Program

Everything you need to know About Our Conference

7:30 a.m.   REGISTRATION OPENS
   
7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.   REGISTRATION & NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY
   
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  

OPENING PLENARY SESSION

 

MASTER OF CEREMONIES


Hector Batista
Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, The City University of New York

 

WELCOME 


Karol V. Mason
President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

 

R. Nadine Fontaine
First Assistant Counsel to the Governor, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

 
William C. Thompson, Jr. 
Chairperson, Board of Trustees, The City University of New York

 

KEYNOTE REMARKS


Félix V. Matos Rodríguez 
Chancellor, The City University of New York

 

   
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.   A LEADERSHIP CONVERSATION

Join a conversation with key executives from CUNY, CUCF, NYS, and DASNY as they discuss the commitment, as well as the new initiatives designed to strengthen and expand diversity and certified MWBE/SDVOB participation.

 

Diversity@Work is an embodiment of the University’s leadership, students, faculty and the communities we serve. Certified MWBEs and SDVOBs are a vital, vibrant and growing part of our business infrastructure and operations.  This leadership conversation will address new program initiatives, available opportunities and resources for your company.

 

MODERATOR 


Philip A. Berry 
Acting Chairperson, Board of Trustees, City University Construction Fund

 

PANELISTS


Judy Bergtraum
Senior Vice Chancellor, Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, CUNY; Executive Director, CUCF, The City University of New York & City University Construction Fund

 

Gerrard P. Bushell, Ph.D. 
President & Chief Executive Officer, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY)

 

Matthew Sapienza 
Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, The City University of New York

 

Sandra Wilkin 
Trustee, The City University of New York

   
10:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  

CUNY & CUCF MARKETPLACE
Meet over 80 public and private sector exhibitors who can introduce you to new opportunities as you introduce yourselves to them.

   
10:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  

BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER
Leading industry associations, non-profits, mentoring programs and financial advisors will be available to meet with you at the Business Resource Center (BRC) on the second-floor lobby. The BRC will open from 10:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., just like the CUNY & CUCF Marketplace.

   
10:15 a.m. - 1:45 a.m.  

WORKSHOP SERIES

   
CUNY BUILDS WORKSHOPS
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  

REAL ESTATE: NEW FOCUS, NEW OPPORTUNITIES

A new focus on real estate at the City University of New York (CUNY) is creating opportunities for MWBE firms in this growing market. In this workshop, the City University Construction Fund (CUCF) will discuss the potential expansion of opportunities for MWBEs in key real estate sectors, including leased space capital build-outs, brokerage and legal services, asset valuation, and other real estate areas.

 

Your takeaway: An enhanced understanding of MWBE opportunities within real estate at CUCF.

 

Who Should Attend: This workshop is designed for the construction and real estate sectors, including construction-related services, legal, appraisal and financial professionals, as well as property owners and developers.

 

REMARKS 

 

Charles Shorter
Trustee, The City University of New York

 

MODERATOR

 

Judy Bergtraum
Senior Vice Chancellor, Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, CUNY; Executive Director, CUCF, The City University of New York & City University Construction Fund

 

PANELISTS

 

Sharon Russell 
Director, Procurement Services, City University Construction Fund

 

Meghan Mulgrew
Director, Real Estate, The City University of New York

 

Gustavo Ordonez 
Chief of Staff, CUCF, The City University of New York


11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  

BUILDING THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK: MEET PARTNERS WITH OPPORTUNITIES

CUCF and DASNY (The Dormitory Authority of New York) continue to strengthen their partnership for building capital projects that support the University’s academic mission. Designed for construction, architecture and engineering professionals, this session will help you  to better understand how DASNY and CUCF work together to accomplish both large and small capital projects, what procurement decision makers require and the new skills, technologies and resources to advance your competitive edge.

 

Your takeaway:  to gain a better understanding of what the right project is for your firm and where to go to get more information.

