WEConnect International in Brazil identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International is the only non-profit connecting women-owned businesses with multi-national corporate purchasing organizations outside of the United States.
Brazilian WBOs network with corporate leaders at WEConnect International Forum
Sao Paulo – 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.
The event, held at the Renaissance Hotel in Sao Paulo, was generously supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and Accenture, a WEConnect International corporate member.
Keynote speakers and participants stressed the role of corporations in the development and promotion of women’s economic empowerment. Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO of WEConnect International, got the discussion underway.
Representatives of Accenture, IBM, Marriott, Cummins, and Intel offered details of their purchasing processes in one panel, while another featured success stories of Brazilian women entrepreneurs. Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer were also represented at the event.
The forum in Brazil was the first of three that WEConnect International is holding in Latin America in the first part of 2014. The other events are scheduled for April 9th and April 11th in Santiago, Chile, and Lima, Peru, respectively.
Photo: Celso Mandel, Purchasing Executive Brazil, IBM; Rosângela Melatto CSR Manager Latin America, Intel; Carmen Niethammer, IFC (moderator); Michelle Taylor, Diversity Procurement Director, Cummins
CEO Elizabeth Vazquez's interview for Brazilian magazine Pequeñas Empresas y Grandes Negócios
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Executive Director for Brazil, WEConnect International