• On Diversity Conference

    Presented by: City & State

     Jun 27, 2017

     New York, NY

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Time & Date:
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
8:00am – 1:30pm

Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280

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On Tuesday, June 27th, City & State hosts its 6th annual On Diversity forum will bring together over 250 industry professionals from across the state including:  Policymakers from federal, state, regional, and local government, MWBE Firms, NYS and NYC agency heads and purchasing officers, Consultants, contractors and subcontractors. 

The On Diversity Conference offers ample networking opportunities to connect with a who’s who of NY’s procurement and connect with decision makers from both the public and private sectors to grow your business. Hear the latest issues facing the industry today from our top-level speakers and panelists. In addition to attracting senior level attendees, our conference takeaways aid in professional development, both for yourself and your organization.


8:00am         Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:40am         Keynote Remarks by Reverend Al Sharpton, Activist, and Founder and President of National Action Network 

9:10am         Panel: What to Know About Doing Business in NY 

This session will help firms expand their footprint with New York and network with other groups in support of NYS entities that have MWBE utilization goals. How are state agencies promoting new contracting opportunities?  Which market sectors have the most opportunity for MWBE participation?  Hear from professional services – including legal, accounting and financial, construction management and engineers, transportation suppliers, operations, facility management, emergency management and more.


  • Sandra Wilkin, President and CEO, Bradford Construction (moderator)
  • Lourdes Zapata, Executive Vice President & Executive Director, Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development, Empire State Development 
  • Senator James Sanders Jr., Chair, MWBE Task Force 
  • Husam Ahmad, Chairman and CEO, HAKS
  • Julieann Lee, M/WBE Compliance Officer, New York City Department of Correction
  • Regina Calcaterra, Partner, Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz


9:55am        Panel: How MWBE Can Help Your Business

Certification can significantly help your business gain access to government contracts. Businesses with certification see requests for proposals as the State agencies must make good faith efforts (sometimes 10-25%) participation by women and minorities. Agencies, the government and prime and subcontractors are being measured on it. In this session, learn how to amplify the benefits of your certification and learn how codes and profiles effect your business opportunities.


  • Jeff Coltin, Reporter, City & State (moderator)
  • Jonnel Doris, Senior Advisor and Director of the Mayor’s Office for M/WBE, Office of the Mayor  
  • Bomi Kim, Director & Senior Vice President, Opportunity M/W/DBE, New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • Andrew Hoan, President & CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce


10:35am        Workshop: Working with Diverse Communities: Community Engagement & Strategic Relationships 

Collaboration helps to reduce disparities and to identify, reach, and serve marginalized communities through programs and services.   We discuss ideas and opportunities for community engagement and strategic relationships with prominent diversity leaders of New York.


  • Kevin L. Antoine, Assistant Vice President, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Downstate Medical Center (moderator)
  • Matilde Roman, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals
  • Colleen Scott, Advocacy Specialist, NY State Office for the Aging


11:25am        Remarks from Michael Nieves, President and CEO, HITN

Special 1 on 1 Interview with Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives and New York City M/WBE Director, and Jon Lentz, Editor in Chief, City & State


11:50am       Panel: Creating A Culture of Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity

New York City is famous for its recruitment diversity, representing virtually every nation on earth. Organizations all stand to benefit from advancing diversity and inclusion as a strategy to remain competitive. City & State convenes a panel of experts sharing strategies on environmental diversity, and best practices to help NY flourish on multiple levels.


  • Jean Lee, CEO, Minority Corporate Counsel Association (moderator)
  • Rose E. Rodriguez, Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
  • Wendy Garcia, Chief Diversity Officer, Office of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer
  • Nancy R. Hernandez, Deputy Comptroller for Diversity Management, Office of the New York State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli
  • Cassandra Leyden, Senior Engineer, Arup


12:35pm          Panel: The Most Significant Projects in New York and How to Be Part of Them

With a projected $100 billion in capital spending, New York state is afforded dozens of new opportunities.  This session will discuss new programs, top projects and market-specific contract opportunities throughout New York State such as transportation, hotels and casinos, construction, technology, and more.


  • Frank A. Mesa, Council of Presidents' Representative, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (moderator)
  • Michael J. Garner, Chief Diversity Officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Ida Perich, General Manager, Office of Business Diversity and Civil Rights (OBDCR)
  • Jahmeliah Nathan, Chief Diversity Officer, Governor's Office of. Storm Recovery (GOSR)  


1:20pm         Conference Concludes


For more information on programming and speaking opportunities, please contact Lissa Blake at lblake@cityandstateny.com or call 646-517-2741.

Members of the press are invited to attend. Please contact Jenny Wu at jwu@cityandstateny.com for details.


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