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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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        Pearl Hall, Cyber Conventions
        Hitex Road Near Meenakshi Sky Lounge,
        Izzathnagar, Kondapur, Hyderabad,
        Telangana -500084 INDIA


  8:00 - 8:45 am    Registration
  9:15 - 9:20 am    Welcoming of guests and lighting of lamps
  9:20 - 9:25 am       Inaugural Remarks
Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO & Co-Founder, WEConnect International 
  9:25 - 9:35 am    Keynote Speech: Honorable Katherine B. Hadda, US Consular
   General -Hyderabad
  9:35 - 9:55 am    Opening Messages
  • Krish Iyer, CEO, Walmart India
   • Intel leadership (TBA)
  9:55 - 10:00 am    Special Note
Ratna Prabha, IAS, Former Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka 
  10:00 - 10:20 am    WEConnect International India Awards Presentation 
  10:20 - 10:25 am    ThinkBig 2018 Kickoff Message from WEConnect India Board
   Uma Reddy, Director & Promoter, WEConnect India INT Board
  10:25 - 10:35 am    Vote of Thanks
   Krithika Ram, Program Director, WEConnect International in India
  10:35 - 10:50 am    Tea Break 
   10:50 - 11:30 am    Panel Discussion: Advice from the Journey - Women Business Owners
   Share Lessons from Their Experiences
   Moderator: Srikant Rao, Managing Director, ASAP
   • Geethadevi K., Founder, Gradus Engineers & Gradus Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
   • Kalpana Anantharaman, CEO, Avion Systems
   • Meeta Wasan, CEO, Doon Consulting
   • Priti Sawant, CEO & Founder, JoulestoWatts Business Solution Pvt. Ltd.      
  11:35 - 12:20 pm    Panel Discussion: Capacity Building of Women Businesses - The Role
   Played by Large Corporations as Mentors and Facilitators
   Moderator: Deepthi Ravula, CEO, WEHub Telangana
   • Mini Sivasankaran, Founder, Sure Events
   • Manjushree Dutta, Goldman Sachs India
   • Payal Agarwal, Founder, Tranquilitea
   • Representative from Walmart India (TBA)
   • Shreemanti Choudhary, Senior Manager, Purchasing, Brand Business Services,
     P&G India
   • Sharmila Jain, Founder, PD Fluted Cartons
  12:20 - 12:40 pm    My Success Story
   Kumud Sharma, Founder & CEO, Superseva, WEConnect International
   Certified Women's Business Enterprise
  12:40 - 1:15 pm    Educational Session
   George Abraham, Talent Procurement Leader-India, Global Delivery 
   Systems (GDS) | Associate Director, EY 
  1:15 - 2:00 pm    Networking Lunch
  2:00 - 2:50 pm    Panel Discussion: Supplier Diversity Opportunities and Compliances - What
   Corporations Look For in Working with Women-owned Businesses
   Moderator: Vibha Hariharan, Head of Global Procurement Operations, World Bank Group
   • Ashish Braganza, Regional Contractor Lead, Accenture
   • George Abraham, Global Delivery Services (GDS) Talent Procurement Leader
     - India | Associate Director, EY
   • Girish Kulkarni, Purchasing Manager, Corporate Strategic Procurement, Intel
   • Sangita N. Vinayak, Procurement Leader - Real Estate Strategy & Operations, Marcom and
     Travel - India/South Asia & India Center Leader, IBM
  3:00 - 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, EY, Accenture, Bayer, Cisco,  
   Walmart, Goldman Sachs, World Bank,  
   P&G, Wells Fargo, Dell, and J&J) 
   Parallel Session for Self-registered WOBs: 
   Going Global with WEConnect International
   Led by Edith Cecchini, Regional Director for
   Asia-Pacific, WEConnect International 
  4:00 - 4:10 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.