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Opening Session – August 4th @ 9:00 a.m.

Curt Morgan, CEO/President of Vistra Energy, sits down with Bonnie Clinton, VP Supply Chain, Toyota and Chair of the D/FW MSDC Board of Directors.

In a time of unrest and concerns about institutional and systemic inequities in our economic infrastructure, they discuss the role of the private sector in driving economic wealth and equality in underserved and under engaged communities.

August 4, 2020
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CST)

August 5, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm (CST)

D/FW MSDC ACCESS 2020 has gone VIRTUAL! The best part is we are keeping certified MBEs and Buying Entity partners connected through a seamless virtual matchmaking  and round table experience. Matchmakers are the heart of the ACCESS Business Expo and Round Tables provide excellent introduction opportunities.

Curtis "Curt A. Morgan, President and CEO, Vistra Corp.

Curtis A. “Curt” Morgan, president and chief executive officer: Since October 2016, Mr. Morgan has served as president and chief executive officer of Vistra Energy.

Prior to joining Vistra Energy, Morgan was an operating partner at Energy Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in North America’s energy infrastructure. He joined the firm in 2015 and was involved in all areas of the firm’s investment activities, with a particular emphasis on origination, diligence and portfolio company governance and oversight, across all of Energy Capital’s sectors of investments.

During his 35-year career, Morgan has held leadership responsibilities in nearly every major U.S. power market. Prior to joining Energy Capital, he served as the president and CEO of both EquiPower Resources Corp. and FirstLight Power Resources, Inc. He recently served as a director of Summit Midstream General Partner at Summit Midstream Partners. He has also held leadership positions at NRG Energy, Mirant Corporation, Reliant Energy and BP Amoco.
Morgan has served on the board of directors of the Electric Power Supply Association, the competitive power generation industry organization, and on the board of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia.
A certified public accountant, Morgan received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Western Illinois University and a master’s of business administration in finance and economics from the University of Chicago.

Moderator -- Mitchell Ward, Chairman/CEO

Mitchell Ward is the Chairman/CEO of MW Logistics, LLC. He created a strategic plan for and launched MW Logistics, LLC, in July 2001, and achieved profitability early in the life of MWL. MW Logistics, LLC moves products around the country for companies such as Procter & Gamble, General Mills, Clorox and Coke. The company generated close to $60 million in revenue last year and has approximately 50 employees. Ward is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the logistics and supply chain industry. His skills include in Warehouse Operations, Operations Management, Customer Service, Freight, and Logistics Management. He is a strong business development professional graduated from Texas State University. 

Bonnie Clinton, VP and CPO Indirect Procurement, Toyota North America

Bonnie is Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Indirect Procurement Shared Services for Toyota North America. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic leadership and services of several departments that support the business units of Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Financial Services. These support departments include Strategic and Operations Sourcing, Financial Services Sourcing and Supplier Management, Program Strategy, Process and Controls, and Spend Analytics. In her role, she collaborates with Toyota global entities to further leading practices and spend optimization. Bonnie started her career in the aerospace and defense industry supporting the Space Shuttle program.

Mrs. Clinton resides in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and daughter. Bonnie serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council. Bonnie volunteers in local communities through the National Charity League, Plano Chapter, where she and her daughter are active members. Bonnie received an MBA from the University of LaVerne, California and a Certificate in Contract Management from the University California Irvine.

One-on-One Reverse Matchmakers

The One-on-One Virtual Reverse Matchmakers are designed to expedite connections and potential engagement between buyers, end-users and MBE suppliers, This year the MBEs make the selections and set meetings. It’s a great first step to possible business connections.

1:1 Virtual Reverse Matchmakers Schedule 

  • August 4, 2020 – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CST)
  • August 5, 2020 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (CST)

About the Matchmaker Sessions

  • Pre-Scheduled virtual sessions between certified MBE and Buying Entity representative to explore potential sourcing opportunities
  • MBEs can pre-schedule sessions (up to 5) on a first-come, first-served basis. However, there is no guarantee that five meetings will be accepted by the selected Buying Entities. Buying Entity supply chain specialists and end users have the option to decline a meeting.
  • Duration: 15 minutes each
  • Location: https://access2020.pathable.co/
  • Software: Virtual Conference Platform using Zoom   

Please note: Registration fees will not be refunded if a MBE is unable to participate in up to five matchmaker sessions. 

