2021 Diversity Summit

February 18, 2021  
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Connecting Government and New York's MWBEs
Event Description

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.

Rodneyse Bichotte
Rodneyse Bichotte
Chair, Assembly Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises
Rodneyse Bichotte is the Assemblymember and State Committee Woman / District Leader for New York State’s 42nd Assembly District. She is also the first Haitian-American woman elected in the city of New York. Assemblymember Bichotte holds the position of Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs). Assemblymember Bichotte is the Co-Chair of the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Workshops Committee, and has been appointed to Governor Cuomo’s Advisory Council on Domestic Violence, and appointed by Mayor de Blasio’s Advisory Council on Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise. By her second legislative term, Assemblymember Bichotte introduced over 60 pieces of legislation, of which five became law. In addition, the Assemblymember co-sponsored over 200 pieces of legislation. She is notable for the High Profile Bill -The Elimination of the Personal Net Worth Cap. In addition to a business focus, Assemblymember Bichotte has given legislative attention to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematic (STEM) and criminal justice reform as well as resolutions on international human rights reform. She holds an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, a BS in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo, a BS in Mathematics in Secondary Education and a BT in Electrical Engineering -- both from Buffalo State College.
Robert Cornegy
NYC Council Member & Chair, MWBE Task Force
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.
Jonnel Doris
Jonnel Doris
Commissioner, NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS)
As Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), Jonnel Doris is charged with running a dynamic City agency focused on equity of opportunity, that leads to economic self-sufficiency and mobility for New York City's diverse communities. SBS actively connects New Yorkers to good jobs, creates stronger businesses, and builds a thriving economy in neighborhoods across the five boroughs. Doris previously held the role as the City’s first Senior Advisor and Director of the Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE). Under Doris’ leadership, the city more than doubled its certifications to 9,620, tripled its utilization and awarded over $14.6 billion to M/WBEs. His engagement in business communities, city agencies and both state and city legislatures has also influenced city efforts to pass critical state legislation that expands opportunities for M/WBEs. Doris previously served as the first Chief Diversity Officer for the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR), where he developed and implemented strategic initiatives resulting in increased utilization of state and federal M/WBEs and Section 3 businesses. He created the Office of Diversity and Civil Rights, and developed the award-winning GOSR’s Local Workforce Opportunities Program. His professional career includes extensive experience in the energy, utility, government and business sectors working at Public Service Enterprise Group- Long Island, 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 that M/WBEs face. Doris holds several degrees and certificates including a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Analysis, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from Stony Brook University, a Master of Divinity from Oral Roberts University and a Turner Construction Management Certificate Program. He currently resides in Queens with his wife Aisha Doris and two children.
Michael J. Garner
Chief Diversity Officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
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.
Matilde Roman
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals
Matilde L. Roman, a graduate of New York Law School, is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the New York City Health + Hospitals, where she designs, implements and manages systems that promote diversity, inclusion and the delivery of equitable care. Ms. Roman provides leadership in developing strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives that support employee development and advancement opportunities, and policies and programs that promote access and equity through the delivery of language services and culturally responsive care.
Magalie D. Austin
Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Director, Office of Minority and Business Enterprises
Magalie D. Austin Bio Magalie D. Austin serves as Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Director of the Office of Minority and Business Enterprises where she is responsible for oversight, policy and accountability of the City’s M/WBE Program. Magalie previously served as the Chief Diversity and Industry Relations Officer for the New York City Department of Design and Construction where she was responsible for managing the agency’s Minority and Women Business Enterprises program and served as the Commissioner representative to the built industry. Under Magalie’s leadership, the Office of Diversity and Industry Relations created and implemented innovative solutions that increased contract opportunities for minority-and womenowned business entities, awarding over $2 billion in capital projects, making the agency one of the leading NYC agencies in contract awards to M/WBE’s. During Magalie’s tenure, DDC increased its M/WBE utilization from 9.7% to 32%. Maggie is a recognized industry leader and subject matter expert on the value of inclusion in empowering communities through economic development.
Dawn Pinnock
Executive Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services
Dawn M. Pinnock is the Executive Deputy Commissioner. She joined DCAS in May of 2014 as the Deputy Commissioner of Human Capital where she led the team responsible for supporting City agencies’ workforce needs in testing, recruiting, hiring, and training City employees. With more than 20 years of public sector experience, Pinnock has served in leadership positions at some of the City’s largest agencies, including the New York City Transit Authority where she served as Vice President of Human Resources and at the New York City Housing Authority where she served as the Director of Human Resources. She holds a Master’s of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from The New School for Social Research and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College. She is a Certified Human Resource Professional, and a member of both the American Society of Training and Professional Development and the Society of Human Resource Management.
Julissa Gutierrez
New York State Chief Diversity Officer
Kristin Malek
Director of Business Diversity, CDW
Kristin Malek serves as the Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity at CDW. In this capacity, she drives CDW’s strategies to achieve supplier diversity objectives. She is responsible for CDW’s $1.9+ Billion Dollar annual Supplier Diversity spend initiatives. Kristin is the architect of the CDW’s diverse supply chain which today is defined as more than 800+ suppliers that serve the needs and offers solutions to CDW and their customers. She is a member of the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council and TIG (Technology Industry Group), sharing her voice and best practices on inclusive business strategies. Kristin brings more than 16 years of senior leadership experience making her a SME on diversity growth and development. As the Director of Field Projects for a Fortune 200 company, where she was responsible for establishing and executing the organization’s diversity objectives, initiatives and strategies, as well as focusing on the company’s optimization and localization initiatives. Most recently, Kristin served as the Chief Operating Officer for a National Non for Profit, where she created and led the vision and strategy for the organization in partnership with the National Board of Directors and other senior leaders. In her role as COO, Kristin placed a large focus on identifying, onboarding and managing strategic partnerships of all kinds.
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.

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

Sessions Conclude

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