TUESDAY | APRIL 24, 2018

There are two ways to attend. 1. Buy a per person access pass for all CBOF51 Workshops + Lunch ($100).
or 2. Register to attend all CBOF51 events with a Full Conference Registration ($490.00 standard registration before 4-13-2018). 

Buy an Access Pass to all Workshops | Buy a C1-C3 Full Conference Registration

Welcome/Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Comiskey Room

This is the official welcome to all attendees of the 51st annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair. The Council will provide quick orientation of event details, locations, and logistics for all attendees navigating the conference.

Power Your Business Forward: Increasing Your Capacity

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Wrigley Room

The workshop will be targeted towards construction firms attending CBOF. It will take a general look at two areas that can help a construction firm grow their capacity. The two ways a company can grow capacity is first by using the assistance of an IL Tollway technical assistance program. 

Moderator – Phil Barreda, Executive Vice President, ChicagoMSDC

Panelists – Stefanie Garcia, Program Manager, ChicagoMSDC;

Antoinette Mitchell, EEO Officer, F.H. Paschen;

Lynette Robinson, Diversity Compliance Specialist, IL Tollway’s Dept. of Diversity & Strategic Development


9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Gold Coast Room

MBDA Export Center will host multiple informative workshops. Click for details.

Obama Presidential Center Overview

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Water Tower Room

This workshop will provide an overview of The Obama Presidential Center development project.  This session is sponsored by Aon and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Moderator – Dave Thomas, Project Director, MBDA Business Center - Chicago

Speaker – Roark Frankel, Director of Planning & Construction, Obama Foundation

Networking Lunch

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 a.m. | Acapulco Room

Attendees are invited to learn how the Council’s executive leadership and guidance from the Board of Directors currently advocates within supplier diversity and how corporate members and minority businesses should prepare for dynamic changes expected in supply chain management.  This session is sponsored by Exelon.

Cybersecurity Risk: How Do You Manage the Unknown?

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Water Tower Room

This session will help you recognize the problem areas that make your firm vulnerable to a cyber-attack. The panelists will identify the processes and procedures that help mitigate the risk and review the coverage’s in a Cyber insurance policy in the event a loss occurs.  This session is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Moderator – Tom McLeary, President, Endow Inc.

Panelists – Bridget Sakach, Network Security & Privacy Specialist, AIG Property & Casualty;

Stephanie Snyder, Senior Vice President, Aon Risk Solutions Retail – Aon Services Corp.;

Danyetta Fleming Magana, Certified Information Systems Security Professional – Covenant Security Solutions

Are You “Bank”-able: Top Things You Should Know to Minimize Risk and Position Your Business for Success

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Wrigley Room

An interactive and memorable workshop that engages the audience and enables them to take away useful information that can position them for success.

Moderator – Jill Davis Kone, Vice President, Marketing Manager, Global Supplier Diversity, JP Morgan Chase

Panelists – James Flynn, Executive Director/Supplier Diversity Manager, JP Morgan Chase;

Brian Dozer, Vice President, Information Risk Lead, JP Morgan Chase

Place Your Bets on Sustainable Opportunities

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Gold Coast Room

Corporations are increasing their diversity commitment to sustainability and disability matters. This session will explore key impacts and guidelines for a continuous sustainable process to achieving specific goals.  This session is sponsored by Walgreens.

Moderator  Sherrell Fuller, Director of Strategic Alliances, ChicagoMSDC

Panelists – Patricia Richards, VP, Supply Chain Initiatives Technical Partners, U.S. Business Leadership Network;

Bridget Carter, Senior Manager, National Supplier Diversity Caesar’s Entertainment;

John Edelman, MD, Global Engagement and Corporate Responsibility,Edelman

The Price Is Right

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Wrigley Room

This workshop will discuss the importance of an MBE’s pricing strategy. It will not focus on a specific industry but provide a general overview of pricing considerations. Pricing being one of the most important factors when trying to gain new business and be competitive.

Moderator – Yvette Moten, BP; Goldman Sachs

Speaker – Dr. C. Adam Callery, President, Sagesse Lumiere


2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Water Tower Room

MBDA Export Center will host multiple informative workshops. Click for details.

All workshop attendees, please sign up in advance by April 13, 2018.