 

REMARKS 

 

Michael Arvanites
Trustee, The City University of New York

 

MODERATOR 

 

Sharon Russell
Director, Procurement Services, City University Construction Fund

 

PANELISTS

 

Michelle Castro-Bent
Director, Diversity and Contract Compliance, City University Construction Fund

 

Michael M. Clay
Senior Director, Opportunity Programs Group; Co-Leader, Procurement, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY)

 

Jay Goldstein
Director of Construction, City University Construction Fund

 

Michael N. Stabulas, P.E.
Managing Senior Director of Downstate Construction, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY)


10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  

SELL TO CUNY WORKSHOPS


   

GENERATING EFFECTIVE RESPONSES TO CUNY NEEDS

Join a conversation with CUNY’s administrative leadership and decision-makers as they share insight on how to strategically respond back to CUNY solicitations and convey your firm’s market differentiators to remain competitive. This session is a must attend for vendors interested in best approaches to responding to CUNY opportunities. Gain insight you need to get your firm positioned to submit its next game-changer response!

 

Your takeaway: A defined strategy on how to structure your next response to CUNY’s solicitations.

 

Who Should Attend: MWBE and SDVOB firms that have or are looking to respond back to CUNY’s Invitation for Bids and Request for Proposals.

 

INTRODUCTION 

 

Lorraine Cortez-Vasquez
Trustee, The City University of New York

 

MODERATOR 

 

Caron Christian
Interim Chief Procurement Officer, The City University of New York

 

PANELISTS

 

Katherine T. Cobb
Vice President of Administration and Finance, Baruch College

 

Madonna Charles
Director of Procurement and Contracts, Brooklyn College

 

Eduardo Rios
Vice President for Finance and Administration, Kingsborough Community College

 

Wayne Robinson
Executive Director of Business Management, New York City College of Technology

 

David Wasserman
Executive Director for Finance & Administrative Operations, Queensborough Community College

 


UNDERSTANDING THE CUNY BUYER

Learn how to navigate the CUNY procurement system with the fastest growing sectors that are needed to operate and support CUNY’s campuses. Meet our administrative decision-makers in this lively discussion on what CUNY’s buyers look for when selecting new vendors within specific market sectors. Learn about CUNY’s opportunities, best practices to navigate the procurement process and information on how CUNY is engaging MWBE and SDVOB firms through its informal purchasing authority (discretionary purchases).

 

Your takeaway: Develop a pathway to your next CUNY contract opportunity.


Who Should Attend: MWBE and SDVOB firms in all market sectors looking to learn how to strategically work with CUNY.

 

REMARKS 

 

Kevin D. Kim
Trustee, The City University of New York

 

MODERATOR 

 

William Choi
Director, Supplier Diversity, The City University of New York

 

PANELISTS

 

Rene Rotolo
Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance/CFO, Lehman College

 

Esther Rodríguez-Chardavoyne
Senior Vice President of Administartion and Finance, Hostos Community College

 

Brian Genzmann
Director of Business and Fiscal Affairs, City College of New York

 

Kiesha Stewart
Finance Procurement Director, Kingsborough Community College

 

Gina Ugarte
Business Manager, Bronx Community College


12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  

DIVERSITY@WORK – A WORKING LUNCH
Enjoy a working lunch at Diversity@Work. Continue to explore the CUNY & CUCF Marketplace  as well as some afternoon workshops. 

   
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  

SDVOB’S: PROCUREMENT TOWN HALL
This “Town Hall” style discussion between SDVOBs and representatives from CUNY, CUCF and DASNY will focus on topics specific to increasing the utilization of SDVOBs including, best practices for building relationships, understanding pre and post contract requirements, good faith effort is a two way street, identifying opportunities, methodologies for finding SDVOBs, how to best scale your SDVOB business and other audience generated topics.

 

FACILITATOR 

 

Ken Williams
Executive Director Division of Service Disabled Veterans' Business Development, NYS Office of General Services

 

ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS

 

Michelle Castro-Bent
Director, Diversity & Contract Compliance, City University Construction Fund

 

William Choi
Director, Supplier Diversity, The City University of New York

 

Michael M. Clay
Senior Director, Opportunity Programs Group; Co-Leader, Procurement, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY)

 

Elizabeth Horne
Director of Purchasing & Contracts, Hunter College

 

Ronald Paynter
Director of Purchasing and Contracts, CUNY Graduate Center

 

Sunny Virk
Director of Procurement, Property and Fleet Management, Queens College

 

   
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  

UPDATE: WHAT’S NEW AT EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT’S DIVISION OF MINORITY & WOMEN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT?

