ROAR Conference & Matchmaker - Pittsburgh

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Wyndham Grand, 600 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Doing business differently is required for improved industry outcomes. Conversation and the desire to actively connect businesses and corporations to opportunities that will yield high dividends, are what guide the R.O.A.R. Conference and Business Exchange.

Intimate conversations and panel discussions with thought leaders and industry disruptors.

Welcome Remarks

Valarie J. Cofield

President & CEO

Valarie Cofield is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC). Since 2014, Cofield has been using her many years working in business development and supplier diversity development to spark and facilitate business partnerships between EMSDC’s corporate members and dozens of its certified Minority Business Enterprises. A creative thinker with invaluable experience in contract negotiations, strategy development and opportunity identification, Cofield has embodied EMSDC’s role as a connector and facilitator for business opportunities and diversity and inclusion promoter.

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Welcome Remarks

Kerry L. Kirkland

Deputy Secretary Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities Pennsylvania Department of General Services

Mr. Kirkland has extensive state government compliance and minority business development experience and is currently serving as Deputy Secretary of the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities. In this very important role, Mr. Kirkland is leading the Department’s efforts to improve Pennsylvania’s state programs and the contracting environment for small diverse and small business.

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Breakfast Keynote Speaker, “Everybody’s in Sales” Facilitator, and Luncheon Master of Ceremonies

Todd Cohen


Todd Cohen is the nation’s leading voice on building Sales Culture. A dynamic, engaging and motivational keynote speaker, Todd’s message is relevant to any organization striving to increase revenue, strengthen relationships and improve client satisfaction. Using humor and real-life examples, Todd demonstrates how every conversation is a “selling moment” and how everyone can contribute to the growth and profitability of the organization.

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"Best Practices in Government Contracting” Facilitator

Tracey Grace

IBEX IT Business Experts

President and CEO, IBEX IT Business Experts

Tracey Grace is President and CEO of IBEX IT Business Experts in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Tracey founded IBEX after seizing the opportunity to work on an Electronic Healthcare Record integration project after her former company decided to abandon the business that she developed. IBEX today is a National IT Process Improvement, Consulting and Training Firm executing contracts for Fortune 500, Healthcare, Educational (k-12 & University), Military and Federal Government Agencies.

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"The Impact of the New Tax Plan” Facilitator

Rob Wilson

Financial Advisor, Television Contributor, and New Media Personality

Rob Wilson is a financial advisor, television contributor and new media personality who concentrates his practice on providing advice to and managing financial affairs for successful professional athletes, entertainers and other young professionals. His work providing advice and guidance to prominent young stars has earned him the moniker “Hip Hop’s Financial Advisor.”

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"Best Practices in Government Contracting” and “The Impact of the New Tax Plan” Facilitator

Tricina Cash

President and Principal Consultant, Osmosis Group LLC

Tricina Cash is the Principal Consultant and President of Osmosis Group LLC which she founded to provide expertise in training and consulting for various industries. OGL’s Advance to Your Next Level directly empowers individual working professionals with access to trainings and certifications to ascend the corporate ladder and increase their own value propositions. OGL’s Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships (SIP) helps clients manage nonprofit boards, associations, and other ancillary, intermediate corporate needs. We plug-in where you need us or manage the full lifecycle of your initiative or partnership programs. Our approach is consultative and like our SIP offering OGL will partner with you to drive toward creating a congenial and professional experience for you and your stakeholders.

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Luncheon Speaker

Stefani Pashman

Chief Executive Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Stefani Pashman became the Chief Executive Officer of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliated organizations – the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh, LLC and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance – on October 2, 2017. For almost 75 years, the Conference, one of the United States’ foremost civic leadership organizations, has been bringing together public and private sector leaders to drive an agenda to improve the economic future and quality of life in the 10-county Pittsburgh region.

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“The Psyche of Supplier Diversity” Facilitator Corey Smith

Corey Smith

Senior Director of Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Diversity, Major League Baseball

Corey Smith joined Major League Baseball in 2011 as the Senior Director of Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Diversity. As such, Mr. Smith’s responsibilities include League-wide Procurement and cost-savings initiatives across all MLB entities while simultaneously increasing spend with diverse suppliers. To date, MLB’s diverse spend has increased 200% since Mr. Smith joined the League. Since joining MLB, Mr. Smith’s role has expanded to include other Diversity & Inclusion initiatives across the League, mostly recently overseeing MLB’s launch of Business Resource Groups. Mr. Smith is responsible for the eight MLB BRGs, their strategy, growth and development as a D&I best practice in the sports industry.

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  • 600 Commonwealth Pl,

  • Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States

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