Topic: How The Trump Administration Could Impact Minority and Women Owned Businesses
Thursday, April 6, 2017 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center This event draws 350 CEOs, senior executives, supply chain management, and diversity managers from healthcare providers and their major suppliers, as well as minority and women business owners to increase diverse spend in the entire healthcare supply chain throughout the region. Since the first Symposium, we have documented nearly 
$80 million in new contracts as a result of contacts made or advanced at a previous event. BUSINESS PITCH COMPETITION If you are an MBE or WBE and your company offers a product or service that can meet the needs of our participating health systems and their major suppliers, we invite you to participate in the Business Pitch Competition taking place during the Symposium. Five finalists will have a unique opportunity to present their business ideas to our panel of judges. All finalists will benefit from the insightful feedback from the judges as well as exposure for their products and services in front of the full Symposium audience. After all the pitches, one finalist will be declared the winner. In addition to this esteemed title, the winner will receive introductions to key buyers in the participating organizations as well as a $5000 prize. The five finalists will be selected from a three-part competitive process: 1) Submit your name, company name, and capability statement in 300 words or fewer to no later than Friday, March 10 at 5:00 PM EST. 2) If you are selected to advance to the second round, you will be requested to submit more specific information about the products or services your company provides by Friday, March 17 at 5:00 PM EDT. 3) If you are selected to advance to the third round, you will be interviewed by our preliminary panel of judges. The five finalists selected to participate in the competition during the Symposium will be notified by Monday, March 27. REGISTRATION All attendees must register in advance. There is no on-site registration. Registration is $25 per person. REGISTER HERE SPIRIT OF DIVERSITY AWARD NOMINATIONS The Spirit of Diversity Awards Luncheon will recognize excellence in supplier diversity in four categories: SPIRIT OF DIVERSITY AWARDS LUNCHEON — KEYNOTE SPEAKER Award Criteria Award Finalists Competition Finalists Individual Champion MBE/WBE Supplier Major Supplier Health System Actual Results Leadership Commitment Supplier Development Outreach Accountability Advocacy Earl G. Graves, Jr. President & CEO Black Enterprise SYMPOSIUM AGENDA
7:30 – 8:15 AM Networking Continental Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45 AM Opening Session Christie Kuhns Vice President of Community Relations, Strategy, & Transformation, UC Health Welcoming Remarks Mark Clement, TriHealth 8:45 – 10:00 AM Business Pitch Competition Moderator Kevin Clayton, Mercy Health Judges Earl Graves, Jr., Black Enterprise Ruby Crawford-Hemphill, UC Health Kevin Connor, TriHealth Kim Patton, SFA Architects 10:20 – 11:40 AM CPO Breakout Sessions CPO Panel – Professional Supplies & Services Moderator Tommie Lewis, Make It Plain Consulting Panelists Kevin Connor, TriHealth Dan Hurry, Mercy Health Kim Strahl – Premier Health CPO Panel – Facilities & Construction Moderator Bob Feldbauer, UC Health Panelists Chris Hopper, Skanska USA Building Beth Robinson, Uptown Consortium Annmarie Thurnquist, Danis Construction CCHMC Clinical Space Expansion Project Panelists Pete Bergman, Messer Construction De Asa Nichols, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Bernie Suer, Messer Construction Sonya Walton, Messer Construction Breaking the Rules: How to Get Ahead of Your Consumers In An Ever-Changing Environment Presenter Shawn Nason, Nason Group 12:00 – 2:00 PM Spirit of Diversity Awards Luncheon Emcee Mel Gravely, TriVersity Construction Keynote Speaker Earl Graves, Jr., Black Enterprise 2:00 – 3:00 PM Networking Dessert Reception
Individual Champion Valeria Cummings Swope Adrian Taylor MBE/WBE Supplier Journey Steel TriVersity Construction Major Supplier Cintas Corporation Messer Construction Health System Mercy Health UC Health
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HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center • 151 Goodman Drive • Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 Check-in: Tuesday, April 5, 2017 – Check-out: Wednesday, April 6, 2017 We have a special room rate of $164 until March 15. 
 To make reservations, please call 1.800.228.9290 or RESERVE HOTEL ROOM ONLINE