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Diverse Suppliers Go Global: Strategies to Compete in the Global Marketplace Workshop

July 12 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Join the CalAsian Chamber, MBDA Export Center, PG&E, WEConnect, and Women’s Business Enterprise Council West, and Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council (WRMSDC) for a workshop on the opportunities for diverse suppliers overseas. 95% of the world’s market is outside of the United States and reaching them can be a challenge. Our industry experts will take you through the first steps to developing your strategy to compete in the Global Marketplace.



Elizabeth A. Vazquez is the President, CEO, and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, a corporate-led non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets. She is a world leader in women’s economic empowerment and global supplier diversity and inclusion.


Ms. Vazquez is the co-author of the book, “Buying for Impact: How to Buy from Women and Change Our World.” The book includes information on women business owners and ways to support and leverage their potential to create a more sustainable and inclusive global economy.

As the CEO of WEConnect International, Ms. Vazquez is responsible for mission delivery. WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women’s business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with member buyers. The WEConnect International eNetwork supports and promotes women-owned businesses based in 100 countries, including local support in 24 countries—Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, and the UK.

Ms. Vazquez works with many corporate leaders, including WEConnect International members with over US$1 trillion in annual purchasing power, such as: ABSA Group, Accenture, Access Bank, Act 1 Group, Adient, AIG, American Express, Anthem, Apple, Avis Budget, Bank of America, Barclays, BNY Mellon, Boeing, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Chesapeake Bay Candle, Chevron, Cisco, Citi, Coca-Cola, Cox Automotive, Cummins, Inc., Dell, Delta, Disney, Dun & Bradstreet, EDF Energy, Enterprise Holdings, Estee Lauder Companies, ExxonMobil Corporation, EY, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman-Sachs, Google, Hilton, IBM, Ingersoll-Rand, Intel, Interpublic Group, Johnson Controls, Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan Chase, Kelly Services, Marriott, mastercard, McCormick, Merck, Merck KGaA, MetLife, Monsanto, Morgan Stanley, Pacific Gas and Electric, PepsiCo, Pinsent Masons, Pfizer, Praxair, Procter & Gamble, Roche, Royal Bank of Scotland, SAP, Sodexo, Staples Australia, Strategic Staffing Solutions, TD Bank, TransCanada, Turkish Economy Bank, UPS, Verizon, Walmart, Wells Fargo, Walgreens, Westpac Bank, the World Bank Group and Yanfeng Automotive.

Ms. Vazquez sits on the Walmart Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative’s International Advisory Council, the Procter & Gamble Supplier Diversity Advisory Council, the Global Citizen and CHIME FOR CHANGE Girls’ and Women’s Committee, and is a Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Jury Member for North America. She sits on the Board of Directors of Win-Win Strategies and is a W20 Representative to advance G20 commitments and a member of the B20. She also served as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.

Ms. Vazquez was born in Mexico, has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University, and was honored by the Barrett Honors College as an Inspiring Alumni for making significant contributions in her career and community. She has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University where she studied development economics and international negotiation as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and is the recipient of the 2018 Fletcher Women’s Leadership Award for outstanding graduates who are making a meaningful impact in the world. She also completed graduate seminars at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government, the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, and Sookmyung Women’s University in South Korea.










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July 12
8:00 am - 12:00 pm


PG&E Headquarters
245 Market St., Conference Room A
San Francisco, CA 94111 United States
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