The Capital Region Minority Chamber of Commerce will host a wide array of speakers at its fourth annual diversity summit, Friday, May 4 from 7:45 a.m. to noon at Princeton University’s Carnegie Center building at 701 Canal Pointe Boulevard. Tickets to the event are $60, $50 for members. For more information, visit capitalregionminoritychamber.org.

The Capital Chamber, which promotes businesses belonging to minority ethnic groups, women, LGBT people, veterans, and people with disabilities. Every year the group hosts a diversity summit to promote diverse and inclusive business environments.

This year the keynote speaker is Ramona E. Romero, general counsel for Princeton University. She will be followed by two panel discussions: one on higher education, and a second on diversity certification.

The summit is open to business owners, human resources professionals, recruiters, and anyone invested and interested in issues involving diversity and inclusion. This event will foster the exchange of new ideas and approaches, best practices in the development meaningful and impactful diversity and inclusion strategies for your business.

“Princeton University is committed to making supplier diversity an integral part of the way it does business, consistent with its commitment to a diverse and inclusive university community,” says Mohamed Ela, director, procurement services at Princeton University. “Our commitment is driven by the belief that engaging a diverse supply base is mutually beneficial; fostering competition, opportunity, and generating considerable value by broadening the pool of supplier expertise, perspectives, and capabilities.”

Romero has been Princeton’s top lawyer since 2014. Before that, she led a staff of 275 as general counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she collaborated with the White House, the Department of Justice, and other federal agencies and oversaw the department’s office of ethics. She had been nominated for the job by President Obama. She was also chief legal adviser to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Outside of this official role she was also president of the Hispanic National Bar Association and testified on behalf of Sonia Sotomayor.

Before joining the federal government, Romero was a lawyer for DuPont, where she was corporate counsel for logistics and energy and general counsel for Sentinel Transportation, a DuPont joint venture. Before that, she was a lawyer for the Washington law firm Crowell and Mooring.

Born in the Dominican Republic, Romero earned a law degree from Harvard and a bachelor’s from Columbia.

The panelists on higher education include:

Chris Bradie, associate vice president of business services for the University of Pennsylvania.

Glynis Sherard, director of sponsored research accounting at Princeton University.

Anup Kapur executive director of procurement services at the College of New Jersey.

The panel is moderated by Mohamed Ela, director of procurement services for Princeton University.

The diversity certification panel is made up of:

Wes Coleman, manager of supplier diversity and sustainability for Rutgers.

Don Newman, director of small business advocacy for the state of New Jersey

Laurie Seliger, managing director of Keylingo Translations and co-president of the state LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

The panel is moderated by Tasha Youngblood Brown, director of internal audit for Princeton University.

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