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Supplier Diversity Institute Information

Thank You 2016 Attendees and Vendors!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 Supplier Diversity Institute. As session PowerPoint presentations and other meeting resources become available NAEP will post them to this site.

Thank you to Ernie Webster for the great photo!

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Overview of the Institute

Supplier Diversity programs have clearly demonstrated that they build resilience in those institutions that have embraced the principals of inclusion. NAEP Institutes explore strategies and opportunities to engage your campus community in Supplier Diversity, and we look for holistic and integrated approaches to combine Supplier Diversity into the campus framework.

Who should attend | Justification | Agenda | Hotel

Who Should Attend

  • Campus Supplier Diversity leaders
  • Directors of Procurement Business Officers
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Buyers
  • Anyone with responsibility for supplier diversity

    Download a letter of justification to customize and send to your boss for approval to attend!

    To help you secure permission to attend the 2016 institute, your peer group has created a justification letter detailing how you can benefit from attending this meeting. Simply download the attached Word document and customize as needed and appropriate and present to your boss.


    Program Agenda - Click Here to view printable agenda with room locations, session descriptions and presenters bios

    Sunday, July 31st

    6:00 - 7:30 pm - Evening Welcome Reception, Vera Cruz Room (2nd floor)

    Monday, August 1st

    7:00 - 8:30am - Full Breakfast/Registration and Networking 

    8:30 - 9:00am - Opening Greetings & Welcome

    Sustain Ourselves: Twenty Breaths - Roesia Gerstein

    Darcel Webb & Fred Coleman, Steering Committee Co-Chairs

    Chancellor Mark James, Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City

    9:00 - 10:00am - Themes: Educate. Empower. Sustain

    Keynote Speakers: Interim President Michael Middleton, University of Missouri System

    Brian Burnett, Chief Financial Officer, University of Missouri System

    10:00 - 10:15am - Break

    10:15 – 11:45am - Concurrent Sessions

    Session 1: Tools to Get Your Supplier Diversity Program Off the Ground

    Track: New Professionals

    Moderator:  Duane M. Bullock, Pennsylvania State University

    Panelists: Alan Parker, University of Akron, Ernie Webster, University of Georgia, Fred Coleman, retired: University of Illinois

    Session 2: Making Supplier Diversity Sustainable and Revenue Producing

    Track: Experienced Professionals

    Presenter: Jonah Cooper Jr, Rowan College of Burlington County


    11:45 - 1:00pm - Lunch and Remarks

    Speaker: Beverly Kuykendahl, President of Government Business, AMD

    1:00 - 2:30pm - Concurrent Sessions

    Session 3: Navigating Supplier Diversity Program Challenges

    Track: New Professionals

    Presenters: Darcel Webb, Dallas County Community College District, Veronica Cook, University of Connecticut 

    Session 4: Supplier Diversity Beyond Construction, Janitorial, Landscaping and Catering

    Track: Experienced Professionals

    Presenter: Nadia Quarles, University of Chicago 

    2:30 - 3:00pm - Summary & Wrap up

    Steering Committee Co-Chairs: Darcel Webb, Fred Coleman 

    3:00 - 6:00pm - Vendor Fair

    Don’t miss this opportunity for vendors to meet and talk with you about providing goods & services to your institution 

    6:00-9:00pm - Welcome to Kansas City Reception, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    Join us for a fun evening and Kansas City BBQ.

    Tuesday, August 2nd

    8:00 - 8:45amFull Breakfast/Registration and Networking

    8:45 - 9:45am - Keynote Council – Educate. Empower. Sustain

    Title: Leaders in Economic Diversity: Finding Synergy - Insights, Resources, and Partnerships for Educational Supplier Diversity Professionals

    Moderator: Dr. Stephanie Smith—Manager, Supplier Diversity, Washington University

    Panelists: Carlos Gomez-President Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City, Christal Watson-President Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce, Consuella McCain-Market President Mountain Plains Supplier Diversity Council, Carmen De Hart-Director-Small Business Technical Center, University of Missouri-Kansas City

    9:45-11:00am - Concurrent Sessions

    Session 5: 10 Steps for Successful Advocacy for Supplier Diversity Leaders 

    Track: New Professionals

    Presenter:  Veronica Cook-Euell, Kent State University

    Session 6: How Does Your Supplier Diversity Measure Up?   (Download Session Document Here)

    Track: Experienced Professionals

    Presenters: Roesia Gerstein, University of California, Berkeley & San Francisco, Neeraj Shah,

    11:00 - 11:15am - Break

    11:15 - 12:15pm - Educate/Empower/Sustain Member Mind XChange

    Visit a number of topic tables for lively discussions with your colleagues 

    12:15-1:15pm - Lunch & Summary

    Steering Committee Co-Chairs: Fred Coleman, Darcel Webb

    Sustain Ourselves: Twenty Breaths – Roesia Gerstein

    Hotel Information:

    Embassy Suites Kansas City – Plaza
    220 West 43rd St.
    Kansas City, MO  64111
    Phone: 816-756-1720

    See highlights from the 2014 Supplier Diversity Institute


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