Thank you for making WEConnect International Day 2015 a huge success!

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WECI2015 07On June 22, nearly 200 women business owners, corporate members, and government officials from 10 different countries met for a day dedicated to empowering women entrepreneurs and educating all on the benefits of supplier diversity and inclusion. The conference presented a tremendous opportunity for suppliers and buyers alike to make new business connections, and we're certain that many left with new leads and business ideas.

Special thanks to event sponsor ExxonMobil and supporters D&B, Monsanto, and Walmart for ensuring the success of WEConnect International Day.

Learn more about the event through the agenda lower on this page, watch a testimonial by WEConnect International certified woman business owner Jimena Florez, and see more photos on Facebook.   If you were able to attend, we'd appreciate your feeback so that we can make WEConnect International 2016 in Orlando even more successful.

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WEConnect International Day 2015 Draft Agenda

MONDAY June 22: Hilton Austin, 500 East 4th Street

7:30 AM

Registration Opens (6th Floor Foyer)

8:00 - 8:45 AM

Breakfast (Salon G)

8:45 - 9:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

• Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO & Co-Founder, WEConnect International

• Pam Prince-Eason, President & CEO, WBENC 

• Natalie Stirling-Sanders, ExxonMobil

9:30 - 10:15 AM

What's Your WEConnection?

• Round-the-Room introductions of business delegates

• Meet the WEConnect International country liaisons

10:15 - 10:25 AM

Profile in Success

Christy Cook of TeachMy (Canada) & Kara Valikai of Walmart

10:25 - 11:40 AM

Global Corporate Sourcing: Tips from Leaders

• Michael Robinson of IBM (moderator)

• Edward Tenorio of Dell

• Andy Butler of P&G

• Darlene Fuller of Sodexo

11:40 - 11:50

Profile in Success

Barbara Cendejas of MAcademy (Mexico) & Theresa Harrison of EY

Noon - 1:30 PM


Keynote: Kim K. Azzarelli, Co-Founder, Seneca Women 

1:30 - 1:45 PM

Feature Interviews: Canada & India Delegations

Meena Ballantyne, Status of Women Canada

Ratna Prabha, Government of Karnataka

1:45 - 1:55 PM

Profile in Success

Lilia Avendaño Montelongo of DIDCO (Mexico) and Dominica Groom of Marriott

1:55 - 3:15 PM

WBE Session I

How to maximize your certification and build strong corporate relationships.

3:15 - 3:30 PM


3:30 - 4:30 PM

WBE Session II

Your Profile in Success: peer-to-peer advice from fellow WBEs facilitated by Kerri Murphy and Belisas de las Casas

4:30 - 5:00 PM

Partners in Success

Resources to help your business


5:30 - 7:30 PM

Reception (Salon F)

Remarks at 6:15 PM by The Honourable K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Parliament of Canada


WBENC National Conference 2015 Agenda Highlights

TUESDAY June 23 

9:00 - 11:00 AM

First Time Attendee Orientation

Noon - 2:00 PM

Kickoff Luncheon

2:15 - 3:45 PM

Workshop Sessions

4:00 - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception and Silent Auction


8:00 - 9:30 AM

Business Fair Breakfast & General Session

9:30 - 9:45 AM

Business Fair Opening Ceremony

9:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Business Fair Open

12:45 - 2:15 PM

Business Fair Luncheon & General Session

2:30 - 5:00 PM

Business Fair Open

7:00 PM

Evening Reception


10:00 - 11:30 AM

Workshop Sessions

12:45 - 3:00 PM

Conference Lunch & Keynote Speaker

2:15 - 3:45 PM

Workshop Sessions

5:30 - 6:30 PM


6:30 - 9:00 PM

Tribute! Dinner & Awards Ceremony

9:00 - 10:00 PM

2016 Orlando Launch Party


Highlights from WEConnect International Day 2014

Pitch Perfect

The winner of WEConnect International’s Pitch competition with Jaeny Baik is Katie Day, from the High Heeled Leader. Katie impressed judges and the international day audience with her passion. Check out the video of her pitch!



See more photos on Facebook!

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