8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.   WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

Zenaida Rodriguez, Conference Chair

Assistant Director, Diversity and Civil Rights, MTA

8:40 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.   INVOCATION

Reverend Jacques DeGraff

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.   KEYNOTE REMARKS

Nadine Fontaine, First Assistant Counsel, Office of the Governor of New York

Marie Therese Dominguez, Commissioner, NYS Department of Transportation

Magalie Desroches Austin, Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Director of Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprise at the City of New York


9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.


Your Competitive Edge: Building Future Ready Firms


Select industry leaders share their strategies for business planning and market readiness. The session will explore how agency and private sector needs are changing, emerging contract and supply chain demands and, most importantly, what owners are looking for from firms to meet those opportunities.


Louis J. Coletti, President and CEO, Building Trades Employers Association (BTEA)


Dynishal Gross, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Small Business Services

Michael J. Garner, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Robert Gibbon, Special Counselor to the Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Ryan Marzullo, Managing Director of New York Corporate Real Estate, Delta Air Lines

Gregory Huang, Vice President, North America, CCR | Airports


Join workshops designed to help you get your business ready for the balance of 2020 and into 2021.


10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  

Reimagine Your Company

There is a new normal. How will your company adapt to new market changes in terms of talent, services, pricing and delivery methods, among other factors? What resources will you need to meet these new demands?

Opening Remarks:

Darryl Ramsey, Associate Director, Ernst & Young


Renee Sacks Ph.D., President & CEO, Sacks Communications


Stacie Alexiou, President, Watt & Flux

Kuvershen Ayer, Chief Procurement Officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Chris Dambach, President, Industry Standard USA

David Earp, President, Walker Diving, Underwater Construction

Lourdes Zapata, President & CEO, South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO)

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  

Adaptive Leadership
Leadership requires vision, mission, persistence and the ability to adapt. How will you structure your leadership plan to move your company in new directions? What metrics will you use to measure success? What type of team will you need to support and reinforce your capabilities to produce and perform?

Opening Remarks:

Suzanne Veira, Chief Diversity Officer, NYC School Construction Authority


Jahmeliah Nathan, Vice President of Administration, Battery Park City Authority


Denise Berger, Chief Operating Officer, AECOM

Jayne Czik, General Counsel, Citnalta Construction Corp.

Joseph Fitzpatrick, President, TDX Construction Corporation

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.  

Beyond the Middle Distance
How should you organize your company now and into the middle distance? This session will explore different organizational and operational models, including business transition, employee ownership, equity investment opportunities and other re-organization strategies including downsizing, diversifying. and teaming. Take-away new approaches to sustaining and growing your business in a changing market.

Opening Remarks:

Dr. Keith D. Wright, Senior Program Manager-Capacity Building, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey


Michael Clay, Senior Director of Procurement and Opportunity Programs, DASNY


Deborah Bradley, President, DBC

David Cayemitte, President, The Cayemitte Group

Fred Davis, Partner, Mitchell & Titus CPAs

12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.  

High Noon Break

12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.  

Competitive Edge Awards

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.   A Virtual Huddle

Join leaders from the public and private sector for a special ‘Virtual Huddle’, as they share strategies and visions for the growth of MWBES, DBEs, SDVOBs and LBEs. Attendees will gain an inside take on what executive leaders envision for the future of their organization’s key initiatives and this "virtual huddle" will also provide certified firms with important insight on how they can successfully navigate their business strategies in 2020 and beyond.


Zenaida Rodriguez,

Assistant Director, Diversity and Civil Rights, MTA


Gerrard Bushell, Executive Chair, New Terminal One at JFK Airport

Hector Batista, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, City University of New York

Jonnel Doris, Commissioner, NYC Small Business Services

Reuben McDaniel III, President & CEO, DASNY

Elizabeth Velez, President, Velez Organization

Stephanie Burns, Vice President, Community & Citizenship, Turner Construction Company

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.   Navigating Discretionary Awards

Discretionary awards are a new procurement mechanism to enable smaller firms to do business with an agency or authority. Recent changes in New York City and New York State regulations have raised the caps for discretionary awards. This session will help you understand the opportunities, best approaches for connecting with these types of contracts and what agencies and authorities are seeking in your bid response.


Anthony Peterson, Executive Director | MWBE-SDVOB Compliance Officer, Crescent Consulting


Jerome Gaetani, Interim Manager, Procurement - Supplier Diversity, PSEG Long Island

Eric Alemany, Director - Supplier Relationship Management, New York Power Authority

Nick Mendoza, Chief ACCO, Department of Design and Construction

Justin McLaughlin-Williams, Director of Diversity, Battery Park City Authority

Christine Norman, Director, Supplier Diversity, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   What’s Next?

Join us for a final chat. Share your questions, suggestions and concerns for moving New York forward in the coming months and into 2021.

Zenaida Rodriguez, Conference Chair, Competitive Edge

Assistant Director, Diversity and Civil Rights, Metropolitan Transportation Authority


Meet with public, private and non-profit organizations in their virtual booths. Check out the exhibitor list and map out your visits.



View several intensive sessions designed to help your firm navigate the ‘New Normal’ and do business with several of the State and City’s public and private sector organizations. You will learn more about business strategy, new projects, pipelines, pre-qualification criteria, connections with primes and more.


Business Strategy Too! View some on-demand business strategy sessions and be sure to download them into your virtual briefcase to view during and after the conference.


Check in to view these on-demand programs.


  • Meet the MTA Small Business Development Team

The MTA’s award-winning Small Business Development Program is a proven door-opener to doing work at the MTA and building your capacity to work with the MTA and other state and city agencies and authorities. Learn more about the Program’s intensive in-class and in the field training program, its pre-qualification requirements and more. Get your firm future ready for work in critical transportation, construction and infrastructure markets.


George Cleary, Deputy Chief Diversity Officer, Small Business Development Program, Metropolitan Transportation Authority



Mutiu Babatunde, Program Manager, Small Business Development Program, Metropolitan Transportation Authority


  • Meet the Workers’ Compensation Board: Learn more about compliance requirements

Learn what you need to know about Worker Compensation requirements in this overview designed especially for employers. Understand your responsibilities for compliance and how to avoid penalties as well as potential debarment actions.


Deborah Spence, Program Outreach Specialist, NYS Workers’ Compensation Board


Neil Gilberg, Advocate for Business, NYS Workers’ Compensation Board


  • Meet the NYC Small Business Services: Your ‘Future Ready’ Toolkit

Learn more about the NYC Small Business Services and how they can provide technical assistance, access to capital and the keys to unlocking your ability to navigate the months and years ahead.


Walter E. Maxwell, Executive Director for External Affairs, NYC Department of Small Business Services


Gustavo Perez Eugui, Assistant Commissioner, NYC Department of Small Business Services

Anna Yakubova, MPA Executive Director, Certification, NYC Department of Small Business Services


  • Meet the NYC Housing Authority: New Opportunities for MWBEs

Learn how to do business with NYCHA, their new opportunities and the best way to position your firm for new contracts with an authority that is transforming the public housing market.


Ester Tomicic-Hines, Vendor Integrity and Supplier Diversity – NYCHA



Join a session and gain some insights and best practices for running your business

  • Social Media Strategies

How do you build your brand with social media? One business strategist will lay out a best practices roadmap.