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Job title

President, CEO and Co-Founder

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, D.C., USA

Elizabeth A. Vazquez is the President, CEO, and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, a corporate led non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets. She is a world leader in women’s economic empowerment and global supplier diversity and inclusion.

Ms. Vazquez is the co-author of the book, “Buying for Impact: How to Buy from Women and Change Our World.” The book includes information on women business owners and ways to support and leverage their potential to create a more sustainable and inclusive global economy.

As the CEO of WEConnect International, Ms. Vazquez is responsible for mission delivery. WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with member buyers. The WEConnect International eNetwork supports and promotes women-owned businesses based in over 100 countries, including local support in 25 countries—Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, and the UK.

Ms. Vazquez works with many corporate leaders, including WEConnect International members with over US$1 trillion in annual purchasing power, such as: ABSA, Accenture, Access Bank, Act 1 Group, Adient, AIG, Altria, American Express, Anthem, Apple, Arris, Avis Budget, Bank of America, Barclays, Bayer, BNY Mellon, Boeing, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Business Development Bank of Canada, Chesapeake Candle, Cargill, Chevron, Cisco, Citigroup, Cox Automotive, Cummins, Inc., Dell, Delta, Disney, Dow Chemical, Dun & Bradstreet, DuPont, EDF Energy, Enterprise Holdings, Estee Lauder Companies, ExxonMobil Corporation, EY, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman-Sachs, Google, Hilton, Grupo Boticario, IBM, Ingersoll-Rand, ISS, Intel, Interpublic Group, Johnson Controls,  Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan Chase, Kelly Services, Marriott, Mastercard, McCain Foods, McCormick, Merck, MetLife, Micro Focus, Microsoft, Moody’s, Morgan Stanley, Nat West, Pacific Gas and Electric, PepsiCo, Pinsent Masons, Pfizer, Praxair, Procter & Gamble, Roche, SAP, Sodexo, Strategic Staffing Solutions, TD Bank, TransCanada, Turkish Economy Bank, UPS, Verizon, Walmart, Wells Fargo, Westpac Bank, The World Bank Group, Wyndham and Yanfeng Automotive.  

Ms. Vazquez sits on the Walmart Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative’s International Advisory Council, the Procter & Gamble Supplier Diversity Advisory Council, the Global Citizen and CHIME FOR CHANGE Girls’ and Women’s Committee, and is a Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Jury Member for North America. She sits on the Board of Directors of Win-Win Strategies and is a W20 Representative to advance G20 commitments and a member of the B20. She also served as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.

Ms. Vazquez was born in Mexico, has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University, and was honored by the Barrett Honors College as an Inspiring Alumni for making significant contributions in her career and community. She has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University where she studied development economics and international negotiation as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and is the recipient of the 2018 Fletcher Women's Leadership Award for outstanding graduates who are making a meaningful impact in the world. She also completed graduate seminars at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government, the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, and Sookmyung Women’s University in South Korea.

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