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Lunch With the Experts: No Magic Wands, How to Connect with Corporates

August 21 @ 12:00 pm


Lunch with the Experts: No Magic Wands, How to Connect with Corporates

Monday, August 21st, 2023
12:00pm ET 


Join us for a panel discussion moderated by Dawn Wells of Northwell Health. Dawn will discuss paths from certification to becoming a provider to a WBEC Corporate Sponsor. Three WBE panelists, Darcy Ann Flanders, Founder and CEO BaselineGroupNY, Dee Marshall, CEO Diverse & Engaged and Diane Winston, founder and CEO of Winston Strategic Partners, will share their unique experiences as WBEs who have successfully navigated the process of building and developing relationships with WBEC Corporate Sponsors.



Dawn Wells
Northwell Health

Dawn Wells is supply chain professional with a public health heart.  She currently serves as Assistant Vice President of Supply Chain at Northwell Health, New York’s largest healthcare provider, serving NYC, Long Island, and Westchester.  In this role she leads supply chain operations for the Health Systems’ Ambulatory Care Network comprised of more than 830 physician practices and outpatient facilities.  In addition to these responsibilities, Dawn takes an active role in championing and facilitating programs that impact all levels of the organization.  She has been a consistent champion of diversity; representing supply chain asa member of the diversity and health equity council and corporate social responsibility committee. In 2019, she chartered the health systems supplier diversity council that is charged with creating a cross functional action plan, ensuring that there is a system wide commitment to maintaining the diversity of the Health System’s suppliers, putting in place standardized processes for measuring goals and success, and partnering with external agencies to educate and deliver information to diverse suppliers within the communities served.    Dawn joined Northwell Health in 2003 as a member of the project implementation team that established framework for integrating finance, supply chain, and human resources under a shared-services umbrella. Over the years she has defined and redefined her position and responsibilities in response to the organization’s rapid growth. Dawn currently serves on the board of the NYNJ Minority Supplier Developmen



Darcy Flanders

As founder and chief brand strategist of BaselineGroupNY, Darcy is the visionary. Her strength lies in the ability to interpret clients’ goals and translate then into visually impactful and targeted printed and digital solutions. Her passion for design is contagious and her emphasis on teamwork leads to great collaborative solutions. Drawing on 35+ years of expertise, you can count on Darcy to lead an information oriented, responsive and time-sensitive creative process that considers the big picture and instinctively understands the importance of the smallest detail and the strictest schedule. Darcy has envisioned and managed corporate branding initiatives for clients such as: Galliard Capital Management, Citi Alternative Investments, Citi Private Bank, HSBC Private Bank and Rutgers Business School, Wrigley, and PSEG LI. Darcy is also passionate about helping her fellow MWBEs develop brands, websites and marketing materials and has worked with: JURISolutions Legal (JSL), McKissack & McKissack, Mrs. Paper, Savoca Enterprises, Winston Strategic Partners, Pina Solutions, Lob Planning and A,& S Rebar – to name a few. Her work has received numerous awards from the Financial Communications Society, Society of Technical Communication, the Association of the Graphic Arts, Graphic Design USA, Step Inside Design and most recently Best of 2020 Manhattan for Branding and Digital Design.



Dee Marshall
Diverse & Engaged

A sought-after international speaker, Author, certified Coach and TV Lifestyle Expert, Dee C. Marshall is CEO at DeeCMarshall.com brands, which includes Yummy Life Coaching, Diverse & Engaged and Girlfriends Pray. She is a Game Changer, Power Player, Fire Starter, Mover & Shaker and… a Wall Street alumni. Former corporate executive and leadership trainer for Fortune 500 companies including Merrill Lynch, Prudential Securities, Moody’s Investor Services, Johnson & Johnson, and The New York Times. A Capitol Hill go-to for women leaders. Women of Congress call on Dee to co-convene women’s initiatives, gather local women leaders, strategically plan the mobilization of women, and provide insight on women’s empowerment and development.  A respected authority for high-ranking, high-profile, high-level women. Dee has coached the First Lady of Bermuda and was called upon by the Premier of Bermuda to work with the top women leaders of the Country.  A diversity and inclusion subject matter expert. Working with Fortune 100 companies to engage diverse populations to improve workplace culture. a genius in mobilizing women and leveraging new media. Dee launched a community service initiative, now Girlfriends Pray, to serve women in the height of the recession by leveraging social media to grow to a network of over 100k. An award winning influencer who is a United State of Women Nominated Change Maker she’s received Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneur, 25 Influential Black Women, TWEF International Women Award, Who’s Who  New York City, NAACP Community Service Award, National Association of Female Executives Women in Corporate and many more.



Diane Winston
Winston Strategic Partners

Diane Winston is a Prosci-certified change management practitioner, senior communications strategist, trainer, and keynote speaker with over 30 years of corporate and consulting experience. She established Winston Strategic Partners in 2005 to promote employee engagement, equip leaders for the future, and support diversity and inclusion initiatives. Diane recognizes that change is a constant that impacts people. This recognition informs the strategies she defines for clients’ transformation initiatives and leadership development objectives. She possesses a keen ability to connect with her audiences from their perspective without compromising the goals of her clients. Her empathetic and straightforward approach is how Diane successfully engages, influences, and implements solutions that promote change. Diane is a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals, the International Association of Business Communicators, Women Impacting Public Policy, the Connecticut Women’s Council, and the U.S. and New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She is also active in her community. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Southwestern Connecticut Women’s Business Development Council, a SCORE Workshop Speaker and Mentor, a member of the Center for Family Justice Board of Directors, and she is a Women’s Life Group Leader at her church.


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August 21
12:00 pm
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