To Be Held May 2-5, 2018 in Louisville, KY
Unique Event Brings Together Women, LGBTBE, Veteran and Minority Businesses for Professional Development and Social Networking

January 24, 2018 — Louisville, KY - The Kentucky Derby season is a special time of year that unites people from Louisville and beyond. Using this national platform, a new event will debut in 2018 which aims to pull together a special professional group with the intention of generating opportunities for diverse businesses in  communities across the US.
In partnership with The Kentucky Diversity Chamber of Commerce, The Derby Diversity & Business Summit will host its Inaugural event from Wednesday, May 2, to Saturday, May 5, 2018. The occasion will bring together elite Women, LGBTBE, Minority and Veteran Owned Enterprises to network, develop, and enjoy Louisville and one of the world’s finest events – the historic Kentucky Derby.  The Summit seeks to help leaders of large corporate entities develop and strengthen ties with diverse owned firms who have strong capacity and scalability that can help grow the corporation’s market share.  Attendees of the Summit will benefit from development seminars, panel discussions, and business and policy leaders who will share their keys to success and the work being done to improve growth in the area of business diversity.  Current sponsors include but aren’t limited to: PurePath Capital, Delta Airlines, Procter and Gamble, Nestlé, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Consensio Group, NAC, Argent Tape & Label, ABS a Diversant Company, NAWBO Kentucky and many others. 
“The first Saturday in May is a special time of the year because it allows friends, both old and new, to foster and rekindle relationships with people who call Louisville home and with others from different parts of the world,” said David Tandy, President of the Kentucky Diversity Chamber of Commerce. “I’ve been impressed with the robust support of our corporate partners who are taking the time and capital to focus their efforts on this Summit – demonstrating how important diversity and inclusion is to their respective organizations and the communities they serve.”
The four-day event will be kicked off by a welcome reception hosted by Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, a regional business law firm with a national reach. Summit activities will be held at the Galt House Hotel in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky,
“These events are timely. Until now, Louisville has never really organized an occasion during Derby which becomes the central point of connection specifically designed to bring LGBTBE, Minority, Women AND Veteran business owners together in one place allowing for business development opportunities,” said Tawana Bain, Chair of the Summit. “The Derby Diversity & Business Summit will not only ensure these groups experience Derby to the fullest, it will also allow them to develop lasting relationships with each other and gain inspiration for their continued success.”  
A portion of the 2018 Summit proceeds will be donated to the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Kentucky to improve and expand its signature GROW program – an initiative designed to improve operations and strategic growth for diverse owned businesses within the Kentuckiana community. 
Details about the keynote and professional development programming will be announced in late February. Ticket pricing and on-sale information is available at

Sponsorships are still available. For information, contact Tawana Bain at 502-297-1303.

About Derby Diversity & Business Summit:
The mission of the Derby Diversity Business Summit (DDBS) is to support organizations who work to advance Diverse Owned Businesses. To accomplish our mission, we identify projects in which we can provide funding that supports education, business development and training initiatives for organizations committed to the advancement of Diverse Owned Businesses. Each year the DDBS committee chooses an organization that meets specific criteria and aligns with our objectives of strengthening the capacity and scale of Diverse Owned Businesses.