Institutional Diversity and Inclusion


MED Week recognizes the achievements of local minority entrepreneurs, provides opportunities for networking, and presents workshops to help grow and strengthen businesses.

During the two-day conference, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with business vendors
  • Meet leaders from the regional business community
  • Learn about government contracting and business opportunities
  • Grow your professional network
  • Receive information and resources to develop your business 

Wednesday, Oct. 24 | 2 - 6:30 p.m.

"Sustain Your Dream! How Developing Structures and Systems Keep Your Business in Business"
2 - 4:15 p.m.

Katrina M. Harrell, CEO of Sage22 Ventures, LLC, is a serial entrepreneur, business strategist and community advocate. As founder of Sage22 Ventures, LLC, Harrell helps entrepreneurs in high-growth and return industries become more sustainable and profitable and establishes workforce development projects throughout North Carolina. Sage22 Ventures clients include construction companies, nonprofit organizations and municipalities. Harrell is the co-founder of The Launch Project (@LaunchWilmington), an economic empowerment, business training company and entrepreneurship investment for underserved individuals in predominantly distressed communities.

CIMG9246.jpgMinority Business Enterprise Spotlight Presentations/Reception and Vendor Fair
Co-sponsored by UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Special performance by saxophonist, Benny Hill


Thursday, Oct. 25 | 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Breakfast and Registration
8 - 8:45 a.m. 

Gloria-Shealey.jpgKeynote speaker:
Gloria Shealey, president and CEO of The Daniele Company

9 – 10 a.m. 

Gloria Shealey, president and CEO of The Daniele Company, is an accomplished construction executive with more than 25 years of experience. Over the past 12 years, the company has formed collaborative partnerships to build capacity and complete more than $560 million in projects in the areas of K-12 and higher education, healthcare and life sciences, governmental institutions, and manufacturing concerns focused in pharmaceutical, automotive and aviation construction.




Session 1 Workshops - 10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • Aggressive is NOT a Bad Word!
  • The Elusive Government Contract

Suprena-Hickman.jpgMotivational Speaker during Lunch:
Suprena Hickman, RN; Chief Escape Officer, Suprena Hickman Enterprises

12 – 1:15 p.m. 

Suprena Hickman is a registered nurse and has worked in many aspects of nursing for more than 17 years. She is the founder of Escape 2 Sisterhood, a wellness organization for women, and co-founder of a teen empowerment organization called Girls Rocking in the South, an Escape 2 Sisterhood's teen mentoring group. She also operates her own home-based bakery business called Sweet Escapes by Suprena.




Session 2 Workshops - 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.  

  • Create the Killer Elevator Pitch
  • Where Can I Get Business Financing?

Cape Fear MED Week is a part of the nationwide observance of Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week.

Parking Information and Directions to Burney Center (Lot M)