Dorothy B. Brothers Executive Scholarship

[ July 2011 ]


July 2011
President's Message
Conference Highlights Video
Conference Photo Slide Show
Leadership Video
WBENC Approved as Third- Party Certifier for SBA WOSB Federal Contracting Program
WBENC Joins WIPP in Supporting Small Business Saturday
Tribute to Partners Honors Women Leaders
WBENC Honors Ernst & Young's Theresa Harrison With William C. Alcorn Award
2011 Conference Host Committee Dynamic Contributors
2011 Silent Auction Grosses $180,000
Making Connections through Social Media at WBENC's Conference
Tuck-WBENC Executive Program Deadline Extended to August 5
Certification Corner
Marketing Your Way to Yes Webinar
Calendar of Events

Tate & Lyle LLC
Tom Yearly
Purchasing Manager

The Federal Reserve
Bank of Richmond
Cindy Turner
Supplier Diversity Manager

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Conference attendees can view the photos taken at Haze in Las Vegas by clicking here.  Photos are provided direct to the attendee by Audrey Dempsey Infinity Photo.


President's Message from
Pamela Prince-Eason

               We are WBENC

Last month, I shared with you this new slogan for the next phase of growth for our organization.  "We are WBENC" conveys the strength of our value proposition that we offer our Corporate Members and Women's Business Enterprises.  That is our integrated, efficient and powerful network, enabled by our Regional Partner Organizations and delivering top-quality, WBENC-certified women's businesses to the nation's most visionary corporate buyers and a broad range of government entities.  Through this network we also provide the Certification, Opportunities and Resources that equip our WBEs to get and keep access to the corporate marketplace that is so crucial to their ability to grow substantially and fuel our economy. 

At the 2011 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair in Las Vegas June 21-23, this value proposition came to life. The energy of "We are WBENC" charged the week's events.  Optimism and creativity were evident at:

  • The presentations of our outstanding keynote speakers – CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien, world-class poker strategist Annie Duke, and uber-entrepreneurs Tony Hsieh and Karen Hough
  • Our top-notch workshops
  • Our intensive networking events, and
  • Our signature Business Fair – the largest of its kind in the nation.  

The 2011 National Conference & Business Fair was our most successful to date. With more than 3,000 attendees on-site, the conference drew record-breaking crowds every day. WBENC owes a tremendous thanks to our Co-Chairs Amgen, Act-1 and Zorch, our Host Council, the Women's Business Enterprise Council-West, headed by Executive Director Pamela Williamson, PhD. and graciously supported by her Host Committee, whose outreach efforts were key in driving awareness of the big event. The 2011 conference also drew an unprecedented number of sponsors. More than 100 regional and national Corporate Members, government entities, and certified WBEs leveraged their conference participation to increase their visibility in front of a large and diverse audience. Their abundant support was fundamental to the incredible achievements experienced by all at the conference.

As we rapidly approach our 15th anniversary, WBENC leadership including our Board of Directors, is committed to creating new approaches to ensure that:

  • Our Corporate Members are THE best brands in the world
  • Our WBENC-certified WBEs grow to realize their maximum possibilities
  • And, WBENC, with our valued Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs), remains the best organization to support Corporations, Government entities and WBEs. 

To accomplish this, each of us needs to think about the entire scope of the marketplace.  And how, under the banner of "We are WBENC," we will:

  • Meet the changing supply chain needs of our Corporate Members and government entity partners 
  • Reach more women's businesses with WBENC certification as the desired credential of a quality and qualified WBE 
  • Enable unmatched access for WBEs in the Corporate and Government marketplaces
  • And strategically prepare and get ahead of the powerful industry and consumer forces that are defining our businesses and economic future.

In addition, I am pleased to share that at press time, we learned that the Small Business Administration approved WBENC as a Third-Party Certifier providing certification - for its Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program. This program provides an historic opportunity for WBENC to take our world-class certification directly into the government arena and work to level the playing field for WBEs not only in the private sector but now the public sector. We are already working with our RPOs on how best to take advantage of this opportunity.

