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May 2016

Top Story: Look Who's Coming to International Day!

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More than 110 women business owners, corporate reps, and partners from 14 countries have registered for WEConnect International Day! What are you waiting for?

Click here to read the May 2016 edition of WEConnection

April 2016

Top Story: Welcome New WEConnect International Staff!


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Greta Schettler as its new Vice President and Shade Ladipo as the new Executive Director of WEConnect International in Nigeria.

Greta will head up global efforts to scale our rapidly growing organization, lead our executive management team, and develop the performance driven culture. A proven executive and entrepreneur, she has a wealth of experience in designing and scaling efforts to advance women's economic participation and entrepreneurship through development, trade, economic, and international business initiatives.

March 2016

Top Story: WEConnect International CEO Joins UN Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment

CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International Elizabeth A. Vazquez, will serve on the newly formed UN Secretary-General's High Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment.

In addition to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, Panel Members will include world leaders such as the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, the President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, and the CEO of IKEA, Simona Scarpaleggio.

"It is an honor to serve as a Panel Member with so many prestigious champions of women's economic empowerment," said Vazquez. "More money in the hands of women means more prosperity for all of us and is at the heart of long-term economic stability and development. I am confident that the Panel will be able to effect meaningful global impact at scale."

Click here to read the February edition of WEConnection.

February 2016

Top Story: Have You Started Your #Buy16in16 Commitment?

There are a number of great resources to help you get started including woman business owner Kate Armstrong's Twitter feed @IntentionalKate. Kate is committed to buying ONLY women-owned products in 2016 and has tips almost daily on where to find what you need or what you're craving.

Throughout the year we will highlight various WEConnect International and WBENC certified women's business enterprises. Contact Cate Urban at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to have your certified women's business enterprise featured on social media.

Click here to read the February 2016 edition of WEConnection.

January 2016

Top Story: Join the #Buy16in16 Campaign!

Everyone is a buyer. When you make a trade or spend money, you are voting for the world you want. Join the #Buy16in16 campaign and start shopping with purpose!

We are challenging all buyers to purchase at least 16 products or services from 16 different women-owned businesses in 2016. Whenever you make a purchase, let us know on Twitter using #Buy16in16 , include a photo, and let us know your progress.

Click here to read the January 2016 edition of WEConnection.

December 2015

Top Story: Maggie Berry is Market Lead of the Year

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.

Click here to read the December 2015 edition of WEConnection.