2020 Diversity Summit

February 20, 2020  
Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Connecting Government and New York's MWBEs
Event Description

City & State’s Diversity Summit will offer industry executives, public sector leaders and academics a full-day conference dedicated to fostering business partnerships between the state and local government, prime contractors and MWBEs. Find out what it takes to thrive in New York’s competitive procurement arena by connecting with key government agencies, prime contractors and state & local representatives at the City & State Diversity Summit.

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J. Phillip Thompson
Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives
As Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, Deputy Mayor Thompson is responsible for spearheading a diverse collection of priority initiatives. This expansive portfolio includes Democracy NYC, the Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises Program, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, the Office of the Census, and the Young Men’s Initiative. Additionally, his agency portfolio includes the Department of Youth and Community Development; the Department of Small Business Services; the Commission on Human Rights; the Department of Veterans’ Services; the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; and the NYC Public Engagement Unit. Prior to joining the de Blasio administration, Thompson was an Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Double Trouble: Black Mayors, Black Communities and the Struggle for Deep Democracy published in 2006 by Oxford University Press. He has also written and worked extensively on community health planning, race and community development, and the politics of black economic advancement. Thompson also has an extensive background in New York City Government. He previously served in the Dinkins Administration as the Deputy General Manager for Operations and Development, and before that served in the Manhattan Borough President’s Office. He received a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University in 1977, a Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College in 1986, and a PhD from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 1990.
Jonnel Doris
Director, New York City Mayor’s Office of MWBEs
Jonnel Doris was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio as the City’s first Senior Advisor and Director of the Mayor’s Office for the Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program. He is responsible for identifying strategic policy guidance, programs, services and accountability mechanisms to increase the number of awards to qualified M/WBEs. In addition, Mr. Doris works with agencies to improve utilization of the City’s M/WBEs and advise the Mayor and Administration on subjects pertaining to M/WBEs and awarding City contracts. Mr. Doris is responsible for implementing and overseeing the Mayor’s 30 % M/WBE utilization goal, OneNYC target of $20 Billion to M/WBEs and certification of 9,000 firms. In his role as Senior Advisor and Director of the Office of M/WBEs, Mr. Doris facilitates the city’s engagement with the M/WBE and business communities, the Administration and city agencies, and both state and city legislatures. Recently, the Mayor announced that the city awarded a historic $10 Billon to M/WBEs since 2015 or half the OneNYC goal. In addition, Mr. Doris recently led the city’s efforts to secure $41M investment from four city depository banks, Amalgamated, Bank of America, TD Bank and Union Bank. A portion of this investment was added to the city’s existing low interest $10M contract finance fund and $10M Emerging Developer Loan Fund. Mr. Doris previously served as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer for the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR), which oversees New York State's $4.4 billion recovery allocation for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. At GOSR, Mr. Doris developed and implemented strategic initiatives resulting in increased utilization of State and Federal M/WBEs and Section 3 businesses. He pioneered the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity and developed the GOSR’s Local Workforce Opportunities Program and Web Portal, two resources which continue to increase employment, business opportunities and enable thousands of M/WBEs, small businesses and local residents to participate in New York’s rebuilding efforts. His professional career includes extensive experience in the energy, utility and government sectors working for Public Service Enterprise Group- Long Island (PSEG), Long Island Power Authority, KeySpan and in both State and City Government. He is also a former small business owner who understands firsthand the challenges M/WBEs face.
Robert Cornegy
Chairman, New York City Council MWBE Task Force
Robert E. Cornegy Jr. Robert E. Cornegy Jr. serves as New York City Council Member for the 36th District representing the communities of Bedford Stuyvesant and Northern Crown Heights. He serves as Chair of the Committee on Housing and Buildings, Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Task Force (M/WBEs), and the Democratic Conference. He is a member of the Committees on Economic Development, Education, Finance, State and Federal Level Legislation, and the Budget Negotiation Team. He is the former Chair of the Committee on Small Business. Before his career in public service, Cornegy was drafted into the NBA; playing professional basketball overseas for ten seasons in multiple countries, he honed his own personal value system of discipline, inclusion and teamwork across cultural lines. He later earned his Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, became a credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), and opened a successful residential treatment center. He worked as a legislative policy analyst for the NYC Council, writing and developing progressive legislative proposals and served as part of the Gun Violence Task Force. He has spent his career in public service, fighting for policies and services that are vital to the lives of the residents of Central Brooklyn. Council Member Cornegy lives in Bedford Stuyvesant with his wife, Michelle, and they have a blended family of six children.
