WEConnect International Day at WBENC 2016

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2016 WEConnect International Day and Evening Reception Presented by ExxonMobil

WEConnect International Day invites you to kick off the WBENC National Conference and Business Fair with international delegations of women business owners, corporate members, and government officials for an event dedicated to empowering women entrepreneurs and educating all on the benefits of global supplier diversity and inclusion. The conference and reception will both be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando just steps away from the Orlando Convention Center. Scroll down to see the draft agenda.

Register online now. More than 150 participants from 14 countries have already registered!

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Meet Representatives for Multinational Corporations

The following corporate members have confirmed their attendance as of May 15, 2016:

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We will also be joined by representatives from DDB Worldwide, Eli Lilly and Company, Kellogg Company, L Brands, Novartis, and Sanofi.

Meet Representatives from Our Partner Organizations

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We #Buy16in16

Proud to be working with these women-owned businesses to ensure the success of WEConnect International Day 2016.

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Tentative Schedule for June 20-23, 2016

Confirmed Speakers

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        Brenda Cockrell                Dominica Groom                   Yaneek Page                 Michael K. Robinson        Natalie Stirling-Sanders               Kara Valikai              


    Elizabeth A. Vazquez 

Monday, June 20, 2016

12:00 – 1:15 PM   WEConnect International Luncheon with Keynote Speakers, Including Ministers from Canada and India
 1:30 – 2:00 PM                                                                         

 Corporate Panel: How to Enter Global Value Chains

 Natalie Stirling-Sanders, ExxonMobil (moderator)

 Brenda Cockrell, Monsanto

 Dominica Groom, Marriott

 Kara Valikai, Walmart

 2:00 - 3:30 PM  Corporate Roundtables: Women's business enterprises will meet with corporate members 
 3:30 - 3:40 PM  Closing Remarks: How to Make the Most of WBENC Conference & Business Fair
 4:00 – 5:00 PM  WBENC Forum Meeting - This WBENC led event will feature women's business enterprise leaders from around the U.S.
 5:30 – 7:00 PM                       WEConnect International Reception - Women Business Owners, Corporate Members, Government representatives and valued partners will come together to network and make global connections.                            


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

 2:15 – 3:45 PM   WEConnect International Global Workshop at WBENC: Going Global with Supplier Diversity and Inclusion - What you need to know 


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM     Visit the WEConnect International Trade Fair Booth #325 at WBENC 


Thursday, June 23, 2016

 10:00 – 11:15 AM   WBENC Global Committee Panel I
 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM                                        WBENC Global Committee Panel II
 3:00 – 5:00 PM  WEConnect International Certified WBEs invited to participate in WBENC 1:1 MatchMaker Meetings (for pre-selected women's business enterprises)     

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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Highlights from WEConnect International Day 2015

On 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, Learn more and save the date! 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. 

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!