clinical Safety (GRACS) and Global Medical & Scientific Affairs (GMSA)

Meghan joined Merck in 2013 from Procurian (acquired by Accenture), where she was a Procurement Operations Team Lead. She has 17 years of Procurement leadership roles.

Throughout her time at Merck, Meghan has been able to transform categories in the Research and Development Sourcing and Procurement (RDSP) organization by ensuring compliance and streamlining processes. Meghan started at Merck supporting the clinical functional outsourcing, then moving to support central labs and clinical trial specialty services. She then moved into Vaccines and Biologics as an Associate Director where she led many large initiatives including the large outsourcing project for process development and 3rd party analytical labs. Meghan then stepped into the Discovery Sciences space overseeing Disease Area Biology and Pharmacology where she partnered with a large stakeholder group to redefine the Procurement / Operations relationship. Her project and people management skills led her to her current role as Director supporting Global Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Safety (GRACS) and Global Medical Scientific Affairs (GMSA). Meghan has also served as the lead for RDSP’s Supplier Diversity stewardship throughout her tenure.

Meghan holds a bachelor’s in Human Resources from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Jess Liu

Partner

Nationwide

Jess Liu

Partner
Nationwide

Jess Liu is a Partner at Nationwide Ventures, where she invests in early-stage companies in sectors such as fintech, insurtech and AI/ML.

Prior to that, she invested in both early stage and growth stage companies as Senior Principal at Blue Ivy Ventures and Vice President at Cathay Capital. Jess started her career as an investment banker at JPMorgan in New York.

She also worked in microfinance in Ghana, leading the strategy department at Women’s World Banking-Ghana. Jess has an MBA degree from Yale University and a B.A. in economics from Mount Holyoke College.

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Hope Jacoway

Consultant, Supplier Diversity

Nationwide

Hope Jacoway

Consultant, Supplier Diversity
Nationwide

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Kimberly Proffitt

AVP, Procurement Strategic Sourcing

Nationwide

Kimberly Proffitt

AVP, Procurement Strategic Sourcing
Nationwide

Kimberly is a professional Procurement and Supplier Relationship Management executive with 20+years of global experience working for Fortune 100 companies like JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, CNA Insurance, Reed Elsevier and currently Nationwide Insurance. Her focus is enabling digital transformation and advancing automation within Procurement, leveraging data to create transparency to better inform our business, designing and implementing Procure2 Pay technologies, establishing third-party risk programs, advancing competitive advantage through strengthened supplier partnerships, while ensuring that diverse suppliers play a role in our supply chain strategy.

Currently, she leads the Nationwide Insurance Procurement Strategic Sourcing organization.However, led the Procurement Shared Services function prior to assuming responsibility for the Sourcing organization.

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Marcella McCullough

Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity

Nissan

Marcella McCullough

Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity
Nissan

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Bridget Carter

Manager, Supplier Diversity

Penn Entertainment

Bridget Carter

Manager, Supplier Diversity
Penn Entertainment

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Timothy Evans

Supply Chain Responsibility Program Manager

PG&E

Timothy Evans

Supply Chain Responsibility Program Manager
PG&E

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Drew H. Misher

Vice President of Procurement

Penn Entertainment

Drew H. Misher

Vice President of Procurement
Penn Entertainment

Drew Misher is the Vice President of Procurement for PENN Entertainment, Inc.

Mr. Misher is responsible for PENN’s Procurement Operations including Strategic Sourcing, eProcurement as well as property purchasing and warehouse. Mr. Misher also plays an active role in managing PENN’s Supplier Diversity program.

Prior to joining PENN in 2017, Mr. Misher worked in procurement for 20 years across various industries including pharmaceuticals, banking/finance and the public sector. He has considerable experience in developing national and global procurement organizations and transitioning the function into a high performing value-added operation.

Drew was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received his Bachelor of the Arts in International Relations from The College of William and Mary where he was a member of the Division 1 Varsity Soccer Team. He also received his Master of Business Administration from Temple University. He resides in Villanova, PA with his wife and three children.

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Amira Gonzalez

Supplier Diversity Manager

RTX

Amira Gonzalez

Supplier Diversity Manager
RTX

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She has been with RTX for 16 years leveraging roles of increasing responsibility within Operations and Supply Chain including Material Program Manager, Strategic Sourcing Manager, and Senior Manager Supply Chain. In mid-2018, Amira moved to her current role in Corporate Supplier Diversity where she is responsible for executing strategic outreach initiatives for collaboration to drive utilization of small and diverse businesses in procurement across RTX. Prior to joining RTX, Amira spent 13 years in the telecom industry in various roles in supply chain, operations, project management, and new product marketing & introduction.

Amira has a Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. In the Dallas area where she lives, Amira serves on the Board of Directors for a local nonprofit, Helping Hands, Open Hearts, and actively serves the unhoused and elderly shut-ins in Dallas on her weekend time

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Sarfraz Nawaz

Vice President, Supply Chain and CPO

RTX

Sarfraz Nawaz

Vice President, Supply Chain and CPO
RTX

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Sarfraz Nawaz is Vice President, Supply Chain, for RTX. In this position, Nawaz is responsible for the company’s global supply chain activities across all RTX businesses (Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney and Raytheon), including advancing ongoing Supply Chain transformation efforts, focusing on talent development as well as tools and process improvement. He also leads supply chain activities that drive supplier performance and cost reduction.

Nawaz previously served as Vice President, Global Operations & Systems (GOS) for Collins Aerospace. In his 24-year tenure, he has held various leadership positions within RTX (previously United Technologies Corporation) including, Vice President, Supply Chain for Collins Aerospace, Vice President, Operations, in the Asia Pacific, for UTC Aerospace Systems, Commodity Manager for Carrier, Director, Global Sourcing, for Hamilton Sundstrand and Director, Supply Chain, Global Fire Products for UTC Fire & Security.

Nawaz holds a master’s degree in business administration from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India.

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Saima Cardwell

Supplier Diversity Specialist

SAS Institute

Saima Cardwell

Supplier Diversity Specialist
SAS Institute

Saima has had a lifelong passion for helping others for the past 8 years and is the supplier diversity specialist. Her current role allows her to use this passion and energy by engaging with diverse business owners, and SAS to increase utilization of minority, women, veteran, LGBTQ and disabled-owned businesses. Currently she serves on the ISM-Carolina Virginia-Triangle Chapter- President, HarmonyNC - Board of Directors. Disability-IN-NC- Board of Directors.

Saima has held various positions in her 24+ years at SAS, Finance, Licensing & Contracts, Strategic Sourcing & Procurement. Her experience has given her an in-depth knowledge of business development, contracts and sourcing & procurement. She has a Bachelor's from Campbell University.

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Vaughn Williams III

Principal Supplier Diversity Advisor

SoCalGas

Vaughn Williams III

Principal Supplier Diversity Advisor
SoCalGas

Vaughn M. Williams III currently serves as the Principal Supplier Diversity Advisor for SoCalGas Company. In this capacity he is responsible for ensuring the advancement of small, minority and underrepresented businesses. This position coincides with his passion of service and economic development. Previously he served as Category Manager for Southern California Gas Company (A Division of Sempra Energy), his responsibilities included management of all staff augmentation, contracts negotiation and management, fostering long-term client relationships in the areas of engineering, food services and Human Resources. Prior to assuming this role, Vaughn worked as the On-Site Client Services Manager (Sempra Energy Utilities) under the auspices of AgileOne Vendor Management Solutions. He was responsible for the management and integrity of all data utilized under the Vendor Management Tool (Acceleration VMS). While based in Los Angeles, the Sempra Energy Utilities Account covers all Southern California to include San Diego and San Luis Obispo.

