Diversity & Inclusion Summit

ABC's Diversity & Inclusion Summit is a gathering of industry leaders and key stakeholders who understand the value of supplier diversity in construction and whose goal is to help promote the association's mission within diverse groups.
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Diversity & Inclusion Summit
We invite you to join us at ABC's Diversity & Inclusion Summit-- a gathering of industry leaders and key stakeholders who understand the value of supplier diversity in construction and who want to network--and learn from other like-minded companies and individuals.  This forum is sponsored by ABC's  Diversity Committee, whose goal is to help promote the association's mission within diverse groups. 

We invite all corporate owners and executives, project managers, industry leaders and young professionals to hear best practices and gain valuable insights from session speakers as they demonstrate the value created by having a network of diverse suppliers. 

To see last year’s program, CLICK HERE.


Monday, June 20
5:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
Diversity & Inclusion Networking Reception at ABC National Headquarters 
Tuesday, June 21
7:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. 
Diversity & Inclusion Summit at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill


Tuesday, June 21
7:00 A.M. - 7:30 A.M.
Diversity & Inclusion Summit Breakfast   

7:30 A.M. - 7:40 A.M.
Diversity & Inclusion Summit Opening Remarks - Lenee Koch, Chair, ABC Diversity Committee

7:45 A.M. - 8:15 A.M.
Opening Session 
Mike Bellaman, President & CEO, ABC National

ABC's Safety Performance Report - Until now, relatively little research has been conducted on the correlation of "leading indicators,' such as abuse programs, new hire safety and near-miss investigations, and safer construction jobsites. Hear about the empirical evidence from members doing real work on real projects that shows implementing these best practices can can produce world-class construction safety programs. 
8:20 A.M. - 9:10 A.M.
Secrets for Creating Value for MBE Companies  
Panel Speakers: Kirby Wu, Wu and Associates; Lenee Koch, LEI; Larry Lopez, Green Jobworks; Tish Haley Barker, Haley Greer.

Moderated by Dennis Walker, United Rentals

Experienced MBE execs explain how to get into the business and succeed by focusing on what matters to their business partners: establishing a solid value proposition and demonstrating a commitment to safety, workforce development and craft training. Hear their advice on learning from failure, looking for the “big break” and planning for growth.
9:15 A.M. - 10:05 A.M. 
Winning Work: Project Joint Venture Strategies with MBE Partners
Panel Speakers: Brad Lewis, Hensel Phelps; Amber Peebles, Athena Corporation; Michael Russell, HJ Russell; Eric Krueger, Balfour Beatty; Chrystal Stowe, Smoot Construction Company; Linda Graves, Gilbane Building Company 

Moderated by Mike Bellaman, ABC
How do general contractors and MBE firms establish their credentials as attractive joint venture partners? Case studies reveal how GCs overcame culture and management challenges to work effectively with MBE partners—and won marquis projects that boosted their brand and enhanced their marketability.
10:05 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.

10:15 A.M. - 11:05 A.M.
How the Big League Succeeds with Supplier Diversity
Panel Speakers: Shannon Brown, FedEx; Carl Crowe, Walmart; Luwanda Jenkins, Cordish; Ellen Rowan, Aon

Moderated by Michele Howell, Aon
Corporate leaders will share valuable insights regarding the utilization of diverse suppliers as it relates to construction projects, how supplier diversity fits into their corporate strategy and how they define success. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn more about what they are looking for in a supplier.

11:10 A.M. - 11:40 A.M.
Closing Session: Insights on Atlanta Airport’s $6.2B Master Plan
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s most-traveled Airport, is launching its 2030 Master Plan, which includes $6 billion in projects.  A few current key priorities included in the Airport’s Capital Plan, named ATLNEXT, include cargo expansion, more parking, as well as a makeover to update the domestic terminal and concourses.  Learn more about ATLNEXT from Frank Rucker, P.E., Assistant General Manager of Planning and Development with the Atlanta Airport, who will provide an overview of the Airport’s Master Plan.
11:45 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Diversity & Inclusion Summit Closing Remarks