Sophia Hatzelmann ahc GmbH(June 20, 2017) On June 19 in Las Vegas, WEConnect International hosted more than 200 corporate representatives, women business owners, partners and other champions of women’s economic empowerment. During the evening reception, Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, announced the top five winners of the first ever WEConnect International photo contest for women business owners. 

Among the five finalists was Sophia Hatzelmann, Founder and CEO of women-owned consulting company ahc GmbH based in Stuttgart, Germany. Sophia's photo - "A good team is the secret of every success" - resonated with the WEConnect International team because it demonstrates one of the most important aspects of supplier diversity, which is innovation stems from a diversity of opinions and points of view. 

On founding her business, Sophia says: "I had the dream to support national and international customers from the automotive, mechanical and plant engineering industry. I wanted to lead challenging projects together with men and women at my side who share my passion.

Today 25 people work for me and I am proud of my international and diverse team. In Germany most of the founders and CEOs of technical enterprises are male. So I’m a quite exotic creature: I founded a company in a male dominated market and more than 50% of my team is female. If you love technic and your passion is to help technology companies getting ready for a successful digital future you have to have a visionary and great team behind you. This is the secret of ahc GmbH."

The competition isn’t over yet, though!

Now through December 31, 2017, the general public can vote for the finalists' photos - including Sophia's - by making an online donation. In January 2018, two winners will be notified – the one that receives the most individual donations and one that receives the most donated funds overall.  Both will win a free ticket to WEConnect International Day 2018 in Detroit!  

So make your donation now via https://weconnectinternational.networkforgood.com/, and don’t forget to designate which photo gets your vote!