Vaughn has worked in various roles of Human Development which include the management of a multi-million-dollar social service program designed to employ at-risk youth, non-custodial parents, ex-offenders and the chronically underserved. The program was successful in both training and employing over three hundred individuals who were classified as unemployable. Additionally, he served as one of five recruiters on the Nissan Relocation Project from Los Angeles to Nashville, staffing and on-boarding recruits in the areas of IT and Customer Service.

In the early years of his career, he worked in various areas of development, fundraising, and fiscal management. As a member of the American Society of Public Administrators, Vaughn not only challenges organizations to expand their vision and mission, but he also accepts the role of leadership and commitment to excellence.

Over the last 18 years of his career in management, he has had the distinct honor of implementing several manuals on Resource Planning, Career Strategies, Workplace Etiquette and Human Management, along with moderating various national panels on the topics of procurement and supplier diversity. In 2001 Vaughn along with a group of dedicated professionals in the service arena were awarded the Best Practices award by the State of California under the Davis administration. Vaughn is especially proud of his ability to navigate from small to large organizations while continuing to provide solutions that offer quality improvement and economic advancement.

Vaughn holds a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the California State University at Dominguez Hills, and a Certificate in Public Speaking from the Los Angeles Announcers Guild. In addition, he is a graduate of both the FBI Citizens Academy, and Southern California Leadership Network (Leadership LA).

While there are several strengths’ that could be mentioned, Vaughn’s greatest attribute lies in helping people to manifest their skills, understand their goals and objectives, while continuing to advocate for personal mastery. Vaughn is extremely dedicated, detailed and could manage multiple projects simultaneously. He understands today’s global workforce and embraces new challenges.

He currently serves of the Board of Directors for IMPACT Media, Home -at – Last CDC (Board Chair), and South Los Angeles Regional Center Friends of SCLARC (Board Member). His daily mission is to ensure the advancement of people in underserved communities.

Vaughn currently resides in the Los Angeles area and enjoys outdoor recreational activities to include cycling, running and nature walks with friends.

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Dennis Thurston

Supplier Diversity Manager

Southern California Edison

Dennis Thurston

Supplier Diversity Manager
Southern California Edison

Dennis J. Thurston, a 36-year employee of Southern California Edison (SCE), beginning in August of 1987 serving in his current capacity as a Supplier Diversity Program Manager for 25 years assisting small and diverse businesses understand the Company’s general procurement practices and procedures.

Prior to SCE, Mr. Thurston worked at Consolidated Edison in New York bringing 12 years of experience with him.

In 2021, Dennis received the 2021 Corporate Advocate of the Year Award from the Southern California Minority Development Council.

In 2018, Dennis received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California for outstanding work within the Native American business community and tribal leaders.

The U.S. Small Business Administration, Santa Ana District Office selected Dennis as the 2017 Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year for his devotion to the success and advancement of Veterans in business in his professional capacity at SCE and his personal life.

During the 2017 Inaugural Veterans In Business (VIB) Network National Conference, Dennis Thurston received the Above & Beyond Bravo Zulu Award recognizing Veteran Business Advocates that go Above & Beyond to help the Veteran business community grow and succeed.

In 2016 Dennis was nominated for the State Agency Recognition Awards (SARA) given by the Department of General Services.

In recognition of his contributions as a role model of Edison International’s values and guiding behaviors of integrity, continuous growth and improvement, excellence, respect, and teamwork, Dennis was awarded the Chairman’s Award, now the Edison Award in 2009. Edison selects only 40 employees out of over 15,000 for the first of the prestigious award.

Mr. Thurston still volunteers for many community activities geared toward mentorship and guidance of small and diverse businesses in the areas of career, jobs, and starting businesses.

For the past 27 years, served as an off-ice official for the National Hockey League (NHL) assigned to the Anaheim Ducks and Dennis represented the NHL at the first ever game played outside North America in Japan, Helsinki, and Berlin.

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Karmin Bailey

Supplier Diversity Manager

Southwest Gas

Karmin Bailey

Supplier Diversity Manager
Southwest Gas

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Kimberly Bagwell

Supplier Diversity Program Manager/Analyst

State Farm

Kimberly Bagwell

Supplier Diversity Program Manager/Analyst
State Farm

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Christopher Stanley

Global Supplier Diversity, Vice President

State Street

Christopher Stanley

Global Supplier Diversity, Vice President
State Street

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Joyce Christanio

Senior Program Manager, Supplier Diversity

T-Mobile

Joyce Christanio

Senior Program Manager, Supplier Diversity
T-Mobile

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Accomplished leader with over 20 year's experience managing Supplier Diversity, Contract Negotiations and leading cross-functional teams of an organization to achieve cost savings. Write policy language, programs and processes to advance a corporation's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals. Joyce recently developed T-Mobile’s workforce development program - NextTech Diversity to nationally fund training and job placement for women and men of color to become network technicians and network equipment drivers.

Author of "Dressing Classy Doesn't Change" which provides women an overview of the do's and don'ts of proper workplace attire. Information that Corporate America doesn’t share with women is included in this book. One Reader Commented: The author has hit the "nail on the head" as she mixes humor, personal experiences and concrete advice regarding proper attire for women in any setting and at any income level. Women buy this fun and easy to read book for you and all the young girls you know. Men buy it for all the women in your life. It is a keepsake.

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David N. Richardson

Director

T-Mobile

David N. Richardson

Director
T-Mobile

David Richardson is a seasoned professional in the telecommunications industry, with over two decades of experience in various technical, customer care, and sales roles. He currently serves as the Director of Customer Support for T-Mobile for Business Customers, where he leads a diverse and talented team of 200 technical specialists, engineers, and account managers.

David is a servant leader who believes in listening to and empowering his team members, and strives to deliver excellent service to his customers. His personal motto is "to whom much is given, much is required." He has a broad range of skills and knowledge in wireless and wireline engineering, consultative sales, customer experience center management, business development, and project management.

David is also passionate about supporting and promoting diverse voices in his industry and community. He is actively involved in non-profit board leadership and community engagement, and he has been recognized for his work and commitment.

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Jon G. Muñoz

Senior Vice President, Environmental, Social, and Governance

Travel & Leisure

Jon G. Muñoz

Senior Vice President, Environmental, Social, and Governance
Travel & Leisure

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Lissa Miller

SVP, Head of Supplier Diversity

Truist

Lissa Miller

SVP, Head of Supplier Diversity
Truist

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Angelique Alvarez

Assistant Vice President

U.S. Bank

Angelique Alvarez

Assistant Vice President
U.S. Bank

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Hector Martinez

Vice President Supplier Diversity

U.S. Bank

Hector Martinez

Vice President Supplier Diversity
U.S. Bank

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Pafoua Xiong

Procurement Supplier Diversity Specialist

U.S. Bank

Pafoua Xiong

Procurement Supplier Diversity Specialist
U.S. Bank

Pafoua Xiong joined the Supplier Diversity team at U.S. Bank in 2021 as the Procurement Supplier Diversity Specialist, where her work is focused on enhancing the Supplier Diversity program by actively working to grow relationships with diverse-owned businesses and partners. Shortly after joining the Bank, Pafoua became a board member for the Asian Heritage Business Resource Group (BRG).

Pafoua founded her way into this industry after working as a Merchandiser Assistant at The Scoular Company managing the inventory of pet food ingredients. She later moved on to support the non-retail side of supply chain at Target for 3 years.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota where she majored in Journalism and Communication Studies.

Outside of the office, you can find her hiking around state parks with her Pitbull, listening to supernatural podcasts, and spending time with her family.

