CHICAGO 

DEVELOPERS

CONFERENCE

Virtual
April 20th - 21st, 2021

2021 Official Registration Video

Building Bridges and Breaking Down Barriers.

Calling all minority contractors, construction companies, architects, engineers and suppliers...

Join us for a 2-day virtual conference featuring the developers behind some of Chicago's most exciting new property developments including:

  • ​Obama Presidential Center 

  • Bronzeville Lakefront 

  • Lincoln Yards 

  • North Union

  • One Central

  • The 78

 

We connect minority suppliers

to developers of the biggest property developments in Chicago.

Robert Dunn,

President, 

Landmark Development

"One Central"

Dean Marks,

Managing Principal, 

Sterling Bay

"Lincoln Yards"

Lori Healey,

Sr. VP & Operations and Implementation Lead, 

Obama Foundation

"Obama Presidential Center"

Morgan Malone

Director of Development and External Affairs,

Farpoint Development

"Bronzeville Lakefront"

James D. Letchinger,

Founder & CEO, 

JDL Development

"North Union"

Don Biernacki,

Executive VP Construction, 

Related Midwest 

"The 78"

Michelle Relerford,

Anchor/Reporter, 

NBC 5 Chicago

Rashied Davis,

Founder/Board Member, Saturday Place 

Cathy Kwiatkowski,

Director of Public Affairs,

City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services

Terry Miller,

Chief of Diversity & Strategic Development, Illinois Tollway

Samir Mayekar,

City of Chicago
Deputy Mayor

Michele Sutton,

Senior DBE Certification Specialist,

Metra

Ciere Boatright,

Vice President, Real Estate and Inclusion, 

Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives

Mishaune Sawyer,

General Counsel and Director of Projects,

ERS Enterprises

Zeb McLaurin

CEO and Founder,

McLaurin Development Partners

Kelly Hogan

Founder/Board Member, Saturday Place 

Leonard McLaughlin,

Senior Sales Manager, 

Gallagher

Philippe H. Victor,

Bureau Chief of Contract Compliance,

IDOT

Vince Williams,

President & CEO, ChicagoMSDC

Karen Goldner,

Managing Director of Established Business Services, WBDC

Rosalyn Putman,

Supervisor, Business Opportunity Specialist Illinois District,

SBA

 

Schedule and Agenda

DAY 1 | Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

WELCOME | 10AM - 10:05AM CST 

A warm welcome from Vince Williams, President & CEO of the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council. 

RELATED MIDWEST | 10:05AM - 10:35AM CST 

Related Midwest will discuss “The 78” development project and opportunities. 

STERLING BAY | 10:35AM - 11:05AM CST 

Sterling Bay will discuss the “Lincoln Yards” development project and opportunities. 

FARPOINT | 11:05AM - 11:35AM CST 

Farpoint will discuss the “Bronzeville Lakefront” development project and opportunities. 

FIRESIDE CHAT  | 11:35AM - 12:00PM CST 

Chat with Vince Williams, President/CEO from ChicagoMSDC and Jay Rowell, Executive Director from Hire 360 on recognizing the important role that developers play in the shaping of cities like Chicago.

LUNCH | 12:00PM - 1:00PM CST 

An hour break for lunch. 

CHICAGO PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITIES | 1:00 - 1:30PM CST

The City of Chicago will present procurement opportunities.

INSURANCE & BONDING:  THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY - UNDERSTANDING INSURANCE AND BONDING | 1:30PM – 2:00PM CST

Gallagher Commercial Surety and Bonds Insurance company an expert in the field of providing bonds and sureties that keep business moving.

CONSTRUCTION WORKFORCE DIVERSITY IN A PANDEMIC: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? | 2:00PM – 2:30PM CST

COVID19 changed the way workforce development programs were able to operate and also with providing assistance to those candidates that were most in need of these opportunities. Come learn about how HIRE360 has been leading the charge in going virtual with workforce and supportive services that we provide to candidates interested in careers in the industries that we serve..

WHAT IS THE RIGHT CERTIFICATION:  MBE, WBE, DBE? | 2:30PM – 3:30PM CST 

The workshop will give you expert advice on the certification process and which one is right for you.

DAY 1 WRAP-UP | 3:30PM - 3:40PM CST 

A chat to recap and close out day 1 of the conference. 

 

DAY 2 | Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

WELCOME | 10AM - 10:05AM CST 

A warm welcome from Michelle Releford of NBC 5 Chicago. 

OBAMA FOUNDATION | 10:05AM - 10:35AM CST 

The Obama Foundation will discuss “The Obama Presidential Center” development project and opportunities. 

JDL DEVELOPMENT PROPERTIES | 10:35AM - 11:05AM CST 

JDL Development Properties will discuss the “North Union” development project and opportunities. 

LANDMARK DEVELOPMENT  | 11:05AM - 11:35AM CST 

Landmark Development will discuss the “One Central” development project and opportunities. 

FIRESIDE CHAT  | 11:35AM - 12:00PM CST 

Chat with Vince Williams, President/CEO from ChicagoMSDC and Jay Rowell, Executive Director from HIRE360 on recognizing the important role that developers play in the shaping of cities like Chicago.

LUNCH | 12:00PM - 1:00PM CST 

An hour break for lunch. 

ROADS TO BUILDING SUCCESS: ILLINOIS

TOLLWAY | 1:00PM – 1:30PM CST

As an economic engine for the region, the Illinois Tollway provides small, diverse and veteran businesses with opportunities to grow and succeed. Senior leadership will feature unbundled construction projects made accessible through the Small Business Initiative (SBI) and other programs.

DEPUTY MAYOR SPEAKS | 1:30PM – 2:00PM CST

The Deputy Mayor of Economic and Neighborhood Development for the City of Chicago will give an update on the Invest South/West Project.

WHAT IDOT OFFERS TO DBE'S | 2:00PM – 2:30PM CST

Resource Centers provide access to Internet, computers, printers and scanners for DBE firms conducting business with IDOT.  Supportive Services consultants utilize the Resource Centers to host a variety of workshops, networking sessions and to provide one-on-one assistance. 

SHOW ME THE MONEY: ACCESS TO CAPITAL | 2:30PM – 3:00PM CST

HIRE360 will cover access to capital and the different funders that we interact with along with required documents. HIRE360 will also talk about the technical assistance that we provide for all businesses that participate in our loan program.

DAY 2 WRAP-UP | 3:00PM - 3:10PM CST 

A chat to recap and close out day 2 of the conference. 

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