WASHINGTON, DC – April 26, 2019 – Procurement officers from high-growth industries such as manufacturing, banking, telecommunications, and education will discuss at the CPO Forum trends, outlook and business opportunities that minority and diverse suppliers should pay attention to on June 5, 2019 at the Hilton Americas-Houston in Texas.
Angie Klett, Senior Vice President IT CFO and Chief Procurement Officer at Nationwide, will open the Forum as Conference Chair, joined by John Evans, Chief Procurement Officer, Ingersoll Rand; Tom Lutz, Chief Procurement Officer and Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank; Robert L. Khan, Vice President, Procurement and Contract Management, AARP; Chuck White, VP Procurement, Nationwide; Hugo Evans, VP, A.T. Kearney Inc.; and more.
Supplier innovation, global disruptors and the impact of digitization – artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, etc. – on supply chains, procurement trends and outlook, and how creativity and innovation can become a competitive edge for suppliers will be discussed.
This session is part of CelebrASIAN 2019 Business + Procurement Conference – the country’s largest and most established flagship business-to-business conference convened by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) on June 5 – 7 in Houston, Texas.
Conference Chair is Angie Klett, Senior Vice President IT CFO and Chief Procurement Officer at Nationwide. Conference Co-Chairs are Ampcus, Bank of America, Pyramid Consulting, T-Mobile, and Wells Fargo.
Conference theme “Be Unique, Ignite Leadership, Deliver Exceptional ResultS = BUILDERS of the American Dream,” aims to help Pan Asian American entrepreneurs to create a brighter and more prosperous future through procurement and business growth.
Business growth-related and innovation programs include the CPO Forum, CTO & CIO Forum, Prescheduled 1-on-1 Business Matchmaking Meetings, Guanxi* Business Fair, Industry Builders (i-Builders) Marketplace, “What’s Your Pitch: Innovation Meets the Market” Competition, Doing Business with Corporations in Energy and Cybersecurity Sectors, Doing Business with Government, C-Suite Executives Academy: War on Talents, Lessons Learned: Reflections of Corporate Executives, How to Grow Your Business Program, and more. (*Guanxi is a business term meaning “connections” or “relationship”).
High-level networking events with Fortune 1000 CPOs, CTOs, CIOs, Directors, Managers, Small and Medium Enterprise CEOs, Presidents and VPs, seasoned entrepreneurs, community leaders, industry disruptors, venture capitalists, etc., will be held for the duration of the Conference.
In addition, more than 500 pre-scheduled 1:1 business matchmaking meetings will be held between top-caliber suppliers and serious buyers from Fortune 1000 corporations, government agencies and large nonprofits.
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.