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City & State’s Diversity Summit will offer industry executives, public sector leaders and academics a full-day conference dedicated to fostering business partnerships between the state and local government, prime contractors and MWBEs. We’ll discuss the ways New York is working to implement inclusive hiring practices and DEI frameworks, and what the future looks like for these initiatives. Find out what it takes to thrive in New York’s competitive procurement arena by connecting with key government agencies, prime contractors and state & local representatives, and learn about the latest DEI initiatives at the City & State Diversity Summit.

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Contact Lissa Blake at lblake@cityandstateny.com for more information.

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Date
May 30, 2024
Time
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Location

Baruch College

55 Lexington Ave., 14th Floor

New York, NY 10010

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Agenda

Times are subject to change.

9:00 AM EDT Thursday, May 30

Registration & Networking Breakfast

Registration & Networking Breakfast

1 hour
10:00 AM EDT Thursday, May 30

10:05 AM EDT Thursday, May 30

Keynote Remarks

Keynote Remarks

25 minutes
Michael Garner
Michael Garner
Chief Business Diversity Officer
City of New York
Michael Garner
Michael Garner
Chief Business Diversity Officer
City of New York
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10:30 AM EDT Thursday, May 30

Panel 1

Building New York’s MWBE Programs

1 hour

New York’s trailblazing MWBE program has always broken down barriers and unlocked opportunities for thousands of MWBEs in our state. The NY government is committed to and provides critical resources for Minority- and Women-Owned businesses to help them succeed. Those NY government entities and partner businesses are all interested in making our economy the strongest, most diverse, accessible, and inclusive. What current programs are assisting NY MWBEs with the tools they need to succeed? What are new ideas in this area, and what are partner businesses providing? We hear from leaders in this area.

Suzanne Veira (Moderator)
Suzanne Veira (Moderator)
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
NYC School Construction Authority
Senator James Sanders, Jr.
Senator James Sanders, Jr.
Chair, New York State Senate Democratic Conference MWBE Task Force Committee
NYS Senate
Jason Clark
Jason Clark
EVP, Division of Minority and Women's Business Development
Empire State Development
Adam Akmal-Gonzalez
Adam Akmal-Gonzalez
Manager, Business Diversity - East
CDW
Belinda Olivares
Belinda Olivares
Vice President of Service Enablement
Verra Mobility
Juan Adorno
Juan Adorno
Business Development
TruFund Financial Services

New York’s trailblazing MWBE program has always broken down barriers and unlocked opportunities for thousands of MWBEs in our state. The NY government is committed to and provides critical resources for Minority- and Women-Owned businesses to help them succeed. Those NY government entities and partner businesses are all interested in making our economy the strongest, most diverse, accessible, and inclusive. What current programs are assisting NY MWBEs with the tools they need to succeed? What are new ideas in this area, and what are partner businesses providing? We hear from leaders in this area.

Suzanne Veira (Moderator)
Suzanne Veira (Moderator)
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
NYC School Construction Authority
Senator James Sanders, Jr.
Senator James Sanders, Jr.
Chair, New York State Senate Democratic Conference MWBE Task Force Committee
NYS Senate
Jason Clark
Jason Clark
EVP, Division of Minority and Women's Business Development
Empire State Development
Adam Akmal-Gonzalez
Adam Akmal-Gonzalez
Manager, Business Diversity - East
CDW
Belinda Olivares
Belinda Olivares
Vice President of Service Enablement
Verra Mobility
Juan Adorno
Juan Adorno
Business Development
TruFund Financial Services
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11:30 AM EDT Thursday, May 30

Panel 2

How to Win Contracts in NY

1 hour

New York State is committed to assisting businesses across all market sectors to increase contracting opportunities with State agencies and authorities.  This process requires sorting through many opportunities and identifying the ones that are right for each organization.  While New York strives to promote equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs, it is also working hard to eliminate barriers in respect to participation in state and city contracts. Major challenges faced by these firms are limited access to networks and information, and a lack of access to capital at affordable rates.  How can certifications, specialized training, grants and other resources assist these companies? How can membership organizations, unions, companies and government assist here?

Sherece Joseph
Sherece Joseph
Senior Associate Director, Procurement Operations & M/WBE Officer
NYC Mayor's Office of Contract Services
Kevin D. Kim
Kevin D. Kim
Commissioner
NYC Department of Small Business Services
Roman Gofman
Roman Gofman
Chief Contracting Officer
NYC Citywide Administrative Services
Sean Carroll
Sean Carroll
Founder
A Posteriori, LLC

New York State is committed to assisting businesses across all market sectors to increase contracting opportunities with State agencies and authorities.  This process requires sorting through many opportunities and identifying the ones that are right for each organization.  While New York strives to promote equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs, it is also working hard to eliminate barriers in respect to participation in state and city contracts. Major challenges faced by these firms are limited access to networks and information, and a lack of access to capital at affordable rates.  How can certifications, specialized training, grants and other resources assist these companies? How can membership organizations, unions, companies and government assist here?

