DiversityBusiness.com 13th Annual National Business Conference Post Conference Review
Top business leaders across the U.S. attended 2013 conference at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Event featured a host of networking sessions, keynote, panel and workshop presentations as well as awards ceremony that honored Top 50 corporations and Top entrepreneurs.
Produced for business owners and the corporations, government agencies and academic institutions that utilize their services, the DiversityBusiness conference offered a solid platform for the kind of interactivity, exchange and networking that is usually missing from daily business life, due to physical distance, busy work schedules and other factors.
Companies formally honored at the conference were the winners of the Div50 and the Div500 listings, which honor, respectively, the Fortune 500 companies and government agencies most dedicated to supporting diversity and the nation's top diversity-owned businesses. Individual accolades were also extended to “2013 Champions of Diversity” which represent the nation’s top leaders in building solutions in inclusion and diversity.
"We're looking forward to another dynamic, successful year of multicultural business," said Kenton Clarke, CEO of DiversityBusiness. "The U.S. is so vast, and business moves so fasts, that were it not for events such as this one, the key underpinning of lasting, rewarding business relationships-face-to-face contact-would slowly fade into the background. Each year we see new faces, and they bring fresh ideas, new perspectives, strategies and of course new technologies and processes."
Perhaps the most valuable take-away for conference attendees were the new personal connections forged during the event. Held at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, participants took full advantage of the speeches, workshops and panels-as well as the social and networking aspects of the conference.
Celebrity host Ericka Dunlap kicked off the day by getting everyone on their feet to the hit song “gangnam style.” Debbie Dunnam, Senior Vice President, Americas Service Sales at Cisco followed with a motivating presentation “Inspiring from Within - Making Leadership a Personal Commitment.” Phi Harrell, Vice President, Enterprise Sales at HubSpot was also a big hit with his discussion” Why Inbound Is The Future of Marketing “which brought light to the impact of the ever-changing landscape of marketing and social media, importance of personalization, and staying on top and ahead of these mediums. Lauren Maillian Bias, Founder and CEO of Luxury Market Branding closed off the morning session addressing her successful rise as a Generation Y entrepreneur and future outlook and opportunities of this generation.
Panel and workshop presentations which focused on the areas of diversity, diversity & inclusion, and entrepreneurship were also given by leading brands which included Wal-Mart, FedEx, Northrop Grumman, and Sanofi US, among others.
This year's attendance featured a strong mix of business owners, Fortune 500 executives, educational practioners and senior level government officials.
Major Sponsors for the event included: Office Depot, Wal-Mart, Northrop Grumman, Apple, Raytheon, U.S. Postal Service, Colgate, Hilton, Toyota, Verizon, and Time Warner.
About The Div50
The Div50 is a listing of the top 50 corporate and organizational buyers of diversity products and services throughout the country. It represents the voices of over 1,300,000 diversity-owned businesses in the U.S., in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, food service and professional services. The Div50 is produced annually by DiversityBusiness, the nation's leading multicultural B2B Internet portal that links large organizational buyers to multicultural product and service suppliers. Over 1,300,000 women and diverse-owned businesses had the opportunity to vote in the 2013 online election. A complete list of the winners is available at: www.DiversityBusiness/Div50.
About The Div500
The Div500 List honors the nation's top diversity-owned businesses. It is a classification that represents the top 500 U.S. diversity-owned (Small Business, Women, African American, Hispanics, Asians, Native Indian and other diverse groups) businesses in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, food service and professional services. Ranging in revenue size from $1 million to over $2 billion, these companies represent the nation's top multicultural earners and challenge the long-held notion that a diversity-owned business is small or insignificant. The Div500 is produced annually by DiversityBusiness, the nation's leading multicultural B2B Internet portal that links large organizational buyers to multicultural product and service suppliers.
Launched in 1999, DiversityBusiness is the largest association of privately owned businesses throughout the United States that provide goods and services to Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, and colleges and universities. DiversityBusiness provides research and data collection services for diversity including the "Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities", "Top 500 Diversity Owned Companies in America", and others. Its research has been recognized and published by Forbes Magazine, Business Week and thousands of other print and internet publications. The site has gained national recognition and has won numerous awards for its content and design.