Speakers

SUSAN ALLEN

NATIONAL PRESIDENT & CEO @ USPAACC

Susan Au Allen came to the United States from Hong Kong on an invitation from the White House in recognition of her volunteer work for people with disabilities. She received her Juris Doctor from the Antioch School of Law and LL.M. in International Law from Georgetown University. During her 17 years with Paul Shearman Allen & Associates of Washington, DC and Hong Kong, she became nationally recognized for her work on immigration, international trade, and investment.

Upon receiving her law degree in 1984, Susan founded the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Education Foundation (USPAACC) with a group of business and civic leaders in Washington, DC, and California, to bring the diverse Pan Asian American business and professional people together as one unified voice in business, commerce and trade. In 2001, she won two Federal cases for her small business clients, took sabbatical leave from her law practice, and became USPAACC National President & CEO.

HENRY CHILDS, III

NATIONAL DIRECTOR @

MBDA

Henry Childs, III is the new National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and the 17th National Director of the agency. Established by an Executive Order in 1969, MBDA is the only Federal agency solely dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. In addition to his MBDA appointment, Childs serves as the Policy Advisor to the White House’s Office of Public Liaison where he leads the Administration’s outreach to the African American community. He also works closely with the Office of American Innovation on economic development issues for urban areas and urban revitalization.

 

ADRIENNE TRIMBLE

PRESIDENT & CEO @ NMSDC 

Adrienne Trimble the President and CEO of the NMSDC.  Prior to becoming President, she was the general manager of Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor North America Inc. In her role, she leads the D&I strategy across the organization, which encompasses leading inclusion across the enterprise and integrating it into the company’s core business functions.  

A Wilberforce University alumna, Trimble joined Toyota in 2000. In 2005, she became supplier diversity manager for Toyota’s purchasing division. In 2013, Trimble was promoted to the general manager of diversity and inclusion for manufacturing and, in 2016, assumed responsibility for all Toyota Motor North America D&I functions, which includes sales and marketing.

TRACEY STANHOFF

PRESIDENT@ AICC

Tracy Stanhoff is the President of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce while simultaneously acting in the role of President of the AICC of California. She is also the former Tribal Chair of the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation. In addition to her leadership roles, Ms. Stanhoff, a certified MWBE, founded AD PRO, a full-service advertising, graphic design and branding firm serving Fortune 500 corporations, Tribal Enterprises, Government entities and small business clients; and in 2017, Tracey established a Native American news publication titled, “Indigenous Post.

SCOTT VOWELS, PhD

MODERATOR

Scott Vowels currently manages Supplier Diversity for Apple where he and his team have elevated the company’s utilization of diverse suppliers to achieve more than $1B in spending, earning Apple a seat on the prestigious Billion Dollar Roundtable. Scott is widely known for his trailblazing work around Economic Impact of small businesses.  Vowels is the co-founder of The Bigger Discussion video series on the Future of Supplier Diversity. He is the author of Don’t Be Afraid to Call the Baby Ugly and is set to release his newest book this fall, Hacking Supplier Diversity.

 
 
 
 
 
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