Program Managers’ Seminar
Chicago, IL
July 10-12, 2017

The National Minority Business Program Managers’ Seminar is hosted annually by NMSDC to provide supplier diversity professionals from national corporate member companies the opportunity to gather and discuss the latest trends, challenges and best practices in minority supplier development.

The seminar is held July 10-12 in Chicago, and features presentations by NMSDC leadership team members, corporate members and invited thought leaders in supplier diversity.

The seminar offers program managers guidance for establishing key strategies that are aligned with overall business goals and objectives. The interactive program encompasses the key elements of supplier diversity and aims to keep program managers up-to-date on minority supplier development issues affecting their job responsibilities and corporations. The hands-on exercises provide direction internally, reinforce your understanding of supplier diversity processes, help you facilitate minority supplier development processes, and meaningfully impact supplier development for Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American businesses.

The seminar is free for each NMSDC corporate contact. There is a $1,200 fee to send an additional participant from a member corporation. Early Registration is $1,000 until April 28, 2017. After April 28th, registration is $1,200. No refunds will be issued after June 26, 2017.

The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, located at 2233 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, IL 60616. We have arranged for a special room rate. All reservations require a one night room and tax deposit at time of booking. In the event of cancellation, deposits will be refunded in full if done so at least 72 hours prior to guest arrival.

Click here to make your reservation online or call (888) 421-1442. Be sure to reference the NMSDC room block when you make your reservation. Please be prepared to provide your credit card information to guarantee your room for late arrival.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!


Hotel Reservation

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Chicago, Illinois
July 10-12, 2017

Program Agenda

12:30 – 1:00

1:00 – 1:30
Welcome and Introductions
What keeps you up at night?

1:30 – 2:30
Peer-to-Peer Relationships
Expert to explain how to develop and the importance of peer-to-peer relations.

2:30 – 2:45

2:45 – 3:45
Practicum: Skill Development

Groups are divided by industry group and facilitators will provide interactive experiential skill development:
• Guidance for key strategies that aligned with overall goals and business objectives
• Key elements of supplier diversity
• Update on supplier diversity issues effecting their job responsibilities
• Understanding supplier diversity processes
• Help facilitate minority supplier development process

5:30 – 7:30

8:00 – 8:45
Registration/Networking Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:30
Welcome Presenter: Joset B. Wright-Lacy, President NMSDC
Telling our Story

9:30 – 10:30
Exercise: What are the Future Needs of Supplier Diversity?

  • Tools CEO Commitment letter
  • Benchmarking
    – What do you need to know? What has to be measured
    – Survey
    – What should be asked
    – Build survey
  • Scorecard/Dashboard
  • Strategic plan template
  • How do we get others onboard?

10:30 – 10:45

10:45 –12:00
Exercise: What are the Future Needs of Supplier Diversity?

12:00 – 1:00

1:00 – 5:00
Practicum: Reshaping Supplier Diversity for the New Marketplace
Best Practices assessment

8:15 – 9:00
Networking Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00
Call to Action
Summary: Highlights of lessons learned

10:00 – 11:00
Return on Investment/Value of Supplier Diversity

11:00 – 11:15

11:15 – 12:00
IMPACT of Supplier Diversity

12:00 – 12:15

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