Department of Defense's Mentor Protégé Summit 2023

The United States Department of Defense will host the Mentor Protégé Summit 2023 in Orlando on March 27-30, 2023. The Summit will connect key personnel from various DoD agencies with small businesses looking to join or bolster their position within the defense industrial base. The Summit will focus on strengthening the small business supply chain by improving/increasing access, resources, and opportunities. Attendees will experience an energizing program of speakers and keynotes, as well as one-to-one networking with potential partners. The Summit’s Exhibitors’ Row will provide invaluable opportunities for significant connections over a three-day showcase of various companies’ services and products that support DoD’s mission.


The comprehensive event will equip the small business community with reliable resources and pragmatic strategies. Learn how to develop mutually beneficial partnerships between experienced mentoring firms and small business protégés. Participate in discussions during training workshops and plenary sessions to increase your comprehension. Attend keynote addresses from industry thought leaders and subject matter experts. Lastly, join us in celebrating the recipients of the Nunn-Perry Awards for FY21 and FY22.


Speaker and Presenter Information

The full lineup of speakers can be found online here:


Dynamic and notable speakers include: 

Honorable Meredith Berger

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations & Environment


Honorable Dr. William A. LaPlante

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment


Honorable Deborah Rosenblum

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs and Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy


Kimberly Buehler

Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Army, Department of Defense


Timothy Cole

Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Missile Defense Agency, Department of Defense


Justin McFarlin

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Industrial Base Development & International Engagement, Department of Defense


Farooq Mitha

Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Department of Defense


Halimah Najieb-Locke

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Defense for Industrial Base Resilience, Department of Defense

Expected Number of Attendees


Relevant Government Agencies

DOD & Military

View Exhibitor/Sponsorship Details

Mon-Thu, Mar 27-30, 2023, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Exhibit Dates
Mon-Wed, Mar 27-29, 2023

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
1 Grand Cypress Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819
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Davis Management Group, Inc.
Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs

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