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Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST Hubilo Link to be Provided Prior to Event

Connections to Contracts Austin

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Event Overview

Join the Women’s Business Council – Southwest for Connections to Contracts - Austin, a virtual event created specifically for women business owners to meet and build relationships with corporate procurement and supplier diversity professionals. The event will feature 1:1 networking throughout, small group networking at the open and close of the event, procurement "roundtable" discussions, and an "Is This RFP Right for Me?" workshop hosted by women-owned company, Praxis.

Agenda | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM/CST

9:00 - 9:30 AM | Small Group Networking
9:30 - 9:40 AM | Welcome Remarks & Sponsor Address
9:40 - 10:40 AM | Praxis Workshop - Is This RFP Right For Me? 
10:40 - 10:42 AM | Transition
10:42 - 11:02 AM | Corporate "Roundtable" Discussion - Round 1
11:02 - 11:03 AM | Transition
11:03 - 11:23 AM | Corporate "Roundtable" Discussion - Round 2
11:23 - 11:24 AM | Transition
11:24 - 11:44 AM | Corporate "Roundtable" Discussion - Round 3
11:44 - 11:45 AM | Transition
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM | Small Group Networking

Virtual Networking
At the beginning and end of the event, there will be multiple sessions available for attendees to network in small group breakout rooms. There is no formal programming. This is simply time to make connections. Participate at your own pace.

While the agenda above reflects specific periods dedicated to small group networking, you can one-on-one network with others anytime on this virtual platform. 


A corporate representative leads WBEs in a discussion on their company's procurement process and shares insights on how potential suppliers can differentiate themselves. There will be a capacity limit for each discussion session. 

How it Works:  
Sized to facilitate discussion, each 20-minute "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. There will be a total of three roundtable sessions. 

Roundtable Hosts (as of 9-27-21)
Bank of America
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Capital One 
Fluor Corp.

Asheya Warren, Principal and Founder of PRAXIS will lead our annual Connections to Contracts Workshop at the beginning of our event. In this session, we will learn positioning strategies to help determine whether or not you should respond to an RFQ/RFP, how to dissect the process to understand clients' needs (beyond price), identifying your differentiators, and integrating compelling and convincing messages.

BONUS: Free proposal review and critique offered to all attendees, post event. A calendar link with instructions will be provided if attendees want to participate. During the optional review, the PRAXIS team will review each RFP and response, and provide a review of strengths, suggestions, and recommendations for how your firm can elevate your proposal responses. 

Virtual Platform Access

This event will be held on the platform Hubilo. You will be sent a link prior to the event which will provide login information and instructions to set up your event profile. Tutorial video coming soon!


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Asheya Warren
CPSM, Principal, and Founder

For more than eighteen years, Asheya Warren, CPSM, has worked with numerous architecture/engineering/construction (A/E/C) and commercial real estate firms, ranging from large national corporations to emerging minority-owned/small businesses. Her project involvement primarily focuses on major commercial construction management, architectural/design, and real estate development projects in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. This experience includes numerous landmark Dallas-Fort Worth area projects, such as the new Parkland Hospital, Museum Tower, and the Dallas County Elections Building, in addition to other major commercial projects throughout the country. Additionally, she has championed numerous award-winning industry project award submittals. Asheya’s expertise encompasses strategic community building, non-profit marketing, and community engagement. As a two-term past president (2015-2016, 2016-2017) of the Dallas Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), she was the first African-American chapter president for the SMPS Dallas chapter, and constantly champions diversity and equity within the scope of all project engagements. The SMPS headquarters office recently appointed Asheya as chair of the newly formed National Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force (DEI) where she is defining and determining the Society’s DEI strategy.
Areas of specialization include strategic communications, market differentiation, corporate responsibility, organizational consulting, business development, public relations, crisis communications, public information, development activation, and community engagement initiatives. Asheya’s industry perspective is rooted in her understanding of technical details, marketing best practices, and community concerns.
Led by a sense of community and championing for the common good- Asheya reflects this consciousness during all client engagements and civic involvement. As an alumnus of both Mayor’s Star Council and Leadership Dallas, she is personally and professionally committed to community engagement and involvement. Recent work includes developing a marketing strategy for Southern Dallas under the leadership of Councilmember Casey Thomas (as part of the GrowSouth campaign) and establishing branding and engagement efforts for the Rebirth of Red Bird community development initiative. As a board member of Harmony Community Development Corporation, she was instrumental in redevelopment project and is deeply involved with the economic development initiatives for the organization. Her service also includes the Advertising/PR Committee and Diversity Committee for the Dallas Arboretum. She was featured in the Fall 2018 issue of DFW Real Estate Review magazine and recognized on the 2019 list of Who’s Who in Black Dallas. In early 2020, Dallas City Councilmember Adam McGough appointed her to the Skillman Corridor TIF Commission. Additionally, she currently serves on the Trust for Public Land Texas Advisory Board, as well as the Dallas Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. Asheya was recognized in 2020 as a Building Design + Construction Magazine 40 Under 40 honoree.

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This event is open to everyone.

The last day to register is Monday, October 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM/CST.

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Registrant List

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# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Company First Name Last Name
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84 LumberAlexIacovelli
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Absolute Facility Solutions, LLCJeffHubbard
Absolute Facility Solutions, LLCMichelleRay
All American Exteriors Specialists Inc.AdelaRodriguez
ALOM Technologies Corp.LisaDolan
Alterity SolutionsGinaBuser
Amazing Women AllianceDarleneTempleton
AQS, LLCBrittanyStovall
Atkins Powerhouse Consulting, LLCRenikaAtkins
Atlantic Trading CompanyXiaozhenWang
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BNSF RailwayLeigh AnnVernon
BNSF RailwayLeigh AnnVernon
Brunch and Slay, LLC DBA B A S MediaAmeerahSaine
BullseyeDeborah KobeNorris
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Cactex MediaClaireCopeland
Cactex MediaClaireCopeland
Capital MetroAndrewBenford
Capital MetroJacquelineEvans
Capital MetroAdrienneGovea
Capital MetroDiponkerMukherjee
Capital MetroDannySolano
CFJ ManufacturingFayeAustin
CFJ ManufacturingSharonEvans
CFJ ManufacturingVictoriaReneau
CFJ ManufacturingKimSissen
Chem Chek, Inc.LoriBauske
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Deep ReleifLouisaTomaio
Directed Action, Inc.TiffanyEdwards
Distinctive Staffing Services TXRachelSims
Distinctive Staffing Services TXTakenyaWarren
dMASS, Inc.KathrynLewis
doc2e-file Inc.SherryMcManus
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EWF InternationalTanisCornell
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Facility InteriorsSandraChristensen
First Business BankLanaFidelscaia
FluorAnnie Lidge
Forward Vision MarketingKellyStark
FUSE SOLUTIONS INCJenniferSchaumburg
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Handcrafted LearningDorothyCafino Finnigan
Harutunian Engineering, Inc.AnneHarutunian
Heritage Erudite Charter Academy/ and The Children's Carousel Academy LLCKarenWilliamson Johnson
Honor Audiology, LLC.DebbieWoods
Human InterestLeyandriaRatomski
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Improve GrowthBrisaRenteria
ISP CreativeMargieAguilar
ISP CreativeAnaChristaRobles
ISP CreativeVeronicaTorres Hazley
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King of Texas Roofing Company, LP.KellyVan Winkle
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Laguna Media GroupSilvana Rosero
LMP SpecialtiesLynneMalkoff
LOKA Creative (Great Big Graphics LLC DBA LOKA Creative)JulieRastetter
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McKinley Marketing PartnersMichelleBoggs
McKinley Marketing PartnersKarynHartley
McKinley Marketing PartnersAnnHuron
Midtown Personnel, Inc., dba The Midtown GroupKendellBrumley
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Nicole Hooper PHD PLLCNicoleHooper
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Painters USA IncMikeAusloos
Painters USA IncMargaret "Meg"Cook
Painters USA IncMegCook
Painters USA IncSamanthaGuido
Painters USA IncMattNichols
Painters USA IncLauraSchulz
People and Performance StrategiesJoleenGoronkin
Personalized PayrollKathleenHunt
Personalized PayrollLeyandriaRatomski
Pessin Holdings Inc dba Generations HVACNiculinaPessin
Proshare ServicesDanielleBaughman
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Ram Telecom, LLCLayalAssi
Raytheon Intelligience and SpaceCarolineLevere-Williams
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Salient SystemsDebraDenham
Software Professionals Inc.CherieGordon
Software Professionals Inc.CherieGordon
Solar Interchangeable panels IncTammyJames
Solar Interchangeable panels IncTammyJames
Sparks GroupStephaniePendergraft
Sparks GroupKathyRussell
Steel AdvertisingEmilyCarper
Sweet Bee GardensDesireeKennon
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The Translation Company Group, LLC.CamilaSaunier
ThisWay GlobalClaireWeber
Treco ServicesDebbieTrevino
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Watch Me EXCELLenetraKing
WE TEXASKristinGabaldon
WE TEXASLarethaNorwood
Winstanley Consultants, LLCPattiWinstanley
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XenaTech Software Integration Services, LLCJeanneWoodfin
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Yummy Life Naturals, LLCMissyClay
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