January 10, 2017

WECIDay2017FPWEConnect International invites you to kick off the WBENC National Conference and Business Fair with international delegations of women business owners, corporate members, and government officials for an event dedicated to empowering women entrepreneurs and educating all on the benefits of global supplier diversity and inclusion. Our hallmark International Day event will be held on Monday, June 19, and we'll host workshops throughout the week.

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January 10, 2017


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Honored Guest


Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, PhD, is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. A longtime champion of women’s rights, she is affiliated with several organizations devoted to education, women’s empowerment and gender equality. From 2005 to 2008, she served as Deputy President of South Africa, overseeing programmes to combat poverty and bring the advantages of a growing economy to the poor, with a particular focus on women. Prior to this, she served as Minister of Minerals and Energy from 1999 to 2005 and Deputy Minister in the Department of Trade and Industry from 1996 to 1999. She was a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 1996 as part of South Africa’s first democratic government.

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KathleenMatthewTV-News reporter and co-anchor for 25 years, Kathleen Matthews, is a persuasive communicator telling people’s stories and addressing complex issues. She was a progressive voice in the travel industry, as the Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer for Marriott International. She recently ran for the U.S. Congress with a passion and proven track record as an advocate for working women, families, LGBT equality, immigration reform and environmental sustainability.


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January 10, 2017

WEConnect International is excited to announce its Founding Ambassadors:  Janice Bryant Howroyd, Founder and CEO, ACT-1 Group; Margery Kraus, Founder and Executive Chairman, APCO Worldwide; and Mei Xu, Co-Founder, Co-Owner, and CEO, Pacific Trade International-Chesapeake Bay Candle.

WEConnect International Ambassadors are a very select group of internationally successful women business owners who devote time and talent to bolster WEConnect International’s commitment to opening doors for women business owners, economic empowerment and inclusive growth.  WEConnect International Ambassadors share their wealth of business experience and offer a legacy of support that paves the way for other women to follow.

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