What is TIG?

The global leader in advancing diverse suppliers in global corporate supply chains for the tech industry.

Telecommunications Industry Group (TIG) was comprised of telecom-specific companies. In 2012, TIG merged with another diversity industry group leader, the Information Systems Technology Group (ISTG), to form the Technology Industry Group. Today, TIG is more representative of a broad industry where telecom, consumer electronics, and enterprise hardware and software have merged into one supply chain. Through our collaborative efforts, we strive to bring supplier diversity into the next generation of supply chains. (Source: tigsd.org)

TIG's mission is: “To Drive Change in the High Tech Industry That Will Result in Diverse Businesses Becoming Strategic Partners in Our Supply Chains.”

Why is TIG important?  

"TIG Supplier Diversity creates a commonality of needs and issues in a non-competitive setting.  They can collectively solve problems and create a tremendous impact for diverse suppliers. Supplier diversity takes workforce diversity to an exponential level, impacting not only employees, but business owners, their employees and their communities."  

                                          - Fernando Martinez, President and CEO, Northwest Mountain MSDC.

View the 2017 Silent Auction Catalog

The 2017 Silent Auction catalog can be viewed at www.nwmtnmsdc.org/silentauction.

Every year, the Northwest Mountain MSDC holds a silent auction during the Annual Scholarship Fundraiser benefiting the Northwest Mountain MSDC Scholarship Fund.  Silent Auction donations are accepted from stakeholders and local businesses and attractions.  Donated items are showcased during the event and featured on the Silent Auction Catalog which is featured on the Council's main website, the event page, social media pages and email marketing.

This year's early donors include Acme Bowl, Costco Wholesale, Mavensoft, Mike Nakamura Photography and Seattle Museum of Pop Culture.  To donate, interested parties can contact the Council directly or submit the online form.  Donations are tax deductible.

The Northwest Mountain MSDC awards $25,000 annually primarily as a result of donations received from Council events and fundraisers.  Funding is provided for Minority-owned business executive training, event participation and education, including MBE education programs at Foster School of Business at University of Washington and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.  Over the last eight years, the Council has provided over $200,000 in Minority Business Scholarships.

Deadline for event program acknowledgement:  August 1, 2017

Donated items due at Northwest Mountain MSDC office by:  August 11, 2017

Tips for getting your best professional headshot

Headshot by Mike Nakamura Photography

Headshot by Mike Nakamura Photography

Clothing & Jewelry

Keep it simple. Minimal jewelry, plain necklines, solid colors (light tone-on-tone patterns are fine), and a nice additional layer (light sweater or coat) are all great. Mid-tone to dark colors are usually best and few people look good in flesh tone clothing (in photographs). Long sleeves offer maximum posing flexibility.

Avoid overbearing patterns, sheer tops, fancy and decorated necklines, baggy and loose clothing, high-collared sweaters and jackets, wrinkled clothing, and flat collars. Any jewelry hanging, big, or shiny will take attention away from you.

Freshly starched pointed collars look good, avoid flat and wrinkled collars. For men, if you are going with an open collar look, given the choice collars without patterns inside the collar are preferred.



For business headshots, a natural look is best. My work is known for a natural look, so I would advise against putting on a lot of make-up before the session.

For men, no makeup; however, bring a lip balm like Chap Stick.

Lipstick one shade darker than your best “in-person” look usually photographs better.

Make-up for women is highly recommended. We start the session very natural. You can always add make-up during the session to change your look. It’s more convenient to add make-up than to remove it. Make sure you use and apply your mascara correctly. Sticky eyelashes don’t look good on the final images. If you use foundation, make sure it doesn’t have any SPF in it. SPF combined with the strobes in the studio make you look really pale.



Try to get a good night’s rest before your headshot session.



Retouching or digital airbrushing is done on images unless you purchase the “All selected high resolution jpgs from session (not retouched)” option.

Don’t worry; you’ll look like yourself after retouching.  We are showcasing the real you and, yes we do offer a bit of help, no one will wonder if you had work done.


Get your professional headshot by Mike Nakamura at the 2017 Annual Conference!

Special discounted rate of $75 for Annual Conference participants. 


425.260.4033 | mike@mikenakamuraphotography.com