Sherece Joseph
Sherece Joseph
Senior Associate Director, Procurement Operations & M/WBE Officer
NYC Mayor's Office of Contract Services
Kevin D. Kim
Kevin D. Kim
Commissioner
NYC Department of Small Business Services
Roman Gofman
Roman Gofman
Chief Contracting Officer
NYC Citywide Administrative Services
Sean Carroll
Sean Carroll
Founder
A Posteriori, LLC
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12:30 PM EDT Thursday, May 30

1:30 PM EDT Thursday, May 30

 

 

Panel 3

New York’s Biggest Projects

1 hour

The opportunities for government contracts in New York are practically limitless. New York State and New York City have set forth bold efforts to increase contracting opportunities for certified M/WBEs in the development of public projects. With more than $43 billion of construction contracts awarded in 2022 by the City of New York alone, there are still plenty of business opportunities to be had.  How can we promote productive capital spending, encourage public/private partnerships and design build and make sure MWBE's and small business can fit into the implementation of major government projects? This panel will break down new projects and opportunities in New York, including transportation, construction, technology, energy, and more.

Hersh K. Parekh
Hersh K. Parekh
Director of Government & Community Relations
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Eric Alemany
Eric Alemany
Sr. Director, Supplier Relationship Management
New York Power Authority
Carlos Bannister
Carlos Bannister
Chief MWBE Officer
New York City Department of Transportation
Jean Kristensen
Jean Kristensen
Chief Consultant, Supplier Diversity
JFK Millennium Partners & CEO of JKA Solutions
Brian	Sanvidge, CIG, CFE
Brian Sanvidge, CIG, CFE
Principal, Leader of Regulatory Compliance and Investigations
Anchin

The opportunities for government contracts in New York are practically limitless. New York State and New York City have set forth bold efforts to increase contracting opportunities for certified M/WBEs in the development of public projects. With more than $43 billion of construction contracts awarded in 2022 by the City of New York alone, there are still plenty of business opportunities to be had.  How can we promote productive capital spending, encourage public/private partnerships and design build and make sure MWBE's and small business can fit into the implementation of major government projects? This panel will break down new projects and opportunities in New York, including transportation, construction, technology, energy, and more.

Hersh K. Parekh
Hersh K. Parekh
Director of Government & Community Relations
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Eric Alemany
Eric Alemany
Sr. Director, Supplier Relationship Management
New York Power Authority
Carlos Bannister
Carlos Bannister
Chief MWBE Officer
New York City Department of Transportation
Jean Kristensen
Jean Kristensen
Chief Consultant, Supplier Diversity
JFK Millennium Partners & CEO of JKA Solutions
Brian	Sanvidge, CIG, CFE
Brian Sanvidge, CIG, CFE
Principal, Leader of Regulatory Compliance and Investigations
Anchin
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2:30 PM EDT Thursday, May 30

Panel 4

Emerging DEI Practices in New York

1 hour

New York is working harder than ever to implement inclusive hiring practices and DEI frameworks to make sure that all environments are diverse. These strategies help promote good outcomes and help organizations remain competitive. What else can the government and all sectors do to increase diversity and inclusion? How can New York’s ensure that the diversity in this city and state is further embraced? What works for a successful organization in terms of their Call to Action strategies? What should a framework look like moving forward?

Sideya Sherman
Sideya Sherman
Chief Equity Officer and Commissioner
City of New York
Priya Nair
Priya Nair
Deputy Chief Diversity Officer
Office of Governor Kathy Hochul
Keith Sanders
Keith Sanders
Vice President, DEI & Talent Engineering
CDW
Sadye L. Campoamor
Sadye L. Campoamor
Chief Equity Officer
NYC Comptroller’s Office

New York is working harder than ever to implement inclusive hiring practices and DEI frameworks to make sure that all environments are diverse. These strategies help promote good outcomes and help organizations remain competitive. What else can the government and all sectors do to increase diversity and inclusion? How can New York’s ensure that the diversity in this city and state is further embraced? What works for a successful organization in terms of their Call to Action strategies? What should a framework look like moving forward?

Sideya Sherman
Sideya Sherman
Chief Equity Officer and Commissioner
City of New York
Priya Nair
Priya Nair
Deputy Chief Diversity Officer
Office of Governor Kathy Hochul
Keith Sanders
Keith Sanders
Vice President, DEI & Talent Engineering
CDW
Sadye L. Campoamor
Sadye L. Campoamor
Chief Equity Officer
NYC Comptroller’s Office
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3:30 PM EDT Thursday, May 30

Sessions Conclude

Sessions Conclude

Underwriters

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