VIDEO: How to Develop a Global Supplier Diversity Initiative


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Elizabeth Vazquez

President and CEO

WEConnect International

Elizabeth A. Vazquezis the President, CEO, and Co-Founder ofWEConnect International, a corporate led non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets. She is a serial social entrepreneur and world leader in 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 and impact. The WEConnect International team supports a network of local representatives in 17 countries–Australia, Brazil, Chile, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa, Turkey and the UK.

WEConnect International Members are true pioneers in global supplier development and inclusion, with over US$700 billion in annual purchasing power and a clear interest in buying more from women’s business enterprises: Accenture, Access Bank, AIG, Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, AT&T, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cargill, Carlson-Rezidor Hotel Group, Cisco Systems, Cummins, Dell, Dun & Bradstreet, DW Morgan, EY, ExxonMobil, Full Circle Exchange, Genpact, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, Hilton Worldwide, HP, Hospira, IBM, Intel, the Inter-American Development Bank, Interpublic Group, Johnson Controls, Johnson & Johnson, ManpowerGroup, Marriott International, MasterCard, Merck, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions, Pfizer, PG&E, Royal Bank of Scotland, Sodexo, The Boeing Company, The Coca-Cola Company, The Este Lauder Companies, Verizon, Walmart, WellPoint, and Wyndham Worldwide.

Ms. Vazquez sits on several Boards of Directors, including the Global Banking Alliance for Women and the Cornerstone Capital Group, and she is an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative. She has been a speaker and provided training in all regions of the world on a range of issues–globalization, value chains, international trade, diversity and inclusion, women’s entrepreneurship, sustainability, and corporate and government sourcing policies and practices.

As CEO and Co-Founder of TradeBuilders, Ms. Vazquez works with corporate and government leaders on Internet-based “Virtual Trade Missions” and other trade events in countries such as Canada, Chile, Cyprus, India, Israel, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, the UK and the U.S.

As the former Executive Director of Quantum Leaps, a global non-profit dedicated to the growth of women-owned businesses, Ms. Vazquez received the 2009 WBENC Applause Award for exceptional accomplishments that expand opportunities for women’s business enterprises.

Ms. Vazquez was born in Mexico, has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University, and in 2013 the Barrett Honors College honored her 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. 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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