This internationally recognized event gathers successful entrepreneurs, women business owners and large multinational and local corporations, highlighting the role that large Mexican and foreign corporations play to foster economic empowerment of women.
The forum will seek to engage the private and public sector and top leaders from multinational corporations with women business owners, who will also have the opportunity to learn how large corporations conduct their procurement processes and how certification can enable them to become vendors to multinationals.
The forum is part of the project financed by the U.S. Department of State, the Exxon Mobil Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Supported by Accenture and Walmart.
|8:00 hrs. – 9:00 hrs.||Registration|
|9:00 hrs. – 10:00 hrs.||
Welcoming Remarks (Bugambilias room)
|10:00 hrs. – 11:30 hrs.||Panel Discussion: What do Diverse and Inclusive Value Chains Mean to Multinational Corporations?
Why Buy from Women? (Bugambilias room)
- Natalie Stirling-Sanders, Global Manager, Local Content, Supplier Diversity and Sustainable Procurement, ExxonMobil
- Anabella Ruiz de Freeman, Central America Supplier Development Manager, SMEs, Walmart
- Mónica Lomba, Global Category Manager, GSS Team Lead, Dell
- Mario Castilleja, Procurement Mexico, Accenture
|11:30 hrs. – 12:00 hrs.||Coffee break
|12:00 hrs. – 13:00 hrs.|| Workshop: Die or Live as a Business: Effective Communication (Bugambilias room)
- Sylvia Sánchez Alcántara, President, MarketingLab
|13:00 hrs. -13:45 hrs.||Workshop: WEAcademy Module #2: Understanding and Reaching Your Customer (Bugambilias room)
- Presented by Walmart
|13:45 hrs. – 14:00 hrs.||Photo opportunity
|14:00 hrs. – 15:30 hrs.||
Lunch (Embajadores room)
|15:30 hrs. - 17:30 hrs.||Matchmaking (Bugambilias room)
- More than 60 WEConnect International certified women’s business enterprises will meet one- on-one with
buyers from over ten multinational corporations
|17:45 hrs. – 19:30 hrs.||
Closing Remarks and Reception (Bugambilias room)
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)
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.
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.
Funders and Partners
Luz Maria de la Mora