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Welcome/Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  

This is the official welcome to all attendees of the 52nd annual Chicago Business Opportunity Fair. The Council will provide quick orientation of event details, locations, and logistics for all attendees navigating the conference.

The Pricing Beatdown

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Room 201

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, LLC


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 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Room 202

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 with minority business advocates and corporate professionals 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


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

The 78: The Greatest Power for Change

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Room 204

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. The 78 Project will bring $7 billion of economic activity to the city. This workshop discusses Related Midwest’s 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

Presenter: Don Biernacki, Senior Vice President Construction, Related Midwest


Networking Luncheon (Paid Luncheon, Wrist Band Required)

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Room 203

Paid box lunches will be available during the break between sessions to have network with other MBE and Corporate attendees. This session is sponsored by Exelon.

Attendees who choose not to pay for lunch are welcomed to eat at a restaurant at Navy Pier at their own expense and leisure.  

A New Recipe to Spice Up Your Marketing Mix

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Room 201

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. Attendees will learn techniques for storytelling your brand, products and offerings to create a more personalized and profitable experience.  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.


Jared Kelly, Principal Consultant, CEI Media Group

Paul Litardo, General Manager, MOTR Grafx, LLC

Tales from the Abyss

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Room 204

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


James Webb Jr., President, Nation Builders Construction Group

Michael Chin, Vice President, First Midwest Bank

The Obama Presidential Center: Creating a New Model for Diversity & Inclusion in Chicago

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Room 205

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


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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