 

MODERATOR 

 

Valerie White
Executive Vice President & Executive Director, Division of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development, Empire State Development

 

PANELISTS 

 

Nicole Stent
Vice President, Division of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development, Empire State Development

 

Dwight Flynn
Compliance Director, Division of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development, Empire State Development

   
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  

FAST TRACK PRESENTATION BOOTCAMPS
Present ‘fast facts’ about your company to build a relationship with CUNY and CUCF Consultants and Contractors.

 

Get the tips you need to capture your buyer’s interest and make them want to call you tomorrow. Whether you have a scheduled Business Meet-Up or just want to improve your presentation skills, attend this intensive session that will review the anatomy of a pitch and then encourage you to do a quick practice pitch to your session colleagues.

 

SESSION A: 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Paisley Demby 
Business Services Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business, LaGuardia Community College  

                            

SESSION B: 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

 

Edgard Hernandez 
Director of the LaGuardia Community College Procurement Technical Assistance, LaGuardia Community College PTAC

 

   
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m   DIVERSITY@WORK BUSINESS MEET-UPS
   

Business Meet-Ups are short business meetings designed to introduce your firm to a new business partner or opportunity.

  For CUCF, architecture, engineering and construction MWBEs/SDVOBs can register for a 10-minute meeting.
  For CUNY vendors and suppliers, Business Meet-Ups are limited to five (5)minutes per firm. 
  Firms are encouraged to maximize their CUNY and CUCF Diversity@Work Business Meet-Up by demonstrating a unique approach or presenting a specific value (or value-add) on products and/or services that CUNY should consider in future procurements.

 

Very limited space is available. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and only open to NYS-certified NYS MWBEs and SDVOBs. If you pre-registered for this opportunity, you will have received a confirming email to confirm the time and location. Check by the information desk today to see if there are any appointments still available.  

 

Learn More

 

CUCF BUSINESS MEET-UPS

The goal of the CUCF Diversity@Work Business Meet-Up is to give you an opportunity to meet CUCF and its contractors, as well as others who can help you identify new business opportunities for your firm.

 

  Construction
  Architecture/Engineering
  Real Estate

 

Be sure to bring your capability statement or company brochure and business card to leave with your prospects. All CUCF Business Meet-Ups will take place in the Shiva Gallery, Lower Level 3.

 

CUNY BUSINESS MEET-UPS - ENHANCED FOR 2019!

The goal of CUNY’s Diversity@Work Business Meet-Up is for NYS-certified MWBEs and SDVOBs to pitch their product offerings and services directly to our Central Office and campus end-users in the following three categories.


  Building/Property Maintenance
  Information Technology 
  Marketing, Design, Promotion

 

All confirmed and pre-scheduled MWBE/SDVOB participants will receive a one-page synopsis of the current and future needs that our CUNY decision-makers are currently seeking to fulfill.

 

If you haven’t submitted your capability statement or company brochure at the time of registration, be sure to bring it so that our decision-makers can review them.

   
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m  

SPECIAL SESSION FOR MWBE/SDVOB FIRMS

Open Forum: Q+A with Caron Christian, CUNY’s Chief Procurement Officer and Campus Purchasing Directors

We hope you’ve made new connections and developed strategies to win new CUNY contracts. If you have questions that you want to ask our resident procurement experts, attend this Open Forum to meet with Caron Christian, CUNY’s Chief Procurement Officer and several Campus Purchasing Directors.

 

Don’t leave today’s event without getting the answers you need to make CUNY your next customer!

 

PANELISTS

 

Caron Christian
Interim Chief Procurement Officer, CUNY

 

Jacqueline Chang
Finance Procurement Director, Medgar Evers College

 

Rukhsana Pirzada
Purchasing Director, Law School

 

Dan Dolan
Purchasing Director, John Jay College

 

Rashmi Malesh
Purchasing Director, York College

 

Leonore Gonzalez
Deputy Director of Procurement, Borough of Manhattan Community

   
3:00 p.m.   CONFERENCE CLOSE
   

 

*Program is subject to change.