2019 SWaMfest: Abracadabra!

Wed, October 09 2019, 8:00 AM - Thu, October 10 2019, 5:00 PM [EST]

1500 E Main St, Richmond, VA, 23219, United States

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Event Information

Wed, October 09 2019, 8:00 AM - Thu, October 10 2019, 5:00 PM [EST]

About the Event

About the Organizer

VASCUPP is the Virginia Association of State College and University Purchasing Professionals. The mission of VASCUPP is to recognize and use effectively the common procurement principals, knowledge, experience, challenges, support and resources of all decentralized higher education member institutions. To be a united group with common goals of addressing the complexities of the Commonwealth of Virginia procurement processes. Through ongoing cooperation and cohesion, better the ability of each individual member institution to effectively provide efficient and responsive customer service in facilitating the purchase of goods and services for their Institution. Support diversified vendor advocacy to enhance the capability of each member institution in seeking open competition for the highest valued products and services. VASCUPP consists of the following member schools: George Mason University, James Madison University, Longwood University, Old Dominion University, Radford University, University of Mary Washington, University of Virginia ,Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech, and William and Mary

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Event Speakers

Alicia Rainwater
Certified Generational Speaker

Alicia Rainwater is a Certified Keynote Speaker at The Center for Generational Kinetics. Her speaking clients range from Bayer, John Deere, and Ebby Halliday Realtors to the United States Air Force. Alicia, a Millennial, has a reputation as a leader in her own generation. She has extensive experience working firsthand to bridge generations in a variety of organizations from hospitals to global non-profits. Alicia has received a tremendous response to her engaging delivery that combines CGK’s latest research and how-to’s with her unique experience working with clients. She has spoken to thousands of people across the U.S. Her personal experiences working with multiple generations make her a powerful and inspiring speaker who effectively demonstrates how to solve generational challenges with employees and customers. Alicia completed her bachelor's degree in social work at The University of Texas at Austin and her master's degree in clinical social work at Boston College.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicia-rainwater-53339353/
Raymond Brown
Organizational Development Consultant

Raymond Brown is a passionate and dynamic speaker, facilitator and consultant who aims to engage, equip and empower others for their personal and organizational success. He holds a master’s degree in human resource development from James Madison University and is an expert trainer in the areas of personal development, organizational effectiveness, team building, and leadership. He has spent the last decade helping to build leaders and teams in Higher Education, Health Care, Collegiate Athletics, Small Business and Religious Groups. Along with partnering with organizations through his consulting company Grow to Great Consulting, he serves as an Organizational Development Consultant at the University of Virginia where he is tasked with partnering with senior leadership across the organization to set workplace engagement strategy for over 13,000+ team members. The core of Raymond’s work is best put by the words of Harvey Firestone, “It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.”

https://www.linkedin.com/in/raymondabrown/
Reba Hollingsworth
Creator and Owner of the AHA Wrap.

Reba Hollingsworth is a 4-time Emmy award-winning anchor and reporter at WTVR-TV. Reba is also an entrepreneur and SWaM certified. She is the creator and owner of the AHA Wrap. Reba started her broadcasting career in her home state of Texas at two small-market TV stations. In 2000, she made a big jump and began covering news at WTVR CBS 6 where she was quickly promoted to morning anchor. In 2005, Reba left CBS 6 and moved to the DC area to freelance for WTTG, WBAL, Hearst Broadcasting and CNN Newsource where she covered national politics. In August of 2009, Reba moved back to Richmond to resume her former role as co-anchor of CBS 6 This Morning. She also taught soon-to-be journalists at Virginia Commonwealth University as an adjunct professor. In 2018, Reba stepped out of her comfort zone and launched the AHA Wrap. A sophisticated leg wrap for women to attach their wireless microphones when wearing a dress. Reba designed a product for herself---and countless other women. The AHA Wrap is sold nationwide from her website and Amazon. Reba is the proud mother of 10-year-old Jillian. If she’s not spending time with her daughter, she’s involved in the community. She’s a member of The National Association of Black Journalists, FAB WOMEN and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/reba-hollingsworth-1865474/
Dr. Zayd Abdul-Karim
Founder and CEO

Throughout his 25-year career as a University Professor and Business Consultant, “Dr. Z” has turned around numerous disengaged teams and organizations in corporations, banks, and universities, where he has has been able to increase the number of engaged employees feel more valued, empowered, and clearly aligned with their roles and responsibilities by 266%. Currently, Zayd is the Founder and CEO of Universal Self-Leadership Institute (U.S.L.I.), a world-class provider of employee engagement and customized leadership development services. Through his business, he has been able to work with amazing and notable clients to include Booz Allen Hamilton, Johns Hopkins University, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-zayd-abdul-karim-386a6031/
Kim Brewer
Outreach & Marketing Manager

