Schedule at a Glance
June 20-22, 2017

Monday June 19, 2017 - Pre Conference Day – New This year

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibitor Move-In
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Women’s Enterprise Forum Meeting (Open to all WBENC-Certified WBEs) - Mandalay Bay Ballroom K&L
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. First Time Attendee Orientation - Reef
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Women’s Enterprise Forum Keynote Speaker (Open to all attendees) - Mandalay Bay Ballroom K&L
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. WBENC Board of Directors Meeting (Board Members Only)

Tuesday JUNE 20, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibitor Move-In
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. NextGen Meeting (RSVP Required) - Workshop Room 6
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wellness Lounge
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Kickoff Luncheon - Oceanside Ballroom
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Workshops - Workshop Rooms 1-6
- Securing Your Supply Chain from 21st Century Risk
- The Intricacies of Establishing and Growing your Global Footprint
- The Perfect Value Proposition
- Powerful Pitches and Presentations
- Branding Va-Va-Voom! How Your Voice and Visuals Must Reflect Your Value
- Leveraging Your Certification
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Concurrent Workshops - Workshop Rooms 1-6
- Top Trends in Information Technology in 2017 - “Do not get your businesses disrupted”
- WBEs: Growing Global Together
- Up Your Public Speaking Game to Attract New Business
- Navigating the Automotive Industry
- The Voice for Women Entrepreneurs
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Open time for private sponsor events (for assistance or more information contact nteter@wbenc.org)
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Welcome Reception & Auction - Mandalay Bay Beach
Recommended Attire: Come dressed wearing your 20th Anniversary shirt and your WBENC flip flops for this casual evening affair. No business suits necessary. Dress appropriately as the event will be outdoors.

Wednesday JUNE 21, 2017

6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. Yoga by the Pool (Mandalay Beach pool area)
7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Business Fair Breakfast and Keynote Speaker - Oceanside Ballroom
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wellness Lounge
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Business Fair Open - Shoreline Exhibit Hall
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Business Fair Buffet Lunch Open - Oceanside Ballroom
5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Exhibitor Move-Out
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Evening Event - LIGHT Nightclub at Mandalay Bay Casino
Recommended Attire: Upscale fashionable attire required. LIGHT Nightclub does not permit hats, sandals, flip flops, gym shoes, shorts, oversized clothing, jeans with holes, chains, or athletic wear of any kind.

Thursday JUNE 22, 2017

6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. Yoga by the Pool (Mandalay Beach pool area)
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Exhibitor Move-Out
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration Open
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Procurement Opportunity Connection 1:1 MatchMaker Meetings - Mandalay Bay Ballroom
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wellness Lounge
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Workshops - Workshop Rooms 1-6
- Keys to Hospitality Business Success: Know the Industry
- Where’s My Money? - Payment Solutions for Small Businesses (Registration Required)
- Addressing Digital Disconnect - Your Website
- Supplier Diversity for Economic Impact
- Changing the Trajectory: Lifting Up the Next Generation of Women Leaders
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Workshops - Workshop Rooms 1-6
- Corporate Agility - “Survive & Thrive” Office Politics & Organizational Dynamics
- Enter The New World of Equity Crowdfunding! Learn How Women Business Owners Can Use It To Raise Capital & "Invest Intentionally" In Each Other
- Addressing Digital Disconnect - Social Media
- Disrupt or Be Discarded
- Future of Supplier Diversity – Part 2
12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Finale Luncheon and Keynote Speaker - Oceanside Ballroom
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Procurement Opportunity Connection 1:1 MatchMaker Meetings - Mandalay Bay Ballroom
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Student Entrepreneur Pitch Competition - Workshop Room 1
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Senior Executive Reception (by invitation only)
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. General Reception - Mandalay Bay Ballroom IJKL
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Tribute! Dinner and Awards Ceremony - Oceanside Ballroom
9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. 2018 Motor City Launch Party - Mandalay Bay Ballroom IJKG