This is one example of how, together with all of you, we will accomplish our goals.  I invite you to read this month's President's Report to get a deeper sense of the knowledge, leadership and connections that made WBENC's 2011 National Conference & Business Fair a success for this year . . . and a beacon for our organization's very bright future. 


Pamela Prince-Eason
President and CEO

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Leadership Video Message

"We are WBENC" is our rally cry that conveys the strength of WBENC's value proposition highlighting our integrated, efficient, and powerful network, enabled by our Regional Partner Organizations."

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Video produced by Maslow Media Group.

Conference Highlights Video

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Conference Photo Slide Show
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Slide Show produced by Bob Dempsey, Audrey Dempsey Infinity Photos.  Photographers: Linda Johnson Photographer, and Audrey Dempsey Infinity Photos.


WBENC Approved as Third-Party Certifier for
SBA WOSB Federal Contracting Program

For some time, WBENC has investigated additional ways in which it can support its mission of leveling the playing field for women's business enterprises (WBEs) not only in the private sector, but also in the public sector. Now WBENC is at an historic moment and is proud to announce it will take its world-class certification into the government arena by delivering WOSB certification.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved WBENC as a Third-Party Certifier - providing Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) certification - for the SBA's WOSB Federal Contracting Program.

The SBA WOSB Federal Contracting Program enables contracting officers to set aside certain contracts for competition among women owned small businesses (WOSBs) or economically disadvantaged- women owned small businesses (EDWOSBs) for the provision of goods and services to the Federal Government.

"We are pleased that the SBA, like our current corporate partners, recognizes the value and credibility of third-party certification," said WBENC President and CEO Pamela Prince-Eason. "Through the approval of third-party certification, the SBA has taken an important step in enabling women's businesses to effectively compete and win contracts with the government. We believe that this will lead to women's business growth and a positive impact on our economy."

As one of four SBA-approved third-party certifiers, WBENC is the leading advocate for and authority on WBEs for the nation's corporations. Its certification of businesses that are 51 percent owned, operated and managed by women, is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America's most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities. Now it will also provide its world-class certification of women owned small businesses (WOSB) to government agencies.

In its role as a new third-party certifier of the SBA's WOSB Federal Contract Program, WBENC with our Regional Partner Organization network will introduce a Women Owned Small Business Government Certification (WOSBGC) Program.

Additional information and updates regarding the WOSB Program and WBENC's WOSB Government Certification Program will be provided by WBENC and its Regional Partner Organizations as we move forward.

If you have any questions, contact Candace Waterman, Senior Director of Compliance and Alliance Relationships, at or (202) 872-5515 ext. 8102. Or contact, Aditi Dussault, Senior Manager of Compliance, at or (202)872-5515 ext. 8024.



WBENC Joins WIPP in Supporting Second Annual
Small Business Saturday on November 26, 2011

WBENC's President and CEO Pamela Prince-Eason and Board Chair Laura K. Taylor, Pitney Bowes Vice President of Strategic Sourcing, along with Barbara Kasoff, President of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), held a press conference during the  2011 National Conference & Business Fair to announce that WBENC has joined the Small Business Saturday CoalitionSM.  This is a national movement of small business advocates led by WIPP to drive consumers to shop at local merchants and small businesses on Small Business Saturday. This year Small Business Saturday falls on November 26th, the Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, during the heaviest shopping weekend of the year.

By joining the coalition, WBENC and our network of 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) will engage not only our WBENC-certified Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) who would participate as vendors on Small Business Saturday, but also its nearly 11,000 WBEs and 250 Corporate Members who could spread the word about the event and participate as shoppers.

"WBENC is proud to support Small Business Saturday, which will make an immediate and positive impact on the small business sector of our economy.  Small businesses are a key source of innovation in this country, and it is vital that we support their growth," said Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO of WBENC, which is the leading advocate for and authority on women's business enterprises as suppliers to the nation's top corporations.  

The Small Business Saturday CoalitionSM encourages local business owners to take leadership positions in their communities by raising awareness of the program in their regions. WBENC can perform a crucial role in using its national network to engage women's business to take these leadership positions.

