Agenda for ChallengeHER Chicago

Thursday, July 27, 2017
(check back frequently for updates on speakers and Match Making)


AGENDA – Chicago
8:00 to 8:30  OPENING WELCOME
Jane Campbell, President, Women Impacting Public Policy  (MC)
DOD Welcome
8:30 to 9:15 Understanding DoD’s Acquisition Process
(DoD shares information regarding “Research and & Marketing – Doing your Homework”)
Moderator: Ms. Alice Williams, Associate Director, DoD OSBP
• DoD Program Manager
Mr. Khalil Mack, Contracting Officer, DoD
Ms. Pamela Callicutt, Deputy Director, Army OSBP
9:00 – 9:45 Strategic Approaches to Marketing WOSB Certification
Ms. Kimberly Patrick, Director of Acquisition Management, EPA
10:00 – 10:45 SBA Lending Program
10:45 – 11:30 Challenges That Face Small Businesses
Potential Moderator: Lisa Firestone, President, Managed Care Advisors
Courtney Fairchild, President, Global Services
Rosemary Swierk, President, Direct Steel
Barbara Kinosky, Managing Partner, Centre Law and Consulting LLC
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
Keynote Speaker and SBA Close of Plenary Session

The State of Women in Federal Contracting
Jane Campbell, President, Women Impacting Public Policy

12:45 – 3:45 Match Making Mentor Roundtables
(5th Floor Garland Room)
Mentor Roundtables:
*The Importance of Sources Sought

* Understanding GWAC and IDIQ

* SBA Certification Programs

* Elements of a Winning Proposal

* Beginning Federal Contracting: First 5 Things You Should Do)

* SBA – Accessing Capital

* PCR – The Best Kept Secret!

* Helping DoD Chose You

* Is GSA right for you?
Courtney Fairchild, President, Global Services, Inc

* SBA new All-Small Mentor Protege

CONFIRMED FOR MATCHMAKING – Please check back often as updates are constantly being made.

Business Enterprise Program – IL Central Management Services (BEP)
Construction Business Development Center (CBDC) -Prairie State College
Defense Media Activity (DMA)
Illinois PTAC
L3 Aerospace Systems
U.S. Army
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
US EPA, Region 5
Womens Business Development Center (WBDC)

Logos - squared (Chicago)