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USPAACC's Business Leadership Series (BLS), exclusively sponsored by Wells Fargo, is a unique educational opportunity for business people to engage in a meaningful discussion about business experiences in order to grow leadership skills and learn practical management tools for future success.

Over the course of sixteen (16) live webinar sessions, participants will explore current issues in the small and minority business community related to starting, managing and growing an entrepreneurial venture. Each webinar session will have a Guest Speaker and a topical focus. At the end of the webinar series, participants will have a better understanding of key management know-hows and ideas that will help them to grow their business, or new business idea, into the mainstream marketplace in the U.S., Asia, and/or the Indian Sub-continent.

Who should participate
  • Those just beginning or "starters"
  • Emerging leaders or "builders"
  • Reflective leaders or "thinkers"


December 5, 2017 | 2-3pm EDT

How to do business with Google and AT&T

  •  Joan-Carles R. Brugué, Global Supplier Diversity, AT&T
    Adrianna Samaniego, Global Supplier Diversity Manager, Business Inclusion, Google

Google and AT&T – both major players in Fortune’s Top 15 Most Profitable Companies and Forbes’ Top 12 World’s Most Valuable Brands – are also thought leaders in the supplier diversity arena.

Google, with over 70,000 employees worldwide, believes that bringing people together with a broad range of perspectives, ideas, and experiences leads to better products and services for their company and their users. Their Small Business Supplier Diversity program is designed to connect more minority-, women-, veteran-, persons with disabilities-, and LGBT-owned small businesses to opportunities within Google, while helping them grow their presence on the web.

AT&T, with a global workforce of 269,000, is the world’s largest telecommunications company. The company believes that diverse businesses bring unique skills and fresh ideas, and play a vital role in delivering the services, value and innovation necessary to serve their customers.

Join this important webinar to find out what Google and AT&T are planning for their respective supplier diversity programs and how minority suppliers could benefit as part of the supply chain of these global powerhouses.

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* After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the live webinar session.

December 12, 2017 | 2-3pm EDT

Succeeding A Family Business: Are You Ready?

  • Kirby Wu, President, Wu & Associates; President, USPAACC-NE Chapter
    Evelyn Kim, CEO & President,US Metro Group, Inc.

Family businesses account for 50% of the gross domestic product and 60% of the nation’s employment. Research has shown that only 30% of all family-owned businesses survive into the second generation; only 12% will be survive into the third generation. Roughly 85% of business transitions fail due to lack of communication, trust or next generation competency. Join us in this webinar to find out what it takes to successfully run a second-generation family-owned business.

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* After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the live webinar session.

2017 Webinars

# Date Topic Speaker(s) Downloads
1 Sept 26, 2017 How to Use CRM to Grow Revenue Faster Jason Jordan, Founding partner of Vantage Point Performance Jason Jordan Presentation (PDF)
2 October 16, 2017 Minority Business Certifications: Why You Need It and How? Jackie LaJoie, Supplier Diversity Manager, Ingersoll Rand
Rear Admiral (ret) Seán F. Crean, Director, Office of Government Contracting, U.S. Small Business Administration
Jackie LaJoie Presentation (PDF)
Seán F. Crean Presentation (PDF)
3 October 19, 2017 How to Maintain a Long-lasting Relationships Between Buyers and Suppliers? Greg Young, CPSM, C.P.M., Indirect Commodity Manager, Global Business Services, Ingersoll Rand
Sidd Ahmed, President & CEO, Vdart Inc.
4 November 10, 2017 C-Suite Women in Tech Industry Elaine Chen, ConceptSpring, MIT
Jin Zhang, CA Technologies
Jin Zhang Presentation (PPTX)
Elaine Chen Presentation (PPTX)