WIPP, a nonpartisan organization and a strategic partner to WBENC, and its partners created the Small Business Saturday CoalitionSM to expand the reach and impact of Small Business Saturday.  The coalition's mission is to inspire business owners and communities across the country to embrace Small Business Saturday and get the word out about the importance of shopping at small, independently owned businesses.

American Express, the founding sponsor of Small Business Saturday, created the program in response to small business owners' most pressing need: more demand for their products and services. 

The impact that "shopping small" has on local communities is profound: for every $100 spent at a locally owned small business, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures, according to Civic Economics

"We are proud to be taking Small Business Saturday to the next level by leading a community of likeminded small business advocates," said Kasoff.  "We will mobilize our base, which are the small business advocates, owners and consumers in local communities around the country to encourage and promote small business shopping and to rally local communities to support local businesses on November 26th."


Tribute to Partners Honors Women Leaders at WBENC

The final evening at WBENC's 2011 National Conference & Business Fair -- The Tribute to Partners - was the setting at which WBENC honored leaders who have made significant contributions to our organization's success.  

The event recognized the Leadership Council of exemplary executives who represent our Regional Partner Organizations - led by Geri Swift, President, Women's Business Enterprise Council-PA-DE-sNJ and Chair of the Leadership Council, Blanca Robinson, President, Women's Business Enterprise Council South and Vice Chair of the Leadership Council, and Candace Waterman, WBENC Senior Director of Compliance, WBENC.

WBENC also spotlighted five outstanding women deserving of our special recognition:

The William J. Alcorn Leadership Award was named in honor of WBENC's first Chair of the Board of Directors, William J. Alcorn, retired Senior Vice President and Chief Purchasing Officer of the JC Penney Company, for his years of dedication and outstanding leadership. This award recognizes exemplary leadership contributions made by individuals in support of WBENC's mission to open the doors of opportunity in corporate contracting to certified women's business enterprises.   WBENC is the leading advocate for and authority on Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) as suppliers to the nation's corporations.

The William J. Alcorn Leadership Award, the highest honor to an individual at WBENC, was bestowed on Theresa Harrison, Director of Supplier Diversity at Ernst & Young LLP.

Theresa Harrison, Director of Supplier Diversity at Ernst & Young LLP

WBENC BESTOWS APPLAUSE AWARD TO FOUR FEMALE LEADERS: The Applause Award recognizes exceptional accomplishments that expand opportunities for women's business enterprises on a national or international level while breaking down the barriers that impede the progress and growth of businesses owned and operated by women.  The Award recipients were selected based on their impact on the growth of Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs); creation of policies, procedures or initiatives that increase opportunities for WBEs; and innovative and inspirational leadership on behalf of women business owners and their companies.

Four female executives received WBENC's Applause Award recognizing outstanding achievement and contributions to the national organization:  The Applause Award was conferred to:

"WBENC is very proud to have such talented women advancing our mission and supporting other women in seeking to compete in the sophisticated corporate marketplace," said Pamela Prince-Eason, WBENC President and CEO.  WBENC is the leading advocate for and authority on WBEs as suppliers to the nation's corporations.

Karen Ratzlaff, Founder and CEO, Excel Construction Services, Inc.,  Beatriz Bonnet, President and CEO, Syntes Language Group, Inc, Sandra F. Davis, President and CEO, Applied Computer Solutions;  Lorelei Carobolante, President and CEO, G2nd Systems®; Karma Newberry, President, Wasatch Pipeline Supply, Inc.; Alison Macpherson, President, Bright Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.; Diane Prince Johnston, CEO, Workway, Inc.;  Lisa Hanlon, Managing Partner – Managing Principal, Teltech Communications, LLC.; Laurie Travis, President, LTevention, and Chair, 2011 Host Committee.

2011 Conference Host Committee Dynamic Contributors

The Host Committee – women business enterprises (WBEs) who are active in the Host Council – Women's Business Enterprise Council-West (WBEC-West) – is a group of dynamic, successful women who wore their tiaras and sashes proudly as leaders and supporters of the most successful WBENC National Conference & Business Fair to date. Role models in their industries and communities, they demonstrate innovation in the workplace and respect for their employees and communities.

