July is a good time to look back at the first half of the year!
Exciting Stuff Inside!
Video Webisode Series, Episode #2
Managing Your Currently Un-managed Spend (click on photo)
Procurement Pain Point Insights in about 90 Seconds
 Celebrating Supplier Diversity
NMSDC and NY&NJ Minority Supplier Development Council
The 2017 NMSDC Leadership Dinner was held in NYC on May 17th. TCGI was MBE co-chair of the event. As part of our sponsorship, TCGi produced the "We Are NMSDC" video that can be seen by clicking the photo above or here. Enjoy! 

TCGi sponsored a hole at the 2017 Networking For Scholarships golf outing held on June 6th hosted by the NY&NJ Minority Supplier Development Council. See the photo below.

Avis Yates Rivers keynoted the luncheon at NY&NJ MSDC Business Opportunity Exchange on June 27th. Were you there?
Fast 50 Ranking - TCGi in the TOP 3
of Women Owned/Led Businesses
Hard work and teamwork pay off!

In case you missed it ---- the WPO/American Express fastest growing women-owned/led businesses rankings are in and TCGi came in at #3!

Read about the Fast 50 in Forbes and Fortune or our blog!
Dawna J. Colbert Scholarship
Dawna J. Colbert was an integral part of the TCGi Team. In addition to being our SAP expert and key member of the eProcure™ development team, she led TCGi's volunteer efforts including Elijah's Promise, the Franklin Food Drive and the 2016 Christmas Toy Drive.

Dawna passed away in May after a tough fight against cancer.  In honor of her extraordinary life and service, TCGi is setting up:

The Dawna J. Colbert Scholarship
whose purpose is:  

To provide funds for female and/or minority college students
desiring to study Computer Science, IT or Engineering.

Fundraising for the scholarship will begin once 501(c)(3) status has been granted (IRS pending). Pledges can be given now, please email eshelton@technologyconcepts.com with your pledge amount.


Dawna’s 9 year old grandson has pledged the first dollar to honor his "Nana". Check back on our website for future updates.  

Dawna was an avid runner and cyclist. On October 21st, her birthday, a 5K will be run in her honor. Details to follow.

Recent Events, Near & Far

TCGi has been involved and connected with many important and exciting events in the Spring and beginning of Summer of 2017.

Supply Nation, Connect 2017-Sydney (photo above) was a procurement & supply chain conference held in Sydney Australia on May 3rd and 4th.  TCGi CEO, Avis Yates Rivers was on a panel entitled "Going Global" discussing the new supply chain dynamics of global connectivity. Supply Nation certifies indigenous-owned companies in Australia.

ServiceNow's Knowledge 17 conference in Orlando May 7th -11th featured several important topics including automation, which is changing the way organizations are doing business. Avis keynoted the breakfast and served on a panel discussing women in technology. See photo below. All attendees of the breakfast received a copy of Avis's book.

WBENC’s 20th Anniversary National Conference & Business Fair-Looking Back to the Future held in Las Vegas June 20th – 23rd and featured a Q&A with Octavia Spencer of Hidden Figures. A pic of our sales team at our business fair booth can be seen below.

Chicago Business Opportunity Fair (NMSDC Chicago Chapter)  was held on April 20th in Chicago. It celebrated a historic 50th year as the nation's first and region’s largest conference and trade fair. More than 2,000 corporate executives, minority business owners and government officials attend annually. 

WBENC Summit & Salute was held In New Orleans March 20th - 23rd and featured Tamron Hall as one of the keynote speakers (see photo below).
Book Award & Signing 
Necessary Inclusion, Embracing the Changing Faces of Technology, written by Avis Yates Rivers, was a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the category of Multicultural Non-Fiction.  

The Gaithersburg Book Festival held on May 20th featured more than 100 best-selling and award-winning authors. Avis was one of the many authors participating in a book signing session. Check out the pic in the photo section below of all the authors' signatures.  

The photo above, features Avis and author of Elegant Entrepreneur,  Danielle Tate, displaying each other's works.  
What is the essence of innovation?
Find out what Steve Wozniak said about it in his keynote at ATX NYC in June! 
Click the Pic to find out!
Check out the new white paper on e-Procurement and how will it transform your organization! 
TCGi has been busy connecting with the World -Check out the Photos of the first half of 2017
Photos above (from l. to r.): Sydney Opera House, Supply Nation Connect 17 EY- sponsored award; Sydney Airport Welcome Sign; Avis says "It's Show Time" in Sydney; TCGi’s sponsored hole for NY&NJ MSDC’s Networking for Scholarships golf outing; Gaithersburg Book Festival 100-Author Signatures; TCGi Sales Team (Karen Brooks, Avis, Paul E. Ruffin) at the WBENC Conference & Business Fair in Las Vegas; Avis and a book purchaser at one of her book signings; Avis and Paul (Ruffin)-TCGi VP, Sales at the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council gala; Avis gives luncheon keynote talk on "Having NO LIMITS" at the NY&NJ MSDC Business Opportunity Exchange; Keynoter Tamron Hall at the WBENC Summit & Salute, New Orleans; ‘Hidden Figures’ author Margot Lee Shetterly speaks at the NCWIT Summit On Women and IT in Tucson, AZ; Avis and her Sit With Me red chair at the NCWIT Summit in Tucson, AZ; Avis presenting the Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year Award at the NMSDC Leadership Awards dinner; and finally TCGi's Client Relations Director, Kathleen D'Angelis at the ServiceNow Knowledge17 conference in Orlando, FL.
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