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Kim Hunter

Manager, Contract Supplier

Verizon

Kim Hunter

Manager, Contract Supplier
Verizon

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Nadine Mullings

Senior Manager

Walmart

Nadine Mullings

Senior Manager
Walmart

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Gigi Dixon

Executive VP, Head of External Engagements

Wells Fargo

Gigi Dixon

Executive VP, Head of External Engagements
Wells Fargo

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Jerome Flores

Senior Consultant - Diversity & Inclusion

Wells Fargo

Jerome Flores

Senior Consultant - Diversity & Inclusion
Wells Fargo

Jerome Flores is a Senior Diversity & Inclusion consultant focused on enhancing the employee resource network program to grow leadership capabilities, bench strength and serve as a diverse resource to influence business outcomes. Jerome has always been passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging helping to stand up the Washington, DC chapter of Pride Connections, and forming relationships through community outreach and engagement.

As a highly skilled and experienced professional, Jerome has spent 19+ years working in the financial services industry. With a proven track record of success. Jerome is become known for their thought leadership, creativity, problem-solving, and attention to detail. Jerome has a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, Office of Executive Education, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Pennsylvania State University and is committed to staying up to date with the latest industry trends and best practices.

And is based in Washington, DC

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Andrew Moy

Asian Segment Leader, Commercial Banking Diverse Segment

Wells Fargo

Andrew Moy

Asian Segment Leader, Commercial Banking Diverse Segment
Wells Fargo

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Dale Shintani

Senior Vice President

Wells Fargo

Dale Shintani

Senior Vice President
Wells Fargo

Dale Shintani is a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo. In addition to being a strategy and planning leader in her day job, she also serves as the strategy chair for Wells Fargo’s internal women’s employee resource network with over 25K members. She has also focused on supporting small businesses for much of her career through various leadership roles including head of Customer Experience, Digital Strategy, and business manager of a business line of credit portfolio all while continuing to be a Diversity Equity and Inclusion champion.

Passionate about mentoring emerging leaders, Dale regularly delivers talks on women’s empowerment in business and was a frequent leadership speaker in an Asian American Pacific Islander Diverse Leaders program. Dale lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Mark and daughters Claire and Katie.

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Cynthia Sugiyama

Head of Communications for Diverse Segments, Representation and Inclusion

Wells Fargo

Cynthia Sugiyama

Head of Communications for Diverse Segments, Representation and Inclusion
Wells Fargo

Cynthia Sugiyama is head of Communications for Diverse Segments, Representation and Inclusion at Wells Fargo. She leads a team responsible for developing and delivering an integrated communications strategy for the company’s work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Prior to this, Cynthia served as head of Human Resources Communications at Wells Fargo. Cynthia first joined the bank in 2017, leading the Communications Strategy and Corporate Media team. With more than 25 years of experience in public affairs, Cynthia has worked in public relations, issues management, community relations, executive communications, and employee communications. She has held senior communications roles at some of the world’s most recognizable companies – from global Fortune 500 retailers, such as Walmart and Gap, to industry-leading health care systems, like Kaiser Permanente. Cynthia began her career in journalism, as a reporter at the CBS affiliate in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Cynthia serves on the advisory board of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the advisory council of the Asian Pacific Fund. She is also a founding board member of VOICES, which is dedicated to representing, promoting and advocating for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in communications.

Cynthia received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.

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Ron Tate

Head of Supplier Diversity & Supply Chain Sustainability

Wells Fargo

Ron Tate

Head of Supplier Diversity & Supply Chain Sustainability
Wells Fargo

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Trung Tieu

Supplier Diversity Global Procurement Manager

Wells Fargo

Trung Tieu

Supplier Diversity Global Procurement Manager
Wells Fargo

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Marleitha Williams

Supplier Diversity Program Manager

Board of Governors, Federal Reserve Board System

Marleitha Williams

Supplier Diversity Program Manager
Board of Governors, Federal Reserve Board System

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Marleitha G. Williams is the supplier diversity program manager for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. In this capacity, she is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act as it relates to the inclusion of minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises in the Board’s acquisition process.

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Board in 2011, Ms. Williams worked at Alabama’s largest electric utility corporation, Alabama Power Company, where she provided leadership and strategic direction to corporate business units in delivering results toward defined supplier diversity goals.

Throughout her career in Supplier Diversity and Supplier Relations, she has been affiliated with various organizations that focus on minority and women business development, including the U. S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, National Minority Supplier Development Council and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. She has been recognized in local and national publications such as Women Enterprise USA for her work in Supplier Diversity. Ms. Williams received her bachelor’s degree from Birmingham Southern College.


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Jonathan Brady

Lead Business Development Specialist

Export - Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)

Jonathan Brady

Lead 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).

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Jerry Pearo

Contracting

FDIC

Jerry Pearo

Contracting
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LaVonda Pernell

Program Analyst

FDIC

LaVonda Pernell

Program Analyst
FDIC

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Dr. Jay Snipes

Chief, Diversity and Business Inclusion Officer

FDIC

Dr. Jay Snipes

Chief, Diversity and Business Inclusion Officer
FDIC

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Jay Snipes is the Chief for Diversity and Business Inclusion at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) with the responsibility of promoting fair inclusion in federal contracting and business activities, leading & assessing FDIC-supervised financial institutions, including diversity policies and practices, and evaluating whether FDIC contractors are demonstrating good faith efforts to include minorities and women in their workforce.

Jay previously served as the Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the U.S. Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service where he led the Bureau’s culture improvement initiatives and strategic direction on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) matters. As a participant in the White
House Leadership Development Program, he was the equity lead for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. In this program, he led the implementation of a cross agency solution that increased the number of new entrants to the Federal marketplace to address the decline in the socio-economic small business supplier base supporting OMB Memo 22-03 & Executive Order 13985.

Dr. Snipes has extensive experience leading transformational change - providing executive leadership on DEIA opportunities, vision, and strategic direction, and was also the principal advisor for Fiscal Service on civil rights and diversity public policy planning - development,
formulation, issuance, and policy evaluation. He has used metrics, program evaluation and reporting systems to benchmark organizational progress in meeting DEIA goals and objectives,
and developed standards to assess the diversity policies and practices of entities supervised by the agency.

Dr. Snipes has his Doctorate in Business Administration and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Agile Professional (PMI-ACP). In 2022, he was selected as a Top 40 Under 40 in Birmingham, AL - a designation for the city’s most influential leaders and successful entrepreneurs. He is a highly requested speaker and subject matter expert in interagency coordination workgroups, committees, industry, and trade organization conferences on discussions of leading DEIA practices, including the Annual International Colloquium on Financial Management for National Governments, co-hosted by Canada, and the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Conference. Just recently, Jay served as a curriculum design expert planning and designing MBA and Bachelor curricula for Herzing University’s MBA professional draws upon his professional expertise to ensure proper learning outcomes for students.

Jay enjoys spending time with his family, and in his downtime, he can be seen chauffeuring his kids around to multiple sporting and school events.

Statement:
“DEIA is not about shifting the focus from one group to another, it’s about expanding opportunities and enlarging the focus to shine on us all.” – Annual Progress Statement

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Joy Walker

Business Development Manager

Louisville MSD

Joy Walker

Business Development Manager
Louisville MSD

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Mathew Pavalek

President & CEO

NAVOBA

Mathew Pavalek

President & CEO
NAVOBA

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Charles Williams

Small Business Program Manager

NASA

Charles Williams

Small Business Program Manager
NASA

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Dilawar Syed

Deputy Administrator

U.S. Small Business Administration

Dilawar Syed

Deputy Administrator
U.S. Small Business Administration

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Arun Venkataraman

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets, and Director General

U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Global Markets

Arun Venkataraman

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets, and Director General
U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Global Markets

Arun Venkataraman is the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. He was appointed by President Joseph R. Biden and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 7, 2022, to lead the federal government’s efforts to promote exports abroad and attract inward investment. He was officially sworn in on April 25, 2022.

