The 2023 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.


 8:00 – 9:00am                 Meet & Greet Breakfast, sponsored by CVS Health

 9:00 – 9:15am                 Conference Welcome

 9:15 – 10:15am              Bear’s Den Competition


  • Carl Hill, Golden Technology Services
  • Shonte Davidson, BT2 Consortium, Impact Energy
  • Mark Robinson, Baitco Arvarden, LLC


  • Edwin Alvarez, CVS Health
  • Joyce Erickson Eggers, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • Amy Walsh, JPMorgan Chase

10:15 – 10:30am           Break 

 10:30 – 11:30am           Concurrent Panels

 MBE Panel: Succession & Exit Strategy Planning Panel

  • Sean Cogdell, The Panther Group
  • Devin Fitzgerald, RML Service Group, Inc.

  • Darryl Lindie, New Majority Capital
  • Moderated by Gary Stiffler, GNEMSDC

Corporate Member Panel: ESG 101

  • April Cimorelli, MassMutual
  • Andrea Desaulniers, RTX
  • Monette Knapik, CVS Health
  • Saken Khokhar, National Grid 

11:35 – 12:15pm              Lunch & Shining Star Awards Ceremony honoring Jerry Epps of Babson College, Kate Weaver of GE Appliances, and Carolyn Ball & Eric Hardy of w3r

12:15 – 1:00pm          Fireside Chat: Legal Attacks on Minority Business Development featuring Judge Joseph A. Greenaway of Arnold & Porter & Tanya N. Blocker of National Grid

1:00 – 1:15pm                   Break 

1:15 – 4:00pm                   Buzz & Biz Corporate Member & MBE                                         Networking


In-person registration has closed.

You can still attend virtually via Zoom. Click on your desired session(s) below to register.


Includes Conference Welcome & Bear’s Den Competition


Includes Luncheon remarks, Shining Star Awards & Fireside Chat: Legal Attacks on Minority Business Development featuring Tanya N. Blocker, National Grid & Judge Joseph A. Greenaway, Arnold & Porter

Travel and Leisure Activities in the area:


  • Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport (Warwick, RI)
  • Worcester Regional Airport (Worcester, MA)
  • Boston Logan International Airport (Boston, MA)


Atwells Avenue – 4 minute drive from Hotel/ 10 minute walk Fleming’s Steakhouse (at the Omni Providence hotel)


  • Valet Parking Omni Providence:
  • One West Exchange Street, Providence RI 02903
  • Overnight – $34
  • Day Parking -$16 (Up to 10 Hours)
  • Unlimited In and Out Privileges
  • Charges will be billed to the Guest’s Reservation as an Incidental Charge.

Things to do:

  • RISD School of Design Art Museum
  • Ghost Tours
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Providence Place Mall connected to the Hotel
  • Federal Hill – Dining & Shops

Thank You to our Event Sponsors


   Networking Breakfast Sponsor

Luncheon Sponsor

Matchmaking Sponsor

 Bear’s Den Sponsors