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WEConnect International in Mexico 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.

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Event Wrap Up: Women's Forum 2016

Building on the theme of Co-creando junt@s / Co-creating together, the first edition of the Women's Forum Mexico emphasized actions and solutions to open new social and economic opportunities, and the need and importance of involving everyone in processes of change.  The event,held on April 27-28, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Polanco in Mexico City, welcomed more than 500 women and men leaders from Mexico, the United States and Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and representing all major sectors of society. Elizabeth A. Vazquez was among the prestigious list of speakers and panelists.

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Women's Empowerment and Workforce Development Event

Interested in women's economic empowerment? Join business leaders on February 9-10 to learn how companies with operations in Mexico can successfully integrate women-owned businesses into their supply chains.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, along with the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, WEConnect International, and our corporate and nonprofit partners, will convene a two-day event in Mexico City on February 9-10, 2016 focused on promoting women’s entrepreneurship 

Learn more.

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Apply for VV GROW Fellowship by January 31, 2016

We are thrilled to announce that our partner, Vital Voices, is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 VV GROW Fellowship! The VV GROW Fellowship is a highly competitive one-year accelerator program for women owners of small and medium businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa. Learn more about the Vital Voices GROW Fellowship and how to apply for the 2016-2017 fellowship here: http://www.vitalvoices.org/what-we-do/issues/economic-empowerment/apply-vv-grow-fellowship


 

Testimonio acerca de Luz Maria de la Mora

LorenaGarciniCropper(2015.11.19) Espero te encuentres muy bien , me presento contigo mi nombre es Lorena Garcini y soy certificada de WEConnect International en Mexico desde hace 3 años y me gustaría dar mi testimonio de caso de éxito y nominar  así,  al Capitulo Weconnect Mexico que dirige muy exitosamente la Doctora Luz Maria de la Mora ,  para el premio Global 2015 al mejor Capitulo de WEConnect International .Las razones por las cuales considero que debería ganarlo son varias , en mi caso particular gracias a mi certificación gane una licitación para manejar el servicio de Coffe Shops en los Corporativos de IBM Mexico en sus ubicaciones de Santa Fe y Legaria llevamos un año operándolos con el concepto de Coffe Shop Las Tentaciones by Mamma Bella , exitosamente , también gracias a mi certificación somos proveedores de catering de Accenture desde hace dos años , también proveemos de servicio de catering a Pfizer y fabricamos pan y postres para Eurest surtiendo actualmente a 15 de sus comedores industriales entre ellos; Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Expansion, HSBC, Sanofi etc . Pero mas allá de mi caso personal de éxito, la razón mas importante para nominar al Capitulo es que en el ,  la Doctora Luz Maria de la Mora junto a su profesional equipo ha logrado formar una gran familia de mujeres empresarias las cuales nos sentimos cobijadas bajo su liderazgo siempre atenta a nuestras necesidades particulares , motivando e impulsando a crecer como empresarias cada día.

Lorena Garcini 
Mamma Bella
Empresa Certificada Mujeres Emprendedoras


Testimonio acerca de Luz Maria de la Mora

(2015.11.19) Somos una empresa mexicana, certificada en WeConnect México y deseamos expresar nuestro  más profundo agradecimiento por el apoyo recibido por parte del equipo México.La calidad de los eventos en los que hemos participado nos ha permitido generar aprendizaje, crecimiento y nuevas oportunidades. Abrir posibilidades a las pequeñas y medianas empresa es la palanca que seguramente nos permitirá a muchas empresarias crecer. Hemos comenzado a construir redes,  a ser más eficientes para vender nuestros productos y servicios y ampliar nuestra visión de negocios.De manera muy especial quisiera resaltar que a la calidad del servicio, se suma la calidez y la cercanía personal que he recibido por parte de Luzma, Alicia y el resto del equipo.Mil gracias por hacer posible que está iniciativa llegue a muchas mujeres mexicanas y por permitirme ser parte de esta red de crecimiento, colaboración y aprendizaje.

Ma. Dolores Correa Laphan 
Informatica Computacion Avanzada de Mexico (ICAM)
Empresa Certificada Mujeres Emprendedoras


Testimonio acerca de Luz Maria de la Mora

(2015.11.19) Quiero nominar a WEConnect Internacional en MEXICO para el Premio WECI 2015 pues con su trabajo están transformando vidas.En México ser empresario es complicado, y ser una mujer emprendedora lo es aún más. WEConnect México me ha permitido ver estratégicamente las formas de acercar mi negocio a las grandes empresas y posicionarlo como una oferta competitiva en el medio.La forma de construir relaciones honestas, abiertas y profesionales con corporativos me ha permitido acercamientos que difícilmente podría construir sin su ayuda y respaldo. WEConnect México es para mí una tarjeta de presentación invaluable, representan apoyo y seguridad.La cercanía, motivación e impulso con la que LuzMa de la Mora, Alicia Sierra y Christopher Briseño nos acompañan en el posicionamiento de nuestra empresa, me compromete a seguir trabajando incansable, honesta y segura.

Lourdes Monsalvo
Working Title Studio
Empresa Certificada Mujeres Emprendedoras


4th Forum in Mexico: “Linking Women Owned Businesses into Global Value Chains” 

November 6, 2015 | México City | Hotel Sheraton María Isabel 

 

 

WEConnect International in Mexico hosted its 4th anual fórum on November 6 in Mexico City. The event was very well attended by more than 120 people including women business owners, corporate members and government officials.  The forum was a great opportunity to discuss the role of women as drivers of the economy and their role in multinational value chains. Among our esteemed guests and panelists including the U.S. Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. William Duncan, Head of ProMexico’s export promotion unit Ms. Elena Achar and President of Inadem (National Institute for Entrepreneurship) Mr. Enrique Jacob.  

More than 39 buyers from 20 corporate members participated in our well-known matchmaking session with more than 60 women business owners. Over the course of three hours, women met one-on-one with buyers from member corporations including Accenture, AT&T, ExxonMobil, IBM, Monsanto, Pfizer, and Walmart. Also, this was the first year that PepsiCo Mexico participated as a local corporate member. Buyers from Dupont and Ford Motor Company participated as well, as an incentive to gauge the caliber of the businesses in our network.  The matchmaking session facilitated 300 individual business meetings generating more than 8 potential leads / successes.  These include:

DIDCO with Accenture

Mundo Genius with IBM

Casa Manzano with Dupont

Imaging Supplies with Pfizer and Ford, among others

This forum served as a platform for women to network amongst each other which also resulted in business opportunities.

WEConnect International in Mexico will be collaborating with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a two-day event on February 9-10, 2016 as a follow up to the forum.


VIDEO: Interview with Luz María de la Mora for IMEFI TV on the work of WEConnect International in Mexico. 

 


First Latin American Regional Forum

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"Connecting Women-Owned Businesses with Global Value Chains"

On March 26, 2015, WEConnect International held its first regional forum in Colombia featuring key speakers, training sessions, networking opportunities, and a trade fair.  This event also marked WEConnect International’s official opening in Colombia and features its Women Business Enterprises (WBEs). Special recognition awards were also presented to WBEs, WEConnect International corporate members, and partnership organizations that have demonstrated exceptional success and leadership. 

See photos from the event on Facebook!

Read more about the event in the news:

  • EFE: "WEConnect International llega Colombia para impulsar a mujeres empresarias"
  • El Espectador: "Una red que ayuda a las mujeres empresarias"
  • El Economista America: "Empresarias colombianas se vincularán a grandes cadenas globales de valor"
  • Entorno Inteligente: "Empresaras globales, tras negocios con firmas de mujeres"
  • KienyKe: "Ella empezó con un restaurante casero y hoy provee a cinco multinacionales"

ismCertified Business in Mexico City Recognized by Enterprising Women Magazine

(20 January 2015) Enterprising Women Magazine recently announced its Top Women Entrepreneurs - Class of 2015. Included among the prestigious list was Maria Teresa Cepeda Casasus of certfied women's business enterprise Imaging Supplies de Mexico SA, Mexico City, Mexico. Cepeda Casasus was nominated because of her fast-growth business and her active support of other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship. 

All honorees will be recognized at the 13th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards and Conference on March 29-31, 2015 at Disney's Grand Floridian Resport and Spa in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Learn more about the Award Ceremony.

Learn more about the WEConnect International Seal of Certification and how WEConnect International in Mexico can help you grow your women-owned business.


 

Buscan impulsar a empresarias

por Claudia Ocaranza, Excelsior

(Enero 2015) "'¿Cómo va a haber mercado interno si la mitad de la población está rezagada?', impulsada por esa pregunta Luz María de la Mora, directora general de WEConnect International México, señala la importancia de avanzar más en la creación de empresarias mexicanas, a través de financiamiento y una cultura empresarial más amplia.

En un país donde seis decada diez mujeres no reciben ingreso por su trabajo, por tratarse de labores del hogar o servicios no remunerados, y donde muchas veces el sueldo puede ser hasta 50 por ciento menor al de sus pares hombres, de acuerdo al For Económico Mundial, se hace evidente la necesidad de brindar más oportunidades a las mujeres emprendedoras.

México se ubica en el lugar 80, de 142 países, con una calificación de .69 en una escala de cero (inequidad) a uno (equidad), en el Indice de Brecha de Género 2014 del Foro Económico Mundial..."

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Cooperación, en su mejor momento

Escrito por Angélica Pineda el 06 Ene 201

"El reciente encuentro entre los mandatarios de México y EU obligan a revisar los avances en la colaboración binacional en materia de emprendimiento e innovación

Hace dos años, las pequeñas y medianas empresas fueron las grandes protagonistas del encuentro que sostuvieron en mayo del 2013 los presidentes de México y Estados Unidos, Enrique Peña Nieto y Barack Obama. Tras la creación del Consejo México-Estados Unidos para el emprendimiento y la Innovación (MUSEIC), se reportan avances importantes en una cooperación binacional no vista en los últimos 20 años.

'Esta iniciativa han dado un enfoque más productivo a la agenda binacional. El MUSEIC está poniendo prioridad al desarrollo económico a través de actividades vinculadas al emprendimiento, no sólo de las micro, pequeñas y medianas empresas (mipymes), sino de todo el ecosistema emprendedor', sostuvo Luz María de la Mora Sánchez, directora del Programa WeConnect International capítulo México.

WeConnect International es miembro del consejo del MUSEIC y corresponsable del subcomité Emprendimiento de la mujer, que ha perseguido tres objetivos: destacar la relevancia de las mujeres empresarias en la actividad económica de ambos países e impulsar su integración productiva; capacitación y acceso a financiamiento…"


 

Success Story: In Mexico City Mamma Bella Connects with IBM, Accenture and More

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Mamma Bella, founded in 1995 and led by Lorena Garcini, offers restaurant, employee cafeteria, and catering services, servicing 35 thousand guests monthly. In 2013, Garcini sought certification as women’s business enterprise because she thought it would bring new business, unique networking opportunities, and support her company’s growth. She was right.

As a result of their certification, Mamma Bella is now providing employee cafeteria services at two IBM facilities and corporate catering for Accenture. They have also organized some corporate events for Manpower, and have started working with Eurest and Pfizer.  This has translated in a net monthly increase in revenue of $30,000 USD (6%).  They have also hired additional personnel and equipment, and have achieved a significant improvement in brand recognition due to the quality of their customers.  

“I had previous experience with women organizations and I have been pleasantly surprised with all that I’ve received from WEConnect International,” says Garcini. “I’ve been invited to very important events where I’ve had the opportunity to connect with global corporate buyers. They have helped me grow my product offer, and I’ve received very meaningful mentoring.”

Read more.


 

New Study Launched: Creating Opportunities - Strengthening the Ecosystem for Women Entrepreneurs in Mexico

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On December 2, 2014,Value for Women, along with the Banorte Foundation and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) launched the exploratory study “Creating Opportunities: Strengthening the Ecosystem for Women Entrepreneurs” at the Museum of Memory and Tolerance in Mexico City, with over 100 attendees.  Rebecca Fries, Director of Value for Women, presented findings from the study followed by a panel on “Investment in Women-led Small and Medium Enterprises: Why and How to do it.”  The panel included experts from the Multilateral Investment Fund, The Mexican National Institute for Women, CREA Mexico and WEConnect International.

