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ThinkBig is WEConnect International’s signature annual event in India. It brings together some of the largest corporations in the world and female business owners from across the region, creating opportunities for greater market access for women-owned businesses. ThinkBig serves as a platform for women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment, as well as corporate engagement around inclusive and impactful sourcing, corporate social responsibility initiatives, and attaining Sustainable Development Goal #5 (gender equality).

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  PRELIMINARY AGENDA*

  8:30 - 9:30 am    Registration
  9:30 - 9:40 am    Welcome remarks
   Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO & Co-Founder, WEConnect International 
  9:40 - 9:50 am    Opening remarks
   Uma Reddy, Director & Promoter, WEConnect International India INT Board
  9:50 - 10:05 am    Guest Speaker 1: US Consular General - Hyderabad 
  10:05 - 10:15 am    Guest Speaker 2: Walmart (supporter) 
  10:15 - 10:45 am    WEConnect International India Awards Presentation 
  10:45 - 11:00 am    Tea Break 
   11:00 - 11:50 am    Panel Discussion
   Women’s Business Enterprises share their journey as an entrepreneur and how they
   have utilized the WEConnect network for business growth opportunities  
   11:50 - 11:55 am    Transition to the next panel  
  11:55 - 12:45 pm    Panel Discussion
   Large corporations share how they have been mentoring and building capacities
   of women businesses in India  
  12:45 - 1:45 pm   Networking Lunch 
  1:45 - 2:00 pm    Guest Speaker 3: (TBD) 
  2:00 - 2:45 pm    Presentations: Understanding Corporate Procurement 
   Procurement Heads of WEConnect International corporate member companies in
   India make presentations on their procurement processes and why they are
   committed to buying women-owned; with time for Q&A  
  2:45 - 4:00 pm    Corporate and WBE Matchmaking         
   WEConnect International Certified WBEs
   have an opportunity for face-to-face
   roundtable meetings with participating
   corporate members (currently expecting
   Intel, IBM, J&J, Cisco, Marriott
   International, Accenture, Mastercard,
   Citi, The World Bank, Ford, Dell, P&G,
   Walmart, Goldman Sachs, Merck,
   and Bayer) 
   Parallel Session for Self-registered WOBs
   "Going Global with WEConnect International"
   Led by Edith Cecchini, Regional Director for
   Asia-Pacific, WEConnect International 
  4:00 - 4:15 pm    Concluding Remarks
   Krithika Ram, Program Director, WEConnect International in India 
  4:15 onwards   Closure of Event & Networking Tea 

 *The program is subject to change.