Another Day of BIG Business – Wednesday Recap at Summit & Salute and What to Look Forward to on Thursday

We hope everyone had an amazing day at Summit & Salute! The energy is palpable, and we get the feeling some BIG business is already happening. As we look forward to Thursday, here are a few things to keep on your radar, a recap of Wednesday's highlights, and what not to miss on our final day together for Summit & Salute. 

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3 Things to Know

  1. Bling Boxes, Provided by J.C. Penney: In case you missed us tonight at the Welcome Reception, don't miss the opportunity to purchase a $50 Bling Box, which also gives you the chance to win a $2000 grand prize. More info here
  2. Live Auction: We have some incredible packages available in our live auction, which will take place at Salute! Dinner. Don't forget to bring your method of payment with you. Check out what you can bid on here. 
  3. We are getting social! There are some amazing moments and insights being shared on social media using our event hashtag #SummitSalute. Join the conversation! 

Some Highlights from Wednesday

Meet & Greet

 Meet & Greet provides WBEs with the opportunity to pitch their business to Corporate and Government Members in an open but formal environment.  

Meet & Greet provides WBEs with the opportunity to pitch their business to Corporate and Government Members in an open but formal environment.  

 The Chantilly Ballroom was full of meaningful conversations and business pitches. 

The Chantilly Ballroom was full of meaningful conversations and business pitches. 

 The Meet & Greet was broken into seven 20-minute round table sessions, allowing Corporate Members to hear from a wide variety of WBEs. 

The Meet & Greet was broken into seven 20-minute round table sessions, allowing Corporate Members to hear from a wide variety of WBEs. 

 

Luncheon

 Among other things, the lunch programming featured discussions with our Corporate Members on diversity and inclusion, an update on new WBENC programs, and a discussion with keynote speaker Julie Sweet from Accenture, 

Among other things, the lunch programming featured discussions with our Corporate Members on diversity and inclusion, an update on new WBENC programs, and a discussion with keynote speaker Julie Sweet from Accenture, 

 We announced a new strategic partnership with Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). Our own Candace Waterman will be leaving WBENC to lead WIPP as President. 

We announced a new strategic partnership with Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). Our own Candace Waterman will be leaving WBENC to lead WIPP as President. 

 Julie Sweet of Accenture received the WBENC Crystal Leadership Award, She is only the fourth recipient in our 21-year history to receive this award. 

Julie Sweet of Accenture received the WBENC Crystal Leadership Award, She is only the fourth recipient in our 21-year history to receive this award. 

 

Industry Track Sessions

 ·       Jodie Wallis, senior leader at Accenture and the Managing Director for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Canada.

·       Jodie Wallis, senior leader at Accenture and the Managing Director for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Canada.

 ·       Sarah Matthews, Supply Chain Optimization & Transformation Senior Manager at EY.

·       Sarah Matthews, Supply Chain Optimization & Transformation Senior Manager at EY.

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Welcome to Dallas! Reception

 Much fun was had posing with the life-size WBENC letters!

Much fun was had posing with the life-size WBENC letters!

 It was a beautiful night in the Anatole Sculpture Garden. 

It was a beautiful night in the Anatole Sculpture Garden. 

 Thank you to our sponsor and Corporate Member Shell who provided some fun with the Shell Supplier Diversity Trivia game! 

Thank you to our sponsor and Corporate Member Shell who provided some fun with the Shell Supplier Diversity Trivia game! 


What to Look Forward to on Thursday

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  • 1:1 Matchmaker Meetings start at 8 a.m. Remember to arrive 30 minutes before your appointment and bring your printed schedule with you!
  • We have a full day of fascinating Industry Track Sessions! The first set starts at 10:45 a.m. and the second set will start after lunch at 3:15 p.m.. Check out the full descriptions in the mobile app and plan your day.
  • We hope you are as excited as we are for our Thursday Luncheon and Keynote Speaker, where we’ll hear from Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, America’s first African American female combat pilot.
  • Dress your best and join us as we celebrate our network at the General Reception, Salute! Dinner and Detroit Bound After Party. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!

 


Social Media Highlights

Posted on March 22, 2018 and filed under WBENC News.