Virtual Town Hall Tomorrow: How MBEs Are Navigating the COVID-19 Business Challenges

NMSDC invites you to continue this timely conversation we began last week in a second Town Hall this Thursday – the topic this week is “Managing in a National Emergency: How MBEs Are Navigating the COVID-19 Business Challenges.”

How are you coping?

What can corporate customers do to answer your needs, and what advice can you give to other MBEs?

What do federal, state, and local governments need to do to support minority businesses?

We will answer these and other questions posed by the audience of MBEs and corporate members of NMSDC. We welcome your participation, questions, and insights on what your companies are doing.

Join us online from 2-3:30 pm (EDT) on Thursday, March 26, to be a part of this week’s essential conversation. As this health emergency continues to unfold, NMSDC’s transformed mission is more important than ever – today, tomorrow, and beyond.

This Town Hall is a component in that mission. We need to hear your questions, your concerns, and your ideas. With your feedback, we can work more effectively as a network.

Hosting the Town Hall is our President and CEO, Adrienne C. Trimble. Panelists joining Adrienne on Thursday are:

Sidd Ahmed, Founder
VDart Group

Nina Vaca
CEO & Chairman of Pinnacle Group
Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship

Brian Brooks
E.E. Ward Moving & Storage

Roderick K. Rickman
Chairman & CEO
Rickman Enterprise Group

Leon Richardson
Founder, President and CEO
Chemico Group

We hope that you will join us on Thursday. Those who register will receive the call-in information
via email 90 minutes before the Town Hall starts. A recording of the live stream will be provided.

Registration closes at 11 AM (EDT) on Thursday, March 26.
The live web cast is limited to the first 500 participants.


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Webinar Series

Two Upcoming Webinars-Business Resource Group Leadership Development and the Impact of Supplier Diversity Outreach Activities

Join Us for Our FREE Webinars on 3/25 and 4/21


Wednesday, March 25, 2020 10am PDT/1pm EDT

Developing Business Resource Group Leadership

Kristine Maciolek Small, PPL Corporation and Deb Dagit, Deb Dagit Diversity

Business/Employee resource groups can be one of a company’s hidden treasures, helping to identify new sources for the talent pipeline, shining a spotlight on current and high potential leaders and creating a cross-functional multi-level team of advocates to help retain valued employees. BRGs are also a key component of a successful diversity and inclusion strategy, helping to improve culture, serving as advocates and allies for awareness and change.

Successful BRGs have effective leaders who know how to connect and collaborate with members, colleagues and more importantly, the company’s leadership.

Join Kristine Maciolek Small, PPL and Deb Dagit, Deb Dagit Diversity, to understand how leadership development opportunities for BRG leaders and members can improve professional skills and foster BRG collaboration across demographic and business lines, thereby increasing the effectiveness of not just the BRGs, but the enterprise.

This webinar will offer useful insights and ideas for BRG leaders and members, human resource professionals, business managers and both formal and informal executive sponsors. Register Today!


Tuesday, April 21, 2020 10am PDT/1pm EDT

Impact Analysis: Supplier Diversity Supporting Activities
How does data inform the impact of outreach activities to advance opportunities for diverse suppliers?

Jose Espinoza, CalWater
How do you prioritize activities? Why measure impact? What does impact look like? Join Jose Espinoza, as he reviews a data-driven program: the importance in measuring impact, top-five activities; he will share tips for supplier diversity managers, advocacy organizations, and diverse suppliers. He’ll conclude with how to implement a similar approach.

In addition to going beyond demonstrating diverse spend, this webinar will illustrate the importance of each step in the supplier diversity process including why it’s important to know where diverse suppliers are coming from, so you can identify barriers. More importantly, when you have current metrics on suppliers, those metrics can be used to encourage supplier diversity growth. Register today!

The webinars and the work of NUDC is made possible in part by grants from Academy Securities, ACT-1 Group, AG Tools, Alcoa Traffic Control, American Association of Blacks in Energy, American Water, Anonymous, Arnita Smith, Burns Environmental Services, Inc., C.L. King & Associates, California Water Association, Center for Energy Workforce Development, Conitsha Barnes, Connecticut Water, Consumers Energy, Damian Rivera, Diversity Comm, Donna Ruff, Dr. Alexander Washington, Duke Energy, Edison Electric Institute, Exelon Corporation, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Gunster, Heather McCreary, Hispanics in Energy, Jesse Castellanos, Liberty Power, Loop Capital, MFR Securities, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, New York Power Authority, NRG Energy, Osceola Consulting, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Penserra, Philadelphia Gas Works, PJM Interconnection, PPL, Ruben Strategy Group, S&H Metal & Fabricating Co. Inc., Salesforce, Sanjay Kucheria/Trinus, Southern California Edison Company, Southern California Gas Company, Southwest Gas, SouthWest Water Company, TAS Strategies, TechSoup, The Dowling-Woo Company, The ELITE SDVOB Network, Utility Workers Union of America, Yolanda Pollard; Support for the Diversity Toolkit also received from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity; the Supplier Diversity webinar series is sponsored in part by generous support from Pacific Gas and Electric Company.