Lisette Camillo
Lisette Camilo
Commissioner, New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services
Lisette Camilo As the Commissioner of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), Lisette Camilo leads the agency that handles New York City government’s commercial real estate, public buildings, procurement, contracts, personnel, and Civil Service. She was appointed to this post in January of 2016. Commissioner Camilo has a long history of public service. She was appointed as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS) and City Chief Procurement Officer by Mayor Bill de Blasio in April of 2014, where she ensured Mayoral agencies’ compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements related to the City’s procurement of billions of dollars of goods and services. Commissioner Camilo began at MOCS in 2011 in the legal unit, and also served as its Acting General Counsel. Prior to MOCS, Commissioner Camilo served as Legislative Counsel at the New York City Council for the Contracts, Juvenile Justice and General Welfare Committees where she drafted legislation and coordinated oversight hearings. Previously, Camilo was an attorney practicing Immigration law at a private law firm. She began her legal career as Counsel for UNITE HERE Local 100, which represents hotel, restaurant and commercial cafeteria food service workers. Born and raised in Washington Heights, Lisette Camilo is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University, and George Washington University School of Law.
Michael J. Garner
Chief Diversity Officer, MTA
Michael J. Garner, MBA, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), is a champion of the diversity market, making it his personal and professional mission to create a more diverse business industry, by empowering small businesses across New York State through educational programming and access to increased procurement opportunities. Since arriving at the MTA in 2010, Mr. Garner has designed one of the country’s leading MWDBE Business Development Programs. As architect of the MTA’s Small Business Development Program (SBDP), Mr. Garner has penetrated the largest transportation authority in North America with a pragmatic, results-driven construction mentoring program that continues to break the barriers for minority, women, disadvantaged and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses in New York, that otherwise would not have contract opportunities in transportation. Through the MTA’s program, the results speak for themselves: to date, over 290 contracts have been awarded with a project value of over $274.1 million. Over $14 million in loans have been awarded and $50 million in single capacity surety bonds have been secured for contractors participating in the program. Over its history, the program has created over 6,500 new jobs. Additionally, since Mr. Garner’s arrival, more than $2.4 billion have been paid to New York State certified MWBEs.
Michael Massiah
Michael Massiah
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Michael Massiah was appointed Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in December 2017. In this position, Mr. Massiah works closely with the Executive Director to assure that these values receive the highest respect across the agency and that these values are put into action within the workforce and in its business affairs. During his 36 years of service, he held key positions such as Director of Human Resources following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and led efforts to rebuild the agency’s human resource functions. Mr. Massiah also served as Director of the Office of Organizational Effectiveness and Change Management, where he implemented over $150 million of cost efficiencies throughout the agency. In 2006, he directed the newly constructed Management and Budget Department and developed the agency’s capital and operating budgets (over $7 billion in 2014), cost control strategies, and continuous improvement through program review and evaluation. In June 2014, Mr. Massiah became the Chief, Capital Planning, Execution and Asset Management overseeing: Capital Projects Planning for a $32 Billion Ten-Year Capital Plan, Project Management, World Trade Center Redevelopment, Office of Business Diversity and Civil Rights, Planning and Regional Development and Environmental Policy and Energy Programs.
Magalie Desroches Austin
Chief Diversity and Industry Relations Officer, NYC Dept. of Design and Construction
Magalie D. Austin serves as Chief Diversity and Industry Relations Officer with the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC), NYC’s capital project delivery agency with a project portfolio currently valued at over $13.5, 1,400 employees and over 1,300 consultant workforce. Under her leadership, the Office of Diversity and Industry Relations creates and implements innovative solutions that increase contract opportunities for minority and women business entities. The Office is also charged with monitoring vendor compliance with M/WBE goals established on agency procurements. In her role as Chief Industry Relations Officer she serves as DDC’s liaison to industry groups, promoting the reputation of the agency through outreach efforts. Prior to joining the Department of Design and Construction, Magalie served as a partner in The Austin Firm, PL, which she co-founded, providing legal and consulting services to individuals and entities working on Haiti’s post-earthquake redevelopment. Before establishing her own firm, Magalie was the Executive Director of Konbit for Haiti, a diaspora engagement organization that was formed in the immediate aftermath of the January 12, 2010, earthquake. Konbit for Haiti served as a bridge between Haitians living abroad and their homeland during a most crucial time.
