|9:00 am – 10:00 am
Accessing Capital: Building Strong Businesses
Focus: This panel combines a unique blend of professionals with extensive experience in the areas of business bank lending; private, venture & angel investments; and government lending for small business. Panelists will present available sources and ways to build capacity to position a small business to secure capital for expansion.
Moderator: Rosa Navejar, President, The Rios Group, Inc.
Speaker: Yolanda Olivarez, Regional Administrator, Small Business Administration
Speaker: Sandy Garza, Principal Agent/Owner, Sandy Garza & Associates, Inc., Nationwide
Speaker: Mary S. Rivera, Vice President, Comerica Bank-TX Banking Centers
|10:00 am – 11:00 am
Enhancing Women Empowerment through Technology & Social Media
Focus: As a business owner you are faced with many challenges, one of them being keeping up- to-date with the latest technology. In the ever-expanding world of social media via texts, tweets, and online blog communities, the corporate world is rapidly integrating social networking into a new business model that is only increasing in popularity. Hear valuable information to gain an advantage, remain competitive and thrive through the use of social media and technology in today’s business climate.
Moderator: Luz Varela, Strategic Communications Leader
Speaker: Rebecca Aguilar, Freelance TV & Online Reporter, National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Speaker: Jessica Nunez, Founder and President, Nunez PR Group
Speaker: Monica Greenhalgh, Director Sales & Marketing IT Development, General Motors
|11:00 am – 11:10 am
||Networking Break & Expo area
|11:10 am – 12:10 am
Latina Style Entrepreneurs Roundtable
Focus: Successful Latina entrepreneurs at different stages of business maturity discuss lessons learned, insight gained through their experiences, challenges encountered, and ways to overcome these. These women will share ways to be ready for growth and new opportunities.
Moderator: Ellen Castro, Chief Energizing Officer, ellencastro.com
Speaker: Margie Aguilar, president and CEO, IS Productions, Inc.
Speaker: Erica Armendariz, Agent Owner, Nationwide
Speaker: Wanda Granier, CEO, BridgeWork Partners
Speaker: Laura Benitez Geisler, owner, Geisler Law Firm
|12:10 am – 12:30 pm
|12:30 pm – 1:25 pm
||Latina Style Luncheon Break (Cafeteria)
|1:30 am – 2:30 am
How to Bring Your Supplier Diversity to the Next Level
Focus: Corporate Supplier Diversity & Minority Small Business programs offer a major opportunity for business growth for entrepreneurs. Learn the ins and outs of qualifying to become a minority / small business supplier and secure contracts from corporate America.
Moderator: Jessica Narvaez, Vice President, Pinnacle Technical Resources
Speaker: Didi Anekwe, Consultant, Supplier Diversity, Nationwide
Speaker: Heather Herndon Wright, Director, Supplier Diversity, Energy Future Holdings
Speaker: Nancy N. Alvarez, Supervisor, 8(a) Business Development Program, SBA, Dallas/Ft worth Office
Speaker: Stephanie Lindsly, Supplier Diversity Professional, AT&T
2:30 am – 4:30 am
8 pre-schedule sessions (for about 15 minutes each)
One-on-One Matchmaker Session
The purpose is to establish connections between certified suppliers and Nationwide’s Supplier Diversity professionals for potential sourcing and procurement opportunities. Eligible suppliers are pre-selected for 15 min one-on-one meetings.