"We were honored to have such an exemplary group of women host our National Conference & Business Fair in Las Vegas. We thank them for their generosity in committing their time, resources, and expertise towards a great success," said WBENC President & CEO Pamela Prince-Eason.

The Host Committee is vital to raising visibility for the event in their region, representing the Host Council in attracting attendees, communicating the value of the event, and the organization in advance of and during the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair.

"WBEC-West is honored to have had the opportunity to host such a successful event," said Pamela Williamson, PhD, Executive Director of WBEC-West. "I am positive that the WBEs and corporate representatives who attended were provided with information that will impact them and their businesses in a positive way for years to come.

"In addition, it was an honor to work with not only an amazing Host Committee, but also an unbelievable, committed and active board consisting of Linda Paugh, Salt River Project (SRP); Damon Testa, Bank of America; Dawn Marchand, Walt Disney Company; Robin Bilups, USBank; Jesús Borboa, Arizona Public Service (APS); Rose Davis, NVEnergy; Jaymee Lomax, SDG&E/ SoCalGas; Lauri Hawes, Triwest; Ken Ashford, MWD; Ron Rodrigues, Chevron; Lorelei Carobolante, G2nd Systems also a Host Committee member. There is no doubt; the Conference would not have been the successful event it was without support from both WBEC-West's Board and Host Committee."

LAURIE TRAVIS, PRESIDENT,LTevention, and Chair, 2011 Host Committee
Laurie Travis heads up LTeventions, a full-service corporate meeting and convention company operating nationally to help Fortune 500 companies meet their strategic goals. Whether its clients are building internal teams, fostering client relationships or enhancing brand awareness, LTeventions delivers custom, memorable events to accomplish its clients' goals.

For professional executive gatherings – or a grand scale event with the U.S. President – LTeventions is known for its decisive direction, superb quality and efficient, end-to-end service. It enables its clients to provide their audiences with a valuable experience – from the strategic gathering and storing of attendee data, to the creation of original team-building exercises, to embedding health and wellness into the events.

"As a Host Committee member, the conference gave me and my company, Syntes Language Group, an opportunity to gain greater exposure to all conference attendees as well as to make many good connections. Being a Host Committee member helped in initiating conversations and breaking the ice. A real plus for me personally, was to get to know some of my fellow Host Committee members a little better."
- Beatriz Bonnet

Since 1988, Beatriz Bonnet has served as President and CEO of Syntes Language Group, Inc., a leading provider of translation, localization, and interpreting services into more than 100 languages. She is an award-winning leader who has taken Syntes through steady revenue and profitability growth to become one of the most well-respected firms in the industry.

"As an entrepreneur and CEO of a nationally certified Women's Business Enterprise, attending the WBENC Conference was especially valuable. Potential clients, both corporations and other WBEs, attend expecting and searching for potential suppliers or companies to work with, the educational programs include both corporations, WBEs and other resource providers that enable practical application of the information learned in workshops and other sessions, and all of this is accomplished in only 3 days! It was a privilege to participate at the event this year, as a Host Committee member, too, and I am looking forward to a lot of business follow-up that I expect will lead to new
business opportunities. It was a great experience, and I learned a lot."

- Lorelei Carobolante

Lorelei Carobolante, GPHR, SCRP, SGMS, leads"G2nd Systems®, a strategic, language-based communications consultancy with recognized global HR and business communication design expertise, enabling corporations to enhance linguistic and intercultural communication skills for their managers, teams and organizations. In a global marketplace where multilingual professionals – native and non-native English speakers – collaborate regularly, G2nd Systems identifies crucial gaps in workplace communications among a variety of cultures, and instructs professionals to use more effective language, pronunciation and relevant collaboration strategies to bridge those gaps. Using GSL products that are licensed by corporations and schools for their business communications curricula, G2nd Systems makes a measurable impact on an organization's productivity, team collaboration, and brand recognition, supporting effective customer relationship management.

SANDRA F. DAVIS, PRESIDENT AND CEO, Applied Computer Solutions
Ms. Davis founded Applied Computer Solutions (ACS) in 1989 with the vision of providing high quality technology solutions and personalized customer service to data centers. Sharing this vision, they won several contracts with large firms; including a national telephone company and a leading aerospace company. Since then, the company has grown from a hardware supplier into a complete solutions provider of information technology that includes hardware, software and professional services.

