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NMSDC Conference: Fostering Diversity, Celebrating Success, and Advocating for Change

By ICIC | November 1, 2023

In a vibrant week at the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) conference in Baltimore, ICIC fostered connections, celebrated achievements, and advocated for transformative change in supplier diversity. The conference provided a platform for ICIC to engage with alumni, community partners, sponsors, and industry leaders from across the country.

Left: Steve Grossman, CEO of ICIC, with NMSDC leadership; Right: Steve Grossman withJosetta Jones and Dave Feldman

Advancing Racial Equity
ICIC’s research team had the opportunity to contribute to the conference by presenting on “Advancing Racial Equity in America’s New Industrial Transformation.” The presentation by Howard Wial, ICIC’s Director of Research, focused on bridging representation gaps for Black and Hispanic manufacturers within major supply chains supported by recent federal industrial policy legislation. ICIC’s commitment to addressing systemic disparities and advocating for equity shone through in this insightful discussion.

Pam Nelson, CEO of Bracane Company, Inc., NMSDC Supplier of the Year

Celebrating Success
A moment of pride for ICIC was celebrating the achievements of this year’s NMSDC awardees. Notably, Pam Nelson, CEO of Bracane Company, Inc., stood out as the Supplier of the Year—a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to her dedication and accomplishments. Pam Nelson, an ICIC alum, embodies the spirit of success that ICIC strives to cultivate among its participants.

Collaborative Efforts and Inclusive Economy
The conference highlighted ICIC’s collaborative efforts in developing Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and building an inclusive economy. By focusing on supplier diversity, ICIC aims not only to foster economic growth but also to empower underrepresented communities to thrive. The commitment to #closetheequitygap was palpable throughout ICIC’s engagements at the conference.

A Shoutout to Supporters
In a heartfelt acknowledgment, ICIC wants to express gratitude to all those who tirelessly supported and championed our initiatives in supplier diversity. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are not merely buzzwords but integral values that drive our mission forward.

Top Left: ICIC staff at the Kaiser Permanente Reception Bottom; Left: Dinner with ICIC partners Laura Flamm, Kaiser Permanente, Myra Blanchard (not pictured), City of Baltimore, Alma Roberts, Arctaris, Donna Ennis, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute, Trinette Chandler (not pictured), ICIC alum, and Steve Lamar (not pictured), Building for Growth Director; Right: ICIC staff at the API Reception

ICIC’s impactful presence at the NMSDC conference underscores our commitment to driving positive change in the business landscape. From empowering entrepreneurs through diverse programs to advocating for racial equity in supply chains, ICIC showcased our dedication to building a more inclusive and prosperous future. As the organization continues to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion, our role in fostering economic growth and empowerment remains pivotal. The NMSDC Conference served as a dynamic platform for ICIC to celebrate successes, forge connections, and inspire transformative initiatives in the realm of supplier diversity.


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