Thestudy analyses what women entrepreneurs need to be successful in Mexico.  Funded by Banorte Foundation and ANDE, the study was carried out by Value for Women with academic advisory support from the IPADE Business School in Mexico.

Download full study here.  See full press release here.  


 

Se lanza nuevo estudio: Creando Oportunidades: Fortaleciendo el ecosistema para emprendedoras en México

El 2 de diciembre del 2014,Value for Women, la Fundación Banorte y la Red Aspen de Emprendedores para el Desarrollo (ANDE) lanzaron el estudio exploratorio ¨Creando Oportunidades: Fortaleciendo el ecosistema para emprendedoras en México¨ en el Museo de Memoria y Tolerancia en la Ciudad de México, con más de 100 asistentes.  Rebecca Fries, Directora de Value for Women presentó los hallazgos, seguido por un panel sobre la “Inversión en pequeñas y medianas empresas lideradas por mujeres: Por qué hacerlo y cómo hacerlo”. El panel incluyó expertos del Fondo Multilateral de Inversiones, El Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres, CREA México y WEConnect Internacional. 

El estudioexploratorio analiza que necesitan las emprendedoras para ser exitosas en México. Financiado por la Fundación Banorte y ANDE, Value for Women implementó el estudio con asesoría académica de IPADE en México.

Descargue el estudio completo aquí.   Vea el comunicado de prensa completo aquí. 

  


  

códigoespagueti.com: Los obstáculos de las mujeres emprendedoras en México

(12.03.14) "La organización Value for Women, la Fundación Banorte y la Red Aspen de Emprendedores para el Desarrollo (ANDE), publicaron un estudio en el que analizaron los retos que enfrentan más de 125 mujerees emprendedoras de la Ciudad de México, Guadalajara y Monterrey.

El studio se enfoca en las micro, pequeñas y medianas empresas, así como a lass llammadas 'Pequeñas empresas en crecimiento', es decir, aquellos negocios comercialmente viables que tienen entre 5 y 250 empleados, y que tienen potencial significativo u ambición para crecer..."

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Annual WEConnect International in Mexico Forum a Success

On Septmeber 4, 2014, WEConnect International held its third annual forum in Mexico City, Mexico. The theme for this year's event was "Incorporating Women-Owned businesses into Global Value Chains.

Read more about the Forum in the news!


 

  

 Este video analiza brevemente los beneficios de que gobiernos y empresas privadas apoyen el esfuerzo de WEConnect International para ayudar a empresas de mujeres a tener éxito en el mercado mundial. (Luz Maria de la Mora, WEConnect International's Director in Mexico, analyzes the benefits for corporations and governments of supporting women's economic empowerment. In Spanish)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   

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Luz Maria de la Mora meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Mexico City, Mexico. May 21, 2014 – Luz Maria de la Mora, Director of WEConnect International in Mexico, attended a dinner offered by the Mexican Foreign Ministry to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.  The dinner was attended by approximately 30 representatives from the public and private sectors, including corporations such as Bimbo, ExxonMobil, and Grupo Modelo.

De la Mora had the opportunity to explain to Secretary Kerry and U.S. Ambassador in Mexico Anthony Wayne the work that WEConnect International is doing in Mexico and thank them for the support provided by the U.S. Department of State.

During the working session focused on integration in North America, she said: “The WEConnect International program is an example of the kind of policy we must seek to establish in North America. Women entrepreneurs in Mexico and the region can be a competitive factor to promote the integration of the region.” She also took the opportunity to highlight the work of WEConnect International in MUSEIC and told the group that women are having a great impact on the work of the seven sub-committees.

 

 

 


 

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WEConnect International at Mexico-US Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC)

San Antonio, Texas. April 23-24, 2014 - Luz María de la Mora, Director of WEConnect International office in Mexico, exchanges impressions with a colleague at the Mexico-US Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council.

The event was hosted at the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development. 

Created in 2013, the Mexico-US Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) is part of the High-Level Economic Dialogue announced by President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to promote bi-national approaches to advance North American competitiveness, trade, and innovation in the entrepreneurial sector.  

WEConnect International chairs the Women Entrepreneurship Committee and is one of the 12 US members of MUSEIC, a group made up of US government agencies, private foundations and academic institutions. Mexico also has 12 members. All 24 are entrepreneurship experts.

 

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