CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, Elizabeth Vazquez is a world leader in women’s economic empowerment and global supplier diversity and inclusion. She is the co-author of the book, “Buying for Impact: How to Buy from Women and Change Our World.”
As the head of WEConnect International, Ms. Vazquez is responsible for mission delivery. WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers and certifies women’s business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with member buyers. The WEConnect International eNetwork supports and promotes women-owned businesses based in over 100 countries, including local support and certification in 45 countries across the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The organization also helps to develop the capacity of large buyers to source more products and services from underutilized suppliers, including women-owned businesses globally.
Ms. Vazquez sits on the Walmart Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative’s International Advisory Council, the Procter & Gamble Supplier Diversity Advisory Council, the Global Citizen and CHIME FOR CHANGE Girls’ and Women’s Committee, and is a Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Jury Member for North America. She “rang the bell” at the New York Stock Exchange in 2019 in support of women business owners around the world, sits on several Boards of Directors, and is a W20 and B20 Representative to advance G20 commitments. She also served as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment from 2016-2017 with the heads of the UN, the World Bank, the IFM, IKEA Switzerland, the President of Costa Rica and other distinguished world leaders.
Ms. Vazquez works with many corporate leaders, including WEConnect International members with over US$1 trillion in annual purchasing power, such as: Absa, Accenture, Access Bank, Act 1 Group, Adient, AIG, Altria, American Express, Apple, Avis Budget, Avon, Bank of America, Barclays, Barilla, Bayer, BNY Mellon, Boeing, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Business Development Bank of Canada, Cargill, Chevron, Cisco, Citigroup, Cox Automotive, Cummins, Dell, Delta, Diageo, Disney, Dow Chemical, Dun & Bradstreet, DuPont, Eaton Corp, EDF Energy, Enterprise Holdings, Estee Lauder Companies, ExxonMobil, EY, Ford, Gibbs Hybrid, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman-Sachs, Google, Hilton, Grupo Boticario, IBM, Ingersoll-Rand, ISS, Intel, Interpublic Group, Johnson Controls, Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan Chase, Kellogg’s, Kelly Services, Marriott International, Mastercard, McCain Foods, McCormick, Merck, Microsoft, Moody’s, Morgan Stanley, Nat West, Pacific Gas and Electric, PepsiCo, Pinsent Masons, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, QBE Insurance, Roche, Royal Bank of Canada, SAP, Sodexo, Sony Pictures, Strategic Staffing Solutions, TD Bank, TransCanada, Turkish Economy Bank, UPS, Verizon, Walmart, Wells Fargo, Westpac Bank, The World Bank, Wyndham and Yanfeng Automotive.
Ms. Vazquez was born in Mexico, has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Arizona State University, and was honored by the Barrett Honors College as an Inspiring Alumni for making significant contributions in her career and community. She has a Master of Arts in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she studied development economics and international negotiation as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and is the recipient of the 2018 Fletcher Women’s Leadership Award for outstanding graduates who are making a meaningful impact in the world. She also completed graduate seminars at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government, the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, and Sookmyung Women’s University in South Korea.