Venkataraman has over 20 years of experience advising companies, international organizations and the U.S. government on international trade issues. Most recently, he served as Counselor to the Secretary of Commerce, advising the Department of Commerce on trade and other international economic matters. Before joining the Biden-Harris Administration, Arun was a Senior Director at Visa, leading global government engagement strategy on a range of international policy issues including digital economy, trade, tax and sanctions. He also served as Trade & Investment Policy Advisor at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he counseled multinational firms and other organizations on e-commerce, intellectual property rights and U.S. and foreign trade policies.

During the Obama Administration, Venkataraman served as ITA’s first-ever Director of Policy, where he helped shape the U.S. government’s responses to critical challenges faced by firms in the U.S. and in markets around the world, including China and India. He also served in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) where he led the development and implementation of U.S.-India trade policy, for which he received the agency’s Kelly Award for outstanding performance and extraordinary leadership. He also served as USTR’s Associate General Counsel, representing the United States in litigation before the World Trade Organization and in negotiations on international trade agreements. Prior to USTR, Arun was a Legal Officer at the World Trade Organization, and served as Law Clerk for Judge Jane A. Restani at the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Born in Coimbatore, India, and raised in Houston, Venkataraman holds a juris doctorate from Columbia Law School, a Master of Arts in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University.

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Mandy Wylie

Senior Small Business Specialist

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Mandy Wylie

Senior Small Business Specialist
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Mandy Wylie is the Senior Small Business Specialist in the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) in the Procurement Assistance Division. In this capacity, she assists small business owners to market their products and services and increase the participation of small and disadvantaged businesses in DOT procurement opportunities. Mandy is also the Service Disable Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) advocate and acting Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) advocate.

Mandy has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and 13+ years of experience in Federal contracting and acquisition policy. She started her federal career as a Contracts Specialist at the Department of Homeland Security in the Office of Procurement Operations. In the fall of 2016, Mandy joined the DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Acquisition and Grants Management as a Senior Contracting Officer. Starting in 2018, Mandy was promoted internally to the Team Leader in the Office of Acquisition Policy and Oversight. In this capacity, Mandy served as the Small Business Specialist for FHWA until she transferred to OSDBU as the Senior Small Business Specialist in March 2023.

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Michelle E. Warren

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

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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.

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Nyamusi Igambi

Regional Director, Southern Network, ITA

U.S. Department of Commerce

Nyamusi Igambi

Regional Director, Southern Network, ITA
U.S. Department of Commerce

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Rhonda Sinkfield

Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, ITA

U.S. Department of Commerce

Rhonda Sinkfield

Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, ITA
U.S. Department of Commerce

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Dina Molaison

International Trade Specialist

U.S. Commericial Service, Atlanta, GA

Dina Molaison

International Trade Specialist
U.S. Commericial Service, Atlanta, GA

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Gabriela Zelaya

Global Diversity Export Initiative Director

U.S. Department of Commerce

Gabriela Zelaya

Global Diversity Export Initiative Director
U.S. Department of Commerce

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Darlene Bullock

Executive Director, OSDBU

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Darlene Bullock

Executive Director, OSDBU
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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E. Darlene Bullock was appointed as the Executive 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 OSDBU Deputy Director from 2015 to late 2019.

As the Executive Director, Ms. Bullock implements the Department’s federal small business procurement programs across the DHS $26 billion contracting operation which awarded almost $10 billion to small businesses in Fiscal Year 2023. Because of her work in ensuring diversity and equity in federal procurement Ms. Bullock received the 2023 Small Business and Procurement Equity Individual Award by the Chief Acquisition Officers Council in October 2023. Ms. Bullock’s various roles and work in the OSDBU, has helped DHS achieve fifteen consecutive scores of an “A” or “A+”, since Fiscal Year 2009, on the Small Business Administration’s annual Small Business Procurement Scorecard. This makes DHS the largest agency with this track record.

With over 33 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. She has an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Business and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an MBA in International Management from Southeastern University.

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Meishoma Hayes

Senior Small Businesses Utilization Specialist

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Meishoma Hayes

Senior Small Businesses Utilization Specialist
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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Desmond Brown

Director of the Small Business Office

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Desmond Brown

Director of the Small Business Office
U.S. Office of Personnel Management

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Mark S. Allen

Vice President, Corporate and External Affairs

USPAACC

Mark S. Allen

Vice President, Corporate and External Affairs
USPAACC

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Anissa Balwani

Northeast Chapter President

USPAACC

Anissa Balwani

Northeast Chapter President
USPAACC

Anisa Balwani is the owner of RCI Technologies, Inc. and is a results-driven business professional with over 25 years of experience. She has successfully established trusting relationships with clients, resulting in increased business. Anisa is an enthusiastic, self-motivated and accomplished entrepreneur with many years of managerial, sales and marketing experience. She has an outstanding analytical, problem solving and communication skills with a successful track record of assisting at all levels of her organization.

RCI Technologies, Inc. provides Information Technology Professional Services and Software Development to major corporations and government entities nationwide. RCI is headquartered in Iselin, NJ with branch offices in New York, Washington DC and Houston, Texas.

Anisa is the Northeast Chapter President of the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, (USPAACC)and she is responsible to connect Asian American businesses within the region of New York, New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware to major corporations and government agencies. Anisa serves on the Governing Forum Board of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) the Steering Committee of the Women’s President Educational Organization and is the member of the Women Presidents Organization, (WPO). RCI is the proud winner of numerous excellence awards and the recipient of the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce -Fast 50 Asian American Business Excellence Award. In September 2013, Anisa Balwani was invited to speak at the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Recently, on March 31st, Anisa was invited by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce to participate in the roundtable discussion, “The Power and Promise of the Minority Woman Business.”

Anisa is a graduate of the Executive Management Programs at the Amos Tuck School of Business and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Anisa is an advocate for small, minority and women owned businesses. She resides in Edison, NJ with her husband and two children.

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Jackie LaJoie

Retired Diversity Supplier Manager

USPAACC

Jackie LaJoie

Retired Diversity Supplier Manager
USPAACC

Jackie LaJoie joined Ingersoll Rand in September 2012. She has overall leadership responsibility for Supplier Diversity and Supplier Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand. In this role, she is responsible for building world class programs and driving results around supplier diversity strategy throughout the enterprise as well as supplier sustainability in areas such as conflict minerals and environmental initiatives.

In her supplier diversity leadership role, Jackie created a strategic plan for Ingersoll Rand based on NMSDC Best Practices to ensure a successful and sustainable program that creates jobs for supplier partners, economic growth for local communities, and customers for life for Ingersoll Rand. Specifically, to ensure sustainability and future growth of the program, she created a robust program and various supplier development initiatives to equip 41 direct and indirect commodity teams to identify and document supplier requirements and opportunities.

Under Jackie’s leadership, Ingersoll Rand spend with minority-owned businesses has increased 228% over the past three years. Jackie’s work also resulted in a $50,000 grant from the Ingersoll Rand Foundation to support an NMSDC Center of Excellence with the TriState MSDC, which launched in August 2016. As a result, 10 corporations and 20+ minority-owned businesses are spending 18 months working together to improve the corporations’ supplier diversity programs, and build capacity and increase business opportunities for the MBEs.

Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, she served as vice president of the Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council, director of Supplier Diversity at Merck and manager of Supplier Diversity at legacy AT&T.

Jackie is also the co-founder of Diversity Alliance for Science in 2007, a non-profit organization focused on supplier diversity in the life science and healthcare industries. Under the leadership of Jackie and Leah Brown, her co-founder, the organization unites healthcare, pharmaceutical, academic and government entities with industry diversity leaders, such as NMSDC, to promote economic growth of small and diverse companies.

Jackie has been recognized nationally for her leadership and service in the Supplier Diversity field with multiple awards and recognitions across her 28-year career, including:

· Co-founder and past president of Diversity Alliance for Science

· Best of the Decade and Women Who Mean Business – Minority Business News

· Top 25 Women of Power Impacting Diversity – Diversity Plus Magazine

· Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year – U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce

· Chairman’s Award – PA-NJ-DE Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC)

· YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award – YWCA of Central New Jersey

· First Ladies of Supplier Diversity – MBNUSA and Women Business Enterprise USA Magazine

· Champions of Supplier Diversity – Diversity Plus Magazine

· Women Who Mean Business – MBNUSA

· First Ladies of Supplier Diversity – MBNUSA / WEUSA

· Supplier Diversity Advocate – AT&T CEO

· El Paso Trade Conference – Keys to City of El Paso

· AT&T Creating Excellence Award

She has a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration and a B.S. in Economics from High Point University and an MBA from Wake Forest University. She and Ed, her husband, reside in Mooresville, N.C. Jackie enjoys spending time with her son and daughter and spoiling Franklin, her first grandchild and pride and joy.

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Pamela Prince-Eason

President & CEO

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

Pamela Prince-Eason

President & CEO
The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

Pamela Prince-Eason is the President and CEO of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a role she assumed in 2011. She was previously Vice President of Worldwide Procurement for Pfizer Inc. and held various leadership positions at Texas Instruments, GSE Systems and Warner Lambert, as well as co-owner of RMR Associates.

Pamela is a member of the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), a non-partisan federal advisory council who advises the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.

Pamela’s dedication to women’s business leadership is illustrated in her many professional and personal roles advancing women’s excellence and opportunity. She serves on women’s advisory committees of several corporations including the CVS Health Executive Learning Series, EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program, the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, and Walmart’s Women Owned Business Advisory Council.

Pamela holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from East Tennessee State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland with a Master of Administrative Science in International Business and Finance. In 2008, she was among the first to receive ISM’s Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) designation, in 2010 was named a Power Women by NYMoves, and in 2012 she received the AIDC WBE Hall of Fame “Executive Leadership” award. In 2013 and 2017, she was named a top leader in Supplier Diversity by WE-USA Magazine and selected by the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) as the 2014 Woman of Achievement. Most recently she was inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame in March 2018 and was recognized as Alumna of the Year at East Tennessee State University in May 2018.

She and husband John have three children and six grandchildren. Favorite family activities include tennis, basketball, and snowboarding.


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Terry Hsiao

Adjunct Professor

Marymount University

Terry Hsiao

Adjunct Professor
Marymount 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.

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Erik Thornberg

Senior Vice President, Global Business Services

AgileOne

Erik Thornberg

Senior Vice President, Global Business Services
AgileOne

Erik serves as AgileOne’s SVP and is responsible for Global Business Services, 50% of the MSP Accounts and the global Billing Services Team. He is one of the staffing industry’s most tenured and trusted experts. Prior to AgileOne, Erik served as Senior Vice President for Magnit, responsible for all Global Strategic Accounts. Erik is a former systems engineer, has founded and exited a SaaS company, held several executive leadership and sales roles at some of the largest staffing companies while working in both Europe and the US.

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Steven Livingston

Supply Chain Manager

Allegis Global Solutions

Steven Livingston

Supply Chain Manager
Allegis Global Solutions

Steven Livingston began his career in staffing in 2000 and brings over two decades of experience in the Contingent Workforce space leading Supplier Operations and MSP Supply Chain strategy.

Steven spent over 10 years with Aerotek leading national strategic programs as a supplier driving human capital recruiting strategy and operations for Fortune 500.

Steven moved to AGS’s Supply Chain Management team in 2017 supporting one of AGS’s largest global partners. He is now serving as a Supply Chain Manager overseeing AGS’s supplier partnerships and strategy.

Steven has a passion for using his experience to increase supplier performance and value to the client by mentoring them with best-in-class engagement and recruiting strategies. He enjoys building strong partnerships with his clients, operations teams and supplier partners.

Steven Livingston graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He lives in Austin Texas with an amazing wife and two wonderful daughters.

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Ann Anjali Ramakumaran

Founder & CEO

Ampcus, Inc.

Ann Anjali Ramakumaran

Founder & CEO
Ampcus, Inc.

Ann Ramakumaran is the Founder and CEO of Ampcus Inc a technology savvy entrepreneur with more than 10 years of contribution towards the design and development of software services and delivery of Information Technology services. Under her leadership, she has grown Ampcus Inc into a fast-growing consulting and professional services firm.

She has been awarded as the top Asian American owned businesses by USPAACC for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 and 50 fastest growing women owned businesses in the CONUS by the Women Presidents Organization for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Ampcus Inc made the Inc 500/5000 list for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Ampcus Inc has also been recognized as the Top diversity business for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Ann has helped fortune 2000 companies with their enterprise-wide customized solutions. She reports to the board and drives the company to attain its vision of being one of the largest Professional services companies globally. She has been involved in executing a consultative methodology to define, qualify, and quantify the clients’ targeted and strategic IT and business objectives and from this, develop solutions to proactively address current and evolving needs and projects.

Ann holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business and commercial management from India. She has also completed an executive management program from the Robins School of Management, University of Richmond.

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Sandhya Mukkamala

Co-President; Partner and Co-Founder

ASTUTE; USPAACC Western Regional Chapter

Sandhya Mukkamala

Co-President; Partner and Co-Founder
ASTUTE; USPAACC Western Regional Chapter

Sandhya Mukkamala is a Partner and Co-Founder at ASTUTE and an accomplished CPA in the State of California. She advises clients on R&D tax incentives, technical accounting, forensic audits, as well as works closely with clients’ CFOs/Controllers to develop stronger processes and controls within the business. She has more than 15 years of experience in audit and review engagements, and complex Merger & Acquisition due diligence audits for private and public accounting sectors.

Prior to founding Astute, Sandhya has served as M&A due diligence auditor for several years in a reputed public accounting firm in Silicon Valley. She has led the audit team in planning, structuring, and performed M&A due diligence activities across all functional areas such as financial, products, operations, and technology etc. She has also served as an external Auditor for various high-tech, automotive, retail, manufacturing, and service industries nationally and globally. As an acumen auditor, she helped companies uncover millions of dollars lost due to fraudulent activities or lack of control over processes, addressed complex accounting and financial reporting challenges.

Besides Auditing and Corporate finance, Sandhya has extensive experience in R&D tax credit consulting projects, performed numerous financial and M&A due diligence audits, resolved complex Accounting for Income tax provisions, SEC Reporting, internal controls testing and fraud testing over financial reporting for a multitude of industries from early startups to Pre-IPO to public companies nationally and globally.

Her unique understanding, problem-solving skills and providing reliable solutions have benefited clients in various industry sectors.

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Jenny Zhu

Founder & CEO

Chairwoman of the Board, Lush Decor Home & Impact Investor

Jenny Zhu

Founder & CEO
Chairwoman of the Board, Lush Decor Home & Impact Investor

Jenny Jing Zhu is an award-winning entrepreneur, business pioneer and motivator-in-chief who inspires a diverse, powerhouse team to create, produce, market and deliver unique home decor that customers love.

