Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to be the co-chairs of the 2018 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair! Where better to launch the next decade of WBENC than the thriving city of Detroit, full of energy, enthusiasm, and evolving infrastructure? “The D” will provide an excellent backdrop as we Discover the Difference that the WBENC community makes for women owned businesses, Corporate and Government Members, and all the places that we live and work.

While we are together in this inspiring city, we will participate in a variety of exceptional educational and networking opportunities geared to our collective mission of women’s business development. Eleven workshop tracks, thought provoking speakers, MatchMakers, and a Business Fair that is unsurpassed await all of us in June. Be sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend our pre-conference day on June 18, followed by three full days of discovering opportunities, building relationships, and celebrating our collective successes.

Our Host Council, the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, led by Michelle Richards, and a Host Committee of eleven outstanding WBEs are ready to welcome us to their region, highlight all that their beloved city has to offer, and insure we all have an amazing experience “Inside the D.”

Let’s roll up our sleeves, Join Forces, and create the future of women’s business development together. We look forward to seeing you in Detroit!

The 2018 Co-Chairs

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Steven Kiefer
Senior VP, Global Purchasing & Supply Chain

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Cindy Pasky
President & CEO

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Andra Rush
Founder, Chair & CEO,
Rush Group

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Hau Thai-Tang
Executive VP, Product Development & Purchasing

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Lynn Tilton
Founder & CEO,
Patriarch Partners LLC

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Tony Tomczak 
Executive Director & CPO, Corporate Services 

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