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Tuesday, April 12, 2022 from 10:00am - 4:30pm CST Irving Convention Center - Irving, Texas

Connections to Contracts

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Signature Procurement Event

Connecting WBEs and Corporations
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Connections to Contracts is a procurement-focused event connecting women-owned businesses with corporations and each other. It features a welcome reception, corporate roundtable procurement discussions, a c-suite executive keynote address, corporate industry-focused sessions, WBE success stories, and a closing networking reception.
All are welcome to attend.

The goal of this event is to provide access to business opportunities between our members that eventually lead to contracts, therefore helping women-owned businesses achieve parity.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact WBCS Senior Director of Programs, Elizabeth Garner.

Agenda (central time)
Monday, April 11 (Texican Court - Chapel Room)
4:00 - 6:00 pm ... Regional Reception

Tuesday, April 12 (Irving Convention Center)
10:00 - 11:35 am ... Corporate Roundtable Discussions (4th floor)
11:35 am - 12:00 pm ... Networking Break (4th floor)
12:00 - 1:30 pm ... Keynote Luncheon (4th floor)
1:30 - 1:45 pm ... Networking Break (4th floor)
1:45 - 2:30 pm ... Corporate Industry Insights Sessions (3rd floor)
2:30 - 2:45 pm ... Networking Break (3rd floor)
2:45 - 3:30 pm ... WBE Success Stories (3rd floor)
3:30 - 4:30 pm ... Networking Reception (4th floor)

Complimentary self-parking at Texican Court; $10 self-parking at Irving Convention Center

Regional Reception
There will be a complimentary, come-and go reception the evening before the event, April 11, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm CST at Texican Court's Chapel Room. All are welcome to attend, especially WBEs and corporations from outside the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. Cash bar. Appetizers provided.

Texican Court is located at 501 W. Las Colinas Blvd in Irving.


The evening before the event, April 11, a discounted room block is available at Texican Court - a hotel across the street from the Irving Convention Center. Our discounted price is $139 plus tax. To reserve a room, click here or call (833) 839-4226 and let them know you're with the Women's Business Council - Southwest. The reservation deadline is Monday, March 28 at 6:00 pm CST.

Corporate Roundtable Discussions (attendees choose 4 tables to visit)
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
There are roundtables of 8. One seat is for the corporate member host; the other seats are for WBEs interested in learning about that company’s procurement process. WBE seats are open on a first-come, first-served basis.

Corporate members stay at their table. WBEs rotate and have the opportunity to visit a total of four tables.

Each discussion is 20 minutes followed by a 5 minute transition.

  • 10:00 - 10:20 ... Discussion round 1
  • 10:20 - 10:25 ... Transition
  • 10:25 - 10:45 ... Discussion round 2
  • 10:45 - 10:50 ... Transition
  • 10:50 - 11:10 ... Discussion round 3
  • 11:10 - 11:15 ... Transition
  • 11:15 - 11:35 ... Discussion round 4

List of Roundtable Hosts
 (as of 4-11-22)

American Airlines
AmeriHealth Caritas
Austin ISD
Bank of America
Blue Cross Blue Shield
BNSF Railway
City of Dallas
Dallas College
Dallas County
Dallas ISD
DFW International Airport
North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA)
Parkland Health
Raytheon Technologies
Shell USA
Southwest Airlines Co.
Tarrant Regional Water District
Texas Instruments
The Container Store
Toyota Financial Services
Toyota Motor North America

Keynote Luncheon

  • With the exception of sponsored tables, luncheon seating is open.
  • During the luncheon, we will recognize all companies who submit their WBE Spend, honor two WBEs with the Women Working Together Award, and highlight the corporation with the highest percentage Spend increase with the Momentum Award.

Spend Reporting
If you spent any money with WBEs in 2021, we want to hear from you. No amount is too small!
Recording these dollar amounts helps us to measure our success and provides valuable insights as to who is spending and promoting supplier diversity. To submit your Spend, email WBCS Marketing Manager, Natalie Groff, with your three data points:

  • # of WBEs you did business with in 2021
  • # of dollars you spent across all WBEs in 2021
  • % of 2021 Total Spend that your 2021 WBE Spend represents

Or, visit our Member Center and click Submit Spend.

