New York & New Jersey MSDC Brings Together Corporate And Minority Business Community At Two Key Events

Jul 15, 2015, 15:54 ET from New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

NEW YORK, July 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council held two of its annual signature events in New Jersey this June. The first event, Networking for Scholarships, was held at the Montclair Golf Club in West Orange, NJ on June 16, 2015. This annual golf event raises funds to provide scholarships to qualified NY & NJ MSDC Certified suppliers to attend executive leadership and management programs at top business schools.

In addition to golf, the event, sponsored by EY (Ernst & Young), included networking, and an educational session. "One of our key drivers at the Council is developing minority businesses, thereby increasing their capacity to successfully service our corporate members," says Terrence Clark, Council President & CEO.  "The educational opportunity that this event supports gives business owners the knowledge and tools to take their businesses to the next level."

The following day, on June 17, 2015, The Council held its annual Business Opportunity Expo at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. Co-Chaired by National Grid, Hooven-Dayton Corporation and Staffing Synergies, this event brought together some of the region's most innovative minority entrepreneurs with some of the nation's top corporations. Over 400 attendees were present at the trade show, matchmaker sessions and educational workshops. One Workshop, Leveraging Capital to Fuel MBE Growth –Reengineering How You Use Capital was led by Harvey Butler, Global Head of Supplier Diversity at Barclays Bank.

"This year's NYNJ MSDC Business Opportunity Expo was a wonderful event," says Sean Kennedy, Vice President of Business Development at Thompson Hospitality. "It provided us with a great platform to network with many of our existing clients, while also offering us the opportunity to present business solutions to prospective clients as well. These invaluable relationships play a vital role and are the key to our success."

Another workshop for corporate members, Advancing Supplier Diversity Through Non-Traditional Corporate Channels was a panel discussion, moderated by Pauline Gebon, Global Head of Supplier Diversity for MetLife, Inc.  Panelists included, Theresa Harrison, Director, Supplier Diversity, EY; Vonshe Jenkins, Sr. VP, Supplier Diversity & Development, Bank of America; and Beverly Jennings, Head of the Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion, Johnson & Johnson.  Panelists provided insight into collaboration with suppliers, strengthening supplier diversity across the globe, and driving cost savings by leveraging diverse suppliers.

About the New York and New Jersey MSDC
The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (The Council), established in 1973, is a vital link between major corporations and minority business enterprises (MBEs). Each year, member corporations have reported billions of dollars spent with Council-certified Minority Business Enterprises. Serving the New York and New Jersey region, The Council is one of the 24 regional affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.


SOURCE New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.