About POP Marketplace Conference
Power of Partnering Marketplace (POP) is an annual conference in Atlanta bringing together hundreds of women entrepreneurs, business leaders, corporations and procurement professionals. This two-day conference delivers valuable connections, training, innovative thinking and takeaways designed to help you reach your procurement and business goals.
Day One – Aug. 26th, 2019:
Country Club of the South – 4100 Old Alabama Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30022
The 2019 POP Marketplace Golf Tournament will be held at the Country Club of the South. Participants will enjoy a day of business leisure and networking!
Day Two – Aug. 27th, 2019:
Gwinnett Infinite Energy Center – 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, Ga 30097
Delivers critical value to certified WBEs and corporate members and will be fully-loaded with development breakout sessions. The Marketplace Luncheon includes inspirational speakers, a Corporate procurement activity, and much, much more.
Combined Day 1 and Day 2 Sponsorship Opportunities are also available!
Meet Our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Shawne Duperon!
With a PhD in communication and an expertise in good gossip, Dr. Shawne Duperon is considered to be one of the most innovative speakers and consultants on engagement today. Her social reach tops 100 million a month.
From London, Athens, Munich and across North America, Dr. Shawne educates corporations, universities, governments and entrepreneurs, on how to effectively communicate resulting in increased engagement, retention, agility and creativity in the workplace. Her progressive teachings on Forgiveness as a Leadership Skill, shift corporate cultures and amplify respect. Her case study, Project Forgive, a non-profit and non-religious educational foundation, focuses on mental health and business programs that make a difference for Veterans and those who make a difference in the juvenile justice system.
This Six-Time EMMY® winner has been featured on CNN, ABC, Inc. Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, to name a few. As a scholar, Dr. Shawne’s expertise is leading-edge. Applying gossip theory, her disruptive strategies caused Project Forgive to go viral, garnering an endorsement from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the honor of a 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination for her work on global leadership.
Andy Fried, Accounting & Finance, Consultant, UGA Small Business Development Center
Andy Fried has over twenty-five years experience in the financial, retail and real estate sectors. He began his career as a CPA with Laventhol and Horwath in New York. In 1984, Mr. Fried became owner and President of a retail business with locations throughout the New York tri-state area. Andy sold his retail interests and moved to Atlanta where he became an owner, manager and agent of commercial real estate properties. Since 2007, Andy has provided guidance and assistance to the small business community as a business consultant at the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center at Kennesaw State University.
Melinda Pitts, The Federal Reserve Bank Atlanta
Melinda Pitts is the research center director of the Center for Human Capital Studies(CHCS) in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Dr. Pitts is part of the applied microeconomics team. Her major fields of study are health and labor economics. She also contributes to the Atlanta Fed’s macroblog, which provides commentary on economic topics, including monetary policy, macroeconomic developments, and the Southeast economy.
Dr. Pitts has published in several journals, including Industrial Relations, the American Economic Review, Archives of Internal Medicine, and Research in Labor Economics.
Dr. Pitts received her doctorate in economics in 1997 and her master’s degree in economics in 1993, both from North Carolina State University. She received her bachelor of arts in economics in 1987 from Clemson University.
Raj Verma, Vice President – Procurement Services, GoProcure
Raj Verman is an Executive leader known for providing strategic solutions to procurement/supply chain organizations. He has over 25 years of experience in procurement, sourcing and Supply Chain. Currently, leading GoProcure’s Diversity Solutions for Fortune 500 firms along with Tail Spend Management, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement transformation. Prior to GoProcure, he helped launch Metaprocure successful MSP brand. Prior to Metaprocure, Raj led Global Sourcing & Logistics programs for GE Power in Atlanta.
He is the Chairperson for the Georgia Business Process Management Board, sits on leadership committee for TAG(technology Association of Georgia). Serves on Chick-Fil A college football committee board. He has Master Black Belt certification from GE. He has an MBA from University of Florida and a BS from Michigan State University.
Thank you to all of our corporate members, sponsors and WBEs who attended the 2018 POP Marketplace Conference.