Kim joined the eVA program in August 2009 bringing with her more than 11 years of marketing and communications experience in the private sector. Along with managing eVA's Outreach & Marketing efforts, one of Kim’s primary objectives is to educate businesses on the benefits of eVA and how to leverage its many tools, as well as, help businesses navigate Virginia’s purchasing process.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kim-brewer-157058b3/
Tricia Dunlap
Founding Partner

At age 40 with two teenagers at home, Tricia took a leap from teaching to law and began her legal career working on corporate sustainability and climate change because the delta between merely surviving and thriving is measured in how companies manage all material risks. From 2014-16, Tricia served the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board ( the "SASB") on a small team of subject matter experts that created the SASB’s two credentialing exams. Tricia holds the SASB's Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) credential because she helped write the tests. In 2015, after several years at a global law firm, she started Dunlap Law to satisfy her desire for greater freedom and her nerdy love for solving gnarly problems. Tricia provides counsel to a wide variety of clients on general business law, IP, licensing and contracts, and regulatory compliance. She also focuses on how businesses measure and manage non financial risks, whether that means environmental issues like climate change, social issues like human rights, or emerging legal issues such as data privacy and cyber-security.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/triciadunlap/
Julianna Keeling
CEO & Co-Founder

Juliana Keeling is a 23-year-old entrepreneur who has been working in the green space for over six years. Julianna’s company, Terraviv, facilitates the sale of millions of green products and is currently a participant in the Target Incubator Program. She specializes in using her chemistry background to create products that biodegrade/compost cleanly into the soil without toxic residues. Julianna works with notable clients across many industries, such as; Universities, Correctional Facilities, and Pharmaceutical Companies. Juliana is from Richmond, VA and recently graduated from Washington and Lee University (class of 2019).

https://www.linkedin.com/in/julianna-keeling-09b09a81/
Lynn Kirk
Communications Consultant

Lynn Kirk is an award-winning writer, marketer, and public relations strategist and founder of Kirk Communications LLC, which opened in 2002. She has written for the U.S. Navy, Fortune 500s, and high-profile nonprofits, local to international in scope. As a SWaM-certified business owner, Lynn also delights in providing communications guidance for small businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynn-kirk-08a6382b/
Verniece Love
Director of SWaM Certification

Verniece Love has worked with the SWaM program for nine years and currently serves as the Director of SWaM Certification for the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity. In this role, she is responsible for the implementation of the Commonwealth's small business program known as SWaM. Prior to becoming the Director, she worked for the same agency (formerly known as the Department of Minority Business Enterprises) as a Certification Officer where she processed SWaM and DBE applications. Verniece received her B.S. in Marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University as well as her M.S. in business with a concentration in Business Analytics. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, playing flag football, and bowling.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/verniece-love-73598a124/
Laura Posey
Chief Instigator

Laura Posey is an internationally-recognized speaker, author and consultant. She is known as The One-Page, One-Hour Breakthrough Specialist for her unique ability to simply and easily laser focus her clients to get dramatic results. Her Simple Strategic Plan is used by over 2500 companies from startups to Fortune 100. She is the author of "How to Plan Your Entire Year On One Sheet Of Paper", and co-author with Jack Canfield of "Mastering The Art Of Success". When not on stage or with a client, you can find her traveling the world or snuggling with her rescue mutt, George, at home in Richmond, VA.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauraposey/

Rita Caldwell Ricks is unlike any other person on the speaking circuit because she coaches everyone in her view. Her wisdom, wit, energy, and encouragement are the catalysts to inspire her listeners to renew the person within. Her passion and skill help her to win the Interise LIFT Award - Leadership in Facilitation and Training. Rita speaks to your spirit by sharing her own life experiences. She is a Spiritual Coach, Business Coach, Inspirational Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, Award-winning Entrepreneur and the author of two books – PERMISSION GRANTED! A JOURNAL OF SPIRITUAL EPIPHANIES and #JUSTFORTODAY who brings 34 years of experience to her audience and clients.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ritacricks/
Kesi Stribling
CEO & Chief Strategist

For more than two decades, Kesi Stribling has worked with government agencies, small businesses, and corporations to improve, grow, and sustain their organizations. Founder and Chief Strategist of KSG Strategic Consulting, Kesi’s collaborates with clients to solve organizational management and operations challenges. Our clients routinely report a 95% rate of implementing at least two recommendations within 1 month and note an increase in operations, infrastructure, partnerships, internal communications, and revenue within 3 months. With an emphasis on strategic planning and alliance building, marketing services to target audiences, and senior management coaching, she has served as an SBA 7(j) Management and Technical Trainer, instructor for the Hampton Roads Procurement Assistance Center, and small business technical assistance coach for the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kesistribling/

Event Schedule

  • October 9, 2019
  • October 10, 2019
08:00 AM
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09:00 AM

Guest Check-In

Greater Richmond Convention Center

$0.00

Guests check-in will start approximately at 8:00 am. After which, guests can partake in networking until the Building with VASCUPP session begins at approximately 9:00 am.

