The Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware Minority Supplier Development Council (PA-NJ-DE MSDC) today announced that Maggie Anderson, CEO and co-founder of The Empowerment Experiment (EE) will give the keynote address at the PA-NJ-DE MSDC Quarterly Business General Meeting. Maggie, a Chicago business executive, has become the leader of a self-help economics movement that supports quality black businesses and mainstream companies with substantive supplier diversity; and urges consumers, especially other middle and upper class African Americans, to proactively and publicly support these businesses. The event will take place at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, 1201 Market Street, March 15, 2012, from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.
The Anderson family’s experiment in 2009 to buy Black-only for a year, resulted in a spend of over $90,000 with Black-owned businesses and a landmark study conducted by a team at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Maggie has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and CBS Morning News, among other national television and radio shows. Maggie will introduce her new book, Our Black Year, at her book signing immediately following the keynote address.
“In addition to supporting African American businesses, Maggie’s message is also the solution to our country’s economic recovery and drive demand for goods and services. It speaks to the value of supplier diversity for all minority business entrepreneurs and the corporations who partner with them,” said Wade Colclough, president and CEO of the PA-NJ-DE MSDC.
The business meeting will also include a panel discussion on supplier diversity best practices. Panelists will include executives from PA-NJ-DE MSDC corporate member companies, GlaxosmithKline (National Corporation of the Year) and Communications Test Design Inc. (Regional Corporation of the Year), along with MSDC-certified MBE Suppliers of the Year, G&C Environmental Services Inc., Améredia Inc., Deluxe Delivery Systems, Inc., and Thompson Hospitality; and Advocate of the Year, RCI Technologies Inc.
Fee is $55. Register online to attend: www.msdc-panjde.org.