As Founder and CEO of Triangle Home Fashions (THF) and its signature brand, Lush Décor, Jenny’s visionary perspective earned her opportunities a less keen eye would have missed. Armed with a degree in textile and surface design from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and a few years’ experience in the home textile category, Jenny envisioned a better way of doing business – one where the company delivered more than what was expected.

In 2008, driven by her love of design and passion to create affordable luxury home décor. Jenny founded THF determined to be a game-changer in what was then a still fledgling e-commerce market. Jenny invented a company culture of leadership and innovation that not only originates impeccably detailed, accessible home decor for every room, every lifestyle and every life stage, but one that also manages global production, comprehensive warehousing and a direct distribution network for fast delivery.

Vibrant e-commerce growth and the expansion into brick-and-mortar stores led Jenny to launch Lush Décor in 2013. As the company’s signature brand, Lush Décor is crafted in a range of aesthetics and styles, inspiring consumers to create a home that is unique and personalized to their space, lifestyle and life stage. In 2023, with plans to expand the Lush Décor platform, THF began operating as Lush Décor Home.

An innovator with a heart, Jenny not only wants to do good work but do good work that matters. This led to a first-ever licensing partnership with Make-A-Wish America where 5% of all net sales from the Make-A-Wish Collection by Lush Décor are donated to the organization to help fulfill the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

Jenny attributes her success and the success of the company to the strength and shared vision of her team – or family as she calls them. The THF family is more than 60% female, hails from 8 different countries and collectively speaks 11 languages.

In 2019, Jenny’s hard work and focus earned her EY’s New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year Award and a national nomination in the consumer category. And, in 2021, Jenny was named an Enterprising Woman by Enterprising Women media. In 2021 and 2022, the company was named one of the Women Presidents Organization’s 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned/Led Companies. Inc. Magazine named Triangle Home Fashions | Lush Décor a 2022 Top 500 Fastest Growing Company.

According to Jenny, “Clear vision, top performing teams and nimble execution are what motivates us and what drives success through today’s complex business terrain.”

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Carolynn Vogt

Vice President of Global Procurement Services

Cisco

Carolynn Vogt

Vice President of Global Procurement Services
Cisco

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Ishy Shah

Category & Supplier Manager

Cisco

Ishy Shah

Category & Supplier Manager
Cisco

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Naeem Hussain

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

CirrusLabs

Naeem Hussain

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
CirrusLabs

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Sangeeta Sharma

Co-Founder

Eduley

Sangeeta Sharma

Co-Founder
Eduley

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Usha Boddapu

CEO & Founder

ESOLVIT

Usha Boddapu

CEO & Founder
ESOLVIT

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.

AWARDS:

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

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Pramod Sajja

Founder & CEO

Farm to Plate

Pramod Sajja

Founder & CEO
Farm to Plate

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Camellia Chan

CEO & Founder

Flexxon

Camellia Chan

CEO & Founder
Flexxon

Ms Camellia Chan is Flexxon’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Ms Chan oversees the company’s business development and growth, research and development, industry partnerships, and expansion to regional and global markets.

Since its inception in 2007, Ms Chan has grown Flexxon into an international business with a presence in over 50 cities. Headquartered in Singapore, the well-known innovation hub serves as the home base for Flexxon’s research and development lab, manufacturing centre and corporate headquarters. Flexxon continues to expand its reach through the establishment of satellite offices, while growing its network of commercial partners worldwide.

With a passion for innovation and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Ms Chan established the critical building blocks of Flexxon’s brand and business in its early years and continues to guide the company forward by constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation. Ms Chan is driven by the desire to use technology for good, and strives to create a safer space for citizens of the digital economy. Through the company’s work in the cybersecurity space, Flexxon is charting a path forward that will not only help combat cybercrime more incisively, but deliver inclusive solutions. To achieve this, the company’s solutions are designed to be cost-effective, user-friendly and easily accessible.

Beyond just committing to Flexxon’s corporate growth and product innovation, Ms Chan is also a firm advocate of building a workplace culture anchored on three main pillars – integrity, transparency and innovation. She works closely with every member of her team to drive innovation and excellence in the products and services they bring to the market. As a testament to her strength as a leader, Flexxon’s team has grown from just three employees to more than 80 members within its Singapore office.

Highly passionate about the industry and mentoring the next generation of tech talent, Ms Chan is an active contributor and speaker at technology and entrepreneurship events. In recent years, she was a speaker at Singapore’s SheLeadsTech 2022 forum as well as a recipient of Singapore’s Top 100 Women in Tech award – a platform for tech leaders to give back and provide guidance to the country’s budding female tech sector.

In recognition of Ms Chan’s spirit of innovation and contributions to the cybersecurity industry, Flexxon has been the recipient of various industry awards and endorsements over the past few years.

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Naheed Syed

CEO & President

Global Resource Management Inc.

Naheed Syed

CEO & President
Global Resource Management Inc.

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Amy Bogan

Senior Vice President of Client Services

Magnit

Amy Bogan

Senior Vice President of Client Services
Magnit

Amy Bogan joined Magnit in 2007 and serves as Senior Vice President of Client Services. She plays a crucial role in developing and implementing strategies, providing world-class delivery, and driving innovative solutions for her clients globally. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies across technology, life sciences, and financial services.

Amy has 20 years of experience in contingent workforce management and a proven history of delivering best-in-class client satisfaction. She focuses on continuous program expansion, optimization, compliance, and cost management through the use of state-of-the-art VMS and MSP solutions.

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Vivian Pham

CFO

oneNav

Vivian Pham

CFO
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LaShaun Solomon

Assistant Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Pyramid Consulting

LaShaun Solomon

Assistant Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
Pyramid Consulting

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.

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Catherine Candland

CEO

nextSource

Catherine Candland

CEO
nextSource

Catherine Candland is CEO of nextSource, a workforce solutions company and certified Women's Business Enterprise (WBE). She is committed to helping enterprises access great talent, improve operating efficiencies, mitigate risks, leverage costs, and build competitive advantages.

Over three decades, Catherine has earned the trust of industry-leading clients while founding and leading businesses known for their innovation, integrity, and ROI. Catherine's impact has not been limited to the firms she has led.

She has been an active board and advisory body member in the not for profit and public sectors, including public and private higher education, business and professional associates, and the Federal Reserve system.

Her leadership has received national recognition from Fortune Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Staffing Industry Analysts and Ernst & Young, as well as numerous regional and local entities.

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Ming Chen

President

MSL GLOBAL EXPRESS

Ming Chen

President
MSL GLOBAL EXPRESS

Ming is passionate about delivering exceptional service to clients while fostering a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement within her team. Her ability to inspire and motivate others has led to the development of high-performing teams that consistently exceed expectations.

Ming's journey in the logistics industry commenced immediately after completing her bachelor's degree in Finance from SUNY-Plattsburgh in 2008. Equipped with a solid foundation in financial principles, she embarked on her career with a steadfast determination to excel in the world of logistics. Recognizing the importance of specialization and continuous education, Ming pursued a master's degree in Accounting from St. John's University, further augmenting her knowledge and skill set.

Ming has navigated the intricacies of the logistics landscape, adapting to evolving industry trends and regulations especially during the pandemic. Her leadership capabilities and strategic vision have proven invaluable in streamlining operations, optimizing supply chains, and ensuring seamless coordination between various stakeholders.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Ming remains an avid learner, constantly seeking opportunities to expand her knowledge and stay at the forefront of industry advancements.

