KEYNOTE SPEAKER
DIONNE MCGEE
McGee Enterprises
Speaker. Author.

She’s the President & CEO of DG McGee Enterprises. Speaker, and Author, with a ROAR! Dionne and her team help organizations and individuals find their road to leadership and business economic success. DG McGee Enterprises is a Woman-Owned Leadership & Business consulting firm specializing in professional development with a host of business certifications.Read More…

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LASONYA BERRY
McPherson|Berry
CEO

LaSonya Berry is an HR thought leader and CEO of McPherson|Berry -an industry award winning firm that provides HR consulting services, leadership development, drive diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives, and capacity building solutions to grow organizations. LaSonya has been a leader in human resources, author, and speaker that helps businesses and individuals achieve their full potential Read More…

JANET LaBAR
Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
President and CEO

Janet LaBar A seasoned regional economic development leader with strong communications, strategy and operations skills, LaBar was selected to lead the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance following.Read More…

NEXT GENERATION
Troy T. McClain, II
Troy T. McClain II Enterprises
Author. Speaker. Political Activist. Mentor. Trainer

Troy is a captivating author, speaker, political activist, mentor and trainer who specializes in shifting mindsets from mediocrity to greatness. In 2015 he wrote and published his 1st book called, “I Want it All; Practical Principles to Living Your Best Life Now.” In his book he shares his powerful testimony of how he overcame obstacles and challenges faced in school and life despite being labeled with a learning disability and failing three times.Read More…

L. JERRY KNIGHTON, JR.
Clemson University
Assistant Vice President for Access and Equity/Executive Director of Supplier Diversity

L. Jerry Knighton, Jr. serves as Assistant Vice President for Access and Equity and Executive Director of Supplier Diversity at Clemson University. In this role, he is responsible for monitoring the university’s compliance with state and federal laws related to Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Equitable Treatment. In August of 2018, he was also named Executive Director of Supplier Diversity where he is responsible for monitoring efforts to increase minority business participation which includes Read More…

KYMBERLYN GARDNER
Turner Construction Company
Director of Community and Citizenship

Kymberlyn Gardner is the Director of Community and Citizenship for Turner Construction Company in North and South Carolina. In this role, she leads the efforts to improve participation of underrepresented groups within the construction industry through outreach, development, and education. Read More…

BANKING
DAVID LEFEBVRE
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Supplier Diversity Program Manager

David LeFebvre is the Supplier Diversity Program Manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. David has extensive experience building strategic, internal and external, relationships to drive high impact.Read More…

DOMINIK MJARTEN
Optus Bank
Manager, Supplier Diversity

Dominik Mjartan is President and CEO of Optus Bank, a U.S. Treasury certified CDFI and an MDI (FDIC designated Minority Depository Institution). He spent more than a decade as a senior executive officer at a community development bank, Southern Bancorp, most recently as the Executive Vice President of Southern Bancorp, Inc. (SBI), a holding company for Southern Bancorp Bank and CEO of an affiliated lending
company Southern Bancorp Community Partners (SBCP). Read More…

LISSA J. MILLER
Truist Financial Corporation
Senior Vice President
Chief Supplier Diversity Officer

Lissa is the interface between Truist and the diverse supplier community and is responsible for working with its lines of business and functions to expand the company’s utilization and development of qualified minority, women, veteran, disabled, LGBT-owned and small
businesses and ensure that the bank is in compliance with federal guidelines concerning diverse
supplier inclusion in procurement activities. Read More…

TROY ROBERTS
Alliance of Professionals & Consultants, Inc. (APC)
President & CEO

Troy Roberts is the president and CEO of Alliance of Professionals & Consultants, Inc. (APC), a certified Native American company headquartered in Raleigh, NC. Founded in 1993, APC helps clients solve complex business issues and workforce challenges by providing highly skilled contract professionals Read More…