09:00 AM
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12:00 PM

Building with VASCUPP - For Construction Industry Firms

$0.00

01:00 PM
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01:45 PM

The Magic Begins With eVA

Greater Richmond Convention Center -- B15-C

$0.00

Take this tour to take the mystery out of who is buying what you sell, who's getting new business, and uncover what your competition is charging.

Kim Brewer

02:00 PM
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02:45 PM

Alakazam! Let's talk about SWaM

Greater Richmond Convention Center -- B15-C

$0.00

In this class, we'll discuss the magic of SWaM and how to make it work for you and your business!

Verniece Love

04:30 PM
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05:30 PM

Private Event: Meet the Speakers VIP Reception

Main Street Station -- Shed

$0.00

The Meet the Speakers Reception is reserved for companies and organizations sponsoring SWaMfest at the Teaming, Executive, Power Player, or Strategic Partner levels.

05:30 PM
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09:30 PM

Vendor Affair

Main Street Station -- Shed

$0.00

08:00 AM
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09:50 AM

Breakfast and Keynote Remarks

Greater Richmond Convention Center -- B21-A

$0.00

09:30 AM
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10:25 AM
Track : Breakout #1

Cyber-security: The Monster Hiding in Every Closet

Greater Richmond Convention Center -- B15-A

Don't fall prey to the data security monster. While it's the abstract phantom that we'd all rather ignore, this class will help you move past your fears of the unknown by breaking down the bones of cyber-security.

Tricia Dunlap

Track : Breakout #2

Remove Your Invisibility Cloak to Win More Contracts

Greater Richmond Convention Center -- B15-B

In this class, we will brew a powerful elixir: simple and effective proposal techniques, building strong relationships with buyers, and using an effective debrief process to improve your chances of winning new contract opportunities.

Patrick McFadden

Track : Breakout #3

The Perfect Potion to Double, Triple, or Quadruple Your Business Instantly

Greater Richmond Convention Center -- B15-C

Make partnership magic by leveraging the Lucky 13 - the perfect potion of strategies for researching, recruiting, and retaining the right alliances and partners to grow capacity and extend your reach.

Kesi Stribling

10:45 AM
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11:40 AM
Track : Breakout #1

Let the Magic Remove the Limits Blocking Your Vision

Greater Richmond Convention Center -- B15-A

Conjure up a whole new world of possibilities. In this class, we will create vision and mission statements and learn how to share them so that you can set the world on FIRE!

Rita Ricks

Track : Breakout #2

Make Your Own Secret Serum to Become a Profitable Green Business

Greater Richmond Convention Center -- B15-B

Driving profitability with a "green" business doesn't have to be hard, especially when it's strategic. In this session, we will learn from the masters on how to implement a green strategy that improves customer loyalty, drives sales, and differentiates you from your competitors.

Julianna Keeling

Track : Breakout #3

Wave This Magic Wand for $ALE$

Greater Richmond Convention Center -- B15-C

This bag of tricks is no hocus pocus! It's sage advice from a communications wizard who knows enough magic to conjure up $ALE$!

Lynn Kirk

11:45 AM
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01:15 PM

Lunch & Keynote Remarks

Greater Richmond Convention Center -- B21-A

$0.00

01:30 PM
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02:25 PM
Track : Breakout #1

The One Sheet of Paper That Can Change Your Year

Greater Richmond Convention Center -- B15-A

When you feel like your goals are written with invisible ink and don't get accomplished, it's time to change your method. In this class you will create a one-page strategy and follow-up plan that will surely "stick."

Laura Posey

Track : Breakout #2

Ever Been Afraid of the Dark?... Engage!

Greater Richmond Convention Center -- B15-B

Even when your fear, doubt, or worry seems dark, turn on the Light! Channel more positive energy, to achieve better results from your team. Happiness is that Light.

Dr. Zayd Abdul-Karim

Track : Breakout #3

Tapping into the Power of VASCUPP

Greater Richmond Convention Center -- B15-C

Join us for a lively conversation on the VASCUPP universe, who we are, what we are all about, and why we believe it is so important to work with SWaM Businesses. Speakers for the VASCUPP panel will be: - John McHugh: Interim Director, Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services, University of Virginia Melva Kishpaugh: Director, Procurement Services, University of Mary Washington Kathy Tomlin: Director, Procurement Services, Virginia Military Institute Mary Helmick, Director of Procurement, Virginia Tech Marra Austin, Assistant Director of Procurement, CUCPG Subcommittee Member*, William and Mary

02:30 PM
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03:15 PM

Closing Reception

Greater Richmond Convention Center

$0.00