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04/10/2019 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Irving Convention Center - Irving, Texas

Connections to Contracts


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A Signature Procurement Event

Presented by Oncor and Software Professionals, Inc.
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The Women's Business Council - Southwest (WBCS) is thrilled to introduce an inaugural, signature procurement event connecting women-owned businesses and Sustaining (Corporate) Members. Connections to Contracts, presented by Oncor and Software Professionals, Inc., features a grab-and-go breakfast, corporate roundtable procurement discussions, a keynote luncheon, “prime time” sessions led by Sustaining (Corporate) Members and their prime (Tier 1) suppliers, and a closing networking reception.


Watch this video to learn more about the evolution of this event.


Introducing Connections to Contracts 2019 from WBCSouthwest on Vimeo.

 


Parking

Self-park for $10


Luncheon Seating
With the exception of a few sponsored tables, luncheon seating is open.


Accommodations

The evening before the event, April 9, a discounted room block is available at Texican Court - a brand new hotel across the street from the Irving Convention Center. Our discounted price is $159 plus tax. To reserve a room, click here or call (833) 839-4226 and let them know you're with the Women's Business Council - Southwest. Our group code is WBC477. The reservation deadline is Tuesday, March 26 at 6:00 pm CST.


Roundtable Discussions

Sponsored by Anderson Asphalt & Concrete Paving, BNSF Railway and PepsiCo

How It Works
There are roundtables of 8. One seat is for the corporate member host; the other seats are for WBEs interested in learning about that company’s procurement process. WBE seats are open on a first-come, first-served basis.

Corporate members stay at their table. WBEs rotate and have the opportunity to visit a total of five tables.


Timeline
Each discussion is 20 minutes followed by a 5 minute rotation.

10:00 – 10:20 … Discussion 1
10:20 – 10:25 … WBE Rotation
10:25 - 10:45 ... Discussion 2

10:45 – 10:50 … WBE Rotation
10:50 - 11:10 ... Discussion 3
11:10 - 11:15 ... WBE Rotation
11:15 - 11:35 ... Discussion 4
11:35 - 11:40 ... WBE Rotation
11:40 - 12:00 ... Discussion 5



List of Roundtable Hosts
American Airlines
AT&T
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Baylor Scott & White Health

BNSF Railway
City of Dallas
City of Fort Worth
Communications Test Design, Inc.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Dallas County

Dallas ISD
Dell Technologies
DFW International Airport

Ericsson
Fluor
IBM

JCPenney
JPS Health Network
Lockheed Martin

Nokia
North Texas Tollway Authority

Oncor
Parkland Health & Hospital System
PepsiCo

Raytheon
Shell Oil Company
Southwest Airlines Co.
Texas Instruments
Toyota
Trinity River Vision Authority
UPS

Vistra Energy
Walmart


Keynote Luncheon

Sponsored by DFW International Airport and Overture Promotions

During the luncheon, a panel of city representatives from across the DFW metroplex will discuss each city's incentives for business growth, upcoming projects that women-owned businesses can participate in, the recent impact business has had on the community, and an economic outlook.
View panelist bios below.

In addition to the keynote panel, we will also recognize all companies who submitted their WBE Spend and honor two WBEs with the Women Working Together award.

Prime Time Sessions

Sponsored by DFW International Airport, Fluor, Shell Oil Company, and Toyota

How It Works
There are four sessions for attendees to choose from - one with DFW International Airport, one with Fluor, one with Shell Oil Company, and the other with Toyota. Each session is an hour, from 1:45 - 2:45, and features the corporation and representatives of their prime (Tier 1) suppliers addressing how to become part of their supply chain. Prime suppliers will share upcoming projects and how to bid on them.

Regional Reception

Sponsored by Absolute Facility Solutions and Painters USA

There will be a come-and go reception the evening before the event, April 9, from 4:00 - 6:00 at Texican Court's Two Mules Cantina Restaurant. All are welcome to attend, especially
WBEs and corporations from outside the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex.

