7:00 am Registration
7:30 am – 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 – 8:05 am Welcome
Ingrid M Robinson, President, Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
The Honorable LaDoris G Harris, Department of Energy Office of Economic Impact and Diversity
8:06 am – 8:10 am Safety Moment
Hilton Americas Houston Hotel Security Department
8:15 am – 9:00 am Future of Energy in America
Hear about the energy revolution in the U.S. and how our energy landscape is dramatically changing with implications for infrastructure needs, options and choices. The United States is the largest combined producer of oil and gas in the world and our oil imports are the lowest they have been in 40 years. These rapid and dramatic changes in America’s energy have created massive opportunities yet significant challenges for policy makers, investors, NGOs and industry.
Dr. Karen Wayland, Deputy Director for State and Local Cooperation in the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis.
9:05 am – 9:35 am Economic Outlook
The economic outlook for the oil and gas industry is constantly changing and depends on the perspective of the person you ask. Hear the unbiased facts: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Risks.
Jesse B. Thompson III, Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
– Houston Office
9:40 am – 10:25 am Finding Your Fit in Oil & Gas
How much do you know about what it takes to bring fuels and other energy products from the oil field to the marketplace? This session will describe the unique characteristics of the energy supply chain and help suppliers see opportunities along each link of the chain.
Debra Stewart, Manager, Supplier Diversity Workforce Development & Diversity Outreach, Shell Oil Company.
10:30 am – 11:15 am Current Issues & Trends
The slowing of the global economy, instability of energy markets around the world, the emergence of new industry players, supplier consolidation – all factors and moving parts that today’s MWBEs must consider as part of the oil and gas supply chain. Learn how globalization and shrinking supply chains have created opportunities through second-tier and capacity building.
Kimberly Duck, Manager, Supplier Diversity, BP Americas (Facilitator)
Ingrid Totesau- Completions Sub-sector Manager|Global Wells Organization, Procurement Supply Chain Management, BP
Emeka D. Iwuchukwu, Procurement Manager, Houston HUB, Shell
Michael Albers, Global Procurement Category Manager-MRO and PVFF, ExxonMobil Global Services Company
11:15 am – Noon Exhibits
Noon – 1:30 pm “Energy in America & Scholarship” Luncheon (importance, trends, opportunities, diversity commitment)
Bruce Culpepper, Shell President & Country Chair
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Energy Mix
The US energy mix of the future is evolving and changing dramatically. Low oil prices have forced operators to carefully reassess both planned and ongoing capital projects, eliminate non-value adding activities and revalidate the business case for projects. Gain insight into what’s happening domestically and internationally in conventional and unconventional production and how LNG is impacting our energy mix of the future in the US and abroad.

  • Learn about local content strategies on LNG export facilities. Information will be shared about job creation, enterprise development and the ability to transfer skills and technology to do business in this area.
    By: Elizabeth Carlson, Local Content Manager, Chicago, Bridge & Iron
    • Job Creation
    • Enterprise Development
    • Transfer of skills and technology
  • Domestic – Land
    • Permian Basin
    • Mike Frazer, Supply Chain Manager, Chevron
  • International
    • Mexico – By: Héctor Márquez Solís, Head of the Local Content Unit, Ministry of Economy
    • Learn about the economic opportunities in Nova Scotia for companies who are looking to export and/or expand their operations into the Canadian market – $100B from 357 major projects across Atlantic Canada.
      Nova Scotia – By: Rustum Southwell, Black Business Initiative
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Driving Innovation – How the entire value chain contributes to advancing and pioneering industry innovation.
Innovation and how we define it is more important than ever before. Today innovation may not be something “new”, but may be something repurposed or used in a “new way” to deliver increased value. Learn how the entire value chain is helping energy companies look for new ways to minimize cost and boost revenue through new technologies to extract and refine oil and gas.
Dr. Ramanan Krishnamoorti University of Houston, Interim Vice President/Vice Chancellor for Research & Technology Transfer
Larry Jackson, Vice President Supply Chain Operations, FLUOR
MBE: Fernando Guzman, President, Prime Eco Group, Inc.
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Positioning For Success by Understanding Financing Options
Finding your fit in the oil and gas industry may require you to service your customer across operational markets – upstream, midstream and/or downstream. Identifying financing options to assist you with building the capacity to meet your customer’s needs can be a daunting challenge. Learn about financing options for MWBE businesses in the oil and gas sector.
Russell Hughes, Lead Lender Relations, US Small Business Administration (Facilitator)
Sergio Rodriguera Jr., Chief Strategy Officer, The Credit Junction
Virginia Pierson-Turner, Vice President, Amegy
Jennifer Dale-Flores, Loan Administration Officer, LiftFund
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Closing Networking Reception & Exhibits