Ms. Hanlon joined the telecom industry in 1996 where she developed a solid understanding of the complexities of the telecommunications asset recovery market. Teltech Communications, a certified WBE was founded in 1999 on the premise that a commitment to superior product knowledge, excellence in customer service and an unmatched sourcing network to provide cost-effective services and equipment would meet the needs of the emerging telecommunications market.

KARMA NEWBERRY, PRESIDENT, Wasatch Pipeline Supply, Inc.
Karma Newberry started Wasatch, a leading pipeline and construction equipment supplier, in 2000. With a focus on the pipeline industry, today the company is experiencing exponential growth to meet the profound energy needs of the nation.

For 11 years, Wasatch has supplied oil and gas industries and the pipeline construction companies that serve them with quality tested parts and equipment to build pipelines that keep their crews, environment and citizens safe. Wasatch provides everything it takes to build a pipeline except the pipe: from parts to specialty testing and safety equipment.
Wasatch delivers these products with the knowledge of how best to select and use them, the technology to order them accurately and on time, and the best practices for inventory control measurement. Its national reach and buying power enables its clients to receive the right products at the best price anywhere and anytime they need them.

"The benefits I derived as a member of the Host Committee and attendee of the WBENC 2011 Conference included meeting corporations who want to do business with women owned suppliers, interacting with other women business owners from a diverse range of industries, and public relations opportunities such as being quoted in the Las Vegas Business Press and being featured on Las Vegas CBS Channel 8 News!"
- Diane Prince Johnston

Workway is a national temporary and permanent staffing agency specializing in real estate services, technology and professional placements. With its origins as the leader in title insurance and mortgage staffing, Workway has expanded its reach to include creative, IT, finance and engineering functions.  Workway is distinguished by its successful high-touch/high-tech business model that incorporates a national nine branch network enabling it to provide personalized client service and candidate interface. Workway was also an early mover in social media that enabled it to build its candidate community, providing real time insights into what candidates and clients are saying.

ALISON MACPHERSON, PRESIDENT, Bright Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
"This Conference was truly valuable for my company. We secured one-on-one meetings with key clients and potential clients that made the Conference a success for us. We are building relationships with key targets within leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies, some of which we met during the conference and a couple which were totally new to us. Even though the conference was large, it had an intimate feel to it, facilitating networking and making it comfortable to walk up to someone and start a conversation. It was well planned, and the events were fun, and relaxing."
- Alison Macpherson

Alison Macpherson is the President and owner of Bright Pharmaceutical Services and Bright Media Services. She founded both companies in 2002. Macpherson has been in the clinical trials industry since 1988 where she began working as a Clinical Research Fellow on grants funded by National Institute of Mental Health at the Danielsen Institute at Boston University. Bright Pharmaceutical Services uses Bright Media Services to carry out patient recruitment projects for phase I-IV trials globally. Ms. Macpherson continues daily oversight and business development of both companies.

KAREN RATZLAFF, CHAIRPERSON AND CEO, Excel Construction Services, Inc.
Excel Construction Services, Inc. has reinvented the concept of general contractor, compressing the supply chain to one central resource, one cost center and controlled in house technicians. Excel is a leading building and property service expert providing major corporations with comprehensive protection and maintenance service programs that anticipate and repair facility breakdowns. With a full array of certified, credentialed technicians, Excel performs a complete line of core competencies for commercial, retail, technology, financial and administrative facilities. Excel programs include assessment of the entire building, strategic budget planning, first responder emergency services, proprietary reporting and tracking.

2011 Silent Auction Grosses $180,000

The Auction is always a highlight of the conference, but this year it was certainly a standout affair. Led by WBE Auction Chair, Rebecca Boenigk, the event grossed more than $180,000 in revenues. The proceeds support WBENC operations and Regional Partner Organization outreach to WBEs. We owe a special thanks to our generous Auction donors and to the numerous winning bidders whose participation ensured we met our goal. The potent combination of high-octane Power Lunches and unique gifts and services kept the bidding lively to the end of the evening.