All information is kept confidential. We solely publicize the aggregate of all Spend Reporters. Spend is due Friday, March 25.  

Corporate Industry Insights
 (attendees choose 1 out of 2)
During these sessions, panelists from corporations will provide insights into industry trends and what consumers and vendors can anticipate. The featured industries are construction and technology.

Construction Panelists

  • Austin Commercial - Bianca Sandoval
  • JE Dunn Construction - Stephanie Long
  • McCarthy - David Cutlip

Technology Panelists
  • AT&T - Annie Geisler
  • Aventiv - Mershelle Davis
  • Ericsson - Erin Liao

WBE Success Stories (attendees choose 1 out of 2)
During these sessions, WBEs will provide insights on what has worked well for them in doing business with Corporate America as a consumer packaged goods-based business or a service-based business.

Consumer Packaged Goods-Based Business Panelists
  • Blueprint Marketing Group - Jenica Oliver
  • Tasty Clean - Jessica Gore 

Service-Based Business Panelists
  • CAET Project Management Consultants - Molly Sandlin
  • McDonalds - Jimmy Lopez

Capability Statement Review
If you would like our Encore Council to review your capability statement and provide complimentary feedback by the end of March, email yours to Elizabeth Garner by Friday, March 25.
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Michelle Gill
Vice President of Merchandising
The Container Store

Michelle Gill is the Vice President of Merchandising for The Container Store with responsibility for Custom Closets, Closet and Laundry, and Storage Departments. Prior to joining The Container Store, she spent more than 25 years at Neiman Marcus in both merchandising and ecommerce leadership positions. Most recently, Michelle spent four years as Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager over Women’s Apparel and two years as VP, DMM over Beauty and Fragrances.

Michelle holds a bachelors degree in Marketing from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She also participated in the Fine Arts Dance Program during her four years there. Michelle’s is most proud of her two college aged daughters, one a senior at The University of Texas in Austin and the other a Junior at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with friends, exploring new restaurants, and traveling to warm weather locations.

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Monday, April 11, 2022
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Regional Reception

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
10:00 am - 11:35 am
Corporate Roundtable Discussions
11:35 am - 12:00 pm
Networking Break
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Keynote Luncheon
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Networking Break
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Corporate Industry Insights Sessions
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Networking Break
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
WBE Success Stories
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Networking Reception

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This event is open to everyone.

There are several admission options to meet your needs.

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Available through Tuesday, April 5

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Last day to sponsor is Friday, March 18

Each sponsorship level includes event admissions and branding. Contact Lindsay Pittard at lpittard@wbcsouthwest.org to secure a sponsorship. Review options in our 2022 sponsorship catalog



