The Annual Conference features energizing wellness sessions; a Homecoming Welcome Reception; keynote addresses from Christina DeLay, Head of Small Business and CSR for Santander; Alberto Perlman, CEO and co-founder, Zumba Fitness, LLC; Ingrid Hoffmann, Author and Host of Top Chef Estrellas; alumni keynote speeches from TJ Douglas, the founder and CEO of Drink Progressively Group, and the founder of The Urban Grape; Brittany Raji Alberty, Founder, The Marketing Midwife (Winner, Alumni Speaker Contest); and Amber Lawson, Principal, Aspire Construction & Design (Winner, Alumni Speaker Contest); a Business Growth Marketplace; informative breakout sessions; the Inner City 100 Awards Ceremony; and more! Explore the full agenda below.
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In recognition of their dedication to strengthening our alumni community and driving ICIC’s mission, vision, and values, leaders from the ICIC community, including ICAN Steering Committee Members, will be honored by the Board of Directors at an exclusive Leadership Luncheon. At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with ICIC’s top leadership and other distinguished individuals from across the country who have demonstrated a similar level of commitment and impact.
Experience the ultimate relaxation as Healing Hands’ skilled massage therapists provide chair massages designed to relieve tension, reduce stress, and enhance your physical and mental health. Seated comfortably in specially designed massage chairs, you’ll enjoy an 8-minute session that targets key areas of muscle tension, promoting circulation and relaxation.
Get ready to move, groove, and break a sweat at Zumba, a dynamic and fun-filled dance fitness program that combines Latin and international music with easy-to-follow dance moves. Zumba instructor, Claudia Scala from Healing Hands, will lead you through 15-minute increments of a high-energy and fun workout that will leave you smiling and feeling more energized than ever. Whether you’re a Zumba pro or a beginner, you’re guaranteed to have a fantastic time.
This session is perfect for individuals of all fitness levels and is an excellent opportunity to prioritize self-care and wellness. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, a physical workout, or a combination of both, this session has you covered.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alums are invited to connect with your peers from all over the country. Dorie Smith, Deputy Director of 10,000 Small Businesses, will facilitate a distinguished panel of 10KSB alumni as they reveal invaluable insights on scaling businesses through supplier diversity initiatives and how they have navigated the challenges of meeting client demands while mitigating risks through diversified procurement strategies.
Join us as we kick off the conference, reuniting with peers and partners from across North America at Cerveceria La Tropical. William Porro, Assistant Director for the Office of Innovation & Economic Development for Mayor Daniella Levine Cave, will share welcome remarks. Live music from MannySwagg and salsa from the Karibe Dance Group will provide entertainment while you network and enjoy delicious treats and drinks.
Registration can be found in the lobby. Breakfast will be served in the Promenade Lower.
Following Christina’s keynote address, she will be joined for a fireside chat by graduates of Santander’s Cultivate Small Business program, Haydee Gomez, Founder-CEO of BOSCO Frozen Desserts, and Darlene Jones, Chef and Owner of Star Fusion Brand.
In exploring the challenges faced by global business leaders, talent acquisition emerges as a key limiting factor for strategy execution in high-growth businesses. This interactive session features discussions with Kovi’s COO, delving into the company’s mission in revolutionizing urban mobility and making car ownership accessible, focusing on themes like talent pipeline development for future work and the evolving impact of technology on work and organizational structures from the industrial era to today’s partnership ecosystems.
This session equips attendees with the skills to evaluate engagement, wellness, and performance capacity within their teams using three essential tools. Participants will learn to assess these dimensions as leaders, gather input from team members, and use rubrics to interpret data for enhancing team dynamics and performance.
Santander welcomes voices spanning entrepreneurship, procurement and advocacy for a discussion detailing best practices, resources and tools available to ensure your business is maximizing the opportunities afforded through a strong Supplier Diversity initiative.
Watch as three Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program participants pitch their way to glory in front of a diverse panel of capital providers, “Shark Tank” style. These expert practitioners will offer prompt feedback on how to make strategic moves to secure future capital.
Two separate panels address the critical nature that cybersecurity and electronic payments play in small business operations in today’s economy. Conversations will span the realities all small business owners should consider – and how each of these elements are related.
TJ Douglas, Founder and CEO, Drink Progressively Group
Brittany Raji Alberty, Founder, The Marketing Midwife (Winner, Alumni Speaker Contest)
Amber Lawson, Principal, Aspire Construction & Design (Winner, Alumni Speaker Contest)
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision on college admissions and corporate diversity policies has broad implications, including for small businesses, as substantial investments in infrastructure and diverse suppliers are being made to stimulate economic growth. To thrive in this evolving landscape, business owners must be flexible, resilient, and open-minded, and this panel discussion offers insights and strategies to prepare for the changes ahead.
Explore the impact of economic trends on small businesses, with a focus on small businesses’ access to capital. Join us for an insightful session that includes an overview of current economic conditions and a dynamic discussion featuring perspectives from both seasoned business owners and experts in small business technical assistance, advocacy, and banking.
Come and toast the graduates of the Fall 2023 cohort of Cultivate Small Business as Santander celebrates the culmination of the program with remarks from the Babson instructors, Santander leaders, and the live announcement of $300,000 in capital grant awards to the participating class.
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