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Registration and Breakfast Buffet Opens

7:15 am

Welcome Remarks followed by "Bring Yourself: A Strategic Framework to Negotiate Fearlessly"

8:15 am - 9:00 am | Fireside Chat

Contrary to conventional wisdom about what makes a good negotiator - namely, being aggressive and unemotional - this keynote offers a radically different perspective: The essence of bargaining isn't the transaction but the conversation and human connection.

Mori's unique approach challenges widely held assumptions and provides an actionable negotiation framework that emphasizes the transformative power of bringing your whole, authentic self to the table. You will learn to be a fearless advocate for yourself, while finding creative solutions that benefit all p

Presented by

Mori Taheripour

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Moderated by

Adrean Turner

Mastering Intentionality: Unlocking the Power of Intentional Networking for Inclusive Corporate Partnerships

9:05 am - 9:55 am | Plenary Session

Discover the importance of intentional networking for corporate leaders and how it can be leveraged to drive business success. Participants will gain insights into strategies for building strong internal and external connections that can lead to new opportunities, increased visibility, and improved outcomes.

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Moderated by

Janean Gardner

e&e Technical Consultants LLC


Vernice Lewis



Chuck Stefanosky

Independence Blue Cross

Unlocking the Power of ESOPs: Succession Planning/ESOP & Worker Coops

9:55 am - 10:35 am | MBE Workshop

Discover the benefits and risks of Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) as a succession planning tool for business owners in our session, "Unlocking the Power of ESOPs." You'll also learn how to evaluate whether an ESOP is right for your business, and walk away with a strategic framework for incorporating ESOPs into your long-term plan. Register now for a chance to learn about this valuable tool.

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Moderated by

Sean-Tamba Matthew

SES ESOP Strategies


Abe Diallo


Accelerate Your Growth: Leveraging CEO Peer Groups to Transform Your Small Business into a $1M Supplier/Partner

9:55 am - 10:35 pm | MBE Workshop

In this engaging and interactive workshop, learn about harnessing the power of CEO peer groups to elevate your small business into a thriving, effective supplier/partner for corporations. AJ will guide you through practical steps and innovative strategies, highlighting the significance of peer-to-peer connections in achieving sustainable growth. Discover the secrets to scaling your business to the $1M mark and beyond, as you unlock the potential of collaboration, shared experiences, and continuous learning. Don't miss this opportunity to gain invaluable insights, expand your professional network, and transform your business journey!

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Presented by

A.J. Drexler

Entrepreneurs Forever

Presented by

Catherine Jones

Entrepreneurs Forever


Presented by

Kevin Grant

Entrepreneurs Forever

Mastering ESG: How to Utilize the Sustainable Development Goals to Maximize Opportunities

9:55 am - 10:35 pm | MBE and Corporate Workshop

This session will focus on the importance of the UN 17 SDGs and how this can affect the current industries that are being served. Participants will gain insight into strategies on how to align ESG principles to current offerings to better position themselves for opportunities. Corporations will learn how to onboard their team and prepare for compliance and tracking.


Presented by

Antonio Cortada



Presented by

Patrick McCrummen


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Presented by

Michelle Morin

Corteva Agriscience

Unlocking Growth: The Untapped Potential of Micro M&A Deals for Minority-Owned Businesses

9:55 am - 10:35pm | MBE Workshop

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can be an intelligent way to grow your business, and micro M&A opportunities are available for under $100k. However, these deals can present challenges in financing and undisclosed liabilities.


Join our micro-transaction presentation to learn strategies and practical tips for reducing risk and navigating complexities. Our expert will provide you with the knowledge and skills to close micro M&A deals confidently and maximize your growth potential.

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Presented by

Tom Sharbaugh

Penn State Law

The 5 Phases to Building a Scalable, Team-Managed Company and Lead like the CEO
You Are Meant to Be

 10:40 am - 11:25 am | Plenary Session

Ready to take your business to the next level and scale beyond 7 and 8-figures? Join Allison Maslan, the CEO of Pinnacle Global Network, and learn how to build a scalable model that can thrive without your day-to-day involvement.


