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Thursday, September 10, 2020 - Friday, September 11, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM CST each day Online

Connections to Contracts Virtual

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A Signature Procurement Event

Presented by Pinnacle Group and Toyota
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Event Overview

Connections to Contracts is a procurement-focused event connecting women-owned businesses with corporations and each other. This virtual offering features a welcome reception, corporate “roundtable” procurement discussions, a c-suite executive keynote address, “prime time” sessions led by corporate members and their Tier 1 suppliers, exhibitor booths featuring select sponsors, small group networking, and one-on-one networking.

The goal of this virtual event is to provide access to business opportunities between our members that eventually lead to contracts, therefore helping women-owned businesses achieve parity. Shout out to our Spend Reporters - members who are contributing to this movement through their spend with women-owned businesses.

Sponsored by Dell Technologies

Your registration includes access to the pre-event welcome reception on Wednesday and all components on Thursday and Friday. Some components are time-specific; some are not. And, some components have a capacity limit; some do not. On Thursday and Friday, if the components with capacity limits are full, you will still be able to network one-on-one with fellow attendees and visit with exhibitors.

Time-Specific Opportunities to Connect

Pre-Event Welcome Reception
Sponsored by CAET Project Management Consultants, Jayne Agency, Nokia, Painters USA, Software Professionals, Inc., and Walmart

There is no capacity limit.

This is a come-and-go opportunity to network on Wednesday, before the event officially begins. It features sponsor remarks and three 15 minute rounds of small group video networking through Zoom. There's no formal programming. This is simply time to make connections. Join and exit at your own pace.

Small Group Networking
Sponsored by Fluor, Parkland, Personalized Payroll, and SQV Construction

There is a capacity limit per group session.

At the beginning and end of each day, there will be multiple sessions available on a first-come, first-served basis for attendees to network in small group video chats of 10 people. There's no formal programming. This is simply time to make connections. Join and exit at your own pace.

Corporate “Roundtable” Discussions
Sponsored by Anderson Asphalt & Concrete Paving, Oncor, and Vistra

There is a capacity limit per discussion session.

A corporate representative leads WBEs in a discussion on his or her company’s procurement process and shares insights on how potential suppliers can differentiate themselves.

How It Works

Sized to facilitate discussion,
each “roundtable” is a small group video chat limited to 8 people. One spot is for the corporate member host; the other spots are for WBEs interested in learning about that company’s procurement process. WBE spots are open on a first-come, first-served basis. WBEs can enter a "roundtable" session during the event until the capacity has been reached.

Each discussion is 20 minutes followed by a 2 minute transition. Discussions take place from 10:15 - 11:20 each day.
10:15 – 10:35 … Discussion Round 1
10:35 – 10:37 … Transition
10:37 – 10:57 … Discussion Round 2
10:57 – 10:59 … Transition
10:59 – 11:19 … Discussion Round 3
11:19 – 11:20 … Transition

List of Roundtable Hosts*

Alcon Vision
American Airlines

BNSF Railway
Capital One

City of Dallas
City of Fort Worth
Clampitt Paper

Coca-Cola Southwest
Communications Test Design (CTDI)
Dallas County

Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD)
Dallas Independent School District
DFW International Airport

JPMorgan Chase

JPS Health Network
Lockheed Martin

North Texas Tollway Authority
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Shell Oil Company
Southwest Airlines Co.

Tarrant Regional Water District
Texas Instruments
The Beck Group

University of North Texas System


*Some corporations may host roundtable discussions only on one of the two days. Prior to the event, the full roundtable host schedule will be shared.

Keynote Address

Sponsored by Integrated Human Capital and Overture Promotions

There is no capacity limit for the keynote address.

Via a fireside chat, Bonnie Clinton, Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at Toyota, and Patricia Rodriguez Christian, CEO of CRC Group and Texas Standard Commercial Construction, will share insights on being nimble, innovative, and inclusive in business. All attendees will be able to simultaneously access the keynote address.

Prime Time Sessions

Sponsored by BNSF Railway, Lockheed Martin, and PepsiCo

There is no capacity limit per prime time session.

Each session is a panel interview featuring a corporate host and some of their prime suppliers followed by audience Q&A, addressing how to engage with a corporation by working with a Tier 1 (or prime) supplier.

