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WEConnect International in Brazil identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International is the only non-profit connecting women-owned businesses with multi-national corporate purchasing organizations outside of the United States.

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HELENISA STELA PROSPERO BRASIL02(June 20, 2017) On June 19 in Las Vegas, WEConnect International hosted more than 200 corporate representatives, women business owners, partners and other champions of women’s economic empowerment. During the evening reception, Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, announced the top five winners of the first ever WEConnect International photo contest for women business owners. 

Among the five finalists was Helenisa Stela Prospero, Director of certified women's business enterprise Optec, based in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. With 10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical market, today Helenisa not only serves clients but also manages her business: cabling, information security, moving from a large data center and IT consulting, are the solutions she knows and offers to her clients.

Helenisa's photo - "Whoever said that IT is not a woman's thing, doesn’t know Helenisa Prospero from Optec" - was a favorite among the WEConnect International team because it demonstrated that our women business owners are breaking gender stereotypes every day.

The competition isn’t over yet, though!

Programa global auxilia empresas que valorizam a diversidade em seu quadro funcional a melhorem os seus processos e tornarem-se mais competitivas

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(8 jun 2017, Exame.com) "Uma das maiores empresas agrícolas do mundo, a Monsanto resolveu dar uma mão para os pequenos e médios fornecedores que possui no país que tenham mais de 50% do capital social constituído por minorias.  

O objetivo é tornar essas empresas mais competitivas com oito meses de treinamento em áreas variadas, como finanças e marketing, além de sessões de mentoria com líderes da Monsanto.  

monsanto thin(31.05.2017) Um dos Membros Corporativos do programa da WEConnect International, a Monsanto, não está somente interessada em comprar de empresas de diversidade. Eles também querem que estas empresas tenham mais competitividade e cresçam no mercado, neste sentido, lançaram no final do ano passado o Programa de Desenvolvimento de Fornecedores de Diversidade. Essa é uma iniciativa global lançada em 2016 que tem como objetivo fortalecer as empresas classificadas como minorias, promovendo o desenvolvimento e oportunidades, e estimulando o aumento de competitividade. Das 5 empresas selecionadas para o programa, 3 são certificadas da WEConnect International -- MCM Brand Experience, Optec e Projex.

Mariana Fourniol-Biraben

Country Director, Brazil

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