With more than 4,000 attendees and 60,000 WBENC contacts, sponsorship provides tremendous visibility for your organization. Our attendees are comprised of women business owners and their staff, corporate executives and purchasing decision-makers, as well as representatives from government agencies and advocacy organizations. All sponsors are recognized on the web and social media. Sponsors may also be recognized in the News section of WBENC.org, in print, on on-site event signage and/or in media coverage.
At WBENC, our mission is to fuel economic growth by identifying, certifying, and facilitating the development of women-owned businesses. The commitment and support from our valued sponsors allows us to continue to grow our programming, enhance our event experiences, and provide relevant resources to develop women entrepreneurs and their supporters.
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“BMS is proud to partner with WBENC on their National Conference. We strongly believe that we need a diverse supply base to achieve our mission of helping patients prevail over serious diseases. I am pleased to be a Co-Chair and I look forward to seeing many of you in Nashville!”
We are a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases.
Farryn is the SVP, Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) for Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS). Her team is responsible for aligning with the company’s business strategy to optimize value, drive efficiency and manage the company’s 3rd party spend. With revenues in excess of $40B, her team is responsible for managing the company’s external spend of ~$12B; from early research to distribution. In addition to Global Procurement, Third Party Risk Management and Supplier Relationship Management, she is responsible for the Strategy to Contract, Travel and Fleet global process and operations. She leads a diverse team of over 400 + colleagues around the world and manages several large external partnerships.
Farryn has a 25-year career in procurement and business management, including key leadership positions with Fortune 100 companies to include Amgen, Novartis, Pfizer, Warner-Lambert, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Boeing and Rockwell International. She successfully led the transformation of several procurement organizations to become “best in class.” Ms. Melton is a lifetime certified purchasing manager (CPM) and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has received a number of external recognitions in her field; the most recent include being inducted into the WBE Hall of Fame as 2019 Executive Award Honoree, 2019 Strategic Executive of the Year by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), Top 100 Women in Diversity in 2016 and 2017, 2016 CPO of the year from the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), 2015 National Association of Purchasing Managers Executive of the Year among many.
Farryn is active in the Procurement field, and passionate about diversity and inclusion. She serves on the executive committee for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and on the board of Howard University Supply Chain Program. She also serves on the executive committee & board of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and actively supports The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and Diversity Alliance for Science (DA4S). She also sits on the BMS Historically Black University (HBU) sponsorship committee; leads the Diversity & Inclusion Council for BMS Global Business Operations for and sits on the Global Diversity & Inclusion Council within BMS. She is a mentor to several colleagues (within and outside), of BMS.
“Understanding diversity and creating an inclusive culture is the foundation of our collective success. However, we believe equity is the fuel that propels these concepts into concrete actions and opportunities. Without it, DE&I efforts are not sustainable. At DuPont we extend this concept to our supply chain by providing opportunities for diverse businesses allowing us to impact communities around the globe by fostering job creation, economic growth and innovation. Being a co-chair allows us to support women-owned business by supporting WBENC, an organization focused on providing equitable opportunities to women-owned businesses. DuPont has been a member for almost 20 years and are proud to continue to support the work of WBENC by attending the conferences and supporting their programs.”
At DuPont, science and engineering are the foundation of our company, and innovation is how we create long-term value for our multiple stakeholders. DuPont has been innovating around you, while continually reinventing itself to bring technology-driven solutions to our customers. Right now, we are focused on helping customers advance their best ideas and delivering specialized products and solutions to transform industries and everyday life. From helping electric cars charge faster and go farther to meeting life’s essentials for clean water, we’re around the world, working side by side with industry leaders in safety, healthcare, electronics, mobility and construction, to help you thrive today. Why wait for a better future? Invent a better now!
Maria Prince, an industry leader in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I), is head of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) in DuPont’s Global Procurement. As the Global Procurement ESG Leader, Prince will oversee the company’s supplier diversity program, supplier sustainability initiatives, DEI and supply chain risk strategy for the global supply chain. Prince is an accomplished executive with more than 25 years of experience in strategic sourcing, product development, supplier diversity, and supply chain. She has worked for well-known companies, including Walmart, PepsiCo, Academy Sports & Outdoors, and LBrands. Prior to joining DuPont, Prince served as Vice President of the NMSDC Academy for the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), where she led programs for corporate members and minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs). She understands the world from an entrepreneur’s vantage point as well having been part of a business startup, raising capital and eventually selling the firm a few years ago. Prince earned a Bachelor of Science and MBA from the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has received numerous awards and has been recognized for her work developing minority and women-owned businesses. She was most recently named a top 25 Diversity Change Leader by Diversity Plus magazine. Prince has served on several non-profit boards and currently serves on the Tuck Business School Diversity Board at Dartmouth College and the Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce. She is currently a member of the Chemical Industry Group with WBENC. She is a frequent guest speaker and panelist on the topics of DE&I, Supplier Diversity, and Strategic Sourcing.
