The National Minority Supplier Development Council is postponing Leadership Week/Leadership Awards Gala, one of the signature events on our calendar, scheduled for May 13-15 in New York City.
Unprecedented events force us to make this unprecedented decision. Our focus now is the health and safety of our constituents, your families, and our communities at large.
This decision is based on close monitoring of the evolving COVID-19 global pandemic and the recommendations of the CDC, WHO, and local and state government officials, who have acknowledged that the epidemic could continue to cause disruption through September. We also continue to rely on our recently convened NMSDC COVID-19 Taskforce and to solicit feedback from key stakeholders.
Thanks to your responses and feedback, we are at work on devising ways to share valuable programming with you, while adhering to the recommended social distancing guidelines. Please stay tuned for updates on a timeframe for the rescheduled Leadership Week, as we navigate the unpredictable course of this global pandemic.
We urge you to be in touch with us on social media platforms. Check in regularly with NMSDC Connections, the NMSDC website, and your e-mail for updated information on NMSDC’s plan for working through the impact of the virus.
In the coming weeks we will provide further information on:
- Virtual programming
- Program Managers’ Seminar
- National Conference
We are prepared to offer a full refund to all registered Leadership Week/Leadership Awards Gala attendees. Please send your request to Jeanette.Cortez@nmsdc.org.
For those who have made hotel reservations for Leadership Week/Leadership Awards Gala through the NMSDC housing block, NMSDC will cancel your reservation and no cancellation fees will be charged. If reservations were made outside the NMSDC room block, please contact the hotel directly for their cancellation policy.
You also should contact your airline carrier for their cancellation policy as well.
At this time, nothing is more important than your safety and the safety of those around you. We need to be vigilant in our response to the virus and encourage those around us to do the same. Here are the measures we have taken, to date:
- Convened a cross-NGO call to discuss the impact on all of our organizations and the approach we should be taking;
- Activated the NMSDC COVID-19 Taskforce, comprised of corporate members, affiliate council presidents, MBEs, and NMSDC’s national staff;
- Surveyed each NMSDC constituent group to inform our decisions;
- Conducted risk analysis on those decisions, to present options to the NMSDC Board of Director’s Executive Committee; and
- Established work-from-home policy and telecommuting procedures for our New York-based staff.
We understand that this is a challenging time for everyone and thank you for your patience and continued support.
Sending you the best,
Adrienne C. Trimble
President and CEO