Who is Eligible to Participate?

  • To be eligible to participate in the Matchmaker sessions, the business must be a certified D/FW MSDC MBE, D/FW MSDC Subscriber MBE or NMSDC certified MBE from one of the NMSDC Affiliate Councils.
  • The MBE must have registered as a sponsor and/or signed up for the Matchmaker registration package.
  • Non NMSDC certified businesses are not eligible to participate.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND TIPS WILL BE SUPPLIED TO THOSE PARTICIPATING IN THE ONE-ON-ONE REVERSE MATCHMAKERS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE EXPO.

 

Round Table Sessions

Round Table session provide the perfect venue to learn more about doing business with a Buying Entity and its team. They provide the ideal introductions between Buying Entities and other MBEs while discussing upcoming areas of emphasis in the supply chain. MBEs, have your 30-second or 5-Word pitch ready to share! The goal of this event is for registered businesses to learn about upcoming business opportunities and how to do business with corporations and government agencies. 

Round Table Schedule 

  • August 4, 2020 – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CST)
  • August 5, 2020 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (CST)

 

The Format

  • 15 minute sessions with a Buying Entity representative and registered businesses in attendance. 
  • A variety Buying Entities will be conducting sessions across industries and disciplines
  • Businesses are eligible to register and attend any round table and as many round tables as time and attendance permits.
  • Due to the nature and time allotted to each session there will be a limited number of “seats” per session. 
  • The Buying Entity will kick off the session with information about their organization.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to make a 30-second introduction. (It is suggested that participants have their capability statement/scope of work handy)

Participants will be able to receive a list of those attending their sessions after the ACCESS has concluded. Remember, MBEs can learn about each other and do business with each other.

 

Finalist Presentations “Live”
August 5th
12:30 pm – 3 pm
Deadline to register extended to July 27, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. CST.

2020 has been a unique and challenging year for everyone. MBEs, now is your chance to tell us how you have survived and thrived with innovation, differentiation, relevancy, a new business niche and/or impacting your employees and the community. Join in the fun and challenge to pitch your business through the D/FW MSDC social media platforms and “live” during ACCESS 2020 Pitch Challenge.

August 5th – 3:00 pm

The supply chain has changed drastically over the past few months. We enlisted several local Chief Procurement Officers to talk about what keeps you up at night post- pandemic and how the purchasing is changing during the pandemic and protests.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
  1. Register using the button above. Deadline to register is July 71, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. CST.
  2. Produce a 59-second or less video pitch that responds to at least one of the following topics related to your business:
    1. How has your business demonstrated innovation in this NEW NOW  business environment?
    2. What differentiates your business from the competition in your industry?
    3. How has your business positively impacted community and the employees who are part of your team?
    4. How have you demonstrated Visionary Leadership?
    5. Tell us about a new business niche you’ve found.
    6. How are you keeping your business relevant?
  3. Submit your video following the instructions included in the registration, i.e. upload your video file using WeTransfer.com or send a link.
  4. Deadline to submit videos is July 27, 2020 by  5:00 p.m. CST
ROUND 1 PARTICIPATION
  • Qualified videos will be uploaded to the Council’s social media platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram)
  • You will be notified of your acceptance and the date your video is uploaded.
  • Use your network and get them to “Like” and “Share” your video.
  • The Top 25 Videos with the most Likes and Shares will be reviewed by a panel of judges using the ACCESS 2020 Pitch Challenge Scoring Rubic.
  • The TOP 10 Videos will be selected as Finalists and move on to Round 2.
  • Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on July 29, 2020.
ROUND 2 FINALIST PRESENTATIONS "LIVE"
  • The “Live” Pitch Challenge Finals will take place on August 5, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m
  • Finalist will be given 2 (two) minutes to share information about their business and their response to the Pitch Challenge question(s) from Round 1.
  • A panel of composed of Buying Entity judges from diverse industries and backgrounds will participate.
  • After the 2 minute presentation by the Finalist, the judges will have up to 15 minutes to ask questions.
  • At the completion of the pitches and Q&As from all Finalists, judges will determine final rankings using the ACCESS 2020 Pitch Challenge Scoring Rubic.
  • Winners will announced during the ACCESS 2020 Virtual Business Expo Closing Reception.
PITCH CHALLENGE PRIZES

