Thought leadership strategist and certified woman business owner Mindy Gibbons-Klein recently wrote a blog post for Huffington Post UK on the everyday consumer’s power to promote and support equality and diversity. Within the article, Mindy highlights WEConnect International’s #Buy16in16 campaign. She writes:
"Last week I attended the annual conference and trade fair of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), which has been promoting and supporting women in business for nearly 20 years. Among the traders and speakers, the cause being championed this year was #Buy16in16 - an initiative that has been devised to increase public awareness of women-owned businesses and encourage trading with such companies.
WEConnect International Corporate Member Dell recently hosted its 7th Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Annual Summit (DWEN) on June 27-28, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. At the event, Karen Quintos, Dell chief marketing officer, and soon-to-be chief customer officer, said the company has been putting money specifically into venture capital funding, as well as improving its supplier diversity. Said Quintos:
"We spend billions of dollars a year on goods and services from small minority and women-owned businesses, and just last year alone $350 million went to certifying women-only suppliers.”
Congratulations to corporate members Cummins, Merck, and Sodexo - all finalists for MSDUK’s 2016 Corporation of the Year Award. This award is to recognize an existing MSDUK corporate member that has undertaken the most outstanding approach to supplier diversity in the UK from October 2014 to date. The Corporation of the Year Award is sponsored by certified women’s business enterprise GIBBS S3. Judging Criteria include: