The Best of Small Business Awards

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Best of Small Business Awards

The Best of Small Business Awards ™ is America’s most prestigious honor that recognizes and celebrates the BEST Small to Mid-Sized Business Visionaries. With over twenty-five notable “Best of Small Business” categories to choose from, The Best of Small Business Awards ™ is the largest Annual Business Recognition Program in the US.

The Best of Small Business Awards ™ is presented by Small Business Expo (celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary with nearly 100 Successful Business Shows Produced), the Nation’s BIGGEST and most attended Business-to-Business Networking Event, Trade Show & Conference, hosted in 15 major US cities.  Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs attend our nation-wide events to attend cutting-edge business-critical workshops, shop for vendors that can help their business grow & network with thousands of attendees.
See below for the benefits of winning an award and to find out more information about the small business expos.
Benefits of Winning an Award Category:

  • National Recognition as one of the TOP Small Businesses in the US.
  • This Award is a great differentiator for your Product or Service
  • Instant credibility for new and existing clients
  • Give your sales a boost and show your new & old customers your company’s achievements
  • Great positive exposure for your business
  • Leverage your award recognition to gain more media exposure for your company

For more information and/or to make a nomination, visit: thesmallbusinessexpo.com/small-business-award

WITI 2019 has been announced!

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With a global network of smart, talented women and a market reach exceeding 2 million, WITI has powerful programs and partnerships that provide connections, resources, opportunities and a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other.

Along with its professional association of Networks throughout the U.S. and worldwide, including Hong Kong, Great Britain, Australia, and Mexico, WITI delivers value for individuals that work for a company, the government or academia, as well as small business owners.

WITI products and services include: Networking, WITI Marketplace, Career Services/Search, National Conferences and Regional Events, Publications and Resources, Small Business Programs, Research, Bulletin Boards and more.

WITI’s Mission

WITI’s mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.

WITI’s Goals

  • Provide a platform of connections, resources and opportunities
  • Transform corporate and media perceptions of women
  • Create a pipeline of women to fill leadership positions in corporate America
  • Demonstrate that advancing women directly contributes to the prosperity of all
  • Influence top leaders in government, academia and industry to recognize the purchasing power of women
  • Encourage girls and young women to choose business and technology careers

WITI Summit Series 2019

The Summit Series events are 1.5-day events collocated with major existing host conferences.  They provide an unmatched opportunity for tech savvy women to meet with peers, develop new relationships and see world class keynotes and hundreds of exhibitors in key technology sectors.  For 2019, there will be 3 events:  January 30-31 in Fort Lauderdale collocated with ITEXPO – www.itexpo.com, and the others to be announced soon (Boston in April and October in Los Angeles).

Each Summit Series event will convene 150-300 women technology leaders, and be part of the host events featuring 3,000+ attendees, hundreds of exhibitors, world class networking and exciting venues.  Please let me know if you would like to be involved in one or all events.  That deal will be different re the terms of a swap. I can send you a proposal right away – See For Yourself!

For more information about WITI please visit: witi.com/2019summit

City Career Fair Announces 2019 Dates!

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Diversity Employment Day Career Fairs provide recruiters access to the United States’ largest pool of diverse, multi-cultural, and qualified professionals. It is the only career fair that targets and delivers candidates from ALL classes covered under the TitleVII Civil Rights Act of 1964*. This includes Women, People of Color, Seniors, LGBTQ and People with Disabilities. Our award-winning staff has over 15 years experience in diversity recruitment. The Diversity Career Fairs are held Annually in most major cities where the Mayor and/or Governor proclaim “Diversity Employment Day”. We have over 1,000 satisfied corporate, government and non-profit clients. The Federal Government selected us as a preferred vendor to host its largest Diversity Career Fair ever!

Our Mission/Vision Statement:

To be the world’s best career fair producer offering the highest value, most efficient means for recruiting quality candidates while offering the most passionate customer satisfaction guaranteed.

To read more about these dates in detail, please visit: citycareerfair.com

Talent Dimensions Expands Strategic Retention Solutions with Acquisition of D&I Firm PRISM International, Inc.

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Talent Dimensions is pleased to announce the acquisition of the diversity and inclusion firm PRISM International, Inc. Headquartered in Sanford, FL, PRISM is a global provider of systemic diversity and inclusion (D&I) performance solutions focusing on optimizing the opportunities and complexities of the workforce, workplace and marketplace.