If you attended the Tuesday Evening Welcome Reception, then you were one of the 1,000+ attendees having a terrific time networking with new contacts and catching up with peers. If you stayed past 8:00 pm, then you also experienced one of the Auction's more 'creative' moments. Moe Vela, undaunted by the dull roar of the crowd, took to the stage to promote his private workshop on doing business with the government. Formerly Director of Management and Administration for Vice President Joe Biden, Moe is a government insider whose expertise will be of incredible value to any business owner who wants to expand into the government arena.

When Moe stepped on the stage, not one admission had been purchased for his workshop. Five minutes into his high volume sales pitch, all 20 spots were sold and WBEs were clamoring for additional spaces. Proceeds from the workshop sales alone topped $30,000 and are part of the overall Auction revenues. WBENC recognizes Sharon Olzerowicz, CEO of Matrix Information Consulting, who encouraged Moe to organize what will certainly be an incredible opportunity.


Making Connections through Social Media at the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair

At this year's WBENC National Conference & Business Fair (NCBF), several new initiatives were taken to establish the event's presence on popular social media outlets. Led by Women's Business Enterprise Council-West (WBEC-West) Executive Director Pamela Williamson, Ph.D., Sr. Director, Business Development & Community Relations Tanya Hiple, and Social Media Manager Summer Sepulveda (Host Council to the event).  This was the first WBENC Conference to have a strong social media presence.

As part of the social media strategy, WBEC-West provided a webinar prior to the event and assistance at both registration and during the business fair to attendees who were interested in "Getting Social" with WBEC-West. They had over 33,000 post views and 400+ post interactions on their Facebook page during the event. The 40+ business owners who submitted photos and answered the question of "Why are you attending the conference?" to win an opportunity to have "Coffee with a Corporation" stimulated over 1,000 interactions. The two business owners with the most interactions were awarded meetings with Nestle at the event!

On Twitter, attendees interacted at #WBENC2011. Users were tweeting updates from the events, quotes from speakers, tradeshow booth numbers and promotions, and much more. Collaborating with Nestle Director of Supplier Diversity Karen Blackwell, WBEC-West brought in Nichelle "Nikki" Fonville and DeAnna DuPree of Too Smart Girls, who conducted Twitterviews (interviews via Twitter) for the entire conference. WBEC-West went to great lengths to integrate Social Media into the WBENC Conference and the Twitterviews seemed like the perfect compliment.

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Pictured from left to right: DeAnna DuPree, Too Smart Girls; Summer Sepulveda, WBEC-West; Candace Waterman, WBENC; Martha Valenzuela (WBEC-West); and Nichelle "Nikki" Fonville, Too Smart Girls.

Additionally, WBEC-West hosted a Social Media Meet Up, where location information was exclusively released through social media channels. The event was a great success because it allowed people to meet face-to-face after interacting online, and it reached maximum capacity!

At the WBENC exhibit booth, technology was provided by DELL to enable individuals to connect to the event on Facebook and Twitter. The real time updates were a fantastic way to keep up with all the business connections!

Tuck-WBENC Executive Program Deadline Extended to August 5

We have a few women business enterprise (WBE) spots left in this year's class for the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program, so don't miss this opportunity and apply today!

The Tuck-WBENC Executive Program, Brought to you by IBM, is a one-week intensive program held October 2-7, 2011 in Palisades, NY. The program teaches women business enterprises (WBEs) how to develop and implement strategic initiatives to grow their businesses. Topics covered include:

  • Strategic Planning - Creating a plan to leverage your company's strengths in creating customer value and positioning your firm for future growth.
  • Organization - Structuring your business to give employees a stake in the company's vision while instilling accountability for all to focus on pursuing business goals.
  • Resources - Learn how to attract and retain the best employees to foster continued business growth. In addition, find out how to develop working capital and maintain cash flows.
  • Systems and Process - Develop efficient business processes and ways of measuring progress to ensure goals are met.

Here's what some WBE alumni are saying about their Tuck-WBENC Executive Program experience.

