Full Registration

Private Master Suite $1700

Full Registration

Shared Room Suite $1400

Membership Dues

Annual Membership $250


2024 Presenting Sponsors

Current & Previous Corporate Supporters

Summit Overview

Diversity Professionals Connect (DPC) is a unique and exclusive experience where corporate diversity leaders and entrepreneurs work together to develop applicable, innovative business solutions. Our workshops and discussions highlight current issues affecting industries in which diverse businesses and advocates are challenged. The transparency in our discussions encourages guests to openly share industry trends, exchange ideas and explore potential business opportunity and collaborations.

Our Mission

The goal of DPC is to embrace, fulfill, grow, and sustain the advancement of Entrepreneurs and Diversity Professionals. We are passionate and dedicated to connecting people, exploring opportunities, and building success through personal relationships and shared experiences.

Who Should Attend

DPC is for you, if you are looking for a new way of doing business and are a diverse business owner, veteran, LGBTQ, supplier diversity, workforce diversity or diversity & inclusion professional working in an environment with a commitment to diversity, inclusion and equality.

Guest Speakers

Keynote Speaker
Madison Gunter
Director, Supplier Diversity
Supplier Sustainability Programs Salesforce
Event Moderator
Clifford A. Bailey
President & CEO
TechSoft Systems, Inc.


LaSonya Berry
McPherson, Berry & Associates, Inc.
Kimberly Coffman
Director, Supplier Diversity
Voya Financial, Inc.'s
Carmen Deale
Manager, Supplier Diversity
Office Depot
Shay Gillespie
Global Enterprise Sales, Central Division Business Development Manager, WWT and Founder
Color Coded Kids
Bernita McCann Hightower
Next Generation Fuel, LLC
Jared L. Kelly
CEI Media Group
Steve Lamar
Forward Planning & Solutions
Max Rutherford
Vice-President, Vendor Partner Diversity/SBLO
Liz Whitehead
Tonia Woodbury
Head of DEI for the Americas
BNY Mellon


What People Are Saying:

The intent behind DPC is to disrupt the way we lead diversity. The landscape is changing, and we need to operate from a solutions perspective that advances progressive thinking when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workforce and supply chain. DPC provides a collaborative table where innovative companies, independent businesses and brands can work together to look at the economic impact of diversity, where it’s being challenged and where we can take advantage of new opportunities. And, in bringing together the best minds in the business, DPC is building a network that we think can emerge as one of the country’s strongest think tanks when it comes to inclusion.

Todd Gray

Director, Supplier Diversity
Kaiser Permanente

Through DPC, we are able to obtain a better understanding of all the different layers of supplier diversity from the perspective of corporations, suppliers and different advocates in the community. DPC creates a safe environment that allows each stakeholder to openly discuss their perspective on supplier diversity and share their expectations, best practices and struggles from a corporate and personal space. My participation in DPC has helped me identify ways WBEC-West can better prepare WBEs for today’s opportunities and tomorrow trends. We work with corporations more proactively and identified ways to actively engage and partner with other certification entities and advocacy groups. I don’t think that there is any other organization that brings together all stakeholders foru003cbru003ethe purpose of collaboration, understanding and personal and professional growth.
Jaymee Lomax
Vice President, WBEC-West
DPC is a small, intimate “penalty free” environment where there’s no fluff and you can really connect on a professional and business level. Meeting and learning from other members is almost like having your own advisory board or mastermind group. You can grow those relationships to a point where they can help you with your business; you can help them with their roles and what’s going on in the industry. You won’t find another forum like it.
LaSonya Berry
President/CEO, McPherson Berry & Associates, Inc.
DPC is a unique environment that I’ve not seen anywhere else. You spend the weekend getting to know people instead of going through the usual “meet and greet” that happens at traditional trade shows. This environment creates more comfortable, intimate discussions. We had some of the most genuine, personal conversations without constantly talking about business and without the hard sell. For WWT, it helped us build a relationship that was instrumental in getting a major contract opportunity. That happened only because of DPC. We are grateful for Melissa, her team and the entire DPC family for this innovative platform!
Shay Gillespie
Global Enterprise Sales, Central Division Business Development Manager, World Wide Technology
The absolute brilliance of DPC is that you don’t get what it’s all about until you’ve gone through it. You don’t realize that you, a diverse professional, are at the intersection of small businesses, entrepreneurs and corporate America. The spirited dialogue that happens at DPC, the ones touching on the pain points and gaps we all face, trickle down to Diversity Professional the magazine, which gives DPC a greater, national reach. It’s the kind of honest conversation that needs to happen, consistently, but not many people want to have it. I’m thankful that Melissa has created a space where people can have those uncomfortable discussions because if they don’t happen, then we’ll all suffer for it.
Steve Lamar, LEED AP, EMCA
Owner Forward Planning and Solutions
DPC is the future of diversity. It’s on the cutting edge of finding innovative ways to make companies better and making personal connections happen. Connecting with great business minds, on both the corporate and diverse supplier side, makes DPC incomparable to any other networking organization. Everyone brings their own specialty. Being able to tap into those resources provides a point of reference to any business you’re in and strengthens your network beyond your own territory. Those connections become lifelong friends.
T.J. Lewis
Director Supplier Diversity, Ally

Event Theme

Creating opportunities that are otherwise unavailable to underrepresented groups is an essential ingredient to the success of the communities we served.



Arrival Day

(Thursday 2-22)

4:00 P.M. – House Check-in / Arrivals, Networking and Orientation

Day 1

(Friday 2-23)

If you come in on Friday we ask that you arrive by 4:00 P.M.

Welcome reception and dinner.

Day 2

(Saturday 2-24)

The day begins with a group yoga/workout session and will be filled with activities to promote personal and business growth.

Day 3

(Sunday 2-25)

The final full day of the summit is designed to refresh, recharge and reenergize business owners and leaders. Receive the tools you need to strengthen your leadership and transform the future of your business.

(We will hear from our Keynote Speaker on this day)

Day 4

(Monday 2-26)

DPC attendees will be able to enjoy additional workshops and breakfast together prior to departures.

(Final program will end at 2:00 P.M.)

Departure Day

(Tuesday 2-27)

DPC departures (Check-out time is 8:00 A.M.)


Orlando International Airport is a major public airport located six miles southeast of Downtown Orlando, Florida, United States. In 2017, MCO handled 44,611,265 passengers, making it the busiest airport in the state of Florida and the eleventh-busiest airport in the United States. Click here to book your flight www.southwest.com/flight.


Reunion Resort, an AAA Four Diamond-rated property, is an exclusive 2,200-acre destination. The resort’s accommodations include multi-bedroom luxury homes. The resort is conveniently located six miles from Walt Disney World and only 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport.

Check-in: 4:00 P.M.

Reunion Resort

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