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On April 7, join WEConnect International's Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Symposium for a world-class educational event designed to provide first-hand experience and content from expert practitioners including tools and resources to successfully implement and expand global supplier diversity and inclusion. Join nearly 100 of your peers in expanding industry knowledge, connecting stakeholders, and advancing initiatives around the world. 





  9:00 - 9:10 am    Welcome and Introductions
  9:10 - 9:40 am    C Suite Fireside Chat
   • Len DeCandia, Chief Procurement Officer, Johnson & Johnson
   • Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International
  9:40 - 10:30 am    Global Perspectives
   • Michelle Bekkering, Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for
      Economic Growth, Education and Environment, USAID
   • Mark Sweeny, Senior Account Executive, SAP Ariba
   • Moderator: Saritha Venumbaka, COO, WEConnect International
  10:30 - 11:30 am    Beginning Global SD&I Efforts, Presentation
   • María del Pilar Castaneda, Associate Director, Economic Inclusion and
     Supplier Diversity Lead for the Latam Region, Merck
   • Raúl Suárez-Rodríguez, Associate Director, Global Economic Inclusion
     and Supplier Diversity Processes, Operations & Strategy, Merck
  11:30 - 12:00 pm    Government Affairs and SD&I Collaboration
 • Sara Thorn, Senior Director, Global Government Affairs, Walmart
  12:00 - 1:00 pm    Lunch break
  1:00 - 2:00 pm    Mature Global SD&I Efforts and The Future of Supplier Diversity, Panel
   • Nedra Dickson, Managing Director, Global Supplier Inclusion &
     Sustainability Lead, Accenture
   • Nancy Swartout, Global Sustainable Procurement Manager, ExxonMobil
   • Grainne D'Arcy, EMEA Strategic Sourcing Manager, Intel
   • Moderator: Michael Robinson, Program Director, Global Supplier
     Diversity, IBM
  2:00 - 2:45 pm     Effective Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Leadership
    • Kimberly Cutchall, President, Development and Consulting, Talent Plus, Inc.
  2:45 - 3:00 pm    Q&A, Wrap-up and Close
    • Michael Tobolski, Vice President of Member Development,
       WEConnect International

*The agenda will be updated as more information becomes available, so please continue to check back periodically for updates.




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