THOMAS (TJ) LEWIS JR.
Ally Financial, Inc.
Head of Supplier Diversity

Thomas (TJ) Lewis Jr. has more than 20-years of experience in the Financial Services Industry, and is currently the Head of Supplier Diversity at Ally Financial, Inc. His responsibilities include creating and implementing a world-class Supplier Diversity program consistent with the company’s strategic sourcing and diversity Read More…

MANUFACTURING
ALISSA WEATHERS
Huntington-Ingalls Newport News
Shipbuilding (NNS)
Socio Economic Business Liaison

Alissa Weathers is a Socio Economic Business Liaison with Huntington-Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS). In her position she advocates for soliciting and awarding small businesses the opportunity of subcontracting with NNS. After spending nearly a decade working in law, Alissa knows what truly drives success in procurement and contracting is a strong ethical background and adherence to all rules and regulations. Read More…

JOHN CARLOS, SR
JTEKT North America
Supplier Diversity Champion

John Carlos is the Supplier Diversity Champion for JTEKT North America.In this role, John vets the potential diversity suppliers and then introduces them to the appropriate buyer or buyers. Read More…

BARBARA TISCHLER
Volvo Trucks North America
Purchasing Strategy and Digitalization
Business Improvement Leader

Barbara Tischler is a Purchasing Strategy and Digitalization Business Improvement Leader for Volvo Trucks North America within Volvo Group, where she acts as the Small Business Officer and manages the Small Business and Supplier Diversity program. Read More…

JAMES HAMILIN
American Tire Distributors
Supplier Diversity and Performance Lead

James Hamlin is currently the Supplier Diversity and Performance Lead at American Tire Distributors helping lead the Supplier Diversity Initiative since August of 2020. With over 10 years of experience in sourcing mostly in pricing analytics, James has worked for industry leading companies like Premier, Inc and Compass Group. Read More…

DERRICK DAVIS
Informatic Concepts
Principal and Founding Partner

Derrick Davis is Principal and founding partner of Informatic Concepts, a full-service staffing firm devoted to aligning the career goals of their talent with organizational goals of their clients. Prior to launching Informatic Concepts, he honed his skills by serving in various senior sales and leadership roles with AT&T Wireless, Randstad Read More…

HEALTHCARE
MICHELLE CLATTERBUCK
Sentara Healthcare
Manager, Supplier Diversity

Michelle is the Manager of Supplier Diversity for Sentara Healthcare.Michelle is responsible for developing a strategic supplier diversity program to ensure equal opportunity in the organization’s daily procurement activities. Read More…

JAMES MILLS
21st Century Financial Strategies
Owner

As owner of 21st Century Financial Strategies, James’ financial services career has spanned a little over 17 ½ years, after spending 9 years in the US Army as a Finance NCO. He has developed in niche specializing in Group Benefits and Retirement Planning for small business owners. James is Life, Health, Variable Annuity, Medicare Supplement and Long Term Care insurance licensed in the states of NC, SC, VA, WV, GA, FL, MD, NJ, MI and AZ. Read More…

JAMESON KNIGHT
Novant Health
Supplier, Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Jameson Knight is the Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Novant Health in Charlotte, NC. Jameson holds a BS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an Associate of Arts degree as well as an Associate Degree in Criminal Science from Central Piedmont Community College.Read More…

KRISTIN BENTSEN
Amgen
Manager, Risk Management and Small Business
Liaison Officer

Kristin Bentsen is Manager, Risk Management and Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO) at Amgen. In this role, Kristin is responsible for the management of Amgen’s Supplier Diversity & Sustainability Programs (“Responsible Sourcing”), partnering with internal stakeholders to execute strategies for these programs that are aligned with Amgen’s Environment, Social and Governance “ESG” goals.Read More…

RONALD B. BALDWIN
AmeriHealth Caritas Family and Companies
Director of Supplier Management and Diversity

Ronald B. Baldwin has spent the past two decades shepherding corporations’ diverse business investments and mentoring minority and women-owned businesses. Read More…

