Only 1 day left to register for the 2023 ‘Raising the Bar’ Mini-Series with the University of Kentucky

2023 VIRTUAL EDUCATIONAL MINI-SERIES

WHAT

The signature ‘Raising the Bar’ Mini-Series was created to assist MBEs to develop, know, and grow their business. Each unique session is designed for attendees to learn how to conduct business with corporations, government buying agencies, and other major purchasers. The participants learn, firsthand, the actual requirements necessary for conducting business with the specific member corporation presenting. It is an informative, productive and value-add forum with take-a-ways for business success.

WHEN

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

11:00am – 12 Noon EST

10:00am – 11:00am CST

WHO

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY (UK)

The University of Kentucky (a $5.6 Billion organization, with more than 12,000 staff and 2,000 faculty) has a broad range of resources centered on a single campus in the heart of the Bluegrass. Their wide array of programs allows them to excel in multidisciplinary studies and fosters an environment of cooperative engagement across all colleges, programs, and research endeavors. Established in 1865, the university today is one of only eight institutions in the country with a full complement of liberal arts, engineering, professional, agricultural and medical colleges and disciplines on one contiguous campus.

Register to find out about UK’s 2023 projects and how diverse businesses can get involved in its strategic plan to Advance Kentucky, from over $2 billion in constructions projects, goods and services and new healthcare facilities. Meet the UK’s procurement and construction leadership teams…

PRESENTERS

Campus and Hospital Construction Projects:

Wayne Thomas, PE

Capital Construction Director

Lynn Murphy

Associate Vice President

Facilities Planning UK Healthcare

Procurement, Goods and Services, and Healthcare

UK Procurement Team

Supplier Diversity/CDA

Marilyn Clark

Supplier Diversity Manager

Barry Swanson

Chief Procurement Officer

FEE

TSMSDC Certified MBEs | TSMSDC Corporate Members – FREE

MBEs (Non-Certified) | Corporate (Non-Member) | Others – $50.00

REGISTER HERE



WHEN

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

11:00am – 12 Noon EST

10:00am – 11:00am CST

WHO

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through the Toyota and Lexus brands, plus nearly 1,500 dealerships. Toyota directly employs more than 39,000 people in the U.S. who have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of nearly 32 million cars and trucks at our nine manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 10th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles.

PRESENTER

Matt Greene

Senior Manager

FEE

TSMSDC Certified MBEs | TSMSDC Corporate Members – FREE

MBEs (Non-Certified) | Corporate (Non-Member) | Others – $50.00

REGISTER HERE



WHEN

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

11:00am – 12 Noon EST

10:00am – 11:00am CST

WHO

VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA, INC.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. VWGoA houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc., Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of VWGoA, operates an assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Founded in 1955, VWGoA’s headquarters are in Herndon, Va.; the company has approximately 6,000 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a network of approximately 1,000 independent dealers.



PRESENTER

Shaquanta Locke

Manager Supplier Diversity

FEE

TSMSDC Certified MBEs | TSMSDC Corporate Members – FREE

MBEs (Non-Certified) | Corporate (Non-Member) | Others – $50.00

REGISTER HERE



WHEN

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

11:00am – 12 Noon EST

10:00am – 11:00am CST

WHO

NISSAN GROUP OF THE AMERICAS

Nissan first came to the United States to sell vehicles in 1958 and began importing and making Datsun vehicles in the United States under the Nissan Motor Corporation in U.S.A. (NMC) name in 1960. In 1990, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) was created to coordinate all of Nissan’s various activities in North America. In 1998, the two organizations merged operations under the Nissan North America, Inc. name. Nissan realigned its geographic structure globally in 2021 and Nissan North America, Inc. became a part of Nissan Americas, which combines the North and South America operations and is headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee.

PRESENTER

Marcella McCullough

Sr. Manager Supplier Diversity

Purchasing Strategy

FEE

TSMSDC Certified MBEs | TSMSDC Corporate Members – FREE

MBEs (Non-Certified) | Corporate (Non-Member) | Others – $50.00

REGISTER HERE



WHEN

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

11:00am – 12 Noon EST

10:00am – 11:00am CST

WHO

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

From its founding in 1873 as an institution devoted to “strengthening the ties which should exist between all sections of our common country,” Vanderbilt University (with over 9,000 staff and 4,700 faculty and $3 Billion in revenues) has forged a tradition of academic excellence infused with a unique spirit of collaboration and collegiality. Vanderbilt’s closely connected park-like campus, set in the heart of the rapidly growing city of Nashville, Tennessee, is representative of the enduring bonds that unite us as One Vanderbilt community.

PRESENTER

Kelli Fager

Senior Director

Purchasing & Payment Services

FEE

TSMSDC Certified MBEs | TSMSDC Corporate Members – FREE

MBEs (Non-Certified) | Corporate (Non-Member) | Others – $50.00

REGISTER HERE



WHEN

Thursday, November 30, 2023

11:00am – 12 Noon EST

10:00am – 11:00am CST

WHO

SKANSKA USA

Skanska in the U.S. is headquartered in New York City with 29 offices around the country. Together with customers and the collective expertise of 7,300+ teammates in the U.S. and 30,000+ globally, innovative and sustainable solutions are created to support healthy living beyond our lifetime. Skanska is an industry-leading innovator in both safety and project execution, and offers competitive solutions for both traditional and complex assignments to help build a more sustainable future for our customers and communities. Global revenue of parent company Skanska AB, headquartered in Stockholm and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, totaled approximately $17.2 billion in 2020.

PRESENTER

Alisha Y. Wix

Vendor Diversity and Marketing

FEE

TSMSDC Certified MBEs | TSMSDC Corporate Members – FREE

MBEs (Non-Certified) | Corporate (Non-Member) | Others – $50.00

REGISTER HERE



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