2016 Webinars

# Date Topic Speaker(s) Downloads
1 March 15, 2016 Success Stories Elizabeth Tran, President, TechniSource Service Group, Inc.
Yung Lee, President, WinWin Products, Inc.
Doug Case (Wells Fargo) Presentation (PDF)
Susan Allen (USPAACC) Presentation (PDF)
Elizabeth Train (TechniSource Service Group) Presentation (PDF)
Yung Lee (WinWin Products) Presentation (PDF)
2 March 29, 2016 Doing Business with Fortune Corporations 101 Kimberly Moore, Manager, Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, Sourcing & Procurement Solutions, Allstate Insurance Company; Robert Pilney, Director, Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Diversity, Hartford Financial Services
Webinar Slides - Kimberly Moore (PDF)
3 April 19, 2016 Federal Contracting 101 Robert Connolly, Director, Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Justice; Jose Arietta, Director, Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), U.S. Department of the Treasury
Webinar Slides - Robert Connolly (PPT)
Webinar Slides - Jose Arietta (PPT)
4 April 26, 2016 Doing Business in Asia Susan Au Allen, National President & CEO, USPAACC; Richard Cant, North America Director, Dezan Shira & Associates
Webinar Slides - Susan Au Allen (PPTX)
Webinar Slides - Richard Cant (PPTX)
5 May 10, 2016 Doing Business with Fortune Corporations 101 Tiffany Williams, Manager, Supplier Inclusion & Diversity, Global Procurement, Accenture; Donna Gilmer, Manager, Supplier Diversity, General Motors
Webinar Slides - Tiffany Williams (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Donna Gilmer (PDF)
6 June 28, 2016 Digital Marketing & Social Media Rob Rohena, CEO, DIR Inc.
Webinar Slides - Being Socially Relevant on Social Media (PPTX)
7 July 26, 2016 Millennials as Employees Tim Hwang, Founder & CEO, FiscalNote
Webinar Slides (PDF)
8 August 9, 2016 Doing Business with Fortune Corporations Megan Weiland, Global Supply Chain Sustainability Manager, AGCO Corporation; Lynette Smyer, Supplier Diversity Specialist, State Farm Insurance
Webinar Slides - Megan Weiland (PPTX)
Webinar Slides - Lynnette Smyer, (PPTX)
9 September 13, 2016 Beyond the Startup Stage: How to Transition a Growing Business Myla Ramos, President & CEO, SearchPros Solution; Giancarlo Pacheco, CEO, Plan C Agency (PCA); Somkhit Boutchantharaj, President, DFW Security Protective Force
Webinar Slides - Myla Ramos (PPTX)
Webinar Slides - Giancarlo Pacheco (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Somkhit Boutchantharaj (PPT)
10 September 27, 2016 Financial Management & Cash Flow John Brislin, Director, Seattle Regional Office, ExIm Bank, Steve Ward, Senior VP, Small Business Segment Manager, Pacific North Region, Wells Fargo
Webinar Slides - John Brislin (PPT)
EXIM eBook: “Export Expertise: 10 Finance Tools to Grow Your Export Business”
EXIM eBook: “Guide to Export Credit Insurance”
EXIM Video: “How it Works: Ex-Im Bank Export Credit Insurance”
11 October 11, 2016 Doing Business with Fortune Corporations Ruby McCleary, Director, Supplier Diversity, United Airlines; Didi Anekwe, Supplier Diversity Consultant, Nationwide
Webinar Slides - Ruby McCleary (PPT)
Webinar Slides - Didi Anekwe (PPT)
12 October 20, 2016 Business Leadership Series: Government Contracting 101 Chanel Bankston-Carter, Director of Strategic Outreach and Communications, Department of Veterans Affairs, OSDBU; Wes Bennett, Division Director for Services Contracting, DARPA; Kevin Young, Veteran Management Consultant for Federal Government Contracting Strategy, Marketing and Business Development Webinar Slides - Chanel Bankston-Carter (PPT)
Webinar Slides - Wes Bennett (PPT)
Webinar Slides - Kevin Young (PPT)
13 November 1, 2016 Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs Anna Kolluri, Founder & CEO, Resourcesys Inc; Fenella Kim, President & CEO, Reliance Star Payment Services Webinar Slides - Anna Kolluri (PPTX)
Webinar Slides - Fenella Kim (PPT)
14 November 15, 2016 Doing Business with Fortune Corporations Sandy Cross, Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, PGA of America; Itu Otu, Supplier Diversity Manager, Wyndham Worldwide Webinar Slides - Itu Otu (PPTX)
Webinar Slides - Sandy Cross (PPTX)
15 December 15, 2016 USPAACC Success Stories Neera Bahl, President, USPAACC-SE; Nick Patel, COO, CompuGain Webinar Slides - Neera Bahl (PPTX)
Webinar Slides - Nick Patel (PPTX)