“We know the retention of talent is complex and requires a dynamic set of strategies to engage individual contributors who are critical to the success of any organization,” said Cile Johnson, Chief Business Officer for Talent Dimensions. “By expanding our portfolio of offerings to include diversity and inclusion, Talent Dimensions is poised to help organizations propel to new levels of performance through all their people.”

PRISM, founded by D&I thought leader Linda Stokes, offers training and consulting in the areas of Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion; Addressing Unconscious Bias; Managing Talent; Increasing Cultural Competencies; Preventing Harassing and Discriminatory Behaviors; and Creating More Effective Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Diversity Councils. PRISM is also the parent organization of the Association of ERGs & Councils and the innovator of the annual ERG & Council Conference and Honors Award.

In support of the transition, co-author of Leading in Black and White and Dear White Boss Ancella Livers has joined the team as President of PRISM. Previously, Livers managed the African American and Women’s Leadership Programs at the Center for Creative Leadership® Also during her tenure at CCL, she led their largest global business unit and later consulted and developed tailored solutions for their Fortune 500 client base. In addition, Livers led the Institute for Leadership Development and Research at the Executive Leadership Council.

“We see this partnership as an opportunity to align Talent Dimension’s engagement, retention and career development efforts with PRISM’s work for the powerful outcome of strategic retention and ultimate workforce, workplace and marketplace satisfaction,” shared Lynn Cowart, Chief Operating Officer for Talent Dimensions. “There is already great synergy between our organizations and we look forward to bringing expanded offerings to all our clients.”

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About Talent Dimensions Talent Dimensions is a global provider of innovative, practical and application-rich solutions in the areas of employee engagement, career development, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and the identification and development of key roles inside organizations for the strategic retention of its most critical talent. www.talent-dimensions.com and www.prismdiversity.com

National Minority Supplier Development Council Honors Leaders in Supply Chain Diversity on May 24th

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On Thursday, May 24th, the 2018 National Minority Supplier Development Council Leadership Awards will recognize the dynamic corporate executives, minority business owners and NMSDC affiliate council presidents for outstanding leadership that has a positive impact on their companies and resonates throughout the NMSDC network. Chuck Nice, television host and comedian, will be Master of Ceremonies. The black-tie gala event at the New York Hilton will begin at 6:30 PM, and will include dinner and a ceremony to present the honorees, with the festivities wrapping up at 10 PM.The NMSDC advances business opportunities for certified MBEs and connects them to corporate members. To meet the growing need for supplier diversity, NMSDC matches its more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to our network of more than 1,750 corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. NMSDC, a unique and specialized player in the field of minority business enterprise, is proud of its unwavering commitment to advance Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in a globalized corporate supply chain.

Said President Louis Green of NMSDC, “NMSDC and its 23 affiliate councils around the nation look to vigorous, visionary leaders within our membership and our network. The Leadership Awards identify and recognize those who have set the bar high for our collaborative efforts on behalf of MBEs and corporate partners. We are most grateful to our honorees, who by their example show the way forward, as we advocate for robust minority business enterprises and for greater diversity and richer inclusiveness in corporations — not only in their supply chains, but in their board rooms and executive offices as well.”

This year, the Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year Award winner is Mr. Alex Alvarez, Jr., of Apple Inc., where he is Global Supply Manager, Apple Global Supplier Diversity in Corporate Procurement. The award honors a national corporate member with at least 2 years of experience in a corporate supplier diversity role. The seasoned recipient demonstrates exceptional action, engagement and leadership in supplier diversity and in support of NMSDC’s mission. Mr. Alvarez is a recognized thought leader and expert in Supply Chain in areas such as procurement and supplier diversity. He co-led Apple to Best in Class, Billion Dollar Roundtable, and several top awards, including NMSDC Corporation of the Year for Innovation.

The MBE of the Year Award is presented to Leon C. Richardson, Founder, President & CEO of The Chemico Group, one of the largest minority-owned chemical management and distribution companies in the United States. The award goes to the owner of a NMSDC-certified MBE who has been actively engaged within the NMSDC network for a minimum of 2 years. The recipient is a change agent, who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in guiding their company to success and has shared their knowledge and wisdom with peers as a mentor.