Texican Court is located at 501 W. Las Colinas Blvd in Irving.


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Keynote Panel

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Susan Alanis
Assistant City Manager
City of Fort Worth

Susan Alanis is an Assistant City Manager with the City of Fort Worth. She has served the organization in a variety of capacities since 1996. Her significant policy areas during her career have included gas drilling, transportation planning and funding, labor negotiations, healthcare strategy, pension reform, tourism, convention facility financing, park system development and economic development. She strives to include many stakeholders with a variety of perspectives in the process of City policy development.

She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, awarded in 1997. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Texas State University, awarded in 1992. Susan completed the Harvard Kennedy School Program for State and Local Executives in July 2013. She lives in Fort Worth with her husband and has two grown children.

 
Robin Bentley
Assistant Director - Office of Economic Development
City of Dallas

Robin Bentley is the Assistant Director of the City of Dallas’s Office of Economic Development, where she oversees business development.  Robin has expertise in closing complex real estate and development transactions involving municipal bonds, tax increment financing, tax abatements and tax credits, federal funds, and other incentive tools. She has special expertise in complex financing programs such as Opportunity Zones, New Market Tax Credits, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and HUD programs. Robin holds a B.A. from Baylor University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

 
Beth Bowman
President & CEO
Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce and Irving Economic Development Partnership

Beth Bowman is a highly regarded Chamber of Commerce executive and economic development professional in Irving, TX, the 12th most populous city in the state and one of the most diverse communities in the nation.  She is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, the first 5-Star accredited Chamber in Texas, and President of the Irving Economic Development Partnership (IEDP), an alliance of private and public entities with the mission to retain and recruit local, national and international corporations to the city, located in the epicenter of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

 

Bowman leads the Chamber’s 1,900 member- investor business organization representing nearly 200,000 employees.  The Chamber‘s membership includes Fortune 500 Global Headquarter companies, international corporations, middle-market and small businesses, as well as entrepreneurs and innovators. She is responsible for providing valuable information, services, programming and access to opportunities that help Chamber member-investors realize success and profits.  She also advocates for local, statewide, and national public policies that support a successful environment for the business community. She also testifies at public hearings and serves as an expert resource for the news media.

 

As President of the IEDP, Bowman leads the team responsible for recruiting and retaining small, midsized and global corporations. She works with public officials, real estate professionals, relocation and site selection experts to recruit quality businesses to Irving-Las Colinas. As a result of these efforts, Irving-Las Colinas has become known as the “Headquarters of Headquarters.” Six Fortune 500 and five Fortune 1000 companies, including McKesson and Flowserve, have their global corporate headquarters in Irving-Las Colinas.  In FY 2018, economic development produced 2,359 jobs, $308 million in capital investment, and brought in more than $13 million in additional tax dollars to city and county taxing entities, with over $3 million to the City of Irving.  The result was a return of 154% on the public’s investment.

Bowman is a champion for business, the City of Irving, Las Colinas and its citizens, working to improve the quality of life, education and opportunities for all.  She helped raise $3.2 million for One Irving, a private sector initiative with the goal of increasing test scores in math and science for college-bound and post-secondary students. The program also introduces students to career opportunities in the business world, a special interest for the Chamber executive.

 

Bowman was named to D CEO Magazine’s “500 Most Powerful Business Leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth” in 2017 and 2018. She is also a recipient of the Dallas Business Journal’s “2016 Women in Business” award honoring North Texas' most influential business women who are making a difference in their workplace, blazing trails for other women and making a positive impact on their communities. In 2012, she was honored by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the “40 Under 40” most influential business and community leaders.

 

She has mentored young women for the Dallas Business Journal’s “Bizwomen Mentoring Monday”.  She is an active advisor to the founders of Women’s Leadership LIVE, a national initiative with mentors, workshops, and programs to promote leadership and entrepreneurship opportunities for women.