“As Co-Chair EY is looking to inspire women owned businesses to think big and be bold. Through our participation at the conference, we are looking to create distinctive experiences for women-owned businesses to develop strategies and innovative solutions for EY, our clients and communities around us. We look forward to connecting at the conference.”
Authentic, inclusive and inspirational business enablement leader. Focused on innovation. Keen supporter of diverse teams and suppliers. Sports, theater and opera enthusiast. Loving husband and father.
An experienced transaction advisor and professional services consultant, Larry is the Chief Supply Chain Officer for EY. In this role, he connects EY people to leading services and suppliers, and inspires his team by driving operational excellence to help influence the world’s supply chain and differentiate EY in the market.
Prior to joining EY, he served as Deputy Global Chief Information Officer for a large professional services organization.
Larry is a member of multiple procurement professional organizations, including the CPO 50, and has received numerous recognitions, including the 2011 EY Chairman Value Award and the 2022 ProcureCon EPIC CPO Innovation Award. In 2021, he ranked 15th among the Top 100 Supply Chain Leaders, and he was also a finalist for the World Procurement Leader Award in 2016, 2017 and 2022Most recently Larry was ranked #7 of the top 100 Leaders in Procurement.
Larry is a champion of diverse and inclusive teams and suppliers and has been presented with several awards for his work in this area, including the WBENC Platinum Award for his support of women-owned businesses.
EY exists to build a better working world, helping create long-term value for clients, people and society and build trust in the capital markets.
Enabled by data and technology, diverse EY teams in over 150 countries provide trust through assurance and help clients grow, transform and operate.
Working across assurance, consulting, law, strategy, tax and transactions, EY teams ask better questions to find new answers for the complex issues facing our world today.
“Nissan is honored to be a Co-Chair for 2023 National WBENC. This conference is an important gathering of members to exchange ideas and have discussions about programs, resources and initiatives that will continue to support and champion women entrepreneurs. We believe that partnering with female-owned businesses provides new ideas and experiences, which is core to Nissan’s Supplier Diversity strategy. We value our collaboration and connection with other companies to be a change agent for expanding opportunities for women entrepreneurs. And, we encourage all to join us for the WBENC National Conference as we reinforce our commitment to building impactful relationships between corporations and women businesses.”
Nissan is a global automotive manufacturer dedicated to driving innovation to enrich people’s lives. In the U.S., Nissan’s operations include more than 21,000 employees who work in automotive design, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is in the midst of a global transformation, changing its business, products and culture to build a quality, sustainable business for employees, dealers, suppliers and customers. For more information, visit NissanUSA.com.
Chandra Vasser is vice president and chief diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officer, Nissan Americas. She was appointed to this position in November 2021. In this role, Vasser is responsible for leading efforts to develop a culture where all employees can be productive, respected and feel safe in their work environments. Vasser drives Nissan’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, while developing partnerships and plans to share the company’s DEI commitment with employees, customers and the community. Vasser is also President of the Nissan Foundation, which annually awards grants to nonprofit organizations in support of innovative programming that breaks down societal barriers and builds inclusive communities. Vasser began her career with Nissan in 2004 and has since served in a wide range of leadership roles. Most recently, she was director of Finance, overseeing activities in the marketing & sales, aftersales, sales audit and cost of quality areas. Prior to that, Vasser served in multiple director of finance roles, leading activities for NMAC, remarketing and purchasing. She was also director of purchasing, services & support and administration which included leadership of supplier diversity. A certified public accountant, Vasser holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Tennessee State University and a master’s in business administration from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
“Ampcus Group is thrilled to be this year’s Co-Chair for the WBENC National Conference. For more than 25 years, WBENC continues to bring positive impact by hosting educational sessions and networking opportunities with members of Corporate America, government agencies, non-profits, and WBEs. We truly value, appreciate and respect WBENC and the WBENC Family. I encourage each of you to join in the celebration and take the opportunity to reconnect, expand your network, exchange ideas, and actively seek opportunities to work with each other. I look forward to meeting each one of you in Nashville, TN. #Momentum #Celebration.”
