8:00 am Registration – George R. Brown Exhibit Hall D
9:00 am – 11:30 am MBE Bootcamp
Noon – 1:00 pm Power Hour Luncheon
1:15 pm – 1:25 pm Welcome
Ingrid M. Robinson, President, Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
Carlos Gutierrez, Business Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Minority Business and Economic Development

Eduardo Nunez, Projects & Technology Manager, ExxonMobil

Julia Rathgeber, President, Association of Electric Companies of Texas

1:30 pm – 2:35 pm Oil & Gas Outlook
Businesses in general despises uncertainty and the energy industry is no different. The Energy Outlook is based on the ‘most likely’ path for global energy markets over the next 20 years. Assumptions are made about public policy changes, technology and the overall global economy’s energy usage. Our presenters will share their insights on the issues posed by a transitioning energy industry and will provide a glimpse into their perspectives on our nation’s energy mix. They will also discuss the business forecast of opportunities and challenges for the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Shawn Green, Transactional Excellence and Business Automation Director, ConocoPhillips

Elijah White, Jr., VP Geoscience, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company – Upstream

Frank Cassulo, President, Chevron Pipe Line Company – Downstream

2: 45 pm – 3:55 pm Concurrent Sessions
The electric utility industry is undergoing a massive transformation. Utilities have had to adjust their business models to operate in a new energy and technology future. Learn about the future direction of this industry: Smart Grids/Smart Cities, the new frontier of Cyber Security, Drone Invasions and the utilization of diverse suppliers.

Bryan Glines, Manager HR Compliance & Diversity, CenterPoint Energy

Grace Hastings, Supplier Diversity Manager, Oncor (Economic Impact of Supplier Diversity)

Gabriel Montague, Retail Information Security Manager, NRG (Cyber Security & /Dakin DuBroc, Director Health & Diversity, Entergy (Workforce of the Future)

James Garness, Director Supplier Diversity, Xcel Energy (Business Opportunities Traditional & Renewables)

The United Sates has the largest network of pipelines in the world. These infrastructure projects will stimulate economic opportunities and growth for a vast number of communities across the country. Get connected to current and future pipeline and infrastructure projects and learn about specific industry requirements necessary to compete for business opportunities.

Andrea Korney, Supplier Lifecycle Manager, TransCanada

Jesse Blair, Gas Sales Manager, CenterPoint Energy

Terence Baptiste, Supply Chain Manager, Chevron Pipe Line Company

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
Renewable Energy
Do you know how minority businesses can gain from renewables’ vast room for growth and accelerating market capture? This session is designed to increase your understanding of the renewable landscape and provide information on how electric utility and traditional oil companies seek to create a competitive advantage in this growing energy sector.

Paul Garcia, Director, Renewables and Emergent Technologies, El Paso Electric

Larry Autry, Key/Major Accounts Director, TXU Energy Retail Co.

Alistair Warwick, VP BP Wind Energy

Natural gas production has exceeded even high-end resource projections, and growing demand for American natural gas and petrochemicals internationally will only continue to increase. Learn about major projects in the Gulf States and how your company get plugged in during the early stages of the projects.

Clay Coffee, Director – Procurement Americas, Chicago Bridge & Iron

Lisa Schultz, Project Procurement Manager – Americas, ExxonMobil

Olga Machrone, Houston Office Contracts Department Manager, Fluor

Aaron Nelson, Contracting and Procurement Manager (Lake Charles LNG Project), Shell

7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Emerging 10 (E-10) Awards