November 20, 2020
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Pakistan (GMT+5)

Advancing Women’s Entrepreneurship and Supplier Diversity

This event, which is hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan and the U.S.-Pakistan Women’s Council, will raise awareness of the Women’s Business Opportunity Initiative, a movement to catalyze inclusive and competitive supply chains in Pakistan. In addition, the event will highlight efforts that buyers and women business owners can take to accelerate supplier diversity in Pakistan, including a celebration of the launch of training workshops for buyer representatives and women business owners, offered by U.S.-Pakistan Women’s Council member, WEConnect International.

Participants will also hear insights gathered through recent research initiatives assembled by WEConnect International in collaboration with the Lahore University for Management Sciences, the Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply and the USPWC.

Speakers will include U.S. Charge d’Affaires Angela Aggelar and the CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, Elizabeth A. Vazquez as well as leaders in the business community.


The event will bring together approximately 100 individuals, including WEConnect International workshop participants (approximately 40 buyer representatives and 25 women business owners), members of the USPWC, and other relevant buyer representatives, women business owners, representatives of chambers of commerce and industry groups, and embassy and state department officials.

Hourly Schedule

November 20, 2020

4:30 pm - 4:35 pm

Opening Statement

Radhika Prabhu, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South & Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State, U.S.-Pakistan Women’s Council

4:35 pm - 4:45 pm

Welcome Address

Angela Aggeler, Chargé d'Affaires to Pakistan

4:45 pm - 5:05 pm

Panel Discussion: WEConnect International Inaugural Workshop Insights

Join panelists including buyer representatives and woman business owners who will discuss what they've learned about the supplier/corporate relationship in Pakistan.

Moderator: Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International

5:05 pm - 5:25 pm

Women’s Entrepreneurship and Supplier Diversity: Research Findings

Background & Acknowledgements and High-Level Presentation of Findings

Syeda Henna Babar Ali, Business Advisor Consumer Products, Packages Group & Dr. Farhat Haq, LUMS & Nicolas Picard, Research and Project Manager, WEConnect International

5:25 pm - 5:40 pm


5:35 pm - 6:00 pm

Launch of Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification and Buyer Call to Action

Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International