Connecting with Corporations 
During the morning sessions, you will have the opportunity to join facilitated sessions with both procurement representatives and other women business owners. 

Lightning Talks  
Delivered by expert women business owners and corporate executives, lightning talks will provide a diverse range of short sessions, jam-packed with important tips and tricks for adapting to today’s business environment.

Breakout Sessions  
Choose between the buyer or supplier track and hear from top procurement representatives and women business owners, on topics that explore everything from how to accelerate your supplier diversity and inclusion efforts to how to manage a business during a crisis. 


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AGENDA (EDT times)

  6:00 - 7:00 am   International Salon
 Open attendance: Select Europe, Americas, Africa, or Asia Pacific region
  7:00 - 8:30 am   Connecting with Corporations (Sponsored by UPS)
  8:30 - 8:40 am   Technology Break
  8:40 - 8:50 am   Welcome
Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International
  8:50 - 9:05 am   Keynote: A Vision of Rebuilding Global Business for Good
Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, Global Head, CSR, Moody's Corporation, and President, Moody's Foundation
  9:05 - 9:35 am   International Salon
  Open attendance: Select Europe, Americas, Africa, or Asia Pacific region
  9:35 - 10:20 am

  Women-to-Women: Lightning Talks
  •   Staying in the Game while on a Rollercoaster
       Michelle Booysen, Group President, Petanque NXT Africa (South Africa)
  •   Ditching Superwoman
       Cath Daley, Founder, Cath Daley Ltd (UK)
  •   The Dreaming Factory
       Mayuko Horiuchi, CEO, Sensyo Ltd. Co. (Japan) 
  •   Fall in Love with Your Business Again!
       Catherine Stone, Founder, Crybaby Productions (Australia)  
  •   Niching Towards Super-Niching
       Chala Dincoy, CEO, The Repositioning Expert (Canada)
  •   Creating the Future with Exponential Technologies
       Paola Di Lernia, Founder, Agencia Clepsidra (Argentina)
  •   In an Uncertain World, Riff On Your Purpose
      Fiona Blades, CEO, MESH Experience (UK/US)
  •   Lockdown Lowdown: From Nice to Have to Need to Have
       Teni Majekodunmi, Founder, Eclectic Chique (Nigeria)

  10:20 - 10:30 am   Technology Break
   (All attendees welcome)
   (All attendees welcome)
  10:30 - 11:00 am   Business Continuity Plan - Best
  Practices, Supporting the Women
  Business Community During COVID-19
Michael Robinson, Program Director,
Global Supplier Diversity, IBM
  • Selina McCole, Executive Director,
Services, Goldman Sachs
  WEConnection Success Stories from
  Certified Women-Owned Businesses 

  • Liz Axten, Business Development
     Director, KTS (UK)
  • Maggie Mildare, Owner, Consultoría
     Informática y Actuarial (Mexico)
  • Helena Chavarría Saxe, President,
     Premio DMC (Costa Rica)
  11:00 - 11:30 am   How to Rebuild Global Business for
  Good - Exploring the Linkages Between
  Access to Markets and Access to Capital
• Chantal Pitre, CPA, CA, National Manager,
     Women Entrepreneurs - TD Bank 
  • Yvonne Greeves, Director Women in
     Business, RBS
  • Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, Global Head, CSR,
     Moody's Corporation, and President,
     Moody's Foundation
  Top Tips for Pitching Your Business
Large Corporations
  • Andrea Fimian, EMEA Supplier
     Diversity Program Manager, IBM
  11:30 - 12:00 pm   Global Tier 2 Development and Supplier 
  • Megan Stowe, Europe, Middle East
     & Africa (EMEA) Strategic Sourcing
     Director Corporate Strategic
     Procurement, Intel
  EY 7 Drivers of Growth
  • Isabella Martorina, EMEA Growth
     Markets Business Development
     Activation Leader, EY 
  12:00 - 12:30 pm   Women Business Perspectives and
  Challenges in Today's Climate
Gill Thorpe, CEO, The Sourcing Team
  How to do Business with the United

  • Natalia Nedel, Chief, Enabling and
     Outreach Service Office of Supply
     Chain Management Department
     of Operational Support, UN 
  12:30 - 12:45 pm   Closing Keynote: Rebuilding Value Chains with Inclusive Sourcing
Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO,
     Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  12:45 - 1:00 pm   Technology Break
  1:00 - 2:00 pm   Connecting with Corporations 

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  • AstraZeneca
  • EY
  • Kelly Services
  • Merck
  • Moody's
  • PepsiCo
  • Chevron
  • Ford
  • Citi