Women's Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA) Announces Keynote Speaker for Annual Conference

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Lynn Tilton, founder and CEO of Patriarch Partners Joins the WBEA Conference as Keynote Speaker for the May 17th Luncheon.

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“In 2011 our WBEs employed over 31,000 employees and had a combined revenue of $8.3 billion, this is a significant impact to the Texas economy. We believe that 2012 will have an even greater impact as many of our WBEs are adding new jobs,” stated Repka.

Women's Business Enterprise Alliance is pleased to announce that Lynn Tilton, founder and CEO of Patriarch Partners, will be the keynote speaker at the WBEA Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on May 17 in Houston.

“We are excited to have Ms. Tilton at our Annual Conference. Her dedication to saving American companies and Mayor Parker’s Hire Houston First have the potential to give small businesses in our area a much needed boost. Small businesses are still the backbone of economy,” Susan Repka of WBEA said.

Over the last 10 years, Tilton and Patriarch Partners have committed to debt and equity investments and provided operational and strategic expertise to more than 150 companies, saving 250,000 American jobs that would have otherwise been lost through liquidations. It is Tilton’s belief that our country’s most valuable asset is human capital and that job creation is the essential element to a true and sustainable economic recovery and prosperity.

The WBEA’s Annual conference will feature more than 1,200 attendees and corporations, such as Chevron, BP America Inc., Shell Oil Company, ExxonMobil and Bayside Publishing among many others.

This year’s Conference will include six workshops held on Wednesday, May 16, a private reception later that evening and numerous activities on Thursday, May 17 including one-on-one meetings between corporate buyer and certified WBEs, the Awards Luncheon and an all day expo with silent auction.

The Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance is committed to increasing supplier diversity and business opportunities for woman-owned businesses and corporate members through education, programs and professional networking. Women-owned businesses comprise one of the fastest growing segments in today's economy. Since the WBEA's inception in 1995, the number of WBEA Annual Conference businesses owned and operated by women has increased substantially, creating new jobs, generating unique opportunities and fostering a resurgence of the entrepreneurial spirit in the marketplace.

“In 2011 our WBEs employed over 31,000 employees and had a combined revenue of $8.3 billion, this is a significant impact to the Texas economy”, stated Repka.    “We believe that 2012 will have an even greater impact as many of our WBEs are adding new jobs.” To register for The Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance, log on to http://www.wbea-texas.org/conference.

About Women's Business Enterprise Alliance:

With more than 750 certified WBEs, the WBEA membership has grown rapidly since its inception and has become one of the nation's leading certifiers of women-owned businesses by way of its network of corporate sponsors, supplier diversity programs and dedicated WBEs.

As an affiliate of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the WBEA serves as a third-party certifying organization for women-owned business enterprises (WBEs) in South Texas. Businesses that are at least 51-percent owned by a woman and meet specific criteria as outlined by WBENC standards and procedures are eligible for this certification -- a designation that is not only recognized but required by most major corporations and governmental agencies as a purchasing criteria.

For additional information, contact Susan Repka at (713) 681-9232, ext. 209 or log onto: http://www.wbea-texas.org.

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