On November 13, 2017 over 85 Speakers, 50 stalls, 1,650+ visitors, 150 Industry Thought Leaders, 30+ Outreach Partners and Women’s and Business Associations came together in Gurugram, India for ThinkBig 2017 to give a resounding yes to our shared vision of creating an inclusive ecosystem focused on women entrepreneurs.
The summit addressed the issues that women entrepreneurs face and discussed possible solutions and initiatives for tackling these issues. Women business owners had the opportunity to hear from and connect with government officials, industry thought leaders, high level corporate managers, and investors. This unique event allows women owned businesses to make connections that can lead to business growth and accessing corporate supply chains, as well as having unique access to experts from across banking and finance, women’s economic empowerment, and government sectors.
WEConnect International was in New York City on Saturday to announce a $400 million commitment from corporate members to buy more from women-owned businesses over the next 3 years.
“I’m proud to stand with Accenture, Citi, EY and Procter & Gamble, who are collectively pledging $400 million to buy from women-owned businesses over the next three years, especially in developing countries. This commitment, together with corporate commitments made over the last 12 months on the Global Citizen stage, represents a total of $1 billion in spend with women,” said WEConnect International’s CEO, Elizabeth A. Vazquez, in front of 65,000 people at the Global Citizen Festival and millions more tuning in online and on TV.
Today WEConnect International announced on stage in front of 12,000 people at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg Germany that Intel, IBM and Pfizer pledged to spend an additional $300 million from women-owned businesses over the next three years. All three corporate members are partnered with WEConnect International and are dedicated to global supplier diversity and inclusion and women’s empowerment. The announcement came following a Global Citizen and WEConnect International campaign where 20,000 global citizens committed to joining the global movement to buy more from women-owned businesses and calling on companies to commit as well.