2015 Webinars

# Date Topic Speaker(s) Downloads
1 March 31, 2015 USPAACC: Past, Present & Future Susan Allen, CEO and National President Webinar Slides (PDF)
2 April 16, 2015 The Entrepreneurial Mindset: Asian Americans and the Minority Business Community Kishore Khandavalli, CEO, SevenTablets; Jim Chung, Executive Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, George Washington University, Co-Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation I-Corps Node
3 April 28, 2015 Managing and Growing Your Small Business Ammu Warrier, President, DCR Workforce; Lisa Delpy Neirotti, Director, Master of Tourism Administration, Associate Professor of Sport Management, Initial investor & Partner, Minx Nails Webinar Slides (PDF)
4 May 14, 2015 Social Media Marketing – Best and Worst Practices Sanjay Dalal, CEO, oGoing; Adam Khan, Twitter Coach, Head, Digital Transformation/Talent Development @Loreal Webinar Slides - Hacking Twitter (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Social Media Do's and Dont's (PDF)
5 July 7, 2015 Innovation Next Door Philip Vang, Founder, Foodhini. Winner of USPAACC’s Ideas Marketplace: What’s Your Pitch? competition during 30th Anniversary & CelebrAsian Procurement Conference on June 3-5. Foodhini, a for-profit social enterprise, delivers ready to eat ethnic meals directly to customers within 60 minutes through a mobile on-demand platform; Charles H. Matthews, Ph.D., Distinguished Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, Founder Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research at Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati Webinar Summary (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Creativity & Innovation: The Keys to Entrepreneurship (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Foodhini (PDF)
6 July 21, 2015 Family Businesses: A Blessing and a Curse Anisa Balwani, President, RCI Technologies Webinar Summary (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Anisa Balwani Presentation (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy Presentation (PDF)
7 August 6, 2015 Business Ethics: The Moral Compass or Moral Clash? Tracy Balazs, President & CEO, FSR Webinar Summary (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Tracy Balazs Presentation (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy Presentation (PDF)
8 August 25, 2015 The Importance of Cash Flow in Financial Management Christopher Galang, Small Business Diverse Segments Manager, Wells Fargo; Ranjini Poddar, Co-Founder & President, Artech Information Systems, one of The 50 Fastest-Growing Women Led Business in America by Forbes, and the winner of USPAACC’s Fast 50 Asian American Businesses Awards in 2009 and 2010 Webinar Summary (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Chris Galang Presentation (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Ranjini Poddar Presentation (PDF)
9 September 3, 2015 A New Business Model: Social Entrepreneurship Hewett Chiu, Co-founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors, President & CEO, Academy of Medical & Public Health Services (AMPHS); and Executive Managing Partner, Chiu Group; Lily Liu, Co-founder, PublicStuff Webinar Slides - Hewett Chiu Presentation (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Lily Liu Presentation (PDF)
Webinar Summary (PDF)
10 September 17, 2015 Business Law: Are You Ready to Play in the Game? Phi Nguyen, M&A and Corporate Transaction Attorney, Fisher Broyles LLP Webinar Slides (PDF)
11 October 6, 2015 Millennials: Hiring the New Generation Tony Ray Meyer Jr., Co-Founder, TestTracks; Vincent Kitirattragarn, Founder, Dang Foods Webinar Slides - Tony Ray Meyer Jr. Presentation (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Vincent Kitirattragarn Presentation (PDF)
12 October 13, 2015 Digital Workspaces: How to Move Out of the Office? Brandon Luong, Founder, GrindHub; Duleek Ranatunga, CEO, Ourotech Webinar Slides - Brandon Luong Presentation (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Duleek Ranatunga Presentation (PDF)
13 November 5, 2015 Women in Business: Superwomen? Sonu Ratra, President & Co-Founder, Akraya, Inc.; Ying McGuire, VP, International Operations & Business Development, Technology Integration Group (TIG) Webinar Slides - Sonu Ratra (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Ying McGuire Presentation (PDF)
14 December 9, 2015 Doing Business with Fortune 100 Corporations 101 Oliver Turman, Director, AT&T Supplier Diversity; Joan Stormont, Director, Strategic Sourcing, Nationwide Webinar Slides - Joan Stormont (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Oliver Turman (PDF)
15 December 16, 2015 Federal Contracting 101 Kevin Boshears, Director, OSDBU, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Shaunta Johnson, Deputy Director of Operations, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Christy Jackiewicz, Small Business Program Manager, General Services Administration Webinar Slides - Kevin Boshears (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Shaunta Johnson (PDF)
Webinar Slides - Christy Jackiewicz (PDF)