 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce named Bowman to its Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 (CCC100), an elite group of chamber executives that identifies emerging issues impacting chambers and their members, advises the U.S. Chamber on programs and services for chambers, and provides feedback on policy-related issues.

 

Bowman is also a member of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and served as a judge for the 2015 and 2016 “National Chamber of the Year” award, the highest honor in the Chamber industry.  She is currently President of the Board of Directors for the North Texas Chamber Executives, and serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the North Texas Commission.  She also serves on the Board of the Texas Association of Business, one of the most influential business organizations in the state, advocating for public policies.

 

Bowman is a graduate of Leadership Texas (2014) and Leadership North Texas (2014). Her professional achievements include the Certified Chamber of Commerce Executive (CCE) designation – the highest level attainable by Chamber leaders.  She is a graduate of the Institute of Organizational Management (IOM) at Loyola Marymount University in California, and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

 

Bowman is a highly sought-after advisor by business executives, public officials, and area volunteer organizations.  She was Co-Chairwoman of the 2016 TexasFest, a major source of funding for the non-profit Irving Healthcare Foundation that supports critically needed healthcare programs in the greater Irving community. She currently serves on the La Cima Board of Governors and the Salvation Army Irving Advisory Board.  She has also volunteered her time and talents for Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Black Tie Ball, Dallas Junior League, Uplift Education, Irving Heritage Society, Brighter Tomorrows (a domestic violence shelter), and the Irving Schools Foundation.  She is an ex-officio board member for the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau and U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce.

 

A graduate of Baylor University with a BA in Communication and minor in Business, Bowman is a member of the Baylor University Alumni Association and Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae. She and her husband Steven enjoy spending their free time with their children.

 
Stephen Clayton
Director of Community Engagement
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Stephen Clayton joined the Communication and Outreach department at the Dallas Fed in August, 2010. He assumed responsibility for the Bank’s Community Engagement department in October of 2015.  Clayton leads a team responsible for building relationships across the Eleventh District that support the amplification of Dallas Fed research and facilitates dialogues with business and community leaders about the economy and community issues. Clayton is an adjunct professor of economics at Austin College in Sherman, TX. Prior to joining the Dallas Fed, Clayton was a financial advisor at Edward Jones Investments in Carrollton, Texas. He has been published in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports and written publications for the Dallas Fed. Clayton has a BA from Austin College with a focus on economics, philosophy and math.

 
Mark Israelson
Senior Deputy City Manager
City of Plano

Mark Israelson, ICMA-CM, is the Senior Deputy City Manager over Community Services for the City of Plano. Mark has been with the city since 1999 and is currently responsible for the coordination and management of Animal Services, Emergency Management, Environmental Health and Sustainability, Fire-Rescue, Library Services, Parks and Recreation - Convention and Tourism, Police, and Public Safety Communications functions of the city.

 

Mark joined the City of Plano in 1999 as a Budget Analyst and has held the positions of Assistant to the City Manager, Director of Customer and Utility Services, Assistant City Manager/Director of Customer and Utility Services, and Assistant City Manager/ Director of Policy and Government Relations.

 

Mark is an active member of International City Management Association, Texas City Management Association, North Texas City Management Association, and is a lifetime member of the University of North Texas Alumni Association.

 

He is a graduate of the City’s Management Preparation Program Class 2003, Leadership ICMA Class 2007, Leadership Plano Class 22, and Leadership North Texas Class 5. Mark was recognized as one of 21 leaders for the 21st century by Collin County Business Press, was the recipient of the 2009 Joy Sansom mentor award, and the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus for the University of North Texas Public Administration program.

 

Mark has fond memories of growing up in Plano. He earned his undergraduate and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of North Texas. He is an avid runner, enjoys traveling with his wife Maile, and watching his sons, Carter and Mason, participate in various youth sporting events.