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Doris Li Yeh

CEO & Co-Founder

Mirapath

Doris Li Yeh

CEO & Co-Founder
Mirapath

Doris Li Yeh is the CEO and Founder of Mirapath, a Datacenter Critical Infrastructure Total Solution Provider. . In her role, Doris drives growth strategy for the company using Mirapath’s four core values: relationships matter, commitment to excellence, results driven, and strive for innovation and excellence – while having fun and enjoying the journey together. She is passionate about leadership development, women empowerment and cutting-edge technology related to platform development in the data center and IoT space paired with AI and Automation.


Mirapath ‘s was #54 fastest-growing women-owned business. In 2017, the company was on the Fast 100 Asian American Business by USPAACC, the CRN Fast Growth 150, and the CRN Solution Provider 500, as well as the #6 Biggest Minority-Owned Business by Silicon Valley Business Journal.


Doris holds a BSEE from the University of São Paulo and graduated in 2018 from the prestigious Harvard Business School Owner President Management (OPM52) program. She was nominated Silicon Valley Women of Influence in 2018 by Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2018 Enterprising Women Award, 100 Fast USPAAC Company and Infrastrastructure Mason IM100 2020 Recipient . She is a proud Platinum member of Women President Organization, Co-Chair USPAAC WISE ( Women Initiative for Strategic Empowerment) and advisory boartd of USPAAC-West. Doris is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Portuguese.

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Mag Boron

Founder/CEO

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Mag Boron

Founder/CEO
Pangian

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Ravi Chander

Chief Executive Officer

Softpath System, LLc

Ravi Chander

Chief Executive Officer
Softpath System, LLc

Ravi Chander, technologist, seasoned entrepreneur, strategic visionary, and thought-leader is a co-founder and CEO of Softpath System, a leading, 23-year-old talent management company located in metro Atlanta. Ravi creates and drives the company’s vision with a key focus around job creation and helping clients win in the global marketplace. Ravi is also the co-founder of OPTEVUS, an AI/ML-driven product made to reduce the recruitment life cycle by 50%, and Wydur, a cybersecurity practice that provides solutions for cloud security, vulnerability risk management, and threat detection and response.

Ravi, along with his partner, Sushumna Roy, successfully leads Softpath as a top diverse business with numerous awards.

With more than 25 years of expertise in the development and delivery of innovative technology solutions, Ravi is responsible for managing one of the fastest-growing technology and staffing firms in the nation, with over 800 employees and multiple offices in the U.S., Canada, and India.

Ravi is a committed small business advocate and supports women and minority-owned business enterprises as well as various STEM programs. Ravi served as a President of USPAACC-SE from 2017-2020, President of IT Serve Alliance’s Atlanta Chapter in 2018, and Rotary President for Emory Druid Hills Club 6900 in 2013. He currently serves as a USPAACC-SE Regional advisory council chair.

Outside of work, Ravi is a proud Rotarian, a lifetime Paul Harris Fellow recognized as a major donor, and the recipient of multiple “Rotary Cares Awards” for his contribution to providing clean, safe drinking water to remote villages in rural India. He is a community leader for multiple nonprofits and an active volunteer at Ridge Girls Lacrosse and Robotics. He attended Jackson State University for his master’s in Computer Science and received a bachelor’s degree in electronics from Kakatiya University in India.

He is married to Sushumna Roy Jalajam and they reside in Atlanta, GA along with their three daughters.

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Christine Meddela

Managing Partner/Owner

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Christine Meddela

Managing Partner/Owner
Storyville Road

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Komal Dangi

Founder/CEO

Synkriom

Komal Dangi

Founder/CEO
Synkriom

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Cassandra Faire

Director, Global Partnerships

Tapfin

Cassandra Faire

Director, Global Partnerships
Tapfin

An energetic, goal focused management professional, with a proven performance record building businesses from startup to profitable operations in highly competitive environments.

Highly skilled at identifying market opportunities and developing strategies to effectively exploit them. Proven track record of success, setting strategic direction, executing to plan, optimizing operations and developing and leading high-performing teams to achieve outstanding results

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Carolyn Joshua

President & CEO

Trilyon, Inc.

Carolyn Joshua

President & CEO
Trilyon, Inc.

Carolyn Joshua is the President and CEO of Trilyon, Inc., a leading content management, documentation, and technology services provider for Fortune 500 companies. Under Carolyn's exceptional leadership, Trilyon has earned notable recognition, including the esteemed 2023 Fast 100 Asian American Business Award from USPAACC. Her outstanding achievements have also been acknowledged through the prestigious Enterprising Women of the Year Award in 2023. Furthermore, she has been honored as one of the Top 50 Women Leaders of San Francisco for 2023 by Women We Admire, highlighting her significant contributions to the business community.

In addition to her role at Trilyon, Carolyn holds a board position at the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC West), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering economic growth and promoting diversity through leadership, education, and business networking. Carolyn also plays a pivotal role as the Co-Chair of USPAACC WISE (Women Initiative for Strategic Empowerment), spearheading initiatives that empower and advance women professionals in the business world.

Carolyn serves as a General Partner at Early Equity Capital Advisors, specializing in late-stage technology startups. Additionally, she contributes to How Women Invest as an LP, a venture capital firm focused on promoting women-led companies and advancing women leaders within the venture capital ecosystem. Carolyn's commitment to diversity and inclusivity is further exemplified through her role as a global advisor for the Women Leaders for the World Fellowship Program. This transformative leadership training program empowers social change innovators and industry disruptors to create positive impacts on society.

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Sheetal Desai

Chapter President, Attorney and Partner

The Trusted Lawyers, a Desai Law Group, USPAACC SE

Sheetal Desai

Chapter President, Attorney and Partner
The Trusted Lawyers, a Desai Law Group, USPAACC SE

Sheetal Desai is an accomplished attorney and partner at The Trusted Lawyers, a Desai Law Group, PC. Her areas of practice include commercial transactions, real estate, corporate law and commercial litigation. A product of the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, Wisconsin, Sheetal began her professional career in Chicago. Two years later, she married Ritesh ("Rick") Desai and moved to the Atlanta area where she has been practicing law ever since.

Sheetal Desai has worked closely with many business and community leaders through her service as a public relations lead for BAPS Atlanta. She is the current President of the Southeast Chapter of the US Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC-SE). Sheetal has held various leadership position such as an advisory board member for United Way – Gwinnett and a member of the Community Outreach Board for Gwinnett County. Mrs. Desai has also volunteered her legal services for such causes as Asian Pacific American Council (APAC) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).

Sheetal and her husband are the proud parents of three beautiful daughters. She enjoys cooking, exploring local and state parks, travelling and spending time with her family.

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Sidd Ahmed

President & CEO

VDart Inc.

Sidd Ahmed

President & CEO
VDart Inc.

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Sheena Yap Chan

Author

Wiley

Sheena Yap Chan

Author
Wiley

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Kirk Gimenez

Founder

Xizzle TV

Kirk Gimenez

Founder
Xizzle TV

Scholarship Committee Members

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Ann Anjali Ramakumaran

Founder & CEO

Ampcus, Inc.

Ann Anjali Ramakumaran

Founder & CEO
Ampcus, Inc.

Ann Ramakumaran is the Founder and CEO of Ampcus Inc a technology savvy entrepreneur with more than 10 years of contribution towards the design and development of software services and delivery of Information Technology services. Under her leadership, she has grown Ampcus Inc into a fast-growing consulting and professional services firm.