RETAIL
EDWIN ALVAREZ
CVS Health
Advisor

Edwin Alvarez is an Advisor for CVS Health, serving on their Supplier Diversity team for the last 3 years. Within his role, one of his key responsibilities is working closely with the Merchandising Category Managers and Procurement Sourcing Analysts to identify not-for-resale sourcing needs across the enterprise, introduce diverse owned suppliers to those opportunities, and support each of those groups along that process. Read More…

SHAKIRA GARCIA
Caesars Entertainment
Director Supplier Diversity & Sustainability

Shakira Garcia is a passionate supplier diversity professional committed to the inclusion of small, minority and women owned businesses in procurement opportunities. During her 6-year tenure at Caesars Entertainment she has leveraged strategic partnerships internally and externally to award opportunities to diverse businesses across the country. With a laser focus on helping businesses to not only get that opportunity but to ensure their long-term growth as a supplier with Caesars.Read More…

MICHELLE ISABEL
Brookfield Properties
Regional Vice President | Business Development

Michelle Isabel is Vice President of Partner To Empower, a program to support Black- and minority-owned business owners and entrepreneurs with resources imperative for growing a business and opening an IRL store. Her proudest professional achievement was the first launch of Partner To Empower in May 2021. This program provides:Read More…

RONALD L. HARVEY
GCS Consulting
ICF Certified Leadership Coach
John Maxwell Team Certified Coach
Vice President

Ron Harvey is a retired U.S. Army Veteran, with more than 34 years of leadership experience. He believes his purpose is to make a difference by inspiring leaders to excel through learning, growth and adding value to others. GCS works with clients to create a winning culture and develop Mentally Tough Leaders at all levels.Read More…

CHRISTI POWELL
84 Lumber Company
MWBE and Commercial Sales Market Manager

Christi Powell With more than 30 years of experience, Christi Powell is considered a leader in the construction industry.

Ms. Powell currently serves as MWBE and Commercial Sales Market Manager for 84 Lumber Company. She uses her wealth of knowledge and keen leadership skills to oversee the operations and business development of the MWBE program. Read More…

GOVERNMENT
KATHRYN DOLAN
Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Development
Director of Business Development and Outreach Services

Kathryn Dolan is the Director of Business Development and Outreach Services for the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Development. She leads a team of Business Services Managers who are strategically located throughout the Commonwealth serving small businesses throughout all of Virginia. Read More…

MELISSA L. LINDLER, MPA, PMP
Office of Business Opportunities
City of Columbia, SC Director

A native of Irmo, South Carolina, Melissa Lindler is a graduate of Irmo High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Master of Public Administration from the University of South Carolina. She is a certified project management professional and also holds a graduate certification in public management from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. Read More…

KEITH LEE
City of Virginia Beach
SWaM Business Office
Minority Business Coordinator

Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Keith joined the US Navy in October of 1979 after graduating high school with honors. He took the Submarine track in the Navy and spent the next 20 years doing all things in support of U.S. Navy Nuclear Powered Submarines. After retiring from the Navy in 1999 I took a Procurement Professional position with Maersk Line Limited, a ship management company. Read More…

VINCENT A. TUCKER
Quality Moving Services
President

Vincent A. Tucker President of Quality Moving Services, Owner and General Manager of Quality Self Storage. Vincent is a native of Hampton, Virginia. He graduated from the Hampton public school system and is a graduate of Virginia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration. Mr. Tucker has attended several high-level management programs such as: University of Richmond – Robin School of Business MBE Executive Read More…

T. JEFFERY CONLEY
The County of Henrico
Supplier Relations Manager

Jeff is a long-time advocate for Business Development and Supplier Diversity who provides a wealth of expertise to his role as Supplier Relations Manager for the County of Henrico. Jeff is passionate about entrepreneurship and small business. In the Supplier Manager role Jeff oversees the County’s Small, Women-owned andMinority-owned (SWaM) Business Program. Jeff’s relationship management skills combined with his zest, zeal and corporate savvy serve to enhance the goals of Henrico County to build an inclusive economy. Read More…