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"DiversityBusiness.com 16th National Business Summit" Announced
 

Southport, CT, February 16, 2016 / -- DiversityBusiness.com, the nation's leading business internet portal will be hosting its "16th Annual National Business Summit" on April 26, 2016 at Time Warner Center in New York, New York. 

Produced for business owners and the corporations, government agencies and educational institutions that utilize their services, the DiversityBusiness.com summit offers 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.

The summit is expected to draw together a strong mix of entrepreneurs, mid to senior level executives from Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, and educational institutions, hr and diversity and inclusion practitioners and social media and tech enthusiast from all over the United States.

Proceeding with the theme of ensuring attendees walk away with key takeaways that inform, motivate and inspire, the event will address a wide range of topics which include: motivation, leadership, entrepreneurship/innovation, technology/social media and diversity.  Michelle Van Otten, Founder and Managing Director of Profit Ventures, LLC;  Aisha Bowe, Co-Founder & CEO of STEMBoard and Tiffany Pham, Founder & CEO of MOGUL will be kicking off the event with keynote presentations.

The event will also feature a Chief Diversity Officer "town hall" forum discussion which will be given by some of the world's leading brands which include: Time Warner Cable, MetLife, MasterCard, Metropolitan Transportation Authority,  Ingersoll Rand, American Red Cross, and NYC Department of Information Technology. Jennifer Brown, Founder, President & CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting will be moderating the discussion.

Rounding out the event, the gala will also feature companies being formally recognized for their hard work and commitment to multicultural markets in the United States.  Companies formally honored at the conference will be 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.

"We're looking forward to another dynamic, successful year of celebrating entrepreneurship and multiculturalism," said Kenton Clarke, CEO of DiversityBusiness.com. "The U.S. is so vast and diverse, 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, engage in new vibrant  presentations that bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to business world and applaud remarkable leaders who continue to drive our economic landscape into the future.

Major Sponsors for the event included: U.S. Postal Service, Wal-Mart, Apple, Northrop Grumman, Time Warner, Hilton, Raytheon, and Colgate Palmolive.

About The Summit
This is a summit for any person with an interest in, and concern for building our economy, educational system and society through innovation, diversity and inclusion. As the summit enters its 16th year, central focus remains the same. To ensure attendees walk away motivated, inspired and fired up by the key takeaways given by the strong mix of influential and well-renowned business leaders gathered to lead this invigorating event. Addressing topics which include: motivation, leadership, entrepreneurship/innovation, technology/social media and diversity; the summit offers a rich spectrum of perspectives that are pertinent to all business professionals. In addition, the summit offers 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.

Now a major national business summit, DiversityBusiness.com first annual summit was held in Fairfield University in Connecticut during 2001. The summit has a history of bringing together entrepreneurs, corporate supplier diversity and procurement executives, chief diversity officers, diversity and inclusion and hr practitioners, government agencies and college/university practice-based participants with an interest in the issues of multicultural business and community. The summit examines the concept of entrepreneurship and multiculturalism as a positive aspect of a global world and globalized society. Diversity is in many ways reflective of our present world order. Diversity as a mode of social existence can be projected in ways that deepen the range of human experience. The summit will seek to explore the full range of what diversity means and explore modes of diversity in real-life situations of living/working together in community.

The summit supports a move away from simple affirmations that ‘diversity is good’ to a much more account of the effects and uses of diversity on differently situated communities in the context of our current epoch of globalization. The summit looks at the realities of diversity today, critically as well as optimistically and strategically. The summit will be a place for speaking about diversity, and in ways that range from the ‘big picture’ and the theoretical, to the very practical and everyday realities of diversity in organizations, communities and civic life. The annual national summit is a participants’ event, including numerous parallel sessions. Summit attendees have benefited from the numerous networking and educational sessions. The summit also has a special focus on forging long term relationships for businesses and major corporations. Attendee’s have reported millions of dollars in contract awards from attendance at the summit.

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 1,500,000 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.com, the nation's leading multicultural B2B Internet portal that links large organizational buyers to multicultural product and service suppliers. Over 1,500,000 women and diverse-owned businesses had the opportunity to vote in the 2016 online election. A complete list of the winners is available at: www.DiversityBusiness.com/Div50.

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.com, the nation's leading multicultural B2B Internet portal that links large organizational buyers to multicultural product and service suppliers.

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About DiversityBusiness.com
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.
 












 
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