Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was in the national spotlight over the last several days as the host sponsor for the 28th Annual AMAC Business Diversity Conference in downtown St. Louis. Lambert helped welcome about 1, 000 business professionals to St. Louis to network and connect with potential business partners in the aviation industry. AMAC promotes and assists minority and women-owned businesses. 

Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge served on several panels throughout the conference including an Airport Director's forum.  She was also the featured speaker at the Women in Aviation breakfast where she encouraged scholarship recipients to take advantage of every opportunity to grow and strengthen their leadership skills in their young careers. 

The conference featured a Welcome to St. Louis reception for attendees who represent airports, airport businesses and small businesses from around the country. The Acting Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, also visited the St. Louis conference to address agency's on-going effort to improve opportunities for minorities and women-owned businesses on federal projects.  The former CEO of the restaurant company Baja Fresh, David Kim, was the conference keynote speaker. He encouraged business owners and leaders in the audience to follow their passions and invest in people, their employees, to grow. The final day of the Conference showcased the annual AMAC Expo which allowed companies to highlight their services.