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A diverse supply chain means a sustainable supply chain. Launch of the Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Code of Conduct!



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Free self-registration for women business owners globally! 



Network success stories written by women business owners.

WEConnect International Day at WBENC 2014

WEConnect International will offer a full day of programming during the WBENC National Conference in Philadelphia on Sunday, June 22. Find out more…


Latest Network News!

WEConnect International Streamlines its Women Business Owner Registration Process in Canada

WEConnect International is excited to announce a new operating model in Canada designed to increase opportunities for women business owners in the country. The shift in the Canadian model will bring into alignment all of WEConnect International’s global operations including Europe, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. WEConnect International is the exclusive global partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in the USA. 

WEConnect International is no longer affiliated with the organization formally known as "WEConnect Canada". The re-launch of WEConnect International in Canada will make it easier for women business owners in Canada to connect with a global network of peers in over 70 countries as well as with a corporate membership representing over $700 billion in annual purchasing power. Read More...


New Corporations Join the Growing WEConnect International Community

Insurance giant AIG, financial powerhouse Access Bank, and pharma industry leader Merck have joined WEConnect International’s corporate community as Global Members.

Banco Nacional, the largest bank in Central America, came on board as a local member in Costa Rica.  

Merck expanded its engagement from its local membership in Canada and Europe, while the three other corporations are beginning the relationship with WEConnect International.

“We are delighted to welcome AIG, Access Bank, Merck, and Banco Nacional,” said Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Founder of WEConnect International. “We are confident they will make invaluable contributions to further our mission and we look forward to working with them,” she added.

The moves underscore the commitment of these organizations to integrate diversity and inclusion into their sourcing and procurement processes.

“In a global marketplace, we know that diversity – of people, ideas, and skills – is essential for us to continue building our competitive advantage,” Robert Benmosche, AIG President and CEO, said in a statement published on the company’s website.

“At Merck, we are committed to inclusion,” noted Quentin Roach, Chief Procurement Officer and Senior Vice President Global Procurement. “This fosters a solid and inclusive supply-base that is reliable, innovative and cost-effective,” he added.

State owned Banco Nacional of Costa Rica is the largest bank in Central America. It employs a workforce of almost 5,000 and has a network of over 170 branches.


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Brazilian WBOs network with corporate leaders at WEConnect International Forum

Over a hundred Brazilian women business owners gathered on April 7th for the 2nd Annual WEConnect International Forum to share experiences and network with corporate leaders.

“It is very inspiring for the thriving community of women business owners in Brazil to get the opportunity to interact directly with global corporate leaders,” said Jennifer Iverson, Executive Director for Brazil of WEConnect International. Read more...

Photo: Celso Mandel, Purchasing Executive Brazil, IBM; Rosângela Melatto, CSR Manager Latin America, Intel; Carmen Niethammer, IFC (moderator); Michelle Taylor, Diversity Procurement Director, Cummins.


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WEConnect International holds successful forum in Chile

With the US Ambassador in attendance, WEConnect International gathered over 100 women business owners and business leaders in Santiago to network and discuss the landscape for women entrepreneurs in Chile.

The event, held on April 9th, was generously supported by the Inter American Development Bank. The institution was represented by Eddy Linares, Chief of Operations.  Read more…

Photo: Francisca Valdés, Director for Chile for WEConnect International; Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO of WEConnect International; Mike Hammer, US Ambassador to Chile, and Belisa de las Casas, Director for Latin America for WEConnect International. 


Leno LombaWEConnect International wraps up successful Latin America event series with forum in Peru

Over two hundred Peruvian women entrepreneurs took part on April 11th in the Third Annual WEConnect International Forum held in Lima.


The event, “Incorporating Women into the Global Value Chains,” also gathered executives from leading global corporations and representatives from multilateral institutions. Senior Foreign Officer Jeffrey Hovenier attended in representation of the US Embassy.

Photo: Claudia Leno, Director, WEConnect International in Peru, and Monica Lombo, Global Category Manager, Dell Latin America.





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