Australasia

The WEConnect International in Australasia connects women-owned enterprises to corporations under their Supplier Diversity and Inclusion programs.

In Australasia, WEConnect International works in collaboration with women's organizations including BPW (Business & Professional Women), The Ruby Connection (part of Westpac Bank), Women In Global Business (part of Austrade), WCEI (Women Chiefs of Enterprise International). Certification is offered in Australia and New Zealand.

success 2016 Beneragama Buzz aus(July 5, 2016) Founded in October 2012, Buzz Export Services was conceived as a marketing firm with a focus on the travel industry. Their range of services caters to individual client needs, supplementing their innovative and creative solutions with diligent market research, strategic planning and trend analysis. "We saw the opportunity to not only serve our clients by enhancing the traveling consumers’ experience, by building an evolving network within the industry, with Brand Partners and airline clients", said CEO Victoria Beneragama.

Victoria’s drive to grow her business led her to obtain the first certification of WEConnect International in Australia in June 2013. Believing that WEConnect International’s extensive corporate network would give her firm access to new markets, namely the U.S. travel industry, she was introduced to the organization’s local market lead Anne Tesch. As Victoria puts it, with Anne it felt “like a true partnership, with her championing [the] business, facilitating introductions within other regions to potential clients, contacts and supply partners.”

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Katherine Corich 2Sysdoc founder and Global CEO of Sysdoc Group, Katherine Corich, was recently inducted into the NZ Hi-Tech hall of fame along with Sam Morgan at the 2016 Hi-Tech Awards. Corich was recognised for her outstanding professional achievements and service to the tech industry through innovation, promotion and mentoring of the next generation of Kiwi entrepreneurs within the industry. Katherine joins the 16 outstanding New Zealanders who have received this extraordinary recognition previously.

BPW conference 2016"Empowering Women through Business, Diversity and Cultural Equality” was the theme of the 2016 Business & Professional Women (BPW) Asia Pacific Conference held on April 9-10, that gave focus to the Women Empowerment Principals (WEPs) Professional women from around the Australasian region attended this popular conference hosted by Auckland, New Zealand.

The event addressed vital issues for the region and Anne Tesch on behalf of WEConnect International contributed to a panel discussion concerning how the participation of MSMEs can be fostered in regional and global markets. Key to their success is opportunity to gain market access to global supply chains.