Executive Director for Brazil, WEConnect International
WEConnect International in Brazil 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.
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On December 3, 2015 corporate member Pfizer welcomed a select group of certified women-owned businesses to their São Paulo headquarters to discuss the inclusion of women-owned businesses in the Pfizer supply chain in Brazil. The meeting opened with a brief presentation of the Pfizer supply chain operation as well as an introduction to the socially responsible actions the company carries out in Brazil. The women business owners then each got to pitch their business to the Pfizer audience composed of representatives not only from procurement but also from other departments that make smaller purchases. A dynamic conversation followed where certified business owners and Pfizer staff discussed how to facilitate business between corporations and small enterprises run by women in Brazil. The meeting wrapped up with a networking coffee break to stimulate new business connections.
WEConnect International in Brazil held its Annual Forum on the 2nd of October in São Paulo. Growth-oriented Brazilian business owners, corporate procurement professionals, and other key actors in Brazil's entrepreneurial ecosystem joined to discuss the development of Brazilian women-owned businesses and how their inclusion in corporate supply chains is a powerful tool to supporting not only the growth of women-owned businesses but also adding value to the corporate supply chain and to society as a whole.