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7 SistersJeanineMorgan
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A La Carte CateringMicheleBattle
A La Carte CateringShawaylaJohnson
A La Carte CateringMarlowJones
A La Carte CateringAngelaMills
Absolute Facility Solutions, LLCMichelleRay
Allied SCSSVictoriaStevenson
american airlinesPreetiHarder
American Airlines, Inc.PriyankaArora
AmeriHealth CaritasSharonManker
AMP CreativeSamreenAslam
AMP CreativeJayBowman
Anderson Asphalt & Concrete PavingBrianSargent
Anderson Asphalt & Concrete PavingMattSingel
Anderson Asphalt & Concrete PavingPamThompson
Angstrom Energy SolutionsRaynaHandelman
Any Day CPR Training, LLCDeniseCastille
Any Day CPR Training, LLCShirleyCastille
Assoc Director Supplier DiversityHeatherRamsey
Assured Quality SystemsDanielleBuffington
Assured Quality SystemsDanielGhebre
Assured Quality SystemsAliciaGray
Assured Quality SystemsCheriHayes
Assured Quality SystemsLeticiaLoredo
Assured Quality SystemsMargaritaLucio
Assured Quality SystemsGuyMcElhaney
Assured Quality SystemsFeliciaPulliam
Assured Quality SystemsJenniferRowe
Assured Quality SystemsPaulinaSandoval
Assured Quality SystemsBrittanyStovall
Assured Quality SystemsSonyaWilliams
Assured Quality SystemsMargaretWilson
AT&TRoxanneLa Rue
Austin CommercialBiancaSandoval
Austin ISDDinitaCaldwell
AVIVV, LLCDeeGarcia-Merrell
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B&H Total Office Solutions, Inc.AMYMILLER
Bank of AmericaMannyAllende
Bank of AmericaReyaChapa
Bank of AmericaErnieGonzalez
Bank of AmericaOscarGuevara
Bank of AmericaSteveMoore
Bank of AmericaMaribelPavia
Big Al's BBQLauranWeiner
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of TexasChrisCooley
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of TexasLenRoof
Blueprint Marketing GroupJenicaOliver
BNSF RailwayMadelineHunt
BNSF RailwayLeigh AnnVernon
Bracane CompanyMarkMohair
Bracane CompanyPamNelson
Bullseye Database MarketingDallasJudd
Bullseye Database MarketingDeborah KobeNorris
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Cactex MediaClaireChiappetta
Cactex MediaTaylorMitchell
Cactex MediaKristinWehe
CAET PMCMollySandlin
CAET Project ManagementMelisaCeman
CAET Project ManagementJenniferTindel
Cannenta Center for Healing and EmpowermentDr. Leti Cavazos
CESCO, Inc.BillieBryant Schultz
CFJ ManufacturingFayeAustin
CFJ ManufacturingBrookeBerg
CFJ ManufacturingCorinneDietrich
CFJ ManufacturingSharonEvans
CFJ ManufacturingChristyOmer
CFJ ManufacturingVictoriaReneau
CFJ ManufacturingKimSissen
CFJ ManufacturingErinSpence
Cima Logistics, LLCOlga Lopez
City of DallasDeNitaLacking Quinn
CKP ConstructionHeatherLanham
CM Productions, Inc.CarrieMartinez
CMG Inc ServicesKassandraAckerman
Coca Cola Southwest BeveragesAngieSchwartz
CocoAndréCindyPedraza Puente
CollegeMode AcademyTandyCaraway
Comco SystemsLaurenCummings
Consumer and Market Insights, LLCMelindaHolden
Consumer and Market Insights, LLCRoyalynReid
Cookies by DesignAaliyahEvans
CRC GroupPatriciaRodriguez Christian
Creative ResourcesJuliannGaudette
Cross Country RoofingJasmineCampbell
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D Zine PartnersMichaelStuder
Dallas CollegeMalcolmMayo
Dallas CollegeJeanetteSchutz
Dallas CountyLaSonyaAllen
Dallas CountyKimberlyGould
Dallas ISDNazareth (Naz)Vidal
Dallas ISDVelinaWillis-Smith
Davis Davis & Harmon LLCLaShante'Williams
DCG EnvironmentalShelleyHines
DEI Consultants LLCCatherineHolt
DEI Recruiting and ConsultingMichelleJolivet
DFW AirportMaruchyCantu
DFW AirportDonnettaCole
DFW AirportBruceCollins
DFW AirportSuzanneCruz-Sewell
DFW AirportAmberDavis
DFW AirportRolandDuncan
DFW AirportSandraGarcia
DFW AirportCathyJackson
DFW AirportCheryllJeter
DFW AirportTamelaLee
DFW AirportJuanitaOrtiz
DFW AirportKimWhitaker
DFW MSDCSamanthaCalatozzo Cobb
DFW MSDCMichaelGarrett
DFW MSDCMargoPosey
Diaper ConciergeErinEngland
Dinner Reinvented - RPK Ent LLCRoniProter