The CPO of the Year Award is presented to Mr. Arnold Sowa, Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer, MetLife, Inc. The award goes to an outstanding leader whose vision, passion and integrity have proven impactful within the CPO’s corporation as well as the larger supplier diversity community. Mr. Sowa is responsible for overseeing MetLife’s global procurement, travel, third-party risk management, and supply chain social responsibility programs.

In addition to the above awards, the Vanguard Award is presented to an NMSDC affiliate council president who has exhibited leadership in driving the value proposition for minority supplier development among corporate and MBE constituents throughout the NMSDC network. This year’s recipient is Michelle Sourie Robinson, President and CEO of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC), one of NMSDC’s most influential affiliate councils.

The Corporate Co-Chair for the evening is Toyota, and MBE Co-Chair is Rose International.

About NMSDC

The NMSDC advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. One of the country’s leading corporate membership organizations, NMSDC was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes. The NMSDC Network includes a National Office in New York and 23 affiliate regional councils across the country. The network also includes five international partner organizations located in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China and South Africa.

To meet the growing need for supplier diversity, NMSDC matches its more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to our network of more than 1,750 corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. NMSDC, a unique and specialized player in the field of minority business enterprise, is proud of its unwavering commitment to advance Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in a globalized corporate supply chain. For more information, visit www.NMSDC.org.

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Cyber Security Summit

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The Cyber Security Summit connects C-Suite & Senior Executives responsible for protecting their companies’ critical infrastructures with innovative solution providers and renowned information security experts.

To register for this event please visit: cybersummitusa.com/summits

Don’t forget to use promo code: DCI18VIP

NOGLSTP Recognizes Paul, Tanner, and Taubenheim as LGBTQ+ Educator, Scientist, and Engineer of the Year for 2018

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Today, the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) is proud to announce the winners of its 2018 recognition awards for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The NOGLSTP Recognition Awards will be presented during the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Austin, TX on Feb. 18. NOGLSTP is an affiliate of AAAS and will organize events, including the awards ceremony, to advocate for LGBTQ in STEM at the AAAS Annual Meeting.

Dr. Biswajit “Bish” Paul is NOGLSTP’s 2018 LGBTQ+ Educator of the Year. While completing doctoral research in molecular biology at the University of Washington. Paul invested time and effort to create new opportunities and improve the climate for his fellow undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers. He worked with University of Washington organizations, state government officials and national scientific societies to increase the visibility of under-represented communities. Notably, he spearheaded and secured $300,000 of funding per year from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to fund under-represented minority scientists conducting cancer research. Paul approached this, and all of his work, by combining his scientific talents with his personal identity as a gay, immigrant, scientist of color with a commitment to support his multiple communities. Paul has employed non-traditional avenues of public education throughout his career, including creating documentary films for national festivals and building exhibits on Gene Therapy for the Pacific Science Center. Most recently Paul was a Science Fellow at the California State Legislature sponsored by the California Council on Science & Technology (CCST). As a CCST Fellow, he served as a Policy Analyst in the Assembly’s Elections Committee and helped in the creation of evidence-based policies. “I am an immigrant, from a family that was not allowed to vote. I am a person of color, from a community where

engagement is very low. I can write and study from the lens of communities that are usually left behind in these policies,” Paul said.

Paul plans to continue working on issues of scientific policy and advocacy. His experiences have taught him that scientists can have significant impact on government policy and, therefore, on people’s lives in California and around the world. “The point of educating is to teach people who don’t understand the topic and who might disagree with you,” Paul said.

Dr. Danelle Tanner is NOGLSTP’s 2018 LGBTQ+ Scientist of the Year. Tanner’s research career began at Texas A&M where she was a graduate student at the Cyclotron Institute studying nuclear physics. She then took a position at Sandia National Laboratories to conduct radiation effects testing during underground nuclear weapons tests. She then changed fields, and her next position at Sandia led to career-long, and ongoing, research in reliability physics. “I always want to know why so I have kept my reliability focus on the fundamental, science-based, physics of failure approach,” Tanner said. Tanners work spans multiple fields: microelectronics, Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), capacitors, and nuclear weapon components. Tanner’s work has led to recognition by national scientific organizations, requests to be a featured speaker and editorial advisor, and to her appointment as a

Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia. When Tanner started college in the 1970s, the two paths she saw presented to women were nursing and teaching. She initially expected to teach math, but her first physics course exposed a pure love of science, a love of understanding the world at a fundamental

level. She now takes advantage of her decades of technical experience at Sandia to train and mentor fellow staff members. Both formally and informally, she educates staff to improve their technical and teaming skills in order to solve complex problems. Tanner is a founding member of Sandia’s LGBT employee networking

group, a role she uses to advocate on behalf of LGBT lab employees for pay and benefits equity. Tanner met her wife through this networking group.

