Join us at the WBDC 2021 Midwest Annual Business Event: Navigating the Next Normal

How have you--and your company--responded to the ever-changing business landscape? Are you surviving? Thriving? Ready to gain some inspiration and information in order to navigate the next normal? 

You’ll be in the right place to do just that if you register for the WBDC’s upcoming annual event!   

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021

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BOSS TO BOSS: A CONVERSATION

SUPPLIER EQUITY POST-PANDEMIC PANEL

SHIRLEY MARX PITCH COMPETITION REGIONAL FINALE

1:1 BUSINESS MATCHMAKER (WBENC-Certified WBEs Only)

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 EVENT REGISTRATION

EVENT SCHEDULE

CO-WELCOME

EMILIA DIMENCO

WBDC President and CEO

DEBRA JENNINGS-JOHNSON

WBDC Board Chair

Retired Senior Director, Supplier Diversity, BP America


BE STIRRED | BOSS TO BOSS: A CONVERSATION

Kickstart your day and your business with a zestful boss to boss conversation between these two powerhouses. Expect a deep dive into strategy and stories about the ups and downs and sweetness of growing a business post-pandemic.  Leave with ideas, action items, and motivation to apply lessons learned to your own enterprise!


Katrina Markoff, Founder, CEO, and Master Chocolatier, Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Katrina Markoff understands food in a way that goes beyond the usual definition of sustenance--she looks at it as a medium for transformative, visceral experiences. 

 In her role as Founder, CEO, and Master Chocolatier at Vosges Chocolats, Katrina is a 21st-century alchemist: she mixes vibrant cacao with indigenous, energetic plants from all over the globe to create new and extraordinary experiences for her customers.  

And Katrina is building a new kind of business as well--one that invests in the next generation of women entrepreneurs, that values only the finest ingredients, and that strives to always be ahead of the marketplace. 

Katrina has received numerous accolades, including Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, Fortune Magazine's 40 under 40, the Bon Appétit Food Artisan of the Year Award, and being named "THE innovator in chocolate to lead the US through the next 30 years" by Food & Wine Magazine.

Amy Hilliard, Founder and Principal, The Hilliard Group and Founder, ComfortCake Company 

Amy Hilliard is a serial entrepreneur with experience as a senior corporate executive, board member, author, speaker, and educator. Amy is a business thought leader with deep experience in the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds. Known as a reinvention specialist, Pivot for Success - Hone Your Vision, Shift Your Energy, and Make Your Move is her latest book, published just this summer.

The Hilliard Group, her strategic marketing consulting firm, has worked with hundreds of clients to help them penetrate multicultural markets. She also founded The ComfortCake® Company, makers of “Pound Cake so Good it feels like a Hug,” which gained national distribution with United Airlines, Walmart, and Home Shopping Network.

Amy served as president of Fashion Fair Cosmetics, the global legacy cosmetics company focused on women of color, and has also held executive positions with Bloomingdale’s, Gillette, Pillsbury, Burrell Communications, and L’Oréal.


BE INFORMED | SUPPLIER EQUITY POST-PANDEMIC PANEL

Listen to a dynamic panel discuss what they’ve learned from, and how supplier diversity has changed since, the pandemic and what they are looking for in their suppliers. Leave with a better understanding of the current supplier equity landscape!

Moderator | Deven Rand | President, NorthAmerican Concessions

Panelist | Chris Bilton | Manager, Supplier Diversity, Kohler Company

Panelist | Darren Harmon | Senior Director, Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Enterprise Sourcing and Procurement, United Health Group

Panelist | Janelle Turner | Director, Supplier Diversity, Office of Operations and Technology Transfer, Washington University in St. Louis

Panelist | Shaun Jones | Director, Supplier Diversity, Walgreens Co.


BE INSPIRED | SHIRLEY MARX PITCH COMPETITION REGIONAL FINALE

Watch the third annual Shirley Mark Pitch Competition Regional Finale and take notes as finalists from Chicago, Twin Cities, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Kansas City vie for the three cash prizes.

Co-Emcee | Maria Castro | Regional External Affairs Manager, Comcast NBC Universal

Co- Emcee | Emma Asante | Vice President, Community Relations and Special Projects, NBC Chicago, Telemundo Chicago, and NBC Sports Chicago

Winner Announcements | Patricia Marx | Chair, New World Van Lines

Top Five Semi-Finalists

Visit www.wbdcshirleymarxpitch.com to learn more.


BE READY | BUSINESS MATCHMAKER (WBENC-Certified WBEs Only)

Ready to pitch your product or service to new private and public sector representatives? Register for the Business Matchmaker, submit your profile, and you might have the chance to meet one-on-one with a representative --or two or three!  Matches are based on buyer procurement needs with no guarantee of a match.

Businesses must be certified by WBENC as a WBE to apply for this opportunity and registered for the WBDC 2021 Midwest Annual Business Event. Immediately after registering for the event, you will get an email from Eventbrite confirming your registration. That confirmation email will have a direct link to the My Business Matchmaker platform, where you will go to submit the business info to generate your profile for buyer representatives!

Currently Confirmed Buyer Representatives

  • AT&T
  • BMO
  • bp
  • Evergy
  • Ferrara Candy Company
  • Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City
  • U.S. Bank
  • University of Illinois

MATCHMAKER REGISTRATION DEADLINE: COB 9/9/21

REGISTER NOW!

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The mission of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is to support and accelerate business development and growth, targeting women and serving all diverse business owners, in order to strengthen their participation in, and impact on, the economy.

Women's Business Development Center 8 S. Michigan Avenue. 4th Floor Chicago, IL 60603
P: 312.853.3477 www.wbdc.org

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