Supplier and Workforce Diversity Business Summit

Date: July 26, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: San Diego Gas & Electric, Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117
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2019 Workforce & Supplier Diversity Business Summit
The focus of the Workforce and Supplier Diversity Summit is to bring together leaders from supplier and workforce (HR) diversity, to engage in critical discussions for the purpose of attendees obtaining insight, best practices and key learnings to advance outcomes in serving underutilized businesses and developing an inclusive workforce.

2019 Workforce & Supplier Diversity Business Summit Schedule

This event will benefit minority owned enterprises, supplier diversity professionals, supplier diversity champions/ambassadors and corporate supply management professionals seeking to increase his/her knowledge about supplier diversity.


9:00-9:30AM | Registration/Breakfast

9:30-9:45AM | Welcome

  • SDG&E Energy Innovation Center Staff and SDG&E Manager of Supplier Diversity, Sydney Furbush
  • Rainey Alben, Pacific Southwest MSDC, President & CEO
  • Patti Pyle, Salt River Project, Pacific Southwest MSDC Interim Board Chair, Corporate Presenting/Title Sponsor
  • D. Arnold, World Wide Technology, MBE Gold Sponsor

9:45-10:45AM | The Next Wave of Disruption – Will Your Business Survive?

    Moderator: Rainey Alben, Pacific Southwest MSDC, President & CEO

  • Lisa Castillo, AT&T, Senior Supplier Diversity Manager – West Coast
  • Sydney Furbush, SDG&E, Manager of Supplier Diversity
  • Frank Robinson, Union Bank, Managing Director, Community Initiatives Manager
  • Adebayo Adeleke, Former Chief, Contracting Support Operations and Deputy Chief, U.S. Army Mission & Installation Contracting Commander, FCIPS, CPSM, SCMP, CFCM

10:45-10:50AM | Break

10:50-11:50AM | How to make the most of your NMDSDC MBE Certification

    Moderator: Heather Cox, Co-Founder and President, Certify My Company

  • Panel discussion with PSWMSDC MBE Input Committee

11:50-12:30PM | Networking Lunch

12:30-1:30PM | Working Together for Greater Impact: Supplier and HR/Workforce Diversity


  • Lynnise Smith, OhioHealth, Supplier Diversity Manager
  • Frantz Tiffeau Jr., Nationwide, Director of Supplier Diversity
  • Lisa Castillo, AT&T, Senior Supplier Diversity Manager – West Coast
  • Patricia Crenshaw, Harvard Group International, Managing Director

1:30-2:30PM | Consciously Unbiased – Conscious Conversations


  • Ashish Kaushal, CEO/Founder, HireTalent

2:30-2:45PM Break

2:45-3:30PM | Effective Strategies for Doing Business with Utility Organizations in California


  • Drisha Melton, Supplier Diversity Liaison, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

3:30-4:30PM | “Mocktail” Networking Mixer*
*No alcoholic beverages will be served at this event/venue

4:30PM | Closing Remarks