David Taubenheim is NOGLSTP’s 2018 LGBTQ+ Engineer of the Year. Taubenheim’s work in signal processing and radio

communications has led to 15 patented inventions and his current position as the Manager of the National Intelligence Community Program Are at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL). In this role, Taubenheim is responsible for providing technical, financial, and strategic leadership for APL in support of the U.S. Intelligence Community they support. Taubenheim’s work has involved both software and electronic hardware developments, such as application-specific integrated circuits, to advance communications capabilities. Taubenheim is a married, gay man and encourages other people to be out at work. He wants STEM

students and professionals to know that LGBTQ people can advance and succeed in STEM careers. He has found engineers and

technology professionals to be welcoming, more focused on the problems to be solved than anything else. However, Taubenheim’s experience is that technical expertise is only one component to a strong team. “My work involves lots of teams. I’ve seen, first hand, that diversity is not just a tag line. It makes for higher energy, better teams, with better results,” Taubenheim said.

“The Recognition Awards were established in 2005 as a means to document and honor the contributions of outstanding LGBTQ science, engineering and technology professionals and to also honor corporations, academic institutions and businesses that support LGBTQ professionals so that advancements can be made in those fields”, stated Rochelle Diamond, chair of the NOGLSTP Board of Directors. Additional information on past awards are available at http://www.noglstp.org/programs-projects/recognition-awards/.

For more information about the awards, contact the recognition awards chair, TJ Ronningen, at tj.ronningen at NOGLSTP dot org. For more information about NOGLSTP, contact Rochelle Diamond, NOGLSTP chair, at chair at NOGLSTP dot org.

Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement Seeks to End Job Biases During 2018 Leadership Tour

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Chicago-based nonprofit sparks conversations on workplace issues and career advancement with Fortune 500 executives

The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), a national nonprofit that helps Latinos excel in their careers, announced a year-long leadership tour ‒ Dismantling Biases, Building Inclusive Leadership ‒ that seeks to create a candid dialogue among professionals and employers about pressing diversity issues and opportunities in the workplace.

The decision to address career progression for Latinos came after a survey of 900-plus HACE members revealed that while 30 percent work at an associate level, only 3 percent are at the executive level. In addition, when asked to rank their top barriers to advancement at their current employer, the three reasons that were most often ranked as their No. 1 hurdle are lack of opportunities, not feeling valued and lack of a clear structure for advancement, with 13 percent listing little chance to gain new skills or explore another job function.

“We intend to address the issue of career progression head-on by hosting a series of panel discussions with top executives to determine the future of what can be achieved,” said Patricia Mota, HACE president and CEO. She noted that the survey found that members consider diverse management, a more inclusive organizational culture and increased responsibilities as the top reasons for staying at a company.

“Unless companies change their approach to diversity from top-to-bottom, they will never be able to retain top talent and Latinos will never rise to leadership positions,” Mota said. “Our focus is on what companies can do now and the steps to get there.”

The Leadership Tour will begin at Motorola Solutions in Chicago on Tuesday, Jan. 30, with a panel featuring speakers from Barilla, Edelman, H&R Block and Motorola Solutions who will share keys to career progression and challenges Latino professionals face.

“We understand that diverse, dynamic teams are among the keys to a successful business,” said Matt Blakely, Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Culture at Motorola Solutions. “We’re thrilled to host HACE and be a part of this important discussion.”

The second stop on the tour will be hosted by the Major League Baseball corporate office in New York City on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Additional events will be held across the country in San Francisco, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Washington D.C. and McLean, Va. Each event will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. (local times) with time for networking among attendees and recruiters prior to panel sessions with executives from corporate sponsors that include ADP, NBA, NFL, Hyatt, Freddie Mac, Merck, AT&T, Oath, Marathon Oil, Capgemini and Northern Trust.

HACE is creating an open and inclusive forum for direct dialogue among employers and aspiring professionals, without shying away from difficult topics. These conversations are necessary to bring about real change and open opportunities critically important for career progression.

