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DiversityBusiness.com 16th Annual National Post Summit Review


Southport, CT / --DiversityBusiness.com latest event, the sixteenth annual “National Summit” brought together people from all over the United States. Once again, the diversity and entrepreneurship world came together under one roof, to network, to learn from one another, to exchange ideas, approaches and strategies, and, in the case of some, to be formally recognized for their hard work and commitment to multicultural markets in the United States.

Participants took full advantage of the keynote and panel presentations -as well as the social and networking aspects of the summit. Produced for business owners and the corporations, government agencies and academic institutions that utilize their services, the DiversityBusiness.com summit 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 summit 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.

"We're looking forward to another dynamic, successful year of multicultural business," said Kenton Clarke, CEO of DiversityBusiness.com. "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 summit attendees were the new personal connections forged during the event. Held at the Time Warner Center in New York City, participants were able to network, socialize, and engage in presentations that touch upon vital topics in entrepreneurship and diversity.

Keynote speeches were delivered by Gene Waddy,CEO of DIVERSANT LLC; Tiffany Pham, Founder & CEO of MOGUL; Aisha Bowe, Co-Founder & CEO of STEMBoard; Bill Evans, President of Current Staffing Solutions and Michelle Van Otten, Founder and Managing Director of Profit Ventures,  LLC. Ben-Saba Hasan, SVP Chief Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Walmart rounded up the mid afternoon with a luncheon keynote.

The day rounded out with an invigorating chief diversity officer panel forum discussion which was represented by some of the world’s most formidable diversity leaders which include: Jerrell Moore, VP & Chief Diversity Officer of Time Warner Cable; Elizabeth Nieto, SVP, Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of MetLife; Michael Garner, Chief Diversity Officer of Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Donna Johnson, Chief Diversity Officer of MasterCard and Kenneth Hunter, Chief Diversity and Inclusion & EEO Officer of NYC Department of Information Technology. Jennifer Brown, Founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting served as moderator.

This year's attendance featured a strong mix of business owners, Fortune 500 executives, educational practitioners and senior level government officials.

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

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 organization 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. DiversityBusiness reaches more diverse suppliers and communicates more information to them on a more frequent basis then all other organizations combined.  Our magazine reaches over 300,000 readers, a monthly e-newsletter that reaches 2.4 million, and website visitors of 1.2 million a month. It is a leading provider of Supplier Diversity management tools and has the most widely distributed Diversity magazine in the United States.DiversityBusiness.com is produced by Computer Consulting Associates International Inc. (CCAii.com) of Southport , CT. Founded in 1980.

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