She has been awarded as the top Asian American owned businesses by USPAACC for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 and 50 fastest growing women owned businesses in the CONUS by the Women Presidents Organization for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Ampcus Inc made the Inc 500/5000 list for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Ampcus Inc has also been recognized as the Top diversity business for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Ann has helped fortune 2000 companies with their enterprise-wide customized solutions. She reports to the board and drives the company to attain its vision of being one of the largest Professional services companies globally. She has been involved in executing a consultative methodology to define, qualify, and quantify the clients’ targeted and strategic IT and business objectives and from this, develop solutions to proactively address current and evolving needs and projects.

Ann holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business and commercial management from India. She has also completed an executive management program from the Robins School of Management, University of Richmond.

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Fred Lona

Retired, Former Senior Director, Supplier Diversity and Performance Management

Hilton Worldwide

Fred Lona

Retired, Former Senior Director, Supplier Diversity and Performance Management
Hilton Worldwide

Fred Lona was the Senior Director of Supplier Diversity and Performance Management for Hilton Worldwide which is based in McLean, Virginia. Mr. Lona directed the development, administration, and execution of the Hilton Supplier Diversity Program and supplier performance processes. He was also responsible for the oversight of the Global Travel and Expense Services Program and the Marketing and Communications department for Hilton Supply Management.

While ensuring compliance with the corporate-wide diversity strategy, he incorporated innovative best practice programs in supplier processes and supplier diversity. Exemplifying his commitment to supplier diversity, Mr. Lona served on numerous prestigious and diverse organizations that impact the hospitality industry.

Under his leadership, Hilton’s supplier diversity program has earned numerous awards and recognition including: “Top Supplier Diversity Programs for Women,” “Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity,” “Top 25 Companies for Supplier Diversity,” and “Top 50 Corporations for Supplier Diversity.”

Mr. Lona has earned numerous awards and recognition, including: “Trailblazer Award” (National Minority Supplier Development Council), “Corporate Champion of the Year” (United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce), “Advocate of the Year” (Asian Business Association), “Top 30 Champions of The Year” (Diversity Plus), “Top 100 Leaders in Corporate Supplier Diversity” (WE USA)

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Judy Pines

CPM, APP, Sustainable Procurement Lead, Sourcing & Procurement Solutions,

Allstate

Judy Pines

CPM, APP, Sustainable Procurement Lead, Sourcing & Procurement Solutions,
Allstate

Judy Pines, CPM, APP, is the Sustainable Procurement Lead in Sourcing & Procurement Solutions at Allstate Insurance Company, where she leads the company’s sustainable procurement strategy and initiatives.

In her role, she is responsible for integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into Allstate’s procurement processes, systems, policies and decisions, identifying ESG risks and opportunities, and accelerating emissions reduction in the supply chain, in support of Allstate’s ESG impact goals. Judy is the administrator of an emissions reduction supply chain program which measures, tracks and reports on suppliers’ environmental performance and impact.

Prior to Allstate, Judy devoted over 30 years at Hilton Worldwide in accelerating positions. As Director of Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing, she developed and executed a global sustainable procurement strategy across regions and 14 brands. A highlight of her tenure was establishing and managing a global mattress recycling program.

She is a member of the USPAACC Scholarship Committee, Institute for Supply Management (ISM)Sustainability & Social Responsibility Committee, Sustainable Procurement Leadership Council (SPLC), CDP Financial Services Working Group, and the Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team.

Judy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art from California State University Northridge and is a Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) from the Institute for Supply Management.

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Katie Macias

VP Strategy and Client Partnership

Cynet Systems Inc

Katie Macias

VP Strategy and Client Partnership
Cynet Systems Inc

Katie is a dynamic business professional with a proven track record spanning Marketing, Project Management, and Supply Chain Management in diverse industries, including contingent labor, aviation, and construction and facility management. Her results-driven approach and wealth of experience underscore her ability to deliver tangible outcomes across global markets.

With a keen focus on optimizing human capital, Katie adeptly navigates complex supplier relationships, fostering innovative solutions that drive organizational success. Her fluency in multi-cultural and multi-lingual environments equips her with a unique perspective, enabling her to overcome obstacles and achieve strategic goals with finesse.

Recognized as a leader in the staffing industry, Katie's visionary leadership has propelled her to
the forefront of talent acquisition and workforce planning. Her innovative strategies have garnered acclaim, earning her nominations and awards such as the "Top 100 Staffing Leaders to
Watch" at the World Staffing Awards 2023.

Further cementing her reputation, Katie has led Cynet Health to prestigious accolades including being named as a “FAST 100 Asian American Business Award Winner for 2024” by USPAACC, securing a spot among the "Top 50 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in the Washington Region" by the Washington Business Journal, and earning the distinction of "2023 Best Staffing Firms to Work For" by Staffing Industry Analysts. Her commitment to excellence and strategic vision continue to drive success in the staffing industry and beyond.

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Lisbeth Lundstedt

Director, Supplier Diversity and Sustainability

Nationwide

Lisbeth Lundstedt

Director, Supplier Diversity and Sustainability
Nationwide

Lisbeth Lundstedt, Director, Supplier Diversity and Sustainability for Nationwide Mutual Insurance has been instrumental in advancing supplier diversity and sustainability programs for purpose-driven organizations.

Lisbeth brings 25 years of experience from Cincinnati Children’s, Huntington Bank, Macy’s, and Procter & Gamble, in areas including strategic sourcing, customer business development, purchasing, and product supply. She has with a rich history in diversity and inclusion and has been responsible for influencing the development of sourcing strategies with diverse-owned0 companies. Additionally, she has served on the board of the Institute for Supply Chain Management, the Institute of Supply Chain Diversity Committee, has chaired a steering committee of the Ohio River Valley Women Business Council and the membership committee for the Financial Services Roundtable for Supplier Diversity.

Lisbeth attended Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College in the U.K. and received her degree in business administration from Xavier University. Lisbeth holds a master’s degree in public administration, with a focus in Social Justice, at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Cincinnati.

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Maggie Shortes

Diverse Segments, Representation and Inclusion, External Engagement

Wells Fargo

Maggie Shortes

Diverse Segments, Representation and Inclusion, External Engagement
Wells Fargo

Maggie Shortes is the Business Development and Operations Lead on the Diverse Segments, Representation, and Inclusion (DSRI) External Engagement team at Wells Fargo. In her role, she oversees the development and implementations of business and operational processes, collaborates with leadership to create and execute on strategic plans, and collaborates with cross-functional teams on key initiatives, ensuring alignment with division goals, policies and risks.

With 28 years at Wells Fargo, Maggie has held various positions, including branch teller, branch specialist, Assistant Corporate Travel Manager and Meeting & Event Planner. Prior to joining DSRI, she worked in Diverse Segments marketing and sponsorships, providing thought leadership and collaborating with internal businesses to execute diverse segments sponsorships and
campaigns, as well as developing and executing experiential marketing strategies to activate diverse segments sponsorships.

Between her two tenures at Wells Fargo, Maggie was the Project Manager of Clinical Education at Dignity Health, formerly Catholic Healthcare West, where she led the clinical education strategy
and program development and execution for the largest hospital system, with 42 hospitals, in the western United States.
Throughout her career, Maggie has been an active member of her community. She currently serves on the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) National Business Advisory Council, US Pan
Asian American Chamber of Commerce Corporate Advisory and Scholarship Committees, and Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Scholars Advisory Committee. She has led special community projects at the Chinese Cultural Center in San Francisco and volunteers frequently at the Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School and San Bruno Education Foundation.

Maggie earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting at San Francisco State University and a Master of Arts in Urban Development and Design at University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia. She resides in San Bruno, CA, with her husband and son.