Rafael “Ray” Salaberrios
Senior Vice President, Division of Small Business and Technology Development, Empire State Development
Rafael “Ray” Salaberrios first joined Empire State Development in 2010 and currently serves as Senior Vice President in the Division of Small Business and Technology Development. Ray is responsible for the Division’s Capital Access Programs portfolio, developing and managing lending and financial products offered by New York State to small and emerging businesses. Ray currently monitors fourteen small business loan programs, including the Job Development Authority (JDA) and JDA Agriculture Loan Funds which support companies engaged in manufacturing, distribution, warehousing and certain service industries; the Metropolitan Economic Revitalization Fund (MERF) which support public/ private partnerships in economic development projects that create and/or retain substantial jobs in economically distressed areas; and the “Bridge to Success” Loan Program which provides qualified MWBEs with the short-term capital necessary to participate in the up to $1 billion in contracting opportunities with New York State, The NYS Surety Bond Assistance Program and the NYS Linked Deposit Program. Collectively, these programs have to date approved over $185 million in loans and subsidies which in turn have leveraged over $796 million in private capital investment in New York State. In addition, Ray manages a team which deploys a wide menu of financial and technical assistance programs, providing capital access through institutional partners for micro-lending, assistance to help small and minority –and women-owned businesses secure surety bonding, and partnering with Community Development Financial Institution (CDFIs) and other private financial institutions to deliver low cost financing to underbanked business communities. Prior to joining ESD, Ray served as President of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC) where he spearheaded major economic development and community revitalization projects in the Bronx and served as the key resource organization for the Bronx business community, providing technical assistance and an array of business attraction and retention programs. Ray has a BA in economics from Herbert Lehman College in the Bronx, NY.
Councilman Ben Kallos
Chairman, Committee on Planning Dispositions and Concessions
New York City Council Member Ben Kallos was praised by the New York Times for his “fresh ideas” and elected in 2013 to represent the Upper East Side, Midtown East, Roosevelt Island and East Harlem along with all 8.4 million New Yorkers in the New York City Council. He grew up on the Upper East Side with his mother, who still lives in the neighborhood, and his grandparents, who fled anti-Semitism in Europe. As Chair of the Governmental Operations Committee he has sought to root out patronage, de-privatize government, eliminate billions in waste, expand elections, and to use technology to improve access to government. As Co-Chair for the Progressive Caucus, he has become a leading advocate for education, affordable housing, public health, sustainable development and transportation improvements and safety. His office is open and transparent, with constituents invited to decide on how to spend one million dollars on local projects in the district as well as to join him in a conversation on the First Friday of each month, or he will go to them for “Ben In Your Building.” A third generation Upper East Sider, whose grandparents fled anti-Semitism in Russia and Hungary to build a better life in New York City, Ben Kallos has been the Executive Director of a leading good government group, lawyer, entrepreneur and former Chief of Staff to a local Assembly Member. As a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, SUNY Albany and SUNY Buffalo, he has used his public education for public service in the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government.
Suzanne Veira
Chief Diversity Officer, NYC School Construction Authority
Suzanne Veira is the New York City School Construction Authority’s (SCA) first Chief Diversity Officer. As the Agency’s Chief Diversity Officer, Ms. Veira is responsible for delivering innovative solutions to increase contract opportunities for minorities, women and local business enterprise. In this capacity, she is responsible for the Business Development Division (BDD) in the management of the SCA's Minority, Women and Locally Based Enterprise (MWLBE) programs; oversight and enforcement of compliance with the SCA’s MWLBE participation goals; the management of the Agency’s Internship programs; capacity building and technical assistance services for MWLBE firms; and in coordination with the Construction Management Division the oversight of the Agency's Mentor and Graduate Mentor Programs. Since joining the SCA in 2007, as the Director of Operations, Suzanne has been instrumental in developing new systems and procedures to streamline and improve accountability and transparency in the Division’s implementation and oversight of the SCA’s Business Development programs. Suzanne’s experience prior to joining the SCA includes over thirty (30) years of government experience in roles as Executive Director of Procurement Initiatives for the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the Director of Capital Budget for the NYC Department of Corrections and an Audit Analyst for the Mayor’s Office of Operations. She received her BA from the University of Maryland and Long Island University for her MPA.

