President & CEO
The Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council (SMSDC) is proud to present the 2020 Premier Face Time Expo "A Spotlight on Innovation for the New Normal", in an all new virtual platform! Premier Face Time Expo has fully transitioned from a three day in-person event to a one-day premier virtual conference.
Buyers’ Breakfast Roundtable™, virtual roundtable discussion rooms led by SMSDC’s corporate members and State Agencies.
MBE Idol Semi-Finals, round 2 of the pitch competition.
A Virtual Trade Show that will connect MBEs, corporate members, state agencies and community partners who are looking to take their business to the next level.
Awards Ceremony recognizing Corporations, Suppliers and the Advocate who have demonstrated unparalleled leadership and accomplishments.
Chat with the SMSDC President session discuss business development ideas, processes & strategies on how to get to the next level.
Educational workshops: Benchmarking Plus for corporate members and Capacity Plus for Certified MBEs.
Vice President, Supplier Diversity & Supply Chain Sustainability
Johnson Controls International
Virtual roundtable discussion rooms led by SMSDC’s corporate members
Meet with corporate buyers who are actively seeking to purchase your products and/or services in the near-term. This session will include a series of interactive sessions led by SMSDC’s corporate members, buyers and state agencies from over 15 organizations. Each registered attendee will have an opportunity to participate in virtual breakrooms with representatives from supplier diversity teams and Certified MBEs.
Round 2 of the pitch competition
MBE “Idol” semi-finalists will present their “ sales pitch” and receive feedback from a panel of judges. Those who qualify to make it to the finals will be invited to an exclusive virtual event to present their pitch to Dell executives at a later date.
Recognizing Corporations, Suppliers and the Advocate who have demonstrated unparalleled leadership and accomplishments.
Celebrate the 2020 Premier Face Time Award Winners. Winners will be announced during the virtual ceremony for Corporation, Supplier and Advocate of the Year.
Virtual exhibitor space where you will meet procurement executives from Fortune 1000 companies, supplier diversity professionals, certified MBEs and state agencies to discuss current and future opportunities.
A one on one virtual appointment with Karen Box, SMSDC President & CEO, to discuss business development ideas, processes & strategies on how to get to the next level. Appointments are limited. Register today!
CORPORATE MEMBERS ONLY
A process for corporations that seek to accelerate their supplier diversity initiatives based on real world experimentation. This two year process takes your corporation from where it is today to where it needs to be in the future in order to engage minority businesses in a sustainable manner. Benchmarking Plus is led by Johnson Controls, a world leader in supplier diversity, with more than 400 diverse suppliers and $1.6 billion in diverse spend. Benchmarking Plus delivers the tools and management perspective to help your corporation determine what it is doing right and how you can help it approve.
FOR CERTIFIED MBES ONLY
A process for certified minority business enterprises that seek to enhance their sales and marketing processes and build their capacity to work with Fortune 500 corporations. This two year process provides practical insights that will help you address your business challenges. Along with a team of successful MBEs, Capacity Plus is led by Johnson Controls, a world leader in supplier diversity, with more than 400 diverse suppliers and $1.6 billion in diverse spend. Capacity Plus delivers the tools and management perspective to help your company demystify the corporate procurement processes.
*Agenda is subject to change