 
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Agenda

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04/09/2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Regional Reception [More Info]

04/10/2019
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Grab and Go Breakfast [More Info]
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Corporate Roundtable Discussions [More Info]
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
Break [More Info]
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Keynote Luncheon [More Info]
1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Break [More Info]
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Prime Time Sessions [More Info]
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Networking Reception [More Info]

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This event is open to everyone.

There are several admission options to meet your needs.

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Non-Member

$125

Last day to register online is Wednesday, April 3

On-site registration available for $25 more

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Branded Sponsor

$

Last day to sponsor is Friday, March 15

Each sponsorship level includes event admissions and branding. Contact Elizabeth Garner at egarner@wbcsouthwest.org to secure a sponsorship. Review options in our 2019 sponsorship catalog

Member

$100

Last day to register online is Wednesday, April 3

On-site registration available for $25 more

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Registrant List

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Absolute Facility Solutions, LLCMichelleRay
Accountable CFO, LLCAndreaGepner
Ad-A-Staff Inc.SueBeets
Ad-A-Staff Inc.StevenHines
Argent AssociatesDanielGhebre
Argent AssociatesBettyManetta
AsociarMercedesArielle
AsociarKeithWilliams
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Baylor Scott & White HealthJenniferClark
Bracane Company, Inc (BCI)PAMELANELSON
BridgeWork PartnersAmyLegate
BuzzBallz, LLC / Southern ChampionTracyFrisbie
BuzzBallz, LLC / Southern ChampionTiaWines
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C & D COURIERS INCDAVIDMILLER
C1S Group, Inc.ChadHolt
C1S Group, Inc.JulieStrong
Cactex MediaClaireChiappetta
Cenergy InternationalLeonardLambert
CESCOBillieBryant Schultz
CESCO, Inc.GaryJones
CFJ ManufacturingJordanJackson
CFJ ManufacturingMelissaPowell
City of DallasLauraHurtado
Code AuthorityBryanCrawford
Commonwealth Capital Corp.DenisePugliese
Commonwealth Capital Corp.KimberlySpringsteen-Abbott
Communciations Test Design, IncDebbieKummers
Communciations Test Design, IncRolandLawson
Communiqué USA, Inc.ShaniGodwin
Connections IT Services LLCAndrewBrown
Connections IT Services LLCKaramuFord
CornerStone StaffingKevinCampbell
CornerStone StaffingJacobVan Der Schans
Cowtown Creative, LLCAmyDay
CrewFacilities.comAmberSchofman
CrewFacilities.comAndreaTsakanikas
Criado & Associates, Inc.CristinaCriado
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Dallas Area Rapid TransitCoquiceLogan
Dallas CountyLaSonyaAllen
Dallas CountyMichaelIrvin
Dallas Independent School DistrictJesseSaldana
Dallas Independent School DistrictVelinaWillis-Smith
Davis Davis & Harmon LLC- Sales Tax ExpertsChanelDavis
Davis Davis & Harmon LLC- Sales Tax ExpertsLaShante'Williams
DCG EnvironmentalShelleyHines
Demand Lighting USAMarieMcGrath
Demand Lighting USAGaryMorrissey
Denali Advanced IntegrationRebeccaCaldwell
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Easy Recycling and SalvageMorganSpicer
Easy Recycling and SalvageTaraTrice
Employment Screening Services (ESS)JessicaHess
Employment Screening Services, Inc.RuthiElliott
Entertainment 3Sixty Inc.DallasSmith
Ericsson, Inc.DavidGifford-Robinson
Evolving TexasSamanthaRenz
EWF InternationalTanisCornell
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Federal Reserve Bank of DallasStephanBooker
Federal Reserve Bank of DallasKaitlinMcCrum
First Equipment CompanyLeslieGarner
FluorAnnieLidge
Foremost StaffingVickiJordan
Fuse Solutions IncJenniferSchaumburg
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Garrett Search PartnersChelseaGarrett
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Harutunian Engineering, Inc.AnneHarutunian
Harutunian Engineering, Inc.KeghamHarutunian
Hatteras, Inc. / FocusOneLindaWoodward
I [ Back to top ]
IBMBiancaPerez
Independent Bank of TexasTamaraRay
InfoMartChristineBarrett
InfoMartElliotGildar
Injury Management Organization, Inc./IMOLucyDominguez
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J.O.KathyLanier
JCPenneyChristineMiller
JCPenneyDavidTaylor
Johnson & Pace IncorporatedDelcineJohnson
JPS Health NetworkMaisamIleiwi
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Laguna Media GroupSilvanaRosero
LCA Environmental IncMary AnnClark
Life At The Table, Inc.SandraLewis
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Marfield, Inc.AndreaPackard Rowe
Marfield, Inc.TiffanyWaggoner
MarkindAlyssaCurry
MarkindRanaSevers
Mayer Electric SupplyCarlBurleson
Milend CorporationNicoleClarke-Smith
Miller Consulting ServicesBrianThomason
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NTTAMosesAito
Numbers Only, IncMitchellHunter
Numbers Only, IncSharmilaPolavarapu
O [ Back to top ]
ONC NationalJackieClayborn
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Pannell Industries, Inc.ChrisRucker
Personalized PayrollKathleenHunt
Pixl Productions, Inc.BrittanyDavison
Pixl Productions, Inc.MichelynneMcNeeley
Power Forward Woman LLCStarWilliams
Precision Products IncE DonSmith
Precission Products IncMandiDavis
Prestige Maintenance USAKyleOrlowski
Prestige Maintenance USARachelSanchez
Professional PolishAdamJordan
Professional Polish EquipmentAmberSherrell
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Quigley-SimpsonRogerDunnavan
R [ Back to top ]
Retired ExecutiveCherylStevens
Risch ResultsStacyCain
Risch ResultsJoleneRisch
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SACRobinPulford
Sancus Wealth ManagementSmithaThomas
Seaman Group LLCAngelaSeaman
Shell Oil CompanyBrianHall
Software Professionals IncAKSHAYCHOPRA
Software Professionals, IncBrandonChavez
Software Professionals, Inc.ReenaBatra
Software Professionals, Inc.SureshBatra
Software Professionals, Inc.PavanDayyala
Software Professionals, Inc.LisaMcMichael
Software Professionals, Inc.LauraSanders
Software Professionals, Inc.RuchiSrivastava
Supply Link Inc.DebbieArndorfer
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T-GRIP Graphics & SignsStaceyHuff
Tarrant CountyTereaLobacz
Tart BackeryNancyMajor
Tasty CleanJessicaGore
TECHLINK SYSTEMS, INC.TrekPorter
Techlink Systems, Inc.ShannonProverbs
TEXAS MICROFIBERALISAO'BANION
Texas Standard commercial ConstructionPatriciaChristian
TFETeriAnderson
TFEBRANDYMYNAR
The Barber Shop MarketingJaclynGarcia
The Barber Shop MarketingJayStokes
The JPI GroupEbenPiorkowski
THEMEWORKS/DBA TROPHIES, INCLYNNJONES
TIMSCO International, LPBrettFrance
TIMSCO International, LPHeatherRichardson
ToyotaMelissaBarron
ToyotaAshuBhalwani
ToyotaHollieBryan
ToyotaJakeGarrity
ToyotaTiaraGoins
ToyotaJoeMossinger
ToyotaTimYamada
TransSynergy GroupDonnaHegdahl
Trinity River Vision AuthorityStacyBeeson
Trophies, IncRENEEWEBB
TruePoint CommunicationsAmberBagwell
TruePoint CommunicationsJessicaNunez
V [ Back to top ]
VKNetworks IT SolutionsDr.RajanSubramanian
vNacelleJimmyTaylor
vNacelleMicahTaylor
W [ Back to top ]
WordPlay, LLCTracySouthers-Parker
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