On June 24, 2019, WEConnect International hosted its 7th annual International Day, the only U.S.-based event for WEConnect International’s global partners to come together to network and actively source from each other.
In a sold-out room of over 250 attendees, the event kicked off the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s National Conference and Business Fair, which was attended by over 4,000 convention-goers.
International Day brought together over 80 corporate representatives representing 41 of the world’s largest corporations dedicated to inclusive sourcing, including expanding value chain opportunities to women-owned businesses.
For women’s business enterprises (WBEs) that are certified by WEConnect International (51% or more women-owned, managed, and controlled), the most important part of the day is the matchmaking session where they get to pitch their business face-to-face with large buyers.
One certified WBE noted to WEConnect International, “We got 20 corporate follow-ups from your event and another 33 from the WBENC business fair. So, it was a super, successful event for us.”
During its invitation-only corporate member meeting, WEConnect International’s global team shared the latest news from the organization’s work in Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and several countries in Europe.
The event would not have been possible without the support of Intel, Johnson & Johnson, UPS, Marriott International, Freeport McMoRan, Bristol-Myers-Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Global Affairs Canada, Adient, and ExxonMobil. Through their long-time commitment and support, WEConnect International is able to put more money in the hands of women around the world to enhance communities and expand impact.
Take a look at the event's photo album.
On May 17th, 2019, Procter & Gamble (P&G), in partnership with WEConnect International, launched the second edition of the P&G Business Development Program in South Africa. This year, over twenty women-owned businesses were selected to attend the five-week training event designed to further develop their capacity as suppliers and, ultimately, help them grow and scale. The program, set in Johannesburg, is in its second edition after a successful pilot cohort in 2017.
(Washington, DC) - CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, Elizabeth A. Vazquez, today announced that WEConnect International’s Council on Scaling Women-Owned Businesses will generate pioneering research on how to connect two critical challenges to growth faced by micro, small, and medium enterprises owned by women—access to capital and access to markets.