Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Partnerships, and Events
WEConnect International in China identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International is the only non-profit connecting women-owned businesses with multi-national corporate purchasing organizations outside of the United States. Greater China includes Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
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(May 2, 2017) Gaia Group, based in Shanghai, China, celebrated its WEConnect International certification as a women's business enterprise with a press release on Monday, May 1.
“WEConnect International Certification bridges the gap between men and women in the business sector by offering women-owned businesses the same opportunities that are available for male-owned/led businesses. It is a tremendous asset for us as we connect with retailers interested in supporting women-owned businesses around the globe”, said Marie McGrath-Brown, President and General Manager of Gaia Group USA.
(April 28, 2017) Loretta Lee is the chairman and founder of Merchant House International Ltd (MHI Group), a company listed on the Australia Securities Exchange (ASX). Her entrepreneurial spirit has led her to establish several companies, including Merchant House International Ltd, The Loretta Lee Group, and Forsan Limited. Loretta also owns own several factories, with three located in China and one factory located in the U.S. MHI Group have over a thousand employees in China.
AmCham China and WEConnect International in China have embarked upon a collaboration to showcase expert perspectives on women’s economic empowerment and the positive impact of women’s leadership in the global economy. The 女 Economy Summit is looking to collaborate with leading women’s organizations to provide a platform for sharing best practices in developing women leadership and networking with likeminded people from the media, non-profit organizations, and top businesses. Input from male advocates will also be invaluable; gender equality is an issue that concerns everyone.