GRAND PRIZE

$5,000 Grant

Showcase at ACCESS 2021 • Complimentary ticket to all Council events in 2021
One-on-One MBDA CARES Coaching • Press Release
Pitch video on the Council’s website & social media platforms

1 ST RUNNER UP PRIZE

Showcase at ACCESS 2021 • Complimentary ticket to all Council events in 2021
One-on-One MBDA CARES Coaching
Pitch video on the Council’s website & social media platforms

2ND RUNNER UP PRIZE

Showcase at ACCESS 2021 • Invitation to attend the Golf Tournament in 2021
One-on-One MBDA CARES Coaching
Pitch video on the Council’s website & social media platforms

TOP 12 FINALISTS

Pitch videos featured on the DFW MSDC YouTube channel

Pamela Bryant, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Parkland Health & Hospital System

Pamela Bryant is the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for Parkland Health & Hospital System. Parkland is one of the largest public hospitals in the country with more than 1 million patient visits annually. Pamela leads a team of over 200 personnel and is responsible for all aspects of the supply chain, including procurement, strategic sourcing, informatics, logistics, distribution, vendor management and equipment/asset management. She has more than 20 years of healthcare experience and a proven track record in driving cost reductions, supporting dynamic growth, implementing new initiatives, improving operational efficiencies and driving supplier diversity.

Pamela earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and Master of Business Administration degree from Averett University in Danville, Virginia. She is a member of The Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) where she previously served as president of the local chapter. Currently, she serves as the Board Chair of the Women’s Business Council Southwest (WBCS).

Rob Simpson, Vice President of Worldwide Procurement & Logistics, Texas Instruments Incorporated

Rob Simpson is Vice President of Worldwide Procurement & Logistics (WPL) at Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) in Dallas, Texas. In this role, Rob is responsible for all of TI’s Procurement and Logistics activities, which also include global trade compliance, Purchase to Pay (P2P), and Supply Chain Responsibility. 

Rob spent the early part of his career in process engineering, manufacturing and factory planning before moving to WPL.  His experience in procurement includes direct materials, equipment, indirect and services.  He has played a key role in the implementation of TI’s manufacturing strategy, managing procurement activities related to the construction and acquisition of several TI factories.

 

As a board member of the DFW Minority Supplier Development Council, Rob serves on the Executive, Compensation and Certification committees and is Second Vice Chairman.

 

Rob has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). 

 

Moderator, Francis Kamgang, F2G Solutions

Francis Kamgang is an experienced veteran of the telecommunications industry.  He held various management positions at Nokia and strategic consulting roles at Tektronix/Netscout for Verizon and other customers worldwide. In his positions, he setup and led global level R&D partnerships between Nokia and other enterprises like Apple, Samsung, Qualcomm, Intel, Ericsson, Cisco and Huawei. He also led LTE Advanced and VoLTE service performance metrics definition for wireless carriers and government agencies.

Under Francis’ leadership, F2G Solutions has experienced double digit growth since its inception in 2014. The company was selected for the 2018 SBA Emerging Leadership program and the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Small Business Mentoring program conducted by Toyota.

Francis has a Master of Science degree in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering from The University of Braunschweig in Germany.

Rachel Kutz, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Global Connections & Supply Chain, AT&T

Rachel Kutz, VP Strategic Initiatives, is responsible for the overall supply chain strategy, purchasing operations, corporate sourcing functions and critical Enterprise-wide programs including supplier diversity, compliance and sustainability. She also sets strategic direction for supply chain systems and tools to improve the efficiency of AT&T processes through the use of data analytics and automation.

