City & State’s Virtual Diversity Summit will offer industry executives, public sector leaders and academics a half day virtual 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 Virtual Diversity Summit.
2021 Diversity Summit
Welcome and Introduction
Keynote Speaker Julissa Gutierrez, New York State Chief Diversity Officer
MWBEs in New York Amid COVID-19
For more than 10 years, New York has focused on breaking barriers by maintaining the most aggressive MWBE program in the nation. This year, the economic impact of COVID-19 felt by businesses across the state demonstrated how it disproportionately affected communities of color and small businesses, making it more important than ever to keep fighting to level the playing field and ensure everyone has an equal chance to help build New York's economy back better than ever. How can NY provide MWBEs the tools they need to succeed?
- Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight of MWBEs
- New York City Councilmember Robert Cornegy, Chair, MWBE Task Force
- Magalie Austin, Senior Advisor and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises
- Suzanne Veira, Chief Diversity Officer, New York City School Construction Authority
Significant Procurement Projects and How All Companies can Take Part Now
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 few years. What kinds of projects will be available for small businesses? How has COVID-19 highlighting racial disparities effect the way New York is now handling these opportunities. 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.
- Jonnel Doris, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services and Co-Chair of the Small Business Subcommittee of the Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity
- Michael J Garner, Chief Diversity Officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
- Keith Wright, Deputy Director, Business Diversity, Office of Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Port Authority
Diversity in New York
New York is 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 the government and sectors like tech, education and health care s do to increase diversity and inclusion? How can New York’s government ensure that the diversity in this city and state is further embraced?
- Dawn Pinnock, Executive Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services
- Matilde Roman, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals
- Holli Martinez, VP Diversity & Inclusion, T Mobile
- TBA, DoorDash
- Kristin Malek, Director of Business Diversity, CDW