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VIP Fireside Chat: Kimberly Ball, OSDBU Director, USAID

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Join Kimberly Ball, Director, Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), for a “fireside chat,” with VIP Graduates. Ms. Ball will provide a brief overview on doing business with USAID, followed by an open dialogue Q&A with attendees.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Kimberly Ball serves as the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). USAID/OSDBU coordinates the Small Business Program and is the initial point of contact at USAID for all categories of U.S. small businesses. USAID/OSDBU also oversees USAID’s efforts to increase the participation of Minority Serving Institutions of Higher Education in USAID-sponsored programs and activities.

Prior to joining OSDBU in 2008, Ms. Ball served as a Contract Specialist in USAID’s Management/Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA). During her ten year stint in M/OAA, she supported the Global Health (GH), Europe and Eurasia (E&E), Economic Growth and Trade (EGAT), Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) Bureaus and M/OAA’s Policy Division. She ended her M/OAA career as a Contracting Officer and Team Leader supporting various divisions in the DCHA Bureau.

Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Ball worked as a contract negotiator with the United States Air Force. As a civilian employee of the U. S. Air Force, Ms. Ball served at Nellis Air Force Base, Gunter Annex and Bolling Air Force Base. She began her career with the U.S. Air Force as a Palace Acquire Intern.

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