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"Moving the Economic Needle Towards Equality." Only with constructive discussions, can we accurately ascertain a true pathway to level the economic playing field for African Americans in the automotive industry.Agenda Forum9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (E.S.T.) - The State of Black Businesses “Reimaging the Promise of African American Entrepreneurship” - This panel will pinpoint the most pressing issues facing African American entrepreneurs, while also highlighting the ways in which they can avoid such potential obstacles. It will also delve into the importance of improving access to capital, strengthening relationships with banking institutions, succession planning, and other important topics.Presenters: • Adrienne Trimble, President and CEO National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (NMSDC)• Damon Lester, President National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD)• Dr. Kenneth L. Harris, Ph.D., President and CEO of the National Business League, Inc. (NBL)11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (E.S.T.) - Vice Presidents of Purchasing “The Intentional Commitment to Equality” - This panel will provide a platform for substantive conversations about how OEMs intend to fulfill the promises they espouse regarding their commitment to parity and accountability. Additionally, it will explore how the auto industry’s growing dependence on technological advances can fuel new points of entry for African American enterprises. Presenters:• Johnathan Jennings, Vice President, Global Commodity and Supplier Technical Assistance - Ford Motor Company• Shilpan Amin, Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain - General Motors • Robert Bob Young – Group VP, Purchasing, Supplier Engineering Development and Cost Planning – Toyota North America, Inc.1:00 p.m. - Business and Education Awards1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (E.S.T.) Chief Diversity Officers “State of Affairs: Examining the Auto Industry’s Commitment to Equality” - This panel will provide company leaders the opportunity to discuss those external forces, as well as how their organizations are fortifying diversity efforts internally as it relates to employment, philanthropy, procurement, dealerships, and advertising and marketing.Presenters:• Lottie Holland, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement - FCA US LLC• Ken Barrett, Chief Diversity Officer - General Motors• Yvette Hunsicker, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity – Honda Motor Company, Inc3:00 p.m. - Closing Commentary

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The Automotive Project promotes full and equal participation in the economic growth of the global automotive industry for people of color by forging partnerships within the industry so we may work together to ensure the fair participation of minorities at every level of involvement.u00a0 This includes employment, management, procurement, marketing, dealership development, finance, technology and board representation.

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