WEConnect International Day at WBENC 2016

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2016 WEConnect International Day and Evening Reception

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. Scroll down to see the draft agenda.

Register online now. Nearly 100 participants from over 10 countries have already registerered!

Meet Representatives for Multinational Corporations

The following corporate members have confirmed their attendance as of April 4, 2016:

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We will also be joined by representatives from Eli Lilly and Company, Ingersoll Rand, L Brands, Novartis, and Sanofi.

Accenture, Eli Lilly and Company, EY, Marriott International, Merck, Monsanto, Novartis, and Procter & Gamble are all ranked on DiversityInc's 2016 Top 50 Companies for Diversity List. Marriott International, Merck, and UPS all made NGLCC's 2016 Best of the Best List.

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Meet Representatives from Our Partner Organizations

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More information about the WBENC Conference and Business Fair

The WBENC National Conference & Business Fair will take place on June 21-23, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. As the largest conference of its kind for women business owners in the U.S., the event is attended by women's business enterprises; senior executives and procurement representatives from the Fortune 500 and the U.S. Government; and select partner organizations who missions align with WBENC's vision of expanding women's business opportunities in the marketplace. 

The WBENC National Conference & Business Fair is a separate event from WEConnect International Day. To attend the WBENC event, you must register separately at http://conf.wbenc.org/

Tentative Schedule for June 20-23, 2016

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

 2:00 - 3:30 PM  Corporate Roundtables: Certified 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 


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM  Visit the WEConnect International Trade Fair Booth 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 if they apply by April 1, 2016 , and are pre-selected


Highlights from WEConnect International Day 2015

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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.

Sponsored By:


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Thank You Also To:

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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!