Ampcus is a global Business, Technology consulting and a staff augmentation firm headquartered in Chantilly VA 25 miles west of Washington DC ,with 16 customer support offices in the US ,global delivery centers, innovation labs and a workforce of over 2200 employees Ampcus and Ampcus owned subsidiaries continue to bring positive impact in the lives of over 80 of the fortune 100/1000 companies, agencies and non profits. We provide innovative, cost effective quality and sustainable solutions and services with focus on Intelligent Automation, Cybersecurity & Risk Management, Infrastructure Modernization, Testing and Staffing services.
Ann Ramakumaran is the Founder and CEO of Ampcus Inc. Ann is a technology-savvy entrepreneur with more than 20 years of design, development and delivery of innovative and leading-edge Technology Solutions and Human Capital Management across the globe. Under her leadership, she has cultivated Ampcus and Ampcus group of companies into a fast-growing Consulting and Professional Services organization. For eleven consecutive years she has been recognized as a top Asian American owned business by USPAACC and for over twelve consecutive years has been honored as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women Owned and Women Led Business in the CONUS by the Women Presidents Organization. Under Ann’s leadership, Ampcus has made the Inc. 500/5000 list and has been recognized as a Top Diversity Business. Ann was also awarded Women in Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by WIT and most recently was inducted into the Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame and Capital Region’s Hall of Fame. Ann has also received the Chairman’s Award for Inspirational Leadership from CRMSDC and the President’s Award from WPEO, the Global Growth Award from Astra Women’s Business Alliance, Supplier of the Year Award from GMSDC, Top Asian American Business Award from USPAACC-SE and USPAACC-SW, CRMSDC Supplier of the Year, NMSDC Supplier of the Year and NMSDC MBE of the Year, MBDA Minority Business Enterprise of the Year . In 2019, Ampcus became part of the NMSDC’S elite Corporate Plus Program.
Ann serves on the National Board of WBENC, Board of Greater Washington Partnership CRMSDC Board, WBEC DMV/NY Board, CWE Board, USPAACC Scholarship Committee. She has been a speaker at numerous National and Local Procurement and Diversity and Technology Conferences. In addition, Ann has mentored several women and minority start up’s in an effort to help them grow their business. Ann holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business and Commercial Management from India and has completed Executive Management from the Robins School of Business, University of Richmond Virginia and an Advance Management from the Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University Illinois.
“Serving as Co-Chair at WBENC 2023 is an easy decision because it’s the ‘only’ decision! Supporting women to grow businesses and ourselves while enabling customers to receive the best innovative, quality solutions available – Done!”
ActOne Group’s mission is to become the business community’s global partner in providing forward-thinking talent and resource-management solutions. By leveraging the expertise of the various companies of the ActOne Group, our clients can access the powerful potential of today’s diverse global workforce.
Janice Bryant Howroyd, fondly known as JBH, is the first African American woman to found and build a multi-billion dollar company. ActOne Group, a $3.4 billion (USD) workforce solutions organization, operates in over 32 countries, engaging some of the world’s best technologies and systems to support organizations of all sizes and provide jobs and careers for millions of workers across the globe. She leads from a culture of humanity, discipline, and excellence instilled by her parents and uses her presence as a connector of humanity, saying, “Never compromise who you are personally to become who you wish to be professionally!”
“As the CEO of CSS, one of the first WBENC-Certified WBEs, I understand the value and impact of what this vibrant organization can do. We support the WBENC mission to fuel the economic growth of women-owned businesses. As a result of WBENC efforts, we have grown CSS into the best-in-class leader in our industry that we are today. Each year this dynamic and diverse network comes together to fuel economic opportunities for women entrepreneurs. The WBENC National Conference is the largest event of its kind connecting women business owners with corporate executives. I never miss a WBENC National Conference because I have personally experienced meeting contacts there to help grow our business. I look forward to seeing you in Nashville.”
CSS Building Services is one of WBENC’s original certified women-owned companies. Over the years, CSS, staffed by experts, has grown into a best-in-class leader in janitorial and business services utilizing environmentally conscious and safe cleaning solutions. We are a Tier 1 provider to corporations, airports, and other business entities. Building Services we provide include; janitorial cleaning, controlled environment cleaning, construction clean-up, flood, fire and mold remediation and restoration, and terrazzo flooring installation and restoration and other services.
CSS as a Tier 1 solution and a certified woman-owned business, provides value-added services for its clients and contributes to the economic health and well-being of the communities in which it operates.