“At H&R Block, we believe in doing the right thing and we’re committed to serving the community by working with partners like HACE to improve our talent pool,” said Calvin Ricks, Market Vice President for H&R Block’s Central Market.

To learn more about HACE and become a member or corporate sponsor, visit www.HACEonline.org. Tickets to the kick-off event on Jan. 30 at Motorola Solutions can be purchased online. Tickets for the New York City event are also available online, with additional stops posting in the coming months.

About HACE

The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement is a national nonprofit dedicated to the employment, development and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals. Since 1982, HACE has served as a resource for Latinos in the workplace and a source of expertise and insight for corporations seeking to access them. Through professional development, resources and networks, and by facilitating access to meaningful career opportunities, HACE helps Latinos succeed in every phase of their careers. With a network of over 52,000 members across the country, HACE works with employers to remain competitive in an increasingly dynamic economy by helping them attract, develop and retain Latino and diverse professionals.

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Putting Energy in STEM

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NACAC launched its STEM College and Career fairs in 2016 to give students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math an opportunity to explore and gather career and college information. We sat down with Anika Kwinana, NACAC’s assistant director of National College Fairs, programs and services, to talk about what’s special about STEM fairs.

NACAC runs 64 national college fairs and 26 performing and visual arts fairs per year. Why add more to this already robust program?

NACAC members were our catalyst. It’s a great story of how members came together with NACAC staff at a national conference and started to conceptualize what would later become STEM College and Career Fairs.

And it makes sense. We know that the fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are demanding the next generation of professionals, often for jobs that are yet to be created. The technologically-driven age we are in is not going away. We are primed to provide a platform for our attendees to learn more about these degrees and careers, and our exhibitors and sponsors are ready to engage them. If not us, then who?

How did NACAC staff and volunteers get this program off the ground?

With the approval of our Board of Directors, NACAC staff and volunteers worked together through the Ad Hoc Committee on STEM Programming. Comprised of some of the initial members who created the concept with NACAC staff and other recommended members, the group met to bring structure and a look and feel to what would become the STEM College and Career Fairs pilot project.

We worked to designate local liaisons who would help select appropriate venues and to market the fairs to potential attendees and exhibitors, as well as help us find ways to attract industry sponsors and exhibitors.

The idea was always that colleges, industry exhibitors, and sponsors exhibit together.

Can you share a success story from the first year of fairs?

We know we have a great program. We have been excited to see a wide range of STEM-related faculty participate in the fairs, as well as some postsecondary institutions new to college fairs.

Creating inroads with STEM industry exhibitors has been challenging, but we have worked hard to make our programs known and to share the benefits of participation. We were very excited to have Bristol-Myers Squibb and TechPrep by Facebook participate as sponsors this year. Both were completely engaged onsite, participating on panels or hosting workshops. Bristol-Myers Squibb spoke on diversity in STEM at workshops at all three fairs last fall. TechPrep by Facebook is a free coding program, so for their workshops, a Facebook employee taught our attendees how to code using devices that Facebook provided.

These kinds of industry engagements are exactly what make STEM College and Career Fairs unique and relevant. They only add to the range of fairs NACAC offers.

Why do the stem college and career fairs include the “career” element when other fairs don’t?

The National College Fairs are broad by design—a perfect introduction to many attendees about the admission process. It is always rewarding at these fairs when students come in looking nervous or timid, but are confident and equipped by the time they leave.

The Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs have a similar goal, but are specifically for attendees who have been studying their art form for years.

STEM College and Career Fairs add another dimension, because they are perfect for students interested or curious about degrees and careers in STEM. The career element then alerts them to the growing range of career pathways available.

Attendees are looking to learn about potential internships, scholarships, summer programs, and other relevant STEM activities—all are available at STEM College and Career Fairs.

What type of exhibitors (colleges and industry) do you hope to attract and why?

We are looking to attract like-minded exhibitors, ones who see STEM as an opportunity for students from all backgrounds, and how preparing the STEM pipeline is a matter of urgency given the shortage of professionals in these fields. All exhibitors are welcome. We know the students want information—more than they came in with about their degree and career options. They want to be mentored. STEM College and Career Fairs provide mentoring moments for all exhibitors.

What type of students do you hope to attract and why?