On a marketing level, I have been able to define how we are different from our competition while positioning ourselves in a global market.   – Caren Scheitzer, Creative Resources Agency

The Tuck program elevated my awareness on the importance of…financial discipline which my company has used to engage new clients, lengthen our presence in the supply chain and enabled us to capitalize on financial strength and invest more productively. – Joy E. Taylor, TayganPoint Consulting Group, LLC

The connections that have grown from this opportunity are endless and I would recommend the Tuck Executive program to other CEOs who wish to form a peer group or expand their networking opportunities. – Sharon A. Davison, Ph.D., Red Sky Blue Water

WBENC would like to thank the following national Corporate Members for supporting this year's program.

Facilities Underwriter: IBM
Major Sponsors:          Chevron, Johnson & Johnson and MasterCard
Supporters:                  Manpower, Office Depot
Contributors:                Alcatel-Lucent, USPS

For information on Tuck sponsorship opportunities, please email WBEs interested in applying to the program, should click here or visit "Opportunities" on our website, to find the Tuck-WBENC web page.

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Post Conference Webinar

Ruby McCleary
United Airlines Director, Supplier Diversity
United Airlines and WBENC presents "Marketing Your Way to Yes" a post-conference webinar to assist WBEs looking to re-ignite their momentum to follow-up on Conference contacts now that the event is over. The special guest and speaker is Ruby McCleary, United Airlines Director, Supplier Diversity and Conference workshop co-facilitator of "Marketing and Business Development."

This Webinar has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 18, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EDT.  Click here for handouts and audio casts from previous sessions.

To access the call, dial
877-923-6297, and enter Access Code 5888 610#.

To access the Live Meeting, enter:
Meeting ID: CONF2011
Attendee Entry Code: VEGASAttend2011

Only the first 150 people to sign on will be able to participate in the Live Meeting.

The audio session will be made available on WBENC's website within 48 hours following the webinar. Visit the Conference Prep Webinar Series web page to access the audio session for Marketing.



This calendar includes events hosted by WBENC's Regional Partner Organizations and strategic partners.  Visit WBENC's online calendar for more events.

WBEC PA-DE-sNJ Executive Leadership Luncheon
July 20, 2011
Philadelphia, PA
Click here for more information.

National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
National Business & Leadership Conference:  Out for Business!

August 2-5, 2011
Planet Hollywood
Las Vegas, NV
Click here for more information and registration.

California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce 32nd Annual Statewide Convention
August 10-12
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel San Jose
San Jose, CA
Click here for more information.

WBEC PA-DE-sNJ presents "The Opportunity Connection"
August 16, 2011
Pittsburgh, PA
Click here for more information.

WPEO-NY Pepsico Program
August 18, 2011
Purchase, NY
Click here for more information.

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
Women's Business Conference

August 31 - September 1, 2011
Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, CA
Click here for more information.

WPEO-NY Annual Breakthrough Breakfast
September 16, 2011
The Grand Hyatt New York
New York, NY
Visit for more information.

US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
32nd Annual National Convention & Business Expo
September 18 – 21, 2011
Fountainbleau Miami Beach
Miami Beach, FL
Join the USHCC for the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America.  Click here for more information.

National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)
Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo

September 18 - 21, 2011
The Bellagio
Las Vegas, NV
Click here for more information and registration.

US Business Leadership Network (USBLN)
Annual Conference
& Expo
October 16-19, 2011
Louisville Marriott Downtown
Louisville, KY
Visit for more information and registration.

WPEO-DC Annual Access Reception Hosted by Capital One
November 15, 2011
Capital One
McLean, VA
Registration and more information will be available this fall. Please check for updated information

WBDC 15th Anniversary Celebration & "Just Desserts"

November 15, 2011
Union League
Philadelphia, PA
Click here for more information.

WBE to WBE Dinner Program
December 1, 2011
MetLife Sky Garden Auditorium
New York, NY
Open to Certified WBEs only. Registration and more information will be available this fall. Please check for updated information.

Break Through Luncheon and Business Opportunity Fair

December 6, 2011
Philadelphia, PA
Click here for more information.

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