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July 2016

Top Story: WEConnect International Day a Huge Success

We convened more than 200 women business owners, corporate representatives, and government officials from 18 countries to our annual WEConnect International Day conference in Orlando, FL, on June 20. The event provided a platform for all in attendance to make critical connections that lead to business deals and strengthen women's global economic empowerment.

Click here to read the July 2016 edition of WEConnection.

June 2016

Top Story: Welcome Gabrielle Bishop

We are excited to welcome Gabrielle Bishop to the WEConnect International team! Gabrielle will serve as the Manager of Programs, Partnerships and Communications for WEConnect International in Canada, assisting Executive Director Astrid Pregel in connecting Canadian women-owned businesses with global value chains.

May 2016

Top Story: Look Who's Coming to International Day!

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More than 110 women business owners, corporate reps, and partners from 14 countries have registered for WEConnect International Day! What are you waiting for?

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April 2016

Top Story: Welcome New WEConnect International Staff!


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Greta Schettler as its new Vice President and Shade Ladipo as the new Executive Director of WEConnect International in Nigeria.

Greta will head up global efforts to scale our rapidly growing organization, lead our executive management team, and develop the performance driven culture. A proven executive and entrepreneur, she has a wealth of experience in designing and scaling efforts to advance women's economic participation and entrepreneurship through development, trade, economic, and international business initiatives.

March 2016

Top Story: WEConnect International CEO Joins UN Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment

CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International Elizabeth A. Vazquez, will serve on the newly formed UN Secretary-General's High Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment.

In addition to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, Panel Members will include world leaders such as the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, the President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, and the CEO of IKEA, Simona Scarpaleggio.

"It is an honor to serve as a Panel Member with so many prestigious champions of women's economic empowerment," said Vazquez. "More money in the hands of women means more prosperity for all of us and is at the heart of long-term economic stability and development. I am confident that the Panel will be able to effect meaningful global impact at scale."

Click here to read the February edition of WEConnection.

February 2016

Top Story: Have You Started Your #Buy16in16 Commitment?

There are a number of great resources to help you get started including woman business owner Kate Armstrong's Twitter feed @IntentionalKate. Kate is committed to buying ONLY women-owned products in 2016 and has tips almost daily on where to find what you need or what you're craving.

Throughout the year we will highlight various WEConnect International and WBENC certified women's business enterprises. Contact Cate Urban at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to have your certified women's business enterprise featured on social media.

Click here to read the February 2016 edition of WEConnection.