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Join us for an informative session on how small businesses can successfully engage with utilities companies. Discover the strategies and opportunities available to establish valuable partnerships and secure contracts in this sector. Learn about the procurement process, supplier diversity initiatives, and key considerations when navigating utility industry regulations. Industry experts will share insights, practical tips, and success stories to empower small businesses to thrive in this lucrative market. Don’t miss this chance to gain valuable knowledge and network with utilities professionals. Whether you offer products or services, this event will equip you with the tools to unlock growth and collaboration with utilities companies

Patricia Crenshaw (Moderator) is the President and CEO of Pacific Southwest Minority Development Council. She has more than 20 years of experience in public/external affairs, fund development, public relations, brand management, media relations, and strategic partnerships development for varied sectors. Patricia specializes in data-driven, science/technology-heavy programs in nonprofits, healthcare/medical research recruiting, business operations and project management. Patricia is a founding member of the Black Philanthropy Initiative and African American Giving and Empowerment Circle.

Erika Castro is the Supplier Diversity Program Manager at Salt River Project (SRP), and carries out Supplier Diversity strategies by connecting diverse businesses to purchasing teams. She is a member of the Hablamos SRP ERG and has been its Chair the past 4 years. Erika is a member of the Chandler Cultural Foundation Board, Public Policy Committee Member for the Chandler Chamber and member of the Community Superintendent Council for Kyrene School District. An alumna of Valley Leadership, Hispanic Leadership Institute, Erika was  recognized on the Women of Chandler list.

Telma Lopez is the Manager of Diversity Programs for Southwest Gas Corporation and is part of a team that oversees the company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion efforts and Supplier Diversity activities in Nevada, California and Arizona. Telma joined Southwest Gas in 1996 and has previously served in various positions within the organization, including in the Supply Chain, Regulatory Affairs and Public Affairs teams. Telma serves on the advisory board for CPLC Nevada and volunteers with local nonprofits in her community. 

Sibia Manzanarez is the Supplier Diversity Program Manager at APS. She was born in Sinaloa, Mexico and has called Arizona her home since childhood. As APS’s Supplier Diversity Program Manager, Sibia brings extensive experience in community engagement and currently serves as the Program Chair of the Pacific Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council and Vice Chair of the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center. Sibia earned a Supply Chain Management degree from Arizona State University and an MBA from Grand Canyon University.

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WELCOME RECEPTION: (Fri, 08/19, 5:00-8:00pm | Keynote Speaker: TBD)$30.00$35.00$45.00
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