Uniting the nation’s leading business diversity organizations, the 2020 NBIC Unity Week is a celebration of diversity, opportunity, equity, and collaboration. Attendees will receive access to exclusive dayside programming focused on building unprecedented success for diverse communities in the United States, and around the globe.
Agenda highlights will include:
“State of the Union” updates: first-hand accounts of how corporations and diverse business leaders are continuing to make major advancements for our communities, even during these most challenging times.
Keynote from Finance Icon Suze Orman: Learn top tips for entrepreneurs and hear about her inspiring personal journey to success. USA Today has called Suze Orman “a force in the world of personal finance” and a “one-woman financial-advice powerhouse.” Time and Forbes Magazine named Ms. Orman as one of the 100 most influential and powerful people in the world today.
CPO Forum: Diverse suppliers and MBEs contributed to the global supply chain during the pandemic crisis, ensureing supply demands were met. They pivoted, were agile and resourceful. This CPO Forum will share success stories, future procurement processes and strategies for shaping the future global supply chain. After the CPO Forum, participant will have an opportunity for Live Q&A with procurement leadership from major corporations.
Women Investing in Women: Leading women-owned businesses are pioneers in their field, setting trends, blazing trails, and bringing forth game-changing innovations. Women Who Own It, a WBENC Podcast presented by Lowe's for and by women entrepreneurs and their supporters, invites you to listen in as we tell the stories of female founders and business leaders.
Black Entrepreneurial Experience in America: Where are We? Where do we go Next: an essential discussion on race, equity, and opportunity as we all affirm #BlackLivesMatter
MatchMakers: (by invitation only) - Kicking off what will be an ongoing collaboration among interested NBIC groups, Unity Week will host a commodity-specific matchmaking event presented by Toyota for businesses specializing in training related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); unconscious bias; and related trainings. Diverse supplier participation will center around those providing diversity, equity and inclusion training and education. More details to follow.
Unity Week Pitch Competition: Brought to you in partnership with PepsiCo and celebrating the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage in the United States: a multi-round elevator pitch competition designed to highlight certified women entrepreneurs across all organizations within the NBIC. The competition will consist of a Video Showcase round open to the public for viewing and voting, followed by a live virtual Semi-Final and Final round where participants will pitch to a panel of Corporate judges for a chance to win grants to invest in their businesses.
The week culminates in a virtual celebration of the annual 2020 NBIC Best-of-the-Best Awards Gala, recognizing outstanding achievement in cross-segment diversity and inclusion, including this year’s cohort of the Top 50 NBIC Best-of-the-Best Corporations for Inclusion. Only companies achieving industry-leading results across all diverse segments are eligible to receive the prestigious Best-of-the-Best designation from the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC), a coalition of national diverse business organizations spearheaded by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and including the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, Disability:IN, National Minority Supplier Development Council, National Veteran-Owned Business Association, United States Black Chambers, Inc., United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, WEConnect International, and Women Impacting Public Policy.