Bernadette Milito is the CEO of CSS Building Services. Ms. Milito began her career in Janitorial services in the 1970’s, working diligently to learn all aspects of the business. When Bernadette began her business career, not many women were in janitorial services, as it was known as a traditionally male-dominated field. Through hard work, drive and determination, she has proven herself in the industry. Bernadette is a proud member of WBENC and has been certified since 2000. The company started with small commercial accounts and soon expanded to included large commercial accounts, pharmaceutical companies, industrial and municipal work. The latest venture has been airports, terrazzo flooring as well as remediation services. Bernadette has been able to obtain such accounts because of her application of rigid quality control standards and procedures. Customer satisfaction is her main goal.
Bernadette also takes pride that CSS Building Services, Inc. is able to help economically disadvantaged communities by providing jobs. Because no experience is needed and training is provided, CSS Building Services, Inc. is able to employ those who might otherwise have difficulty finding jobs. The contracts that CSS obtains are always ongoing and the employees are always kept working. She believes that through training, motivation and rewarding employees, the company will continue to grow and develop in a positive direction.
“At the 2022 National Conference in Atlanta, I was reminded of the value and the energy of our WBENC network. I knew that making the commitment to co-chair the 2023 Conference would allow us the opportunity to not only benefit from, but contribute to, the power of this event on a larger scale. The WBENC National Conference is a tremendous opportunity to connect and learn from one of the most engaging and diverse groups you can find.”
M. Davis is a 5th generation industrial construction company that is leading the way as a new breed of industrial provider for global corporations, regional leaders and government agencies.
With a focus on safety and quality workmanship, our complete construction, fabrication and maintenance capabilities produce customized, turnkey solutions for mechanical, electrical and control systems. Our comprehensive engineering and technology solutions ensure quality, enhance output and achieve efficiencies. M. Davis is headquartered in Delaware with additional manufacturing plants in the Mid-Atlantic region, that allow for global reach in fabrication and manufacturing.
After over 20 years of leadership positions with M. Davis & Sons, Inc., Peggy Del Fabbro assumed the role of CEO in 2008. She is the 5th generation of the Davis family to lead M. Davis, which is now in its 153rd year in business. Peggy works to distinguish the construction company in the marketplace through an unwavering commitment to safety and quality, and through a forward-thinking approach to sustainability and the future of construction.
In 2009 Peggy made the decision to pursue certification as a Woman Owned Business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) to set her company apart from other contractors. Peggy promotes diversity by participating in a wide variety of roles in support of WBENC, most recently as Chair of the Women’s Enterprise Forum for WBENC. She has been recognized on the regional and national level as a leader in the women owned business community.
Peggy currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Delaware Valley Chapter, The Brandywine Valley SPCA Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
“‘Without action, it’s just words.’ Simon Sinek. Leaders that invest in their stakeholders as well as themselves build better companies. Attending the WBENC conference is an investment in the well-being of the company and all of its stakeholders. Action means showing up and participating!”
Flexability is an equity and inclusion firm that helps its clients build leaders with high performing teams. Our mission is equity at work. We are woman, LGBTQ+, and disability owned. We strategically equip clients to close employment gaps and teach equity and inclusion competency, and humility with specialized assessments, professional development, and management consulting. Flexability is a BCorps, recognized for three consecutive years as a “Best for the World – Governance” by B Labs. In 2022, INC magazine recognized Flexability as Best in Business – Management Consulting.
Nancy J. Geeme, is the Visionary and CEO of Flexability, recognized for three consecutive years as a “Best for the World – Governance” by B Labs. In 2022, INC magazine recognized Flexability as Best in Business – Management Consulting. Nancy drives the culture and strategy of this social impact workplace consulting firm, building high performance teams through diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. She believes that company culture drives growth and profitability. Nancy is known for her ability to simplify the complex in her strategy and scenario planning work, skills that served her well in managing risk in “bet the company” trials. Nancy leads by example with an exploratory mindset that creates opportunity for idea exchange and development of best practices in ESG, CSR, and DEI. As a business leader, Nancy brings process and governance to every organization with which she works. She is often one of the first independent board members in privately held companies, with expertise in governance, compensation, and cybersecurity.
“WBENC has provided both contacts for contracts and educational opportunities that have helped me to be a better leader. If you show up WBENC will have an impact on your business and your life.”
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“It is my firm belief that women bring an extraordinary level of passion, purpose, and an unique style of leadership that separate itself from business as usual. It is my honor to serve on the WBENC host committee as a way to encourage and empower women entrepreneurs.”
