October 26-29, 2020







About the Event

The 2020 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange has moved from a destination to a virtual event. Our theme is "In This Together" and our goal is to continue to deliver impactful sessions and networking opportunities that prepare, position, and propel you to the next level.

You will not be disappointed. Attendees will experience:

Workshops – Join us for four days of exciting content for supplier diversity professionals and MBEs as we discuss the future of minority business. Hear from thought leaders, chief procurement officers, and seasoned minority business executives as they engage in discussions to share best practices, current trends, and issues.

Business Opportunity Exchange – Build your virtual booth using our 2020 Conference platform to display your logo, videos, and product information. Connect with other exhibitors and attendees by using interactive features, such as live chat and one-on-one meetings.

Matchmaker – Corporate members and MBEs are in immediate need of products and services related to COVID-19, as well as current and future procurement needs. Connect with suppliers that have quickly pivoted to meet your company's needs.



Doug McMillon President and CEO Walmart, Inc.

Michael A. Byron Senior Director, Supplier Inclusion Walmart

Although we can’t gather in person this year, the 2020 National Conference gives us the opportunity to appreciate each other, celebrate accomplishments, and remember that we’re “In This Together” – now and into the future. The conference kick-off session sets the tone for this week and features an inspiring keynote message from Doug McMillion, President & CEO of Walmart.

Sponsored by IBM and Nissan


Live Sessions

Monday, October 26, 2020

  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

In This Together: 2020 National Conference Opening Session

  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

CPO & Corporate Plus Joint Session | "Responsive Actions in Today’s Economy"

  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Food and Beverage: Industry Group Session

  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Utilities: Industry Group Session

  1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Program Session 1: "Family Ties"

 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Government Services: Industry Group Session

  3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Healthcare: Industry Group Session, Reinventing Healthcare in a New Decade

  3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Supplier Diversity Best Practices:
#5 | Establish a Comprehensive Minority Supplier Development Process,
#6 | Establish Tracking, Reporting, & Goal Setting Mechanisms

  5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception | Virtual Greetings & Celebration of Being "In This Together"

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Leveraging Capital to Fund Minority Business Growth

  12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

BOE Opening Ceremony

  5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

New Members' Reception

Thursday, October 29, 2020

  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Celebrating Women of Color: The Power of Connections

  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Corporate Plus Summit

  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

CPO Summit

  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Financial Services: Industry Group Session

  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Supplier Diversity Best Practices:
#7 | Establish a Continuous Improvement Plan,
#8 | Establish a Second Tier Program

  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Transportation: Industry Group Session: Re-Envision Challenges & Opportunities in Transportation

  1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Emerging Young Entrepreneurs Program Session II

  5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Awards Gala & Post Awards Celebration


  9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Networking Lounges

On-Demand Sessions


1. A Conversation with Purchasing Executives about Going Beyond Supplier Diversity to Accelerating Growth of Diverse Suppliers


2. BDR Triad Panel - Visualizing strategic outcomes together


3. Building Your Wealth Management Formula and Getting Ready for Mergers & Acquisitions


4. Cash and Debt in Good and Bad Times


5. How Unilever Brands Build Resiliency in Times of Uncertainty


6. Preparing for Disasters: Design, Build & Execute Your Business Disaster Preparedness Plan


7. Resetting Organizational Priorities and Commitment to Inclusion Impacts


8. The Reaction is in the Planning: Lessons from Leading Through a Pandemic…and Learning a Way Forward


9. Trajectory to the Next Normal: Moving the Needle on Workforce Diversity

Frequently Asked Questions

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