Led by the Oregon Governor's Office of Economic and Business Equity, entrepreneurs were invited to meet with public agencies and large firms to connect and gain relevant information about business opportunities. This year's was noted, according to the state website, as the largest conference to date. Mackenzie staffers were honored to speak on not just one but on two breakout sessions.
Josh McDowell, our Director of Structural Engineering, spoke on the Architect & Engineer Contracting Panel, providing firm background, teaming philosophy, teaming case study and keys to successful engagement to an audience of prospective firms. Other large firm panelists included representatives from Parsons Brinckerhoff and ZGF.
I spoke on separate panel, the Diversity Practitioners Panel. The audience was a cross section of attendees, and more than half worked in procurement with government agencies. The panel was led by Cheryl Myers, former Director of the Governor's Office of Economic and Business Equity, and included representatives from TriMet and the Northwest Minority Supplier Development Council. Also on the panel was Bill Imada of IW Group, the keynote speaker for the daylong event.