At DevMar, we are part of the solution as we offer a vast array of cleaning and safety products designed to keep workplaces and spaces healthy while creating a safer environment. Our vision is to become a world leader in the development, manufacturing, and distribution of our specialty products. Our approach to business is guided by the following principles; leadership, transparency, integrity, environmental stewardship, and continuous improvement.
Sharon Reynolds is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of DevMar Products, a nationally recognized name centered on unique product innovations. After a stellar 20-year career in the banking and real estate industries, Reynolds launched DevMar in 2007. Since its founding, DevMar Manufacturing and DevMar Global Healthcare Solutions was formed. Each of these companies was launched to address sanitation and health issues across all industries.
As a result, DevMar has opted out of developing products that contain harsh or toxic chemicals that may harm the planet and consumers; and instead, chose to develop environmentally conscience solutions.
A market disrupter and change-maker, Reynolds has grown her companies to be leaders in pathogen remediation to sustain the planet for future generations with global impact while educating clients and suppliers on topics surrounding healthy workplace initiatives.
In 2012, Reynolds was the first woman-owned company to secure a multi-year prime chemical contract with the Nashville International Airport in its 75-year history.
Reynolds earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a focus on Green & Sustainable Enterprise Management and later earned an Executive MBA from Tennessee State University. She pays tribute to numerous mentors for her success and has completed the Executive program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University and was inducted into the Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society, recognized for possessing high ethical standards exhibiting honor and integrity, and for demonstrating a strong entrepreneurial spirit.
As a way of giving back, Reynolds dedicates countless hours to empowering other minority and women-owned entrepreneurs through mentoring and service in various organizations that are committed to fostering diversity and inclusion, such as the Women Business Collaborative (WBC), the Women Business Enterprise National Council, and the Women Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC-South) where she serves as Board Directors for all three organizations.
“The WBENC National Conference has provided our firm priceless opportunities to introduce our capabilities to their corporate partners and develop relationships with other women business owners. The more involved you are at their events, the more insight and opportunities open up to scale your business. We are investing and serving as a Host to ensure other women business owners have access to these same opportunities and growth outcomes.”
Connecting People with Opportunities and Clients with Success — KellyMitchell is an award-winning IT staffing firm, dedicated to providing unmatched value and quality resources for technical talent and teams nationwide.
We’re experts in IT staffing and IT Project services, specializing in the capability to fulfill needs for emerging and high demand skills including: IT Application Development, Product Strategy & Development, IT Infrastructure & Cloud Services, Digital Transformation, Data Analytics, and Enterprise Project Leadership.
Headquartered in St. Louis, MO with 17 hubs across the country, KellyMitchell partners with a diverse group of organizations and employs hundreds of the industry’s top IT professionals.
Cassandra Sanford, CEO and co-founder of KellyMitchell, is responsible for talent experts who enable Fortune 100 Clients to achieve their IT, Business and Financial goals by providing a flexible and skilled workforce. Started in 1998, by previous Boeing employees, KellyMitchell has partnered with many Fortune 100 and 500 companies servicing their technology and professional staffing needs on a national level, in all major geographical markets, across all industries. Cassandra has grown KellyMitchell from 3 employees to over 2000; from a local St. Louis company to a national organization with 18 offices throughout the U.S.
WBENC-certified and a Committee of 200 and YPO member, Cassandra makes a practice of mentoring other women and giving back to her community. She serves on various local, regional, and national boards including Busey Bank, Mercy Hospital, Regional Business Council, the United Way, The Magic House Children’s Museum, Visitation Academy and the Women’s Business Development Center of Chicago.
KellyMitchell has been highlighted as one of the fastest growing firms in the nation multiple times by Inc 5000 and Women’s President Organization & American ExpressOpen. Additionally, Cassandra has been honored to be the recipient of many awards including Entrepreneur of the Year by the WBDC of Chicago, Enterprising Woman of the Year by Enterprising Women Magazine, Most Influential Business Woman by the St. Louis Business Journal, Star of the Year by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), WBE Hall of Fame Honoree by the American Institute of Diversity and Commerce, and the Dorothy B. Brothers Executive Scholarship Awardee by WBENC and Bank of America where she attended Harvard Business School’s Women Leading Business program.
Cassandra is a graduate of St. Louis University. She holds a B.A. in Political Science, a J.D. in Law, and she is a licensed attorney by the Missouri Bar Association.