December 2015
Issue 6
Top Story: Maggie Berry is Market Lead of the Year

Maggie Berry
Maggie is the Executive Director for WEConnect International in Europe and joined the team in December 2012 - she has lead responsibility for the management, leadership and development of WEConnect International in Europe. Her role involves developing corporate and public sector support as well as growing and developing the database and network of registered and certified women business owners across the UK and Europe. Here are just a few things corporate members and certified women's business enterprises are saying about Maggie:

"Maggie's WEConnect events are innovative, relevant and related to growth and change."  - Sarah Davis, Skills4Stem Ltd. (Certified WBE)

" WEConnect Europe has been absolutely pivotal in the growth and progression of my organisation."  - Carolyn Pearson, Maiden Voyage (Certified WBE)

"The decision SEaB Energy made to invest the time to become a WEConnect certified company, was one of the best decisions in our five years of business! Maggie and her team have introduced us tirelessly to well-selected opportunities with large corporates such as DELL, IBM, and Sodexo."  - Sandra Sassow, SEaB Energy (Certified WBE)

"I would just like to confirm that WEConnect has very much supported my business here in UK.  Maggie and her team has actively introduced IBM to women-owned businesses that we have worked closely with to be suppliers to IBM locally and globally."  - Vicki Cooper, IBM (Corporate Member)

Read more about Maggie and our work in Europe, and see what corporates and WBEs are saying about our work in China, Colombia, Mexico and Turkey.

The 100 Most Influential Leaders of 2015
Congratulations, Elizabeth!

As the focus on women as leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and job creators continues to grow, the global movement of Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 has officially released "The EBW100 List of Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide."  We are proud to announce that WEConnect International CEO & Co-Founder Elizabeth A. Vazquez made this prestigious list, which includes Richard Branson, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Ariana Huffington, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Malala Yousafzai, and Muhammad Yunus. 

Event Wrap-Ups, Photos & Videos
Videos: Forum Anual da WEConnect International no Brasil

Thank you to AnimGrafs Videos and Corporate events in São Paulo for filming the 2nd Annual Forum in Brazil and for creating a collection of videos. Here are just a few of the great moments from the videos:

"Don't think for a second you're doing this alone. You have an entire global community behind you." - Elizabeth A. Vazquez

"The reason corporations join WEConnect International is because they're looking for innovative women suppliers." - Elizabeth A. Vazquez

"Your mission is bigger than making money." - Shelly Porges

Photos: WEConnect International in Canada Annual Conference

The "Power the Economy" conference hosted by Feminomics and presented by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and women's business enterprise HCM Works offered targeted education for business owners seeking to grow their businesses as well as a rich environment for corporations interested in creating or improving their inclusive sourcing programs. The agenda included world leaders in supplier diversity and inclusion, inspirational keynote speakers, successful women business owners, valuable networking opportunities, concrete business leads, and the high-powered energy and enthusiasm of impassioned advocates for powering up women's contributions to economic growth.  

Video: WEConnect International in Europe Annual Conference

Our annual WEConnect International in Europe conference held on the 24th of November was chock-full of talks, presentations and informative workshops. Throughout the day, there were unique opportunities to network and connect with our amazing women-owned businesses as well as representatives from WEConnect International's corporate members including conference sponsors Accenture, AIG, BaxterStorey, The Coca-Cola Company, Dell, EY, IBM, Intel, Monsanto, MSD, Pfizer and our host the Royal Bank of Scotland

Job & Training Opportunities
WEConnect International Is Hiring!   

We'd like to thank Comfort Sakoma who led the
WEConnect International in Nigeria team since 2013. We wish Comfort and her team the best of luck in future business endeavors and appreciate their  accomplishments. We searching for a new market lead in Nigeria to provide leadership, vision and strategic direction to WEConnect International in Nigeria in accordance with the core values and purpose and in co-operation with WEConnect International. Please direct any interested candidates to the  job description on our website.
Are you a Toronto local interested in supporting the global supplier diversity movement in Canada? WEConnect International in Canada is seeking a Manager of Programs, Partnerships and Communications. Help Canadian women make the connections they need to grow their businesses and their communities.  Read more.

Canada: Forum for Women Entrepreneurs E-Series 2016

The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) is now accepting applications for its E-Series --  FWE's longest-running, signature program for women entrepreneurs who are serious about growing their business.  Participants engage with top-notch business leaders and seasoned entrepreneurs to discuss relevant topics for their businesses.  Applicants from across Canada, and of all business sizes are encouraged to apply, and participants will be placed into a class according to their business' size and stage, ensuring the information is targeted to where you are in business.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2016.

Events: Looking ahead to 2016
2016 WEConnect National Conferences
Locations: Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa, the UK and more!
Date: Throughout the Year

2nd Annual Women in Procurement 2016
Location: Melbourne Australia
Date: March 21-23, 2016

WBENC Summit & Salute
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Date: March 22-24, 2016

WEConnect International Day
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
Date: June 20, 2016

WBENC National Conference & Business Fair
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
Date: June 21-23, 2016