As always, our fairs are free and open to the public. While STEM fields required a certain academic caliber, we want to also attract students new to or curious about STEM. The fairs include two-year and four-year educational options that lead to quality careers. They are ideal for all types of students.

WHAT’S THE BREAKDOWN SO FAR? WHO’S COMING TO THESE FAIRS, WHERE ARE THEY COMING FROM, AND IN WHAT NUMBERS?

In 2016, we expected about 500 students per site and about 100 exhibitors. We immediately found that our registration numbers surpassed those expectations. We had 900/103 in Houston; 1,200/102 in New York City; and 1300/120 in South San Francisco. Some attendees traveled up to eight hours to get to the events.

We knew immediately that we needed to think bigger and broader. For 2017, we contracted bigger spaces and had over 4,000 attendees in all four sites. We were able to double our exhibitors in New York and increase our exhibitors to 153 in Houston and 157 in Silicon Valley.

So far, the stem program is three fairs per season. Why did you pick these particular fair sites? How do you hope to reach students beyond the fair locations?

Three per season is not our limit, but where we started. Our ad hoc committee helped us determine these sites based on their STEM related strengths. However, as we expand, we may very well hit cities that some people don’t realize have strong STEM industries. For instance, Atlanta will be added to our 2018 fall season.

Your first-ever spring season is coming up. What’s new and exciting?

Our spring fairs will take place in St. Louis, Baltimore, and Denver. The cities themselves and the attendees there make the events exciting and unique. We are hoping that our great push to get more industry sponsors will bring stimulating hands-on activities.

Our ad hoc committee officially disbanded at the 2017 National Conference, the NACAC Board of Directors has recently approved a new Ad Hoc Committee for STEM Partnerships. We know concentrating on key industry players will help to improve our fairs and our visibility, as well as visibility for companies and organizations who, like us, are passionate about exposing students to STEM degrees and careers.

NEW FAIRS COMING THIS SPRING

St. Louis | March 4
Saint Louis University – Busch Student Center

Baltimore | March 22
Coppin State University – Physical Education Complex

Denver | June 3
University of Denver – Gates Field House

From NACAC’s Journal of College Admission Number 238 / Winter 2018

Small Business Expo Announces the 2018 Business Tour!

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Small Business Expo Releases its 2018 Nationwide Small Business Tour Nearly 100,000 Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Expected To Register

Small Business Expo, the most anticipated business-to-business trade show, conference and networking event has released its 2018 multi-city small business tour schedule.

Small Business Expo will kick off its nationwide tour by celebrating their 10th-Year Anniversary of providing business resources to local owners and professionals. For the last decade, Small Business Expo has provided invaluable resources for

small-to-large business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs to move their business forward. In 2017, the #1 Must Attend trade show welcomed nearly 75,000 small business owners through its door.

For 2018, the one-day event will host their trade

show in 15 cities. Small Business Expo has included two new areas on the show floor including: THINK TANK® and Office Space Pavilion designed for registrants to utilize and brainstorm their Next Million Dollar Idea.

“I am excited to share our 2018 show line-up, especially our new impactful show areas to help our small business registrants on their journey to becoming a huge success”.

-Zachary Lezberg, CEO & Founder

For the second year in a row, Small Business Expo is collaborating with the multi-Emmy® Award- winning reality show Shark Tank® during Dallas Small Business Expo. Casting directors will host a casting-call for startups and entrepreneurs to pitch their unique business idea in order to be considered as a participant for the ABC® televised show.

Furthermore, SBE is proud to announce the return of Powerteam International as a Titanium Sponsor; Google as a Platinum Sponsor for Dallas and Miami; HSBC as a Platinum Sponsor for Miami, Washington D.C., New York City and San Francisco; Bank of America as a Silver

Sponsor for Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Chicago and Houston plus many more are expected to join over the course of the year.

Business professionals across the nation are encouraged to experience Small Business Expo in one or more cities to gain knowledge from business-minded professionals while enhancing their clientele. See below 2018 schedule.

