CBOF52 Features High Profile Workshop Panelists and Presenters


CBOF52 Workshops Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The ChicagoMSDC announced a high profile list of speakers, panelists and moderators for the 52nd Annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair. Sponsored by JP Morgan Chase, all workshops are held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Navy Pier. Workshops tickets may be purchased on-site at Navy Pier on April 17th.

The Pricing Beatdown | 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Now that you are at the discussion table, what can you do to secure the winning price/contract? Is it always the lowest price that wins the contract? Come hear key Chief Procurement Officers discuss what they want vendors, like you, to do during contract/pricing negotiations.

Moderator: Stefanie Garcia, Executive Vice President, Water Integrated Treatment Systems
Panelists: David Zaccagnini, US Chief Procurement Officer, Head-IT, Operations & CRE Procurement, BMO Financial Group; Catherine Shackleford, Vice President, Supply Chain, US Cellular; Camille Batiste, Vice President, Global Procurement, Archer Daniels Midland Company; Byron Holden, VP Procurement, CDW

The Open Discussion:
The Future of Supplier Diversity and Supply Chain Management | 10:15 am – 11:15 am

Supplier Diversity has come a long way over the past few decades, but faces new challenges as the business World evolves. This panel discussion will be a candid conversation about the greatest challenges facing supplier diversity programs, including emerging industries, the current business and political climate, and the impact of supplier reduction initiatives.

Moderator: Mark Hands, Supplier Diversity Program Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Panelists: Shelia Morgan, President, Chicago MSDC; Jerome’ Holston, Director, LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois; Barbara Lumpkin, Interim President and CEO, Urban League; Jaime di Paulo, President and CEO, IHCC; Chiling Tong, President and CEO, Asian & Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship; Michael Cabrera, Manager, Diverse Business Empowerment, Exelon Corporation

The 78: The Greatest Power for Change | 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

The 78 Project will bring $7 billion of economic activity to the city. As the largest undeveloped parcel of land in downtown Chicago, this 62-acre site in the South Loop will soon be home to Chicago’s 78th neighborhood. Related Midwest plans to build a model for how socially-responsible development can transform communities when strategic resources are invested.

Moderator: Megan Nakano, Director of Marketing, ChicagoMSDC
Presented by: Don Biernacki, Senior Vice President Construction, Related Midwest

A New Recipe to Spice Up Your Marketing Mix | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Which key ingredients are missing from your recipe for success?   This session explores advanced strategies for brand development and lead generation with multi-media content marketing.  This session will also include a demo of new augmented reality technology and an invitation to showcase your company’s brand in a new outreach campaign.

Presenters: Jared Kelly, Principal Consultant, CEI Media Group and Paul Litardo, General Manager, MOTR Grafx, LLC

Tales from the Abyss | 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

As most business owners know, success doesn’t happen overnight, and it often happens after many failures.  Hear how business owners have overcome failure, adversity, and challenges to their growth by leveraging financial resources and other business partnerships.

Moderator: Jill Davis, VP Marketing/Global Supplier Diversity, JP Morgan Chase
Presenters: James Webb Jr., President, Nation Builders Construction Group and Michael Chin, Vice President, First Midwest Bank

The Obama Presidential Center: 
Creating a New Model for Diversity & Inclusion in Chicago | 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Please join representatives from the Obama Foundation for a presentation and discussion about the future Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park and the opportunities it presents for diverse communities. Presenters will guide attendees through an overview of the project and will discuss the commitments the Obama Foundation has made in regards to community engagement, diversity, and inclusion. Attendees will also learn about the various contracting opportunities presented by the construction of the Center in Jackson Park and other opportunities to contract with the Obama Foundation.

Moderator: Shelly Brown, Diversity Solutions Leader, AON
Panelists: Jackie Gomez, Director of Real Estate Inclusion, Obama Foundation; Eric Foster, Director of Strategic Sourcing and Business Diversity, Obama Foundation; Roark Frankel, Director of Planning and Construction, Obama Foundation; Jamie-Clare Flaherty, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Obama Foundation

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