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Name: HUDSON CHAMBER EVENT: HOLA New Jersey Conference
Date: October 22, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM EDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

Everything you want to know about Contracts & Procurement, and Supplier Diversity

Since 2007, the number of minority-owned businesses in the United States has grown by nearly 40%, according to the Minority Business Development Agency, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Earlier this year the U.S. Census Bureau released data showing that 1.1 million employer firms were owned by women and 1.0 million were owned by minorities.

As the number of minority firms continues to grow, it is imperative that access to procurement and contract opportunities are made available to this critical sector of our local economies. Our 2020 HOLA NJ Conference presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey will focus on issues of supplier diversity and becoming certified.

Join us for a day of discussion and networking with professionals working in the area of supplier diversity and your peers! 

Speakers to be announced as they are confirmed.

Morning Sessions 

9:30 AM       
Opening Remarks & Welcome
Maria Nieves, President & CEO, Hudson County Chamber of Commerce

9:45 AM
Keynote Speaker

Hester Agudosi, Esq., Chief Diversity Officer, New Jersey State Office of Diversity and Inclusion

10:15 AM     
Certification Readiness
  • Rafael Mata, Vice President, Business Development GAMBIT Services​
  • Rebecca Moll Freed, Partner, Procurement Law, Government Contracts & Bid Protest Litigation, Genova Burns Attorneys
11:15 AM     
Panel Discussion #1: Keys to a Successful Supplier Diversity Program
  • Jermaine Pharmes, Director, Office of Business Opportunity, Hudson County
  • Carlos Lejnieks, Board Member, Jersey City Medical Center - RWJ Barnabas Health
  • John Viele, Chief Procurement Officer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Afternoon Sessions  
2:00 PM     
Panel Discussion #2: Doing Business With...
  • Shanta Nelson, Operations Manager, Commodities and Services Division, Procurement Department, Port Authority of New York/New Jersey
  • Diana Candelejo, Director of Anchor Strategy, Social Impact & Community Investment, RWJ Barnabas Health
  • Marisol Ramirez, Supplier Diversity Manager, PSEG

3:00 PM      
Mentor Matchmaking & Networking
- Present by VensureHR - Jorge Elias, VicePresident Latin American Affairs
  • Patricia Saporito, Certified Mentor & Outreach Committee, Chair SCORE Northeast New Jersey
  • Burkay Aplyildiz, Business Counselor, Volunteer at Score Mentors New York, NY

Award Recognition:
  • Power the Future Award
  • Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Award

Thank you to our SPONSORS!

Presenting Sponsor

Grand Sponsors

Premier Sponsors

Event Sponsor


Register in advance for this webinar:

Date/Time Information:
Thursday, October 22nd 
Program begins on Zoom at 9:30 AM
Contact Information:
Melissa Rosario

Sponsorship Levels 

  • Presenting Sponsor: $5000 
  • Grand Sponsor: $2500 
  • Premier Sponsor: $1500 
  • Event Sponsor: $750*
  • General Admission: Complimentary


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