Discover 15 super-powered scalable models and strategies for building your dream team, and gain insights from a Wall Street Journal Best Selling author and founder of 10 companies.

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Presented by

Amber Flemons

Pinnacle Global Network


11:30 am

Maximizing Opportunities in Retail Contracting: The Advantages of General Contracting, Private Labeling, and White Labeling for Small and Mid-Cap Businesses

noon - 12:45 pm | Plenary Session

Small and mid-cap businesses, discover new insights on how to make the most out of retail contracting by utilizing general contracting, private labeling, and white labeling strategies. Delve into the advantages of private and white labeling, allowing businesses to partner with larger corporations while maintaining control over branding and product quality.

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Presented By

Samantha Custard

Giant Eagle

Don't Fight Alone: How Advance Manufacturing Leverages Partnerships to Strengthen Their Businesses

12:50 pm - 1:35 pm | Plenary Session

With the advent of new technology, lean manufacturing process, and a strengthening economy, the manufacturing industry is experiencing a resurrection of sorts. Despite this positive forecasting, manufacturers still face an assortment of challenges.

Attention manufacturers; don't face these challenges alone! Join Karla Trotman and other industry leaders for a conversation around SEPMA and how to leverage industry partnerships to build non-competitive and collaborative relationships.

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Moderated by

Karla Trotman

Electro Soft, Inc


Barbara Allen

Philadelphia Works

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Frank Cettina

Computer Components Corporation

Recent Developments in National and Regional Economy

1:40 pm - 2:25 pm | MBE Workshop

Ryo Tashiro, an economist from the Federal Reserve, will be sharing his views on the national and the regional economy during the presentation. Critical questions will include, but not limited to, the following:

What is the state of our economy now?

What has improved over the past six months? What still remains a challenge?

What is the outlook for inflation?

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Presented by

Ryotaro Tashiro

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Rev Up Your Supply Chain: How to Drive More Capacity, Capability, and Scale in Your Suppliers

1:40 pm - 2:25 pm | Corporate Workshop

Join Allison Maslan, the founder of Pinnacle Global Network, to learn how to develop your suppliers for increased revenue opportunities, build strong teams, and navigate complex business issues. Gain potent strategies for unlocking new revenue streams and guaranteeing top-tier product and service delivery. Supercharge your supply chain with more capacity, capability, and scale to gain a competitive edge in your industry. Sign up now for this exclusive session and drive your business success to the next level!

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Presented by

Amber Flemons

Pinnacle Global Network

Age of Innovation: The Future of STEM In Supplier Diversity

1:40 pm - 2:25 pm | MBE and Corporate Workshop

Technology and innovation are critical to economic growth, fueling job growth, employment rates, wages and exports. By 2029, the STEM workforce is projected to grow by 8%, and a diverse workforce provides a competitive advantage. Join this discussion regarding the future of STEM and how it can redefine the industries you’re in.

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Presented by

Bryan Knight

Ernst & Young

Presented by

Avis Yates-Rivers

Technology Concepts

Group International

Presented by

Tasha Youngblood-Brown

Ernst & Young

Going Global: Doing Business Internationally

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm | Panel Discussion

Every day, the business world becomes increasingly interconnected, and global events can profoundly change the marketplace at home and abroad. Join the Presidents of the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council and the EMSDC for a panel discussion as we present our international partnership that creates a springboard for global commerce for MBEs of all sizes.


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Moderated by

Cassandra Dorrington

Canadian Aboriginal and

Minority Supplier Council

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Moderated by

Brian K. Oglesby

Eastern Minority Supplier

Development Council



Beth Pomper

Delaware Department of State

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Rasagna Holt


Resource Row

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Stop by booths of varius organizations that can help grow your business!


Corporate Roundtables

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Every day, the business world becomes increasingly interconnected, and global events can profoundly change the marketplace at home and abroad. Join the Presidents of the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council and the EMSDC for a panel discussion as we present our international partnership that creates a springboard for global commerce for MBEs of all sizes.



4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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