(New York, NY)—WEConnect International, a global non-profit that connects women’s business enterprises with global market-access opportunity, announced that its CEO & Co-Founder Elizabeth A. Vazquez will be ringing The Closing Bell of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) this Friday, March 8th, in celebration of International Women’s Day 2019. WEConnect International corporate member representatives from Accenture, Citi, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Dun & Bradstreet, EY, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Freeport-McMoRan Inc., IBM Corporation, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Kelly Services, Marriott International, Inc., Pfizer, P&G, The Boeing Company, UPS, and others along with certified women’s business enterprises MediaFace and Lulubelle & Co will join Vazquez in showcasing their enduring commitment to women’s economic participation.
Two new award recipients were announced today for WEConnect International’s 10th Anniversary Gala on April 1st in Washington, DC. In addition to the annual Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) of the Year Award, WEConnect International will also introduce the inaugural WECatalyze Award to honor the bipartisan Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment (WEEE) Act that aims to empower women entrepreneurs in developing countries to overcome gender-related barriers to economic growth.
WEConnect International will partner with International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to host a Roundtable Session today in Johannesburg, South Africa entitled “Proven Strategies to Increase Women SME Access to Corporate Value Chains in Africa.” The roundtable is WEConnect International’s first joint event held in Africa with IFC since announcing its partnership in November of 2018. The IFC-WEConnect International partnership is financed by the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, or We-Fi.