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WEConnect International invites you to kick off the WBENC National Conference and Business Fair with WEConnect International Day - an opportunity for our international delegations of women business owners and corporate members to engage through business matchmaking and networking. Attendees will broaden their business reach and hone their skills through rich content and interactive sessions; then, return home energized - ready to take your business to the next level!

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We welcome our Corporate Members; WEConnect International certified Women's Business Enterprises; WBENC certified Women's Business Enterprises; WEConnect International self-registered women-owned businesses; our partners and government entities.


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International Day Preliminary Agenda - June 24, 2019

Full Day Event Hosted by WEConnect International at the
2019 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair

Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
110 South Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201 | Stadium Ballroom

  8:00 – 9:00 am Registration and Networking Breakfast
  9:00 – 9:15 am Welcome
Emcee: Krithika Ram, Program Director, WEConnect International in India
Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO & Co-founder, WEConnect International
  9:15 am – 10:05 am   LIGHTNING TALKS: Morning Session
   •  Sharon Evans, CEO, CFJ Manufacturing
      Partnering and Joint Ventures
   •  Denise Evans, Vice President, Women & Diversity B2B Marketing,
      IBM Corporation
      Future Corporate Needs and Technology
   •  Megan Stowe, EMEA Strategic Sourcing and International Supplier
      Diversity Director, Intel Corporation
      Navigating Corporations
  10:05 am – 10:15 am Break
  10:15 am – 11:45 am CONCURRENT SESSION: Certified Women’s Business Enterprises: Roundtable Discussions with Corporate Members
Interact with Corporate Buyers during this dynamic, fast-paced, high-touch session for WEConnect International and WBENC Certified Women’s Business Enterprises.  Certified businesses will meet with the top 3-4 corporations they want to do businesses with—making those hard to secure personal connections easier.

CONCURRENT SESSION: Maximizing the WEConnect International Network
An opportunity for self-registered women-owned businesses, government representatives, and partner organizations to learn how to get the most out of the WEConnect network.
  11:45 am – 1:00 pm Networking Lunch
  1:00 pm – 1:50 pm LIGHTNING TALKS: Afternoon Session
   •  Dr. Suhayya (Sue) Abu-Hakima, CEO, Amika Mobile
      International Business Connections - Going Global is a Big Part of Succeeding
   •  Renate Dockendorff, Owner & Founder, Chocolateria Dinkenesh
      How to Stick to Your Values As Your Business Grows
   •  Ana Guevara, Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Operations (USEACS),
      International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
      Growing Business Opportunities in a Global Market
  1:50 pm – 2:55 pm Creating your Own WEConnect-Effect
Led by the WEConnect International European Council
   •  Gill Thorpe (Chair), Founder & CEO, The Sourcing Team
   •  Miriam Dervan, Founder & Executive Chair, mdgroup
   •  Karen Hayers, Managing Director, World Wide Group
   •  Sarah Davis, CEO, Skills4Stem
  2:55 – 3:00 pm Close of Program
  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm International Day Reception

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