The 2021 FREE 3 day GNEMSDC Business Opportunity Conference will bring together existing and prospective corporate members, certified MBEs, business leaders, owners, community leaders, supplier diversity teams, and purchasing professionals to re-energize their collective efforts to Certify > Develop > Connect > and Advocate for minority firms in the global corporate supply chain. Our goal is to continue to deliver impactful sessions and networking opportunities that prepare, position, and propel you to the next level. Participants will have access to:

  • Fireside Chat featuring Andy Williams of HGTV & Donna Latson Gittens of MORE Advertising.
  • Workshops, round tablespanel discussions led by knowledgeable experts
  • Networking opportunities between GNEMSDC certified businesses and corporate supplier diversity and procurement specialists

 

Featuring

Carolyn Ball

Carolyn Ball

VP of Strategy & Client Solutions

April Cimorelli

April Cimorelli

STAPLES

 

Sean Cogdell

Sean Cogdell

CEO

THE PANTHER GROUP

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Jerry Epps

Jerry Epps

Supplier Diversity Program Manager

BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

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Lee Green

Lee Green

Chief Architect, Enterprise Technology Division

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MASSACHUSETTS

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Eric Hardy

Eric Hardy

CEO

Peter Hurst

Peter Hurst

President & CEO

GNEMSDC

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Monette Knapik

Monette Knapik

Senior Director, Enterprise Procurement Operations

CVS HEALTH

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Donna Latson Gittens

Donna Latson Gittens

Founder & Principal

MORE ADVERTISING

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Chirag Modi

Chirag Modi

Vice President, Technology Services

 

SAISYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL

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Ramon Peralta

Ramon Peralta

CEO & Founder

PERALTA DESIGN

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Anthony Samuels

Anthony Samuels

President & CEO

DRB FACILITY SERVICES

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Jo-Ann Schlick

Jo-Ann Schlick

VP, Purchasing / General Services

EASTERN BANK

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Kate Weaver

Kate Weaver

Supplier Diversity Manager

PEAPOD DIGITAL LABS

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Michael White

Michael White

Chief Operating Officer

ACP FACILITY SERVICES

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Andy Williams

Andy Williams

HGTV Host, Flip or Flop Fort Worth & Founder, RECON

HGTV & RECON

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Together We Rise…

 

AGENDA:

Tuesday, May 25 (Day 1)

10:00 – 10:05am 

Welcome

10:05 – 10:45am  

Commemorating Triumphs & Transforming Futures

      • Jerry Epps, Boston Children’s Hospital
      • Anthony Samuels, DRB Facility Services
      • Sean Cogdell, The Panther Group
      • Chirag Modi, Saisystems International
      • Moderated by Peter Hurst, GNEMSDC

10:45 – 11:30am 

Bridging a World of Opportunity

      • April Cimorelli, Staples
      • Monette Knapik, CVS Health
      • Moderated by Kate Weaver, Peapod Digital Labs

 

Wednesday, May 26 (Day 2)

10:00 – 10:45am 

Welcome

Fireside Chat

      • Andy Williams, HGTV & RECON
      • Donna Latson Gittens, MORE Advertising

10:45 – 11:30am   

Create Connection, Accelerate Growth

      • Eric Hardy, w3r
      • Carolyn Ball, w3r
      • Lee Green, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
      • Michael White, ACP Facility Services
      • Jo-Ann Schlick, Eastern Bank
      • Moderated by Ramon Peralta, Peralta Design

 

Thursday, May 27 (Day 3)

10:00 – 11:00am

Concurrent Meetings

    • Corporate Roundtable
    • MBE Roundtable

11:00 – 11:30am

Zoom Networking

Our Event Sponsors

Special thanks to the sponsors of the GNEMSDC Annual Business Opportunity Conference.

 

 

 

GNEMSDC Annual Sponsors