In my last blog I wrote of Supplier Diversity and the importance of doing business with women-owned and minority-owned businesses. That message is being shared loudly and clearly this week at the 2015 Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference & Business Fair in Austin, Texas.
Arbill is taking part as a sponsor and exhibitor at the nation's largest business opportunity for Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs). We are meeting with WBEs, as well as Corporate and Government Members that also attend this exciting event. We are among 3,500 attendees that include supplier diversity, procurement and senior executive representatives from the Fortune 1000 and federal government; women business owners and their teams, and strategic partner organizations.
Tomorrow, Carla Harris, who was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council in August 2013, will be the first of three keynote speakers. Ms. Harris is a Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management, Managing Director, and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley, where she is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm.
Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will take center stage on Wednesday morning. I will have the pleasure of sharing the same stage with Ms. Patrick at WBENC’s Business Fair Breakfast.
Ms. Patrick joined the mainstream ranks by going against the current, immersing herself and succeeding in the male-dominated world of professional motorsports. She burst onto the scene in May 2005 when she stunned the world by leading 19 laps and finishing fourth in her first Indianapolis 500, becoming the first woman to lead laps and score a top-five finish in the historic race. One week later, she graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, becoming the first IndyCar Series driver to be featured on the front page in 20 years.
On Thursday, WBENC’s finale luncheon speaker will be Jonathan Sprinkles – also known as the “Connection Coach.” He is a television personality, featured columnist, author of 11 books, and a leading authority on teaching capacity building strategies to leaders and achievers who want the system for moving past the stop-and-start cycle, building trust and motivating teams to achieve their potential.
After a thriving career as a top salesperson at Dell Computers during their fastest-growing years, Mr. Sprinkles opened his own consulting company so that he could take his platform to a national level. He is now the author of 11 books, including his most recent book, the Amazon #1 Bestseller, Presentation Power. His work has been featured on ABC, CNN, Fox News, USA Today, and he is a contributor to Forbes.com. In 2007, Mr. Sprinkles founded Presentation Power, one of the top programs that teaches business leaders and entrepreneurs how to connect, engage, and achieve buy-in when they need it most. He has become known for telling it like it is. Having navigated many of the obstacles that today’s business people face, he knows what looks good on paper, and what works in the real world. In his presentations, he “sprinkles” elements of wisdom, humor, mixed with savvy business strategies to create an upbeat environment that shifts the cultures and creates lasting results.
I’m personally excited about this three-day annual event not only because of these exceptional speakers but all that WBENC offers at this national conference. It provides an ideal environment for conference participants to expand business opportunities by participating in workshops, general sessions, Business Fair, Procurement Opportunity Connection one-to-one MatchMaker Meetings, and networking events.
I am inspired to attend the WBENC Conference and will return to Arbill headquarters in Philadelphia to share takeaways and key connections with my staff. Next week’s blog will focus again on safety in the workplace and keeping workers safe. In the meantime, if you would like any information about Arbill, safety products and Vantage EH&S services and education programs, visit www.Arbill.com or call us at 800.523.5367.
Have a safe day!