Welcome Letter

Dear Colleagues,

What an exciting year to be co-chairs of the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair (NCBF)! Not only is this the 18th annual conference, but this year we are celebrating 20 years of WBENC. When we come together we will be looking back at memorable milestones and leaders, and looking to the future, full of endless possibilities for us to advance the vision and mission of this great organization. We hope you join us in this special event being held at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada as we come together to network, learn, and grow – grow relationships, WBE businesses, supply chains, and the community that makes WBENC the powerful force it has become over the last 20 years.

As co-chairs of this event we look forward to participating in all aspects of the NCBF – the thought provoking workshops, inspiring general sessions, 1:1 MatchMaker meetings, the incomparable Business Fair, and, of course, to have some fun at the receptions and evening events. Our Host Council, the Women’s Business Enterprise Council-West, led by Dr. Pamela Williamson, has assembled a Host Committee of twelve exceptional WBEs and they are ready to welcome us to their region for an anniversary event that will be record breaking.

The event this year will start with pre-conference activities on Monday, June 19 and continue through the Tribute! Dinner and Motown Launch Party on Thursday evening. The days will be full of opportunities, some great memories, and forward focused insights into the future of WBENC. The time will fly by, so plan ahead and map out your strategy to make the most of your time at the NCBF.

Anniversaries are a great time to look back – all the way to 1997 – and celebrate our accomplishments and successes. We will also look to the future going beyond 2017, exploring how we will continue to evolve by building upon WBENC’s CORE Platform (Certification, Opportunities, Resources, And Engagement), always keeping the growth and economic advancement of WBEs at the forefront of our collective efforts.

We are proud to be your co-chairs, we are excited to see everyone in Las Vegas, and we are ready to Join Forces to Succeed Together with all of you.

The 2017 Co-Chairs

Farryn Melton
Sr. Vice President
and Chief Procurement Officer

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Anthony Gladney
Vice President,
National Diversity Relations

MGM Resorts International

Shari Schuffels
Interim Manager, Supplier Diversity & Development
Southern California Edison

Hannah Kain
President & CEO

Anjali “Ann” Ramakumaran
Ampcus Inc.

Randy Wilson, CRP
Chief Executive Officer
NEI Global Relocation