Conference Program*

7:30 am - 3:00 pm Registration (Entrance Foyer)

8:00 am - 9:00 am Welcome “Networking” Breakfast (Rooms B/C)

Enjoy a hot breakfast as we start the day creating new connections.

9:00 am - 10:00 am Plenary Session (Room B/C)

Do you have what it takes to lead in the Digital Era?

Hear from Vips Kapadia, Founder and CEO of ThinqShift, as he challenges us to be the adaptable leaders we need to be in order to transform our own organizations.

10:15 am - 11:15 am Breakout Sessions (Rooms F, G and H)

Breakout 1 - “Start Building Your Personal Power”

In this workshop, teams will brainstorm common behaviors where they use or see others use their positional power and content power, and then solution against them for how they could adapt their behaviors to use personal power instead. Presenter: Vips Kapadia, Founder and CEO of ThinqShift

Breakout 2 - “CPO Panel: The Changing Procurement Landscape”
NOTE: Reserved for Corporate Members.

This "straight talk" session on the new rules in procurement will feature the insights and perspectives of senior procurement officers from city government and the hospitality/entertainment and automotive industries.

  • Michael Owh, Chief Procurement Officer, City of Los Angeles

  • Michael Cooper, Dir. Strategic Sourcing, Disney Worldwide Services

  • Charles Harmon, Sr. Mgr. Administration Division, American Honda

  • Sheila Coates, CEO, BYOB - Moderator

Breakout 3 - “MBE Panel: Lessons From the Trenches”

Join in the conversation as a panel of exceptional MBEs discuss how they’ve navigated the good – and the difficult – turning points in their businesses, and share hard-won lessons they’ve learned over the years. There will be audience Q&A.

  • Kirby Hays, President and CEO, Hal Hays Construction

  • Athena Chiera, VP of Business Development, Athena Engineering

  • Marc C. Mills, Co-Founder & President, Pacific Rim Capital

  • Anita Ron, President, BriteWorks, Inc.

  • Shawn Andry, CEO, ASV Inc.

  • Bonnie Nijst, President and CEO, FIDGET Branding - Moderator

11:30 am - 1:15 pm Keynote Luncheon (Ballroom)

  • Adrienne Trimble, President/CEO, NMSDC

  • Betty Porto, Co-Owner of Porto’s Bakery
    Interviewed by Tarrance Frierson of Southern California Edison

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Exhibit Fair / Matchmaking (Exhibit Hall A)

  • 1:45 pm - 2:15 pm Hardhat Pavilion (Booth 108)

  • 2:15 pm - 4:00 pm Matchmaking  (Room B/C)

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Closing Reception (Foyer)

Food and drinks, entertainment, exhibitor and SCMSDC raffles, and networking

*Subject to change