Directed Action Inc.RebekahTopaz
Direnzic Technology Consulting Group, LLCIesheaHollins
Discover ConnectingAliceBrauer
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EDA, Inc.DarlaEason
Energy Utility GroupTimO'Brien
Energy Utility GroupMelindaZito O'Brien
Enlighteneering, Inc.MarilynWiles
EricssonJulietaDel Rio
EricssonDonna Erhardt
Erin GregorErinGregor
Event FindersMorganDenton
Evolving TexasSamanthaRenz
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Family Vision 20/20 LLCTeiaJones
Farmers InsuranceAngieHarrison
Firehouse AutoFlorenceBruner
Firemans Paving & Supplies, LLCReneeGilmore
Firemans Paving & Supplies, LLCJennyStam
First Equipment CompanyLeslieGarner
Fruitful Training GroupCherronCastillo
Fuse SolutionsJenniferSchaumburg
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GD Wealth ManagementKellyKunst
Genius RoadKimberlyZanatta
Gifting with SolAnneMitchell
Greater Dallas Hispanic ChamberGabrielaCarvallo
Greater Dallas Hispanic ChamberRickOrtiz
Greenhill InsuranceAnnaByun
Guaranteed Express, Inc.JenniferBlakeney
Guaranteed Express, Inc.VinnieKiedrowski
Guest of SPIMarkEnvani
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Harmony SchoolAlexandraEstrada
Harmony SchoolRozFaulhaber
Harmony SchoolKhanh AnTong
Harmony SchoolTelileTura
Hatch Venture GroupToriaFrederick
Hello Imprint LLCAmandaHueneke
Her TexasJasmin Brand
Human InterestLe'yannRatomski
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IBM Retired ExecutiveTomTRotter
iBridge GroupJenniferCumpian
iBridge GroupYolandaHall
Improve GrowthBrisaRenteria
Inclusive Market Research Group, LLCBrandaleMIlls Cox
Innovative CampaignsNiaDillon
Integrated Human CapitalEduardoVargas
Integrated Test CorpDanaFreeman
Integrity Asset Management & Protection, LLCCherylByers
Integrity Asset Management & Protection, LLCMadisonKesner
Interprise DesignKarynMartin
ISP CreativeMargieAguilar
ISP CreativeCamilleGuajardo
ISP CreativeMay LeeHarris
ISP CreativeAnaChristaRobles
ISP CreativeVeronicaTorres Hazley
ISP Creative | Artistic Beauty by MariposaMariposaHaynes
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Jack Henry & AssociatesSophiePosey
Jayne Agency, LLCBrookeFoley
JE DunnStephanieLong
JE Dunn ConstructionLaurenAmador
JE Dunn ConstructionHeatherFitzgerald
JE Dunn ConstructionIndriaHollingsworth-Thomas
JE Dunn ConstructionKamilaJones
JJ Williams PCJulietWilliams
Joy PromotionsDonnaClemons
JUNK KINGReneeFerguson
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Karen M Smith & Associates (A Writing & Training Company)KarenJackson
Keasie B’s Coffee CafeLakeastBoone
Krasamo Inc.MelissaAmoros
Krasamo Inc.BooyoungKim
Krasamo Inc.MichaelKrasnicki
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Labeaud LLCLabeaudColbert
Laguna Media GroupSilvanaRosero
Law Office of Tanille Royston, PLLCTanilleRoyston
Le Rouge CuisineAmberWilliams
LGBT ChamberTonyVedda
Lockheed MartinCrystalBullard
Lockheed MartinScottDobbs
Lockheed MartinRitaRamsey
Lockheed MartinBryceSeibert
LP Travel, Inc.CarolineLaporte
Luxarmi IndustriesBrittany NicoleSmith
Lynne Malkoff PromotionsLynneMalkoff
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Majestic Coaching Group, LLCPatAlva-Kraker
Mayhew Technology SolutionsMollyMayhew
McAfee 3CharylDuncan
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.DavidCutlip
McKinley Marketing PartnersAnnHuron
McKinley Marketing PartnersSusanYule
Meltar SupplyTaraKramer
Meta Team, LLCAliciaMichael
MEXZIM CorporationEbbahRealzola
Mid-Cal Technical, LLCJessicaCholewinski
Midtown Personnel, Inc., dba The Midtown GroupKendellBrumley
Moayyad LawNathanMoayyad
Momentum Wealth StrategiesAmorBrewerton
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Nicole Hooper PHD PLLCNicoleHooper
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O'Neill EnterprisesLinO'Neill
ONC NationalStuartCourtney
Oncor Electric DeliveryEllenBuck
OnPointe AllianceArlethaKent
