WEConnect International Enters Women's Business Enterprise Hall of Fame

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WEConnect International recognized for its "stellar record as an outstanding advocate in the women's business enterprise community"

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We are thrilled to be recognized for our achievements and eager to continue striving for global impact and excellence in business leadership, trade, and education.

WEConnect International was inducted into the Women's Business Enterprise Hall of Fame at a ceremony presented by the American Institute of Diversity and Commerce, in Dallas on Tuesday, December 2. The organization was among an impressive list of inductees including Michael Robinson, Program Director of Global Supplier Diversity at IBM and Co-Chair of WEConnect International's Board of Directors.

"Induction into the Hall of Fame is a real honor that comes at an exciting time as WEConnect International turns five years old," said Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International. "We are thrilled to be recognized for our achievements in this short time and eager to continue striving for global impact and excellence in business leadership, trade, and education."

The national award honors individuals, companies, and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary leadership and support in the success of women's business enterprises initiatives. According to the Hall of Fame selection committee, WEConnect International was recognized for its "stellar record as an outstanding advocate in the women's business enterprise community" and for its "support of -- and commitment to -- fostering the growth of women's leadership and accomplishment."

Other 2014 Hall of Fame inductees included: Tara Abraham, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Accel, Inc.; Cheryl Snead, President and Chief Executive Officer of Banneker Industries, Inc.; John Young, President and CEO of Energy Future Holdings; Larry Caldwell, Vice President of Purchasing of Business Solutions Group at PepsiCo; Linda Alvarado, President and CEO of Alvarado Construction, Inc.; Michelle Richards, President of the Women's Business Enterprise Council-Great Lakes; Cindy Chace, Director of Enterprise Accounts, Government Sales, at UPS; Laura Taylor, Vice President of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Operations at Pitney Bowes; and Jerry Martin, Senior Vice President of Global Purchasing at Frito-Lay, Inc.

WEConnect International (http://weconnectinternational.org) envisions a world in which women have the same opportunity as their male counterparts to design and implement business solutions that create wealth and ensure the sustainable prosperity of their communities. It identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with qualified buyers.

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