Agenda for ChallengeHER Chicago

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

Register

AGENDA – Chicago, IL  (7/27/2017)
7:00 to 8:00 REGISTRATION / BREAKFAST / NETWORKING
8:00 to 8:30  OPENING WELCOME
Ms. Jane Campbell, President, Women Impacting Public Policy
Ms. Freida Curry,  Director, IL Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Mr. Andrew Goczkowski, Grants Coordinator & Constituent Advocate Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky
8:30 to 9:15 Understanding DoD’s Acquisition Process
Moderator: Ms. Alice Williams, Associate Director, DoD OSBP
Panelists: Mr. Khalil Mack, Contracting Officer, Washington HQ Service
Ms. Pamela Callicutt, Deputy Director, Army OSBP
Ms. Donna Brino-Blackwell, WOSB Program Manager, DLA Land and Maritime
9:15 to 10:00 Strategic Approaches to Marketing WOSB Certification
Ms. Kimberly Patrick, Director of Acquisition Management, Environmental Protection Agency
10:00 to 10:15 NETWORKING BREAK
10:15 to 11:00 SBA Lending Program
Mr. Patrick Piorkowski, Lender Relations Specialist, U S Small Business Administration
11:00 to 11:45 Challenges That Face Small Businesses
Moderator: Ms. Lolitha McKinney, Business Opportunity Specialist, U S Small Business Administration
Panelists: Ms. Courtney Fairchild, President, Global Services
Ms. Rosemary Swierk, President, Direct Steel
Ms. Denita R. Conway, President & CEO, PROVEN Management, LLC
Ms. Stephanie Hickman, President, Trice Construction Company
11:45 to 12:45 Lunch
Keynote Panel and SBA Close of Plenary Session
The Future of WOSBs in Federal Contracting
Ms. Jane Campbell, President, Women Impacting Public Policy
Mr. Sean Crean, Director, Office of Government Contracting, U S Small Business Administration
Dr. James Galvin, Acting Director, DoD OSBP
12:45 to 1:00 Networking Break
1:00 to 3:00 Match Making Mentor Roundtables
(see below)
The Importance of Sources Sought SBA – Accessing Capital
Ms. Gloria Larkin, CEO & Founder, TargetGov Mr. Mark Ferguson, Supervisory, Economic Development Specialist, SBA
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Understanding GWACs and IDIQs PCR – The Best Kept Secret!
Mr. Mike Pullen, Director, Strategic Operations, CGI Ms. Janis Kaiser, Procurement Center Representative, SBA
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SBA Certification Programs Doing Business with DoD / How to get DoD to Choose You
Ms. Lolitha McKinney, Business Opportunity Specialist, SBA Ms. Alice Williams, Associate Director, DoD OSBP
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Understanding DoD’s Cybersecurity Requirements Is GSA right for you?  Must Haves!
Mr. Ted Bujewski, Associate Director, DoD OSBP Ms. Courtney Fairchild, President, Global Services
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Beginning Federal Contracting: First 5 Things You Should Do SBA new All-Small Mentor Protege
Ms. Rita Haake, Director, PTAC at College of DuPage Ms. Michelle Kantor, Lead Attorney, Federal Government Contracting & Procurement, McDonald Hopkins

 

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

Business Enterprise Program – IL Central Management Services (BEP)
CGI
Chicago Transit Authority
City of Chicago, Department of Procurement Services
Construction Business Development Center (CBDC) -Prairie State College
Defense Logistic Agency (DLA)
Defense Media Activity (DMA)
Department of Defense – Small Business Innovation Research Program
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Illinois PTAC
L3 Aerospace Systems
Lockheed Martin – Aeronautics
Lockheed Martin / Sikorsky
Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid Atlantic
Northrop Grumman Corporation
TargetGOV
U.S. Army
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago, and Detroit Districts
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
US EPA, Region 5
Womens Business Development Center (WBDC)

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