Minority Enterprise & Supplier Diversity Expo

19 Oct 2016 Wednesday
19 Oct 2016 Wednesday

Minority Enterprise & Supplier Diversity Expo

Omaha, NE
Creighton University Harper Center
07:00 am - 02:30 pm

Have you heard about the upcoming Minority Enterprise & Supplier Diversity Expo (ME Expo)?

The ME Expo is a first time event taking place at the Creighton University Harper Center located at 602 N. 20th Street, Omaha, NE on Wednesday, Oct. 19th. The ME Expo provides significant opportunities to strengthen current business relationships as well as forge new and beneficial ones. Booths are available for purchase to exhibit during the trade fair portion of the ME Expo increasing visibility of your company but space is limited, reserve your booth today. Additionally, event attendees can schedule up to five (5) ten minute one-on-one sessions with buyers from participating Corporate Members during the One-on-One Connection Zone.

Expo Features

• One-on-One Connections Zone
• Market Place Fair
• Access to Regional & National Corporations
• Keynote Speakers
• Closing Reception featuring a Desert Bar & Live Music

• 7:00 am – 8:00 am: Set-up /Registration
• 8:00 am – 9:30 am: Breakfast Program
• 10:00 am-11:30 am: Trade Fair & Connection Zone
• 11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch Program
• 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Trade Fair & Connection Zone Continued
• 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Closing Reception Featuring a Desert Bar with Live Music

Keynote Speakers and Panelists Announced!
Breakfast Keynote – Lance Morgan, President and CEO, HoChunk

Lance Morgan is President and Chief Executive Officer of Ho-Chunk, Inc. Morgan launched Ho-Chunk, Inc. in 1994 as the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Under Morgan’s leadership, Ho-Chunk, Inc. has been recognized by a variety of national organizations including: Innovations in Government Award, sponsored by Harvard University and the Ford Foundation; Honoring Nations Award, also sponsored by Harvard; Minority Business Magazine, Entrepreneurial Spirit Award; Distinguished Alumni Speaker, Harvard Law School; Small Business Administration; U.S. Department of State; U.S. Department of Commerce; and the White House.

Morgan was selected as a “Champion of Change” by the White House in 2011. In 2012, he was awarded the Nebraska Builder Award by the University of Nebraska and the keynote speaker for commencement ceremonies. Morgan was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Indian in 2013/2014, he was honored with the Advocate of the Year Award by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency.

Morgan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Nebraska (B. S. 1990) and graduated from Harvard Law School (J.D. 1993). He is a member of the Minnesota Bar Association. Morgan is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

Featured Luncheon Panel
View from the Top: The future of Minority Business Development
A panel of Corporate Members with a track record of success engage in a robust discussion about the role of minority business enterprises in the supply chain in the future. Our panel will discuss how minority suppliers add value to their businesses and how corporate commitment to minority supplier development helps drive opportunities for minority suppliers.
Panelists Include:
• Tim Norton, Assistance Vice President Facilities Management and Planning, Creighton University
• Mike Liebherr, Vice President Procurement, ConAgra
• Jillnell Joiner, Senior Supplier Diversity Manager Supply Chain Management, American Red Cross
• Lauren Hickman, Sr. Manager – Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Diversity, Union Pacific Railroad
• Nichole Shippel, Preconstruction Specialist/Estimator, MCL Construction
Panel will be moderated by Bill Mabry, President and CEO, OSP Prevention Group

Individuals: Full Day Pass (Includes Breakfast Ticket, Luncheon Ticket, Access to Market Trade Fair and One-on-One Connection Zone)
• $60
Exhibitor packages include: one (1) Full Day Pass (Includes breakfast and luncheon ticket)
• MBE – $125
• Non-Profit/ Strategic Partner/ Government Entity – $125
• Non-Member Business – $175
• Corporation – $175