The WBENC National Conference is back and better than ever with a new schedule model to facilitate getting back to business safely! Check back soon and often as more details on the schedule, WBENC Arena, and other sessions will be added soon and on an ongoing basis.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL SCHEDULE DETAILS AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME.

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12:00 PM
4:00 PM
Onsite Registration
2:00 PM
4:30 PM
WBENC Board of Directors Meeting
Open for partner and sponsor receptions
Women Owned Demos
9:00 AM
5:00 PM
Onsite Registration
11:00 AM
12:30 PM
Kickoff Luncheon
1:00 PM
5:00 PM
WBENC Arena Open
Hall 1 - GWCC Hall 2 - GWCC Hall 3 – GWCC
1:30 PM
4:30 PM
Headshot Booth
Hall C - GWCC
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
5 Steps to Scaling your Company: Multiply your Growth, Impact and Profits
Hall 1, Red Stage
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Automotive Supplier Diversity “Real Talk”
Hall 3, Purple Stage
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Build a Business Case Series – Aligning with your Corporation’s Mission & Business Imperatives
Hall 3, Purple Tables
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Build a Business Case Series – Inclusive Diversity 101
Hall 1, Red Tables
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Coaching with Capital One Small Business Bankers
Hall 2, Teal Tables - Finance
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Corporate Allyship: Standing Up for LGBTQ+
Hall 1, Orange Stage
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Explore & Leverage Emerging Opportunities in the Utilities Industry
Hall 3, Pink Stage
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Fireside Chat with Kellogg’s CPO Shelly Van Treeck
Hall 3, Navy Stage
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
Going Global as a WBENC-Certified Women-Owned Business
Hall 1, Yellow Stage
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
Assessing Retail Readiness
Hall 1, Red Stage
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
Reimagining Energy with BP
Hall 2, Teal Stage
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
Women & Pride Community Meet Up
Hall 1, Orange Tables
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
Women of Distinction: Being Bold in Business
Hall 3, Pink Stage
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
Demo Day: Breaking Down Barriers to do Business with Utilities
Hall 3, Purple Tables
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
Expansions by Corporate Acquisition: What that can mean for WBEs
Hall 1, Orange Stage
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
Global Trade and Sustainability: A Great Match
Hall 1, Yellow Stage
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
Leadership + Management = Accountability | Using the EOS Toolbox™
Hall 3, Navy Stage
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
Mobility for All, presented by Toyota
Hall 3, Purple Stage
5:30 PM
7:30 PM
Welcome Reception
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Women Owned Demos
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
Onsite Registration
9:00 AM
10:30 AM
Meet & Greet (Open only to WBENC and WEConnect Certified WBEs)
Hall 1 - GWCC Hall 2 - GWCC Hall 3 – GWCC
10:30 AM
5:00 PM
WBENC Arena Open
Hall 1 - GWCC Hall 2 - GWCC Hall 3 – GWCC
10:30 AM
1:30 PM
Headshot Booth
Hall C - GWCC
10:45 AM
11:30 AM
POWER Up: To Live, Lead and Inspire Authentically
Hall 1, Orange Stage
10:45 AM
11:30 AM
Traditional Energy – Operating in a Lower Carbon Future
Hall 2, Teal Stage
10:45 AM
11:30 AM
JP Morgan Chase Bankers Q&A
Hall 2, Teal Tables - Finance
10:45 AM
11:30 AM
Bank Financing and Small Business lending with Bridge built by Citi
Hall 2, Green Stage
10:45 AM
11:30 AM
Get Started: Selling Your Women Owned Products with Walmart
Hall 1, Red Stage
10:45 AM
11:30