Valuable information about how to access procurement opportunities at Fortune 500 companies was abundant at the country’s largest and most established B2B conference convened by Pan Asian Americans—the 33rd Anniversary CelebrAsian Procurement & Business Conference.
Held from May 29 to June 1, 2018, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland, CelebrAsian turned the spotlight on the transformative effects of today’s technology-smart world on accelerated and robust business growth, challenges in talent acquisition and retention, and the application of innovative technology in various industries.
With the theme “Smart World: Business - Talents - Technology,” CelebrAsian presented a strong line-up of programs and expert speakers who shared their invaluable insights and led in-depth discussions on opportunities to benefit minority-owned and other diverse businesses and suppliers.
PepsiCo Chairman & CEO Indra K. Nooyi served as the Conference Chair. She held a fireside chat with USPAACC National President and CEO Susan Au Allen to share her insights about being a visionary leader and described her journey from growing up in India to becoming Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo and the #2 “Most Powerful Woman in Business,” according to Fortune magazine.
CelebrAsian is the annual national flagship event of the USPAACC (the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation) and the nation’s premier venue—through innovative, first-to-market and business growth-related programs—about procurement procedures and other business opportunities, innovation, and job creation for the more than two million Pan Asian American–owned businesses nationwide.
CelebrAsian attracted 20 Fortune 500 CPOs, CTOs, and CIOs, as well as hundreds of Pan Asian American business owners, suppliers wanting to connect with procurement opportunities, and marketing directors and managers of major corporations, large nonprofits, and government agencies. Washington, D.C.’s diplomatic corps and trade officials were also well represented.
Corporate Co-Chairs included Bank of America, JPMorgan, Chase, Nissan, and Wells Fargo. Asian American Business Co-Chairs were Ampcus, Indotronix Avani, and Pyramid Consulting.
In addition to informative programs and high-level networking events, procurement opportunities were abundant, with about 500 prescheduled one-on-one business match-making meetings held between top caliber Asian American suppliers and serious buyers from Fortune 1000 corporations, government agencies, and large national nonprofits.
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Founded in 1984 in the nation’s Capital, the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) is the most established and effective national nonprofit nonpartisan organization representing all Asian American and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services. Our mission is to promote and propel economic growth and job creation by opening doors to business and professional opportunities for Asian Americans and their partners in corporations, government at the federal, state and local levels, and the small, minority and diverse business communities. For 35 years, USPAACC has served and will continue to serve as the unified voice for equal opportunity in business for Asian Americans, as the gateway to corporate and government contracts, to Asian American suppliers, and information about Asian Americans and the Asia-Pacific and Indian Subcontinent markets.
Our signature annual thought-leadership programs include: College Hallmark Scholarship Program that began in 1989, One-on-One Prescheduled Business Matchmaking Meetings in 1998, Supplier Diversity & Procurement Leadership Caucus in 2004, Federal Contracting Town Hall Meetings in 2005, Fast 100 Asian American Businesses in 2008, Business Executive Coaching: ReadySetGrow in 2011, Chief Procurement Officers Forum in 2011, What’s Your Pitch Innovation Competitions in 2015, Chief Technology & Information Officers Forum in 2017, and Corporate Employee Business Resource Group Leadership Caucus in 2017.
Headquartered in Washington DC, USPAACC reaches Asian American businesses nationwide through regional chapters in California, Texas, New York, Georgia, Illinois and the Washington DC-Maryland-Virginia National Capital Area.
Businesses can be nominated or apply for the innovative national award program that recognizes the robust growth of 100 leading Asian American-owned businesses“We celebrate the fastest-growing difference makers, risk takers, and boundary breakers powering America’s economy,” says USPAACC National President and CEO Susan Au Allen
SD Champions provides tools to nurture corporate, government, and large nonprofit supplier diversity programs, while also encouraging and supporting the certification and development of the small and diverse businesses that make these programs a reality.
The SD Champions program advanced by USPAACC represents a purposeful shift away from awards solely based on a corporation's ability to spend and moves toward a new emphasis that encourages transparency, innovation, inclusion, impact on the community, and integration in supplier diversity programs.