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.
The full day event was kicked off by a corporate roundtable composed of 12 high level representatives of multinational corporations to discuss the benefits and challenges to including women-owned businesses in the supply chain in Brazil. Later, the plenary session was opened by U.S. Consul General Ricardo Zuniga who expressed the U.S. government's commitment to women's economic empowerment. Later participants interacted with local and international guest speakers sharing practical advice and case studies of how women-owned businesses can successfully do business with multinational corporations in Brazil. After lunch, certified women-owned businesses participated in a matchmaking session with buyers representing 12 multinational corporations operating in Brazil. The event was possible thanks to the generous support from corporate members ExxonMobil, Accenture and Dell and was produced by certified women-owned business US Eventos of São Paulo.
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