Elizabeth A. Vazquez

 L to R: Linda Denny, WBENC President & CEO; Virginia Littlejohn, President & Founder, Tradebuilders; Elizabeth Vasquez, President & CEO; WEConnect International; and Joan Kerr, Executive Director, Supplier Diversity, AT&T.

 L to R: Linda Denny, WBENC President & CEO; Virginia Littlejohn, President & Founder, Tradebuilders; Elizabeth Vasquez, President & CEO; WEConnect International; and Joan Kerr, Executive Director, Supplier Diversity, AT&T.

Elizabeth A. Vazquez, Executive Director of Quantum Leaps and Co-founder and President of TradeBuilders, works on critical issues for businesses at all stages of development.

With the WBENC Global Business Committee, she has helped launch a global network that offers business opportunities for corporate buyers and WBEs. She has also helped to incubate certification organizations in the United Kingdom and Canada, and recently organized and chaired the first ever Global Strategic Forum on Supplier Diversity and Women's Economic Empowerment, hosted by the World Bank. In addition, she is principal architect of a global portal that will assist in qualifying and connecting this developing network.

Vazquez has worked with corporate and government leaders on Internet-based "virtual trade missions" and other trade events in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, India, Israel, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Vazquez, who has completed graduate seminars at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government, the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University, and Sookmyung Women's University in Korea, earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and 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.

Through the National Women's Business Council, Littlejohn and Vazquez are currently coordinating development of The Roadmap to 2020, a strategic action plan for fueling women's enterprise development in the United States through the next decade.