DALLAS January 24 Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
MIAMI February 14 James L. Knight Center
PHILADELPHIA April 12 Pennsylvania Convention Center
WASHINGTON D.C. April 20 Walter E. Washington Convention Center
NEW YORK CITY May 3 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
BOSTON May 17 Hynes Convention Center
CHICAGO May 24 UIC Forum
DENVER June 7 Colorado Convention Center
SAN FRANCISCO August 9 San Mateo County Event Center
LOS ANGELES October 18 California Market Center
SAN DIEGO October 25 San Diego Convention Center
PHOENIX October 31 Phoenix Convention Center
ATLANTA November 15 Cobb Galleria Centre
AUSTIN December 6 Palmer Events Center
HOUSTON December 13 Hyatt Regency Houston

Click here for more information

About Small Business Expo

Small Business Expo® is the nation’s largest small business networking and learning event in the country. From 2015-2017 it was ranked as an Inc. 5000 company as the fastest-growing privately held business. Every year, over 100,000 small business professionals and entrepreneurs across the country attend Small Business Expo to take their business to the next level. The show’s owner, Film, Stage & ShowBiz Expo LLC. was founded in 2008 by Zachary Lezberg. For more information, visit thesmallbusinessexpo.com.

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Women of Silicon Valley

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Kesha Williams, Software Engineer for Chick-fil-A, shares her thoughts on the importance of mentoring, coding to young people and a sneak peek into her tech talk topic: What Humans Can Learn From Machines, ahead of her exciting talk at Women of Silicon Valley 2018 on March 21 & 22.

  1. How did you get into software engineering?

When I was a freshman in high school, my father purchased a computer to do the family finances.  Luckily for me, he placed the computer in my playroom.

My free time was spent with a Barbie doll in one hand and a computer manual in the other.

Later on, in my junior year of high school, I attended a summer science enrichment training program that taught me more about computers. My exposure to computers early on in life fostered a lifelong curiosity with technology.

When I enrolled in college, I majored in computer science and mathematics. I started my career with the National Security Agency (NSA) and 23 years later, I am still excited and intrigued by the continuous advances in technology.

  1. What do you enjoy the most about your day-to-day work?

I’m most excited about the opportunities to learn new and exciting technologies. Technology is ever-changing and it advances on an almost daily basis. I’m excited to be at the forefront of where emerging technologies like machine learning and computer vision/facial recognition will take society.

This may sound cliché, but these technologies (especially when combined) have the ability to change the way we live and can even bring ideas from the wildest science fiction movie to life!

  1. How did you get started on mentoring and why do you think it’s important to do it?

Mentoring is important for me because it is a way to give back to the tech community.  I’ve learned a lot during my 23-year journey in tech and the lessons I’ve learned can help others who are on the same path. I mentor girls and young women for two main reasons:

  • I am passionate about increasing the diversity in technology because there is a lack of representation of women and people of color at all levels in most organizations.
  • I enjoy seeing people reach their fullest potential in life and achieve things they never thought possible.

I seek to impact girls and young women at all stages of their journey:

  • Technovation allows me to reach girls between the ages of 10-18.
  • The New York Academy of Sciences allows me to impact young women in college.
  • WEST (Women Entering & Staying in Tech) gives me the opportunity to help women in the early stages of their career.
  1. What advice would you give to technical women who are struggling to achieve their goals in the industry?

My advice to women who are struggling to achieve their goals is first and foremost to always believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, it will be hard for someone else to believe in you.  Also, you can’t allow someone else’s perception of what you are or are not capable of stop you from going after your dreams. I’ve also found in an industry that lacks diversity, it is important to find a community that has other individuals that are like me. I’m very active with Women Who Code Atlanta, and this network has provided me a lot of support.

  1. Could you tell us a bit more about your Hour of Code sessions and the importance of teaching coding to young people?

Computer programming is a fun and lucrative career choice and more people should be made aware of the opportunities available.

I partnered with my local library to offer free Hour of Code sessions to elementary school students on one Saturday out of the month. I wanted to work with kids because the earlier they are exposed to computer programming, the more likely they are to choose it as a career field. This is evident through my own personal journey.

I also have my 10-year-old daughter serve as my teaching assistant. She studies the course materials ahead of time so that she can assist students that need help during the session. This exposes my daughter to technology, volunteerism, and leadership. This whole experience has been a win-win for all parties involved.

  1. What exciting things are you working on right now?

A really cool project that I recently worked on was one involving facial recognition. I led an innovation team of six developers to investigate how computer vision and facial recognition could improve restaurant operations and customer experiences.

My team developed a prototype that recognizes people as they enter a room and then provides a custom welcome message on a monitor that greets the person by name. This project was really cool because it is a first step toward using facial recognition and computer vision on a broader scale.

