President & CEO
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
Adrienne Trimble is the newly appointed President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She is honored to be taking on the leadership role with NMSDC and looks forward to ensuring the organization and stakeholders remain positioned for sustainable growth and success.
Adrienne Trimble was General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor North America, responsible for leading and executing diversity & inclusion strategies and initiatives across Toyota’s North American operations.
Ms. Trimble led Toyota’s Supplier Diversity initiative from 2005 – 2012. In this role, she directed the company’s processes for developing productive supplier relationships with diverse businesses across the country. Toyota received numerous accolades under Ms. Trimble’s direction, including Corporation of the Year by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) in 2011 as well as Corporation of the Year honors from the organization’s affiliates in Arkansas (2012), Michigan (2009 and 2010), South Central Ohio (2010 and 2011), Southwest Texas (2007-11) and Tri-State KY/IN/WV (2007-11).
Her board and committee leadership positions have included NMSDC and several of its regional Councils, as well as Executive Committee roles for the Billion Dollar Roundtable. She was named Advocate of the Year by the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council in 2012. In recognition of her efforts to advance economic development for diverse suppliers, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Founder and CEO of Rainbow PUSH, presented Ms. Trimble with their Corporate Leader Award and Women in Leadership Award in 2011. Ms. Trimble has previous Human Resources leadership experience in financial services, healthcare and media industries.
A graduate of Wilberforce University, Ms. Trimble earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Organization Management. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees for her alma mater in 2014.
Ms. Trimble and her husband, Jamiel, reside in McKinney, Texas
Founder & CEO
The speed of change in the digital era means that adaptability has become paramount to success. But most of us suck at it and 70% of transformations – personal, organizational or otherwise — will fail! In order to successfully adapt, leaders today must be business leaders, digital leaders, people leaders and change leaders. And you must master the three powers — Content Power, Positional Power and Personal Power. Do you have what it takes?
Vips Kapadia, the founder and CEO of ThinqShift, a US-based leadership services company, will inspire, provoke, entertain and above all, make you reflect inward and consider how personal and organizational success starts with you as a leader and in particular, your own day-to-day behaviors. He’s passionate about adaptable leadership, developing high-performance teams, stretching ideas, transformational and disruptive business change and strengthening engagement, all while being practical enough to make things happen!
Vips brings more than 25 years of experience as an advisor, coach, entrepreneur, and consultant. After graduating from the London School of Economics and a stint with Arthur Andersen/Deloitte in management consulting, in 2003 Vips and his partners founded Qedis, a UK-based management consulting company where, in addition to consulting for FTSE250 companies, Vips was accountable for "everything people" including recruitment, career development, leadership and seeding the culture during a period of growth from three people to 250+. Qedis was sold to North Highland in 2011 and Vips settled in Atlanta, helping the UK integrate with the wider NH business (processes and culture), with responsibility for operational global accountabilities and strategic transformation. His last stop before creating ThinqShift was with Pariveda Solutions, a technology consulting firm focused first on growing people to achieve their fullest potential through learning, coaching and giving to others.
Vips is a generous, positive, self-aware and purposeful story-teller who acts as a powerful catalyst to "shock" leaders into action — to inspire, to innovate and to make an extraordinary impact on the world. His goal is simple — to help 7 'fabulous people' create extraordinary impact in the their world each year.
Betty Porto was born in Cuba and migrated with her family to California in 1971. Her mother opened a business shortly after arriving and Betty and her siblings worked there after school everyday throughout high school and college.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1980 from Cal State LA and received her master’s degree in political science in 1982 from UCLA. Once she graduated, she focused on helping with the expansion of her family’s business and settled into her role as Vice President and Director of Community Relations.
Today, Betty has the pleasure of working alongside hundreds of local organizations such as the Los Angeles Union Rescue Mission, The Boys and Girls Club of Burbank, Glendale Healthy Kids, and the Food Help Program of Downey, to name a few.
She is also an advisor on the Glendale Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program Committee, a panelist for Glendale Community College Culinary Program, and a member of the Glendale Arts Advisory Board.
In 2005, Betty was named Latin Business Woman of the Year by The National Latin Business Women Association. That same year, Porto’s Bakery was named the Nation’s Retail Bakery of the Year by the prestigious Modern Baking Magazine and Business of the Year by the Glendale Kiwanis Club in 2007. In 2008, the Glendale Latino Association named Betty Woman of the Year and in 2011 the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce also named her Woman of the Year. The Glendale Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 100th anniversary by naming Porto’s Bakery Business of the Year for 2011. Most recently, Porto’s Bakery was ranked first nationwide on Yelp’s Top 100 List of Restaurants.