Conference AGENDA

Monday, April 17th

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Guest Registration

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Cocktail Reception at the Kentucky Derby Museum

Tuesday, April 18th

8:00 am - 12:30 pm - Guest Registration

8:00 am - 12:30 pm - Resource Partner Exhibits

8:30 am - 10:30 am - Pitch Breakfast (Corporate Members & Certified WBEs)

8:30 am - 10:30 am - Are You Certifiable? Breakfast (Non-Certified WBEs)

8:30 am - 10:30 am - Orientation Breakfast (Newly Certified/First Time Attendee)

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - ORV~WBC Steering Committee Meeting (Members Only)

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Workshops presented by Corporate Members

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm - ORV Business Development Program Graduation Luncheon

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm - WBE Showcase

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Trailblazer Award Dinner

Wednesday, April 19th

8:00 am - 12:00 pm - Guest Registration

8:00 am - 12:00 pm - Resource Partner Exhibits

8:30 am - 10:00 am - Wisdom Circles (WBE Roundtable Discussions)

8:30 am - 10:00 am - Corporate Best Practices (Corporate Members Only)

10:00 am - 11:30 am - Workshops presented by WBEs

10:00 am - 11:30 am - Peer-to-Peer Power Hour (by invitation only)

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Catch the Wave Keynote Speaker Luncheon

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Meet the Buyer (Corporate & Certified WBEs)


The Meet the Buyer event is always one the most valuable experiences of the conference. Our corporate partners are on hand to share information on their procurement process, how to register with their company and programs, and upcoming opportunities. Certified WBEs meet one-on-one with buyers and key procurement and inclusion personnel from across the region. This is a great way for certified WBEs to introduce their company and get exposure!


Back by popular demand, the Pitch Breakfast is one of the highly anticipated activities each year. During this activity, corporate representatives host a table with certified WBEs "Perfecting the Pitch". Each WBE shares their best elevator speech and each table selects the WBE with the best pitch to represent that table in the final pitch competition. There is friendly advice and input shared to make this a learning experience for all, and even greater exposure for certified WBEs with ORV Corporate Members and other WBEs as well.


The WBE Showcase provides the opportunity for networking and relationship building with other WBEs from across the region for partnering, collaboration, referrals, and business transactions. And, corporate members are able to have a leisurely conversation with those companies that may meet a current supplier need. Dozens of certified WBEs take advantage of this rare opportunity to share info about their company with a captive audience committed to doing business with women-owned firms.

See programs page for more detailed info on conference workshops, presenters and panelists.