Small Business Opportunity Showcase Hosted By: Women As Veteran Entrepreneurs (WAVE)

September 10

Arlington, VA


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General Information

The event is designed to:

Provide all small businesses, especially Women Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (WVOSBs), the chance to learn how to increase their presence in the corporate marketplace.
Build better- informed relations between Government and Corporate Industry leaders
The VA’s overall objective is to increase its potential to provide better service to our Veterans

The conference will include:
  • Business Opportunity Sessions: The goal of a business opportunity session is to provide insight to WVOSB’s on current/ upcoming activities and opportunities in FYs 2015 – 2017. The presenter will address where they see small businesses adding value (either in a prime or subcontractor role).
  • Networking Tables which enable WVOSB’s to demonstrate their capabilities to Procurement Decision Makers on how they can add value to the organization’s mission.

Participating Corporations:
  • CSC – Michelle McKiver Mentor -Protege Program
  • IBM - Raynard Nowden Small Business Liaison Officer
  • HARRIS – Etmara Smith Manager, Supplier Diversity
  • AT&T – Bill Polizos Lead Channel Manager, AT&T Global Supplier Diversity
  • BAE – Diane Dempsey Director, Socio Economic Business Programs
  • KAISER - Wande Diakite Sr. Sourcing & Supplier Diversity Consultant
  • DELL – Marie Jatsko Director of Subcontracts & Procurement/SBLO
  • NORTHROP GRUMMAN – John Long Manager, Global Supplier Diversity Programs
  • FREDDIE MAC – Miriam Brown Supplier Diversity Professional
  • FREDDIE MAC – Tomaneci Waller, Supplier Diversity Manager
  • FREDDIE MAC – Miriam Brown, Senior Supplier Diversity Professional
  • General Dynamics - Ludmilla Parnell, Director of Business Development, Small Business Partnership

Registration is now closed.


Registration Fees: $75
On-site registration: $95
Online Registration ends September 9, 2015.


Registration Opens
8:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Overview of the Day
9:15 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Business Opportunity Session (1) Auditorium
9:30 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.

Presented by:
CSC – Michelle McKiver,  Mentor -Protege Program 
IBM - Raynard Nowden, Small Business Liaison Officer 


Business Opportunity Session (2) Auditorium
10:00 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

Presented by:
HARRIS – Etmara Smith, Manager, Supplier Diversity 
AT&T – Bill Polizos, Lead Channel Manager, AT&T Government Solutions


Business Opportunity Session (3) Auditorium
10:30 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.

Presented by:
BAE – Diane Dempsey,  Director, Socio Economic Business Programs 
KAISER - Wande Diakite, Sr. Sourcing & Supplier Diversity Consultant 


Business Opportunity Session (4) Auditorium
11:00 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.

Presented by:
DELL – Marie Jatsko,  Director of Subcontracts & Procurement/SBLO 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN – John Long Manager, Global Supplier Diversity Programs 
FREDDIE MAC – Miriam Brown, Supplier Diversity Professional

Lunch (box lunch provided with registration)
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Networking Tables(15 MIN sessions with 5 MIN BREAK)
1:10 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Small businesses who provide specific products or services can discuss their capabilities directly with a PDM. Networking Sessions are by invitation/appointment and participation in the Business Opportunity Session is required.

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