The session hosts are BNSF Railway, Lockheed Martin, and PepsiCo. All attendees will be able to simultaneously access each Prime Time session.

On-going Opportunities to Connect

One-on-One Networking
At any time during the event, attendees can review all in attendance, click on a person’s profile to learn more about them, and request a connection to live chat or video chat.

Exhibitor Booths
At any time during the event, select sponsors have a virtual booth where attendees can view a video and download documents provided. Attendees will have the option to live chat or request to connect at a later time.

Virtual Platform Access
Sponsored by Ericsson and Texas Instruments

Prior to the event, all registrants will receive the link to access the virtual platform. Video coming soon explaining how to navigate it.

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Bonnie Clinton
Vice President – Indirect Procurement Shared Services

Bonnie is vice president and chief procurement officer, indirect procurement shared services for Toyota North America. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic leadership and services of several departments that support the business units of Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Financial Services. These support departments include Strategic and Operations Sourcing, Program Strategy, Process and Controls, Spend Analytics, and Vendor Management. In her role, she collaborates with Toyota global entities to further leading practices and spend optimization. Bonnie started her career in the aerospace and defense industry supporting the Space Shuttle program.

Bonnie is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council. She serves on the Board of Directors Executive Committee for Texas Women’s Foundation. Bonnie also volunteers in local communities through the National Charity League, Plano Chapter, where she and her daughter are active members. Bonnie received an MBA from the University of LaVerne, California and a Certificate in Contract Management from the University California Irvine.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Welcome Reception [More Info]

Thursday, September 10, 2020
9:00 am - 9:30 am
Networking [More Info]
9:30 am - 10:15 am
Welcome and Keynote Address [More Info]
10:15 am - 11:20 am
Corporate "Roundtable" Discussions [More Info]
11:20 am - 11:30 am
Networking Break [More Info]
11:30 am - 12:05 pm
Prime Time featuring BNSF Railway [More Info]
12:05 pm - 12:30 pm
Networking [More Info]

Friday, September 11, 2020
9:00 am - 9:30 am
Networking [More Info]
9:30 am - 10:05 am
Prime Time featuring Lockheed Martin [More Info]
10:05 am - 10:15 am
Networking Break [More Info]
10:15 am - 11:20 am
Corporate "Roundtable" Discussions [More Info]
11:20 am - 11:55 am
Prime Time featuring PepsiCo [More Info]
11:55 am - 12:30 pm
Networking [More Info]

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This event is open to everyone. All are welcome.

To help facilitate participation during this economically challenging period,
WBCS has covered half the cost of each person's admission.
The prices below reflect the 50% discount.

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Last day to register is Friday, September 4

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Branded Sponsor


Last day to sponsor is Friday, August 21

Each sponsorship level includes event admissions and branding. Contact Lindsay Pittard at lpittard@wbcsouthwest.org to secure a sponsorship. Review options in our 2020 sponsorship catalog



Last day to register is Friday, September 4

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Registrant List

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Advanced Business Graphics, IncKrisSorokwasz
Austin Community CollegeKelliHollins
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blueprint marketing group, llcJenicaOliver
Bullseye Database Marketing LLCDeborah KobeNorris
Bullseye Database Marketing, LLCDallasJudd
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Corbin Solutions GroupStarrCorbin
Cowtown Creative, LLCAmyDay
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DATCSLa VondaGuice
DCG Environmental, LLCShelleyHines
Directed ActionCyndiRyan
Directed Action, Inc.KevinKeane
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Fossil GroupWhitneyTaylor
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Handcrafted LearningDorothyFinnigan
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King of Texas Roofing Company, LP.KellyVan Winkle
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Lockheed Martin - RetiredMarkmiller
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Marfield, Inc.AndreaRowe
Marfield, Inc.TiffanyWaggoner
Meta Team, LLCAliciaMichael
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Pharma Sales AssociatesNancyLacoste
Prestige Maintenance USARachelSanchez
Primed Business ConsultingLillieRitter
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Risch ResultsJoleneRisch
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Sam's Word, LLCSamanthaWilliams
Solar Interchangeable Panels Inc.TammyJames
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Texas StandardPatriciarodriguez Christian
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XenaTech Software Integration ServicesJeanneWoodfin
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