Registration & Networking Breakfast


Opening Keynote J. Phillip Thompson, NYC Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives


The Future of MWBEs in New York

While New York continues to get closer to its goal of awarding 30% of contracts to MWBEs, both the city and state still have work to do. What steps will the government look to take to make these goals a reality? Our panelists will breakdown the ways in which the MWBE programs may adapt, including expanding insurance options, providing greater access to capital, building out mentorship programs, raising the percentage goal, and more.
  • Madina Touré, New York City Reporter, POLITICO New York (moderator)
  • Jonnel Doris, Director, New York City Mayor’s Office of MWBEs
  • New York City Councilman Robert Cornegy, Chairman, MWBE Task Force
  • Johnathan Smith, Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights, Empire State Development
  • Magalie Desroches Austin, Chief Diversity and Industry Relations Officer, New York City Department of Design and Construction
  • Brian Sanvidge, Principal Leader of Regulatory Compliance & Investigations, Anchin Block & Anchin
  • Kyana Beckles, President & CEO, Leverage Assessments, Inc.

The Most Significant Projects in New York and How to Be Part of Them

The opportunities for government contracts in New York are practically limitless. Between the city and state, there will be over $100B in capital spending over the next 5 years. What kinds of projects will be available for small businesses? This panel will break down new programs, projects, and market-specific opportunities in New York, including transportation, construction, technology, hotels, and more. Our panelists will also dive into the ever-expanding project delivery methods like design build and public private partnerships.
  • Caroline Spivack, Reporter, Curbed (moderator)
  • Michael J. Garner, Chief Diversity Officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Michael Massiah, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Elisa Velazquez, Assistant Commissioner & ACCO, NYC Environmental Protection
  • Larry Roman, Chairman, WDF, Inc.
  • Gillian Blake, Principal, ARUP
  • Patrick Askew, Deputy Project Director, The New Terminal One 

How Government, Business, Tech and Health Care use MWBEs

Business and government are working harder than ever to implement inclusive hiring practices and foster a diverse workforce. These strategies are a win-win: they promote good outcomes and help organizations remain competitive. What else can government and business, particularly in the tech and health care sectors, do to increase diversity and inclusion? How can New York’s government ensure that the diversity in this city and state is further embraced?

  • Kevin Curnin, Stroock (moderator)
  • Jennifer Geiling, Deputy Director, Policy and Partnerships, NYC Mayor's Office of Contract Services
  • Councilman Ben Kallos, Sponsored MWBE legislation
  • Eric Eve, Founder and CEO, Ichor Strategies
  • Kristin Malek, Sr. Manager, Supplier Diversity, CDW

SPECIAL PRESENTATION and LUNCHEON “MWBE—An Industry Perspective” by Louis J. Coletti, President & CEO, Building Trades Employers’ Association of NYC


Best Practices and Programs for MWBE’s and Small Businesses

What are some of the best programs and procurement opportunities for small MWBE firms looking to work with government agencies? How can they navigate government and authorities?  What are the various procurement methods used by public authorities, and what are the best types for small MWBE firms to gain access? Our panelists will also discuss loans, bonding and tax incentives, and the process for discretionary purchases for items or services from NY State certified small businesses, MWBEs, LGBTBEs, and SDVOBs. 
  • Oscar Perry Abello, Senior Economics Reporter, NextCity.org (moderator)
  • Ray Salaberrios, SVP for Capital Access, Empire State Development
  • Lisette Camilo, Commissioner, New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services
  • Michael Clay, Senior Director of Procurement/Opportunity Programs, DASNY
  • Suzanne Veira, Chief Diversity Officer, NYC School Construction Authority
  • Dynishal Gross, Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity (DEFO), NYC Department of Small Business Services
  • Rohan de Freitas, Partner, Crescent Consulting

Remarks By Lt. Governor, Kathy Hochul


How to Foster a Diverse Environment

New York City is well known for its diversity, representing all races, genders, religions, disabilities, and more. All areas including health, education, finance, law, etc., stand to benefit from advancing diversity and inclusion. Our panel of experts will analyze strategies for creating a culture of diversity through recruitment and hiring strategies, new corporate diversity programs, and making sure that campuses and all of New York’s environments are inclusive every single person, on a daily basis.
  • Brianne Garrett, Assistant Editor, ForbesWomen (moderator)
  • Martha Jackson, Assistant Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
  • Matilde Roman, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals
  • Lawanna Kimbro, Chief Diversity and Equity Officer, New York City Department of Social Services
  • Peter Gudaitis, Executive Director, New York Disaster Interfaith Services



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