Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 12:15 PM CST
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Thrivent Financial, 4321 North Ballard Road 
Appleton, WI 54919  



Robert Williams 
North Central Minority Supplier Development Council 

Join us Tuesday, November 6th at 8 AM!

 For the Northeast Wisconsin Supplier Diversity Symposium

 Who should join us?

Minority and Women Business Owners:

Are you an ethnic minority business owner or a women business owner in the Northeast Wisconsin area? Learn how you can become a nationally certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBEs) through the North Central Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC) and a nationally certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC).  As an MBE or WBE, you are in an unique position to promote and market your services to prospective corporate buyers who are looking to build relationships with trusted diverse-owned businesses.


Does your company have a supplier diversity program, and are you looking to enhance it?  Or, does your company have an interest in developing a supplier diversity program, and you want to learn more?  Join us to learn how the North Central Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC) and the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) can support your supplier diversity program development and be a liaison between your purchasing teams and Minority & Women owned Business Enterprises that provide the goods and services you are looking for in your company's supply chain.

Program Agenda

Onsite Registration 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Section 1:

8:30 – 8:40 AM – Welcome & Overview (Heather Olson, President & CEO, NCMSDC and Jessie Leonard, Associate Director, WBE Certification, Milwaukee, WBDC)

8:40 - 9:00 AM - Welcome to Thrivent (Don Keeley, VP - Corporate Operations Services, Thrivent Financial)

9:00 – 9:30 AM – Keynote Speaker – What is Supplier Diversity and why does it matter?

9:30 – 9:45 AM – Break

Section 2:

9:45 – 10:30 AM – Panel A- Corporate Supplier Diversity Program Overview (Sharing of Supplier Diversity Best Practices, with Definitions, Internal Outreach Requirements and External Outreach Requirements)

10:30 - 11:15 AM - Panel B- MWBE/Corporate Partnerships (How to engage, capability statements, resources available, benefits for both sides)

Section 3:

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – Networking Time