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about your tech talk and machines taking on human biases?

I invented a predictive policing machine learning algorithm called, S. A. M. (Suspicious Activity Monitor).  SAM looks at a particular situation (using computer vision) and predicts the likelihood of crime (using machine learning). SAM looks at several attributes about the person and even their current location in order to make a crime prediction.

When creating SAM, I intentionally excluded race as an attribute he considers because I didn’t want him accused of racial profiling.  The decision to exclude race was an “a-ha” moment for me because it showed me that machine learning can actually remove human bias from certain situations; the power of this technology is absolutely mind blowing.

After learning this, I wanted to share what I had learned with the world.  I routinely travel the world speaking and teaching at technical conferences about SAM and the power of machine learning. We must make sure the power of machine learning is used to improve society instead of reinforcing current issues like bias and profiling.

Kesha Williams is a software engineer with over 20 years’ experience specializing in web application development. In addition to being a software engineer with Chick-fil-A, she trains and mentors thousands of software developers in the US, Europe, and Asia while teaching at the University of California. She’s authored courses on Java, Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Augmented Reality (AR). She most recently won the Think Different Innovation Award from Chick-fil-A for her work on investigating how emerging technologies can enhance restaurant operations and customer experiences. In her spare time, she leads the Georgia chapter of Technovation, serves as a mentor with the New York Academy of Sciences, and conducts free Hour of Code sessions for children at her local library.


From the creators of the largest global Women in Technology event series, Women of Silicon Valley is returning for two days of empowering keynotes, panel discussions, technical workshops and diversity-focused sessions on March 21 and 22, 2018 in San Francisco.

Learn from inspirational leaders and industry experts, get deep insight into tech trends and business strategies, boost your technical skills and learn how to flourish in the sector… let’s smash that glass ceiling!

The two-day conference will provide deep insight into the tech industry, as well as gender diversity and inclusion, through rich content delivered by experts. Sessions will include:

Inspiring Keynotes

  • Redefining Success: The Third Metric That Can Benefit Your Bottom Line (Arianna Huffington, Founder, The Huffington Post, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global)
  • Climbing The Tech Ladder in Heels: Where Technology & The Human ExperienceConverge (CTO, Estée Lauder Companies)
  • Transitioning From Engineering To Management (Director, Engineering & Product, LinkedIn)

Tech Specific

  • Security Isn’t Sexy – It’s Business(CEO, MKACyber)
  • Thinking at Scale(Software Engineer, WhatsApp)
  • What Humans Can Learn From Machines(Software Engineer, Chick-fil-A Corporate)

Diversity-Focused Sessions

  • C-Suite Level Panel – How To Champion Women in Technology Initiatives
  • Creating A Business Case For Diversity
  • Prevention of Sexual Harassment

Technical Workshops 
Topics will include: 

  • Real-World Practices: How To Successfully Implement Open Source Into Workflow & Projects
  • Microservices, Security, Deep Learning Analytics, The Future of Data Science & DevOps
  • JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, WebGL, mobile APIs, Node.js, ECMAScript 6
  • The Digital Apocalypse: The Rise of the Games Industry
  • Building Apps For Windows, Office 365, Edge/IE, SQL Server, Azure, HoloLens, Visual Studio & ASP.NET

Take a look at the full conference agenda.

Confirmed speakers currently include:

  • Arianna Huffington, Founder, The Huffington Post, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global
  • Chief Technology & Information Officer,Estée Lauder Companies
  • Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor, City of Los Angeles
  • Chief Data Scientist, Senior Principal Engineer, Office of the CTO, McAfee
  • CMO, VMware
  • Director,KPMG
  • Vice President,Amazon Web Services
  • CTO, SVP Technology, BMC Software
  • Senior Director, Engineering, LinkedIn
  • Senior Director, Products, eBay
  • CMO, GE Ventures
  • Software Engineer, WhatsApp
  • Senior UX Manager, Sony Playstation
  • San Jose Managing Partner,PwC
  • Partner, Microsoft Ventures 
  • UX Researcher, Google
  • Engineering Manager, Facebook

… and many more!

Our audience of 1,000 tech leaders and professionals enables you to engage with an intimate vibrant community, interact with our speakers and build meaningful relationships.

See full speaker list.

Request a brochure for all the info on the conference’s format, speakers and prices.