Event features fireside chat with Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey CEO Fawn Weaver

The Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council will hold its annual Business Opportunity Conference May 23-26.

The free, three-day conference will bring together existing and prospective corporate members, certified MBEs, business leaders, owners, community leaders, supplier diversity teams and purchasing professionals to re-energize their collective efforts to Certify. Develop. Connect. and Advocate for minority firms in the global corporate supply chain. Our goal is to continue to deliver impactful sessions and networking opportunities that prepare, position and propel you to the next level. 


Monday, May 23

Successful Partnerships with Corporate Members & MBEs 

  • Cheque Montemayor, Harbar LLC
  • Kate Weaver, Peapod Digital Labs
  • Ted Parker & Paige Parker, Vibrant Health
  • Edwin Alvarez & Monette Knapik, CVS Health
  • Moderated by Peter Hurst, GNEMSDC

MBE: MBE Partnerships: How to Grow, Together

  • Eric Hardy & Carolyn Ball, w3r 
  • Ramon Peralta, Peralta Design
  • Moderated by Peter Hurst, GNEMSDC

Tuesday, May 24

Fireside Chat featuring Fawn Weaver, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey and Donna Latson Gittens, MORE Advertising

Wednesday, May 25

Via Zoom: Concurrent Corporate & MBE Roundtable Meetings

About Fawn Weaver 

Fawn Weaver has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 25 years. As the CEO and founder of Grant Sidney Inc., a privately held investment company, Weaver has often been active in her investments, serving in leadership capacities behind the scenes. Weaver is a popular TED speaker, as well as a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author who has appeared on 100s of popular radio, morning and television talk shows across the United States,

Weaver serves as the CEO of Uncle Nearest Inc., a company she founded in 2016, which sits under the Grant Sidney umbrella. Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey is the fastest-growing American whiskey brand in U.S. history, the bestselling African American founded spirit brand of all time, and was the most award-winning American whiskey (including bourbon) of 2019, 2020 and has now extended that winning streak to include 2021, including sweeping 16 of the top 18 award competitions in the world. The super-premium brand has earned “World’s Best” by Whisky Magazine two years in a row, as well as the industry coveted “Double Gold” by San Francisco World Spirits Competition and Wine Enthusiast’s “Spirit Brand of the Year.”


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