MBDA National Stakeholder Summit
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Summit Agenda

Summit Agenda

Monday, June 17: Welcome to Motown
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration (Windsor Ballroom Foyer)
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Onsite MBDA Staff Meeting (Terrace C)
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Meet & Greet and Networking (Informal) (Top of the Pontch)
Tuesday, June 18: Doing Business Together
  Breakfast on your own
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks (Windsor Ballroom)
(Speaker: Henry Childs II, National Director, U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency)
Description: Hear from MBDA National Director Henry Childs II as he shares his vision to modernize MBDA and Win the Future for minority businesses. Get excited about all the new industries and initiatives that minority businesses can use to grow and thrive!
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Conference Challenge Presented (Windsor Ballroom)
(Speaker: Joann Hill, Chief of the Office of Business Development, U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency)
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Introduction of Drexel University (Windsor Ballroom)
(Speaker: Efrain Gonzalez, Associate Director, Office of Business Development)

Drexel University Partnership Announcement, Remarks, and Q&A
(Speakers: Susan C. Aldridge, Ph.D. Senior Vice President (via video); Patricia Bush-McManus, Eds, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Partnership, Drexel University Online)
Description: This session is designed to highlight the new partnership between Drexel University and MBDA. The partnership provides access to over 160 online certificates and degree programs offered by Drexel at significant tuition savings. You will also gain insight on how technology will impact the MBE workforce of the future and strategies to gain a competitive edge for your business.
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Networking Challenge Break (Windsor Ballroom)
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Introduction of Panelists (Windsor Ballroom)
(Speaker: Nakita Chambers, Program Manager, Office of Business Development)

Under the Spotlight: Entrepreneurship Education for the Formerly Incarcerated
(Moderator: Ebony Mack, Lead Program Analyst)
Speakers: Alyssa Lovegrove, Academic Director, Georgetown University; Keith Johnson, Project Director, J&J Monitoring, Inc; Diane Sumpter, President/CEO, Operator, DESA, Inc)
Description: MBDA is committed to leveraging its capabilities to help the Administration meet its goal and efforts to reducing crime, enhancing public safety, and increasing opportunity to improve the lives of all Americans. How have you all assisted?
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Introduction of Panelists (Windsor Ballroom)
(Speaker: Nakita Chambers, Program Manager, Office of Business Development)

Under the Spotlight: Enterprising Women of Color
(Moderator: TBD)
(Speakers: Natalie M. Cofield, President/CEO, Walker’s Legacy; Cindy Ramos-Davidson, President/CEO, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Sheila Hill-Morgan, President/CEO, Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc., and Chicago MBDA Business)
Description: As part of the Administration’s focus on empowering women, MBDA is seeking to promote minority women entrepreneurs to become engines of economic growth in their communities. Women reinvest approximately 90% of their earnings into their family and their communities, creating a unique multiplier. When we invest in women, communities prosper. How have you all assisted?
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Introduction of Panelists (Windsor Ballroom)
(Speaker: Henry Childs, II, National Director)

Under the Spotlight: Business Center Best Practices
(Speakers: George Jacobson, Project Director, Minneapolis MBDA Business Center; Beatrice Louissaint, Operator, Miami MBDA Business Center; Alika Kumar, Project Director, Phoenix MBDA Business Center; and Michael Chan, Operator, San Jose MBDA Business Center)
Description: Come learn from MBDA top performing Business Centers and Projects best practices and proven business strategies that have been used to optimize performance and grow MBE clients to size and scale. They will also share insight on lessons learned and success stories from clients served in various industries.
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Under the Spotlight: Export Project Sharing Best Practices (Windsor Ballroom)
(Speakers: Patricia Hanes, Project Director, Chicago Export Project; Joy Starkey, Project Director, MBDA Miami Export Project; Henan Li, Global Initiative Director, MBDA Export Project, California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce; and Alberto Rodriguez, Senior Export Project Manager, San Antonio, Export Project)
Description: This session will introduce the audience to Exporting 101, Trade Financing 101, presentation on wide array of resources for entrepreneurs to expand internationally, and how to close contracts globally. We’ll also hear from our experts on the latest on trade agreements that impact MBDA targeted markets: Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Networking Challenge Break (Windsor Ballroom)
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Let’s Get in the Zone: Opportunity Zone Chat (Windsor Ballroom)
(Speakers: Della Clark, President/CEO, Philadelphia MBDA Business Center; and Diane Sumpter, President/CEO, South Carolina MBDA Business Center)
Description: This session will introduce Opportunity Zones created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that is designed to spur investment in distressed communities throughout the Country. After an overview of Opportunity Zones, attendees will hear from speakers on their unique perspectives on how Opportunity Zones can be leveraged to benefit MBEs and minority investors.
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Day One Wrap up and Close Out (Windsor Ballroom)
(Speaker: Joann Hill, Chief, Office of Business Development)
Description: Closing remarks, reminders, and open mic to share any business development opportunities and/or upcoming events across the Network.
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Post Event Chats with MBDA Headquarters Part 1 (Windsor Ballroom)
(Speakers: Headquarters Management Team)
Description: Huddle up with fellow attendees and MBDA HQ staff to converse on topics you’ve expressed interest in – all are welcome to contribute! Part 1 is for the Formerly Incarcerated and Enterprising Women of Color.
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Post Event Chats with MBDA Headquarters Part 2 (Windsor Ballroom)
(Speakers: Headquarters Management Team)
Description: Huddle up with fellow attendees and MBDA HQ staff to converse on topics you’ve expressed interest in – all are welcome to contribute! Part 2 is for the Exporting Projects and Business Centers.
4:20 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. Onsite MBDA Staff Meeting (Terrace C)
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Welcome to Motown
Charles Wright Museum of African American History
315 E. Warren Ave, Detroit 48201

(Sponsored Reception)
Description:The Detroit MBDA Business Center invites you to an evening out in Detroit to mix and mingle with your peers and other invited guests from across the Nation.


MBDA Business Center Century Club Awards
(Speaker: Nakita Chambers, Program Manager, Office of Business Development)
Description: The 2019 Century Club Awards honor the performance achievements of our Business Centers/Projects. Join us as we celebrate you and your great work!
Wednesday, June 19: Opportunity Zone Summit
9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Networking
9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
(Emcee: Michelle Sourie Robinson, President and CEO, Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Opportunity Zone Panel (Windsor Ballroom)
(Moderator: Henry Childs II, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce)
(Panelists: Monika Mantilla, Managing Partner Small Business Community Capital (SBCC) and President and CEO Altura Capital, Gina Staudacher, Partner, Corporate, Tax, Howard and Howard Attorneys, LLC, Gordon Goldie, Partner, Historic Tax Credit, New Markets Tax Credit and Opportunity Zone Consultant, Plante Moran, PLLC)
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Opportunity Zone Panel – Audience Questions and Answers
11:15 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Closing Remarks (Windsor Ballroom)
(Emcee: Michelle Sourie Robinson, President and CEO, Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council)

*Agenda is tentative and subject to change