Prior to her current role, Rachel was the AVP of Product Logistics and Quality supporting AT&T’s Entertainment Group. Rachel led a diverse team of over 300 people who managed customer product forward and reverse logistics and teams who managed product quality. She has also led teams responsible for managing supplier and product selection, pricing, inventory and supply planning, procurement, and quality control for all AT&T consumer products.

Rachel joined AT&T as a wireless network radio frequency (RF) performance engineer and rapidly rose to Executive Director, Wireless Network of AT&T’s HQ market. In her progressive roles in AT&T’s wireless network organization, she successfully dealt with state and local governments resolving cell site zoning and RF spectrum issues. Rachel designed smarter cell site building plans that expanded networks and also enabled local sales teams to more effectively market products and reduce customer churn.

Rachel is an engaging, insightful and decisive leader who uses good communication skills to adapt to any situation. She has lived and worked across the US including Michigan, Illinois, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada and Georgia. This geographic diversity has provided her with an invaluable local and regional perspective, as well as an adaptive, problem solving mindset.

Although she lives in Texas, Rachel calls Colorado home. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Astrophysics (obviously to create better ski jumps through math and science) but cooking and tennis are the only things she loves as much as work.

David L Sanchez, Sr. Director, Global Procurement – FLNA, PepsiCo

David Sanchez is a 30-year PepsiCo veteran currently serving as Sr. Director on PepsiCo’s Global Procurement team.   David’s current responsibilities include Productivity, Innovation, Contract Manufacturing, M&A, and Supply Deployment for Frito-Lay North America.

David is also serving in his 11th year representing PepsiCo/Frito-Lay on the Board of Directors for the Dallas-Ft. Worth Minority Supplier Development Council here in Dallas.

PepsiCo Exp:            30 years

 Responsibilities:     

  • Engineering – Controls Engineer/Project Manager                             
  • Contract Manufacturing – Industry Manager/Director
  • Supply Chain Finance – CAPEX and Capacity Planning
  • Supply Chain Finance – VP, Innovation & Supply Chain Finance
  • Procurement – Seasoning/Ingredients
  • Procurement – Quaker Market Supply Officer
  • Procurement – S&I, Productivity & Innovation Lead
  • Procurement – Productivity, Innovation, M&A, Supply, and Co-Man

  Education:              

  • BS Electrical Engineering – SMU
  • MBA – University of Texas @Dallas

 

The environment and supply chain have drastically changed over the past few months. What are the trends in each industry and how will the supply chain meet the demands of each industry? Find out from industry experts about the direction of their NEW NOW. Concurrent sessions will take place.

Schedule – August 4th

  • 10:00 a.m.
    A. The New Now in Utilities and Energy
    B. Champions of Healthcare
  • 11:00 a.m.
    A. 5G – Pivoting to Expand and Bridge the Digital Divide
    B. Challenges. Changes. Champions. in Business Financing
  • 1:00 p.m.
    A. Accessing the Path to Government Contracts
    B. Post Covid-19 Manufacturing Supplier Preparedness
Utility/Energy -- The New Now in Utilities and Energy

Discover the current state of business operations and future opportunities in the industry.  Energy industry leaders and their prime supplier will share a high-level overview of current operations at each company. Suppliers will also learn how to position themselves to compete for corporate contracting opportunities moving forward.

From top to bottom:

  • Kyle Burgett, Director of Operations, FLUOR
  • Anita Manivani, Senior Procurement Manager, SHELL
  • Coler Snellman, Director of Strategic Sourcing, ONCOR
  • Moderator, Guy Brown, President/CEO, Great Southwestern Fire & Safety, Inc.

Healthcare - Champions of Healthcare

This expert Healthcare panel examines business opportunities for suppliers in the healthcare industry. Speakers discuss hospital systems, clinics, facilities, and GPO’s.

From top to bottom:

  • Shaleta Dunn, Senior Director, Program Services, Supplier Diversity,VIZIENT INC.

  • Guy Toliver, Director of Inclusion and Supplier Diversity, PARKLAND HEALTH & HOSPITAL SYSTEM

  • Moderator, Willis Johnson, CEO and Founder, JBJ Management

Technology/Telecom - Pivoting to Expand and Bridge the Digital Divide

The “New Normal” is no longer new. Overnight, COVID-19, forced millions of people to work from home and home school. We have seen a rapid increase in the appetite for e-commerce and home entertainment.  Home and transportation automation, autonomy, telehealth, and robotics are not the future, they are the NOW! Each are growing in importance. In order to close the digital divide, the telecommunication industry is working on an accelerated schedule to increase connectivity in all communities. Join us to hear from industry experts on how they are working together on expanding and bridging connectivity for all.

From top to bottom:

  • Mike Meagher, President, TELTECH GROUP
  • Mike Watson, Vice President – Technology, Operations & Business Solutions Supply Chain Global Connections & Supply Chain, AT&T
  • Paul Challoner, VP Network Product Solutions, ERICSSON
  • Moderator, Chanel Christoff Davis, Founder & CEO, Davis, Davis & Harmon LLC

Banking/Finance - Challenges. Changes. Champions. in Business Financing

Experienced banking and capital funding champions examine the challenges, changes, and opportunities for acquiring business financing in the current environment. Our champions have been through the cyclical world of financing in strong and weak economies. Alternatives exists, but the experts will tell you what makes sense for the different stages of the businesses.

From top to bottom:

  • Mike Mora, President, MORA CAPITAL FUNDING
  • Lloyd-Trent Sampson, Vice President, COMERICA BANK – Texas Division
  • Joni Wilson, Senior Vice President, AFFILIATED BANK N.A.
  • Moderator, Farad Ali, CEO, Asociar

Public Sector - Accessing the Path to Government Contracts

Learn the ropes for accessing government contract opportunities. Four dynamic and engaging public sector representatives provide insight and tips to help you increase your opportunity to obtain public sector procurement.

From top to bottom:

  • Annie Partee, Director Minority/Women Business Enterprise Department, DALLAS ISD 
  • Greg Obar, Senior Director for Strategic Management & HUB, UNT SYSTEM 
  • Zarin Gracey, Director of Office of Business Diversity, CITY OF DALLAS
  • Darcel Webb , Manager, Business Diversity Programs, DALLAS COLLEGE
  • Moderator, Yareli Estaban, President/CEO, Strategar

Manufacturing- Post Covid-19 Manufacturing Supplier Preparedness

With supply chains scrambling because of Covid-19, the way we examine manufacturing changes as well. From discussions of making facilities safe, use of automation and creating more home-grown suppliers, there is much to discuss. Leaders in the manufacturing industry examine and suggest plans of action for manufacturing suppliers preparing for and accelerating engagement in the industry.

From top to bottom:

  • Francisco De Jesús, President & CEO, UNIVERSAL
  • John Snelson, Senior Data Scientist, LOCKHEED MARTIN
  • Joe Adams, Director, Supply Chain Management and Strategic Sourcing,  RAYTHEON INTELLIGENCE & SPACE
  • Moderator, Michael de la Cruz, S.V.P. Business Development and Diversity Specialist, Group O

Attendees are encouraged to visit the Virtual Marketplace (comparable to visiting expo booths without the walking or standing in line.)

Sponsors have created their Virtual Marketplace location to highlight the organization and to connect with attendees. Examples of what you can find in the Virtual Marketplace:

  • A company description
  • Listing if company/organization participants
  • Contact information including website, direct links to locations/people in the organization, social media links, hashtags
  • Video presentations
  • A CALL TO ACTION or coupon
  • Display of employees/representatives
  • A Chat Box to hold ongoing discussions
  • An opportunity to request additional information
  • Promotional materials in PDF format for download

Enjoy the experience and no tired feet after it’s over!

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