OnPointe AllianceTravisKent
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Painters USA, Inc.MegCook
Painters USA, Inc.LauraSchulz
Parkland HealthElizabethAddleman
Parkland HealthPamelaBryant
Parkland HealthStacyDorsey
Parkland HealthTerenceDurham
Parkland HealthCherrieFisher
Parkland HealthClayGrant
Parkland HealthAdrianaHinojosa
Parkland HealthTabithaLee
Parkland HealthTawanaMcCullough
Parkland HealthBennieMiller Jr.
Parkland HealthDeborahMitchell-Clary
Parkland HealthStephanieSpeights
Parkland HealthGuyToliver
Parrish Business Services LLCPatParrish
PepsicoWhitneyNolan Campbell
Perfectly Timed EventsPriscillaTreviño
Personalized Payroll ServicesKathleenHunt
Pinnacle GroupJessicaNarvaez
Power Forward Woman LLCStarWilliams
Prestige Maintenance USARachelSanchez
Pride DrywallCindyDay
Pride DrywallKristaLimon
Primera Engineers LtdJoeAvram
Primera Engineers LtdErinInman
Prosperity Enterprises USAAquanetteCrockett
PRS LogisticsRhondaWalker
Pyxis Care ManagementMindyJones
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Q2 Marketing Group LLCTerriQuinton
Quickfire Solutions, Inc.KarrieFox
R [ Back to top ]
R2 ElectricChristinaRossini
Raytheon TechnologiesAmiraGonzalez
Raytheon TechnologiesPaulHarris
Reimagine GroupMelissaHandy
Retired ExecutiveCherylStevens
Ricochet Fuel Distributors, Inc.HannahHolland
Ricochet Fuel Distributors, Inc.RyanHooker
Ricochet Fuel Distributors, Inc.KellyRoberts
Risch Results, LLCAndreaAnderson
Risch Results, LLCJoleneRisch
Rockhaven Group LLCCathyOgie
S [ Back to top ]
S3Consulting LLCSushmaGovindraju
Salcomm, LLCAngelaSalgado
Sanford HouseValerieLandry
Sarah Jane FitnessSarahMakanjuola
Scent & Fire Candle CompanyMonishaEdwards
Shell USABrianHall
Software Professionals, Inc.ReenaBatra
Software Professionals, Inc.BrandonChavez
Software Professionals, Inc.CherieGordon
Software Professionals, Inc.AliciaLipka
Software Professionals, Inc.IsadoraSmith
Southwest Airlines CoSabrinaRangel
Southwest Airlines Co.PamelaGlover
Southwest Airlines Co.KatyHoegger
Southwest Airlines Co.MyraLaudt
Spot On TalentKarenFox
Spot On TalentCindyYared
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Tarrant CountyTeresaLobacz
Tarrant Regional Water DistrictCrystalAlba
Tarrant Regional Water DistrictFrankGarcia
Tasty CleanJessicaGore
Texas 811TinaSanders
Texas InstrumentsAlexisBoudreaux
Texas InstrumentsMai ChiDo
Texas InstrumentsGabeTeichman
Texas InstrumentsTifanyWilson
Texas InstrumentsBradWoodson
Texas InstrumentsPhillipYoon
The Benefit BoutiqueDarisFrencha
The Clean Up Co.PerlaFerrel
The Container StoreLaTishaBrandon
The Container StoreMichelleGill
The Container StoreJohnMarazio
The Container StoreMarquiseNelson
The Container StoreLauraRainey
The Container StoreJamilaReese
The Container StoreTonyaRobertson
The Gift TailorSamanthaWorrell
The Heico Companies, L.L.C. (National-Standard)MadilynnDixon
The Reed Media, LLCBridgetteReed
The Social ChicaBriannaGonzales
The Software Vault, LLCJamitaMachen
The TransSynergy GroupDonnaHegdahl
Transformative Marketing Solutions, LLCAnnettaWright
Treco Services, Inc.DebbieTreviño
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Upshaw Johnson CompanyKatieJohnson
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Village MDCydyaThomas
Vistra CorpMaryGano
Vistra CorpLuisJenkins
Vistra CorpCarrieKirby
Vistra CorpPatriciaLee
Vistra CorpRaphaelLevy
Vistra CorpHeatherMason
Vistra CorpPhilSeidler
Vistra CorpTiffanyWilson
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Walker Transfer-Powell, LLCOlechGuier
Walker Transfer-Powell, LLCRogerHarrison
Watch Me EXCELLenetraKing
WBCS Encore CommitteeRobinPulford
WE TexasDonMcKneely
WE TexasKristinSchneider
Wild Flower InsightTiaNayar
Winstanley Consultants, LLCPattiWinstanley
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Yaoli StudioEstela Palacios
YOUnion SoftwareKaitlynMartin
YOUnion SoftwareAmandaMelville
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