MEDIA ADVISORY: 2018 Women Business Enterprise Networking Event: “Accelerating Diversity”

WHAT:
LADWP is hosting its 2018 Women in Business Networking Event to provide a forum that highlights women-owned businesses and fosters an increase in these businesses pursuing City and County contracts. Billions of dollars in contracts that support infrastructure improvements and increased use of renewables will be awarded in the coming years and LADWP wants to help ensure women-owned businesses are part of the contracting community that supports these initiatives.

Two panels will discuss issues related to women’s influence in the area of sustainability and the challenges women face in contracting. Matchmaking appointments with prime contractors have also been scheduled. Attendees will leave this event with information about renewables initiatives and contract opportunities, insight into doing business with the City of Los Angeles, and connections with prime contractors, business owners and agency staff.

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

WHERE:
LADWP Headquarters
Auditorium, A-Level Lobby and Cafeteria Dining Hall
111 N. Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

PARKING:
Please use our visitor’s entrance on Hope Street
Attendees must register to gain access into the event by registering through Eventbrite through this link HERE.

WHO:
Welcome Program
Gwendolyn Williams – Director of Supply Chain Services (Outgoing), LADWP
Erin Henning – Director of Supply Chain Services (Incoming), LADWP
Christina Noonan – Commissioner, LADWP Board of Commissioners

Panel Discussion #1 – Women’s Influence in the Area of Sustainability
Moderator
Monica Rodriguez, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles Council District 7

Panelists
Aura Vasquez, Commissioner, LADWP Board of Commissioners
Christine Cotton, Senior Vice President, Arcadis
Phyllis Currie, Executive Consultant, Hometown Connections, Inc.
Lorraine Paskett, Owner/Attorney, Cambridge LCF Consulting
Dawn Wilson, Director of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, Southern California Edison

Panel Discussion #2 – Challenges Facing Women in Public Sector Contracting

Moderator
Maria Salinas, CEO and President, LA Chamber of Commerce

Panelists
Phyllis Reagin, Executive Coach, CSRH Consulting, LLC
Theodora Oyie, Senior Manager of Community Engagement, Hathaway Dinwiddie
Rita Ferguson, President, G&F Concrete Cutting
Michael Owh, Chief Procurement Officer, City of Los Angeles

CONTACT:
Christina Holland
(213) 367-1076
Christina.holland@ladwp.com