New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council Healthcare Symposium on September 12

Third Annual Healthcare Symposium at PSEG in Newark, New Jersey Explores Opportunities for Minority Suppliers in the $2.7 Trillion Healthcare Industry Includes Experts from Owens & Minor, Johnson & Johnson, Barnabas Hospital and Premier Healthcare Alliance.

New York, NY, September 10, 2013 --( The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council) will explore business opportunities for minority business enterprises (MBEs) in the thriving healthcare industry at its Third Annual Healthcare Symposium on Thursday, September 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Public Service Enterprise Group Conference Center, 80 Park Plaza in Newark, NJ.

Healthcare is the second-largest industry in the United States. According to the National Health Statistics Group and the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, annual healthcare expenditures were estimated at $2.7 trillion in 2011 and are projected to rise 7.4 percent in 2014. Healthcare organizations today are spending a significant portion of their revenue acquiring the supplies and services needed to support their operations.

The Council’s Third Annual Healthcare Symposium focuses on identifying appropriate diverse suppliers, hospital purchasing departments, hospital and healthcare systems executives, government agencies and committed Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs).

"The Council is pleased spotlight business growth opportunities in the burgeoning healthcare industry for our minority suppliers. The Council corporate members on the panels represent some of America’s leading healthcare corporations,” said Lynda Ireland, president & CEO. “This healthcare symposium will give our corporate members a method in locating and establishing relationships with vendors who represent diverse backgrounds. For our minority suppliers, the symposium will provide potential for increased revenue and business growth through new insights into the procurement opportunities available from firms in the healthcare arena.”

One panel will examine how MBE suppliers can understand their role in the healthcare supply chain through interfacing with providers, manufacturers, GPOs and distributors. Another panel will focus on preparing to conduct business in the healthcare industry through MBE certification, product category and 2nd tier reporting and spend. Panelists include: Angela Wilkes, director supplier diversity & sustainability, Owens & Minor; Deborah Williams, senior director, supplier diversity, Premier, Inc.; Stacy Joslin, global category lead—agencies, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Rodney Brown, director of supply chain & community extension, Barnabas Heath; Beverly Jennings, head, office of supplier diversity & inclusion, Johnson & Johnson; Lora Trimingham, associate agency services analyst, Empire State Development Corporation, division of minority & women business development, State of New York.

For more information on registering for the symposium on healthcare, please contact The Council at 212-502-5663 or visit

About The Council
The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, an
award-winning affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, certifies Asian-American, African American, Hispanic-American and Native-American-owned businesses to be eligible to compete for major corporate contracts. The Council has over 200 corporate members, encompasses Fortune 500 corporations, educational institutions and government agencies including New York State, New York City and the State of New Jersey. The Council’s jurisdiction spans from New York State to Trenton, New Jersey. Currently, there are approximately 1,300 New York and New Jersey minority-owned businesses with annual revenues from $100,000 to $2 billion that are certified by The Council.
NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council
Fern Gillespie