Schedule | Tuesday, April 4

Subject to change. Last updated 3/2/23.

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Chancellor Ballroom
8:00 AMRegistration Opens
8:30 AMBreakfast
8:50 AMLand Acknowledgement – Jacki Rand, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Native Affairs
Welcome and Introduction – Sonya Chambers, Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives

9:00 AM – Session 1 – Chancellor Ballroom
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Commitment to Increase Business with Diverse Vendors
Robert J. Jones, Chancellor
Sean C. Garrick, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Michael DeLorenzo, Vice Chancellor for Administration & Operations
Aaron Carter, Assistant Vice President Procurement Services, University System

9:20 AM – Session 2 – Chancellor Ballroom
Doing Business with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Dale Morrison, Assistant Director of Procurement Diversity, University System
Brad Henson, Director, University Purchasing
Maria Thompson, Procurement Manager, Facilities and Services

Introduction to Structured Networking Session
Kristin McMurray, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration and Operations


10:30 AM – Session 3 – Technology, Lincoln, Quad, and Alma Ballrooms
Structured Networking
Businesses and UIUC Campus Units

Noon – Session 4 – Chancellor Ballroom
LunchExplore Opportunities to Strengthen Your Business ‐ Access to Capital
– Carly McCrory-McKay, Executive Director, Champaign County Economic Development Corporation
– Matthew Simpson, African American Business Development Manager – Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE), Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
– Robert J. Owens, Business Development Specialist – Advantage Illinois, DCEO
– Tristan Brown, IL Operations Manager, Justine PETERSEN
– Kathy Larson, Economic Development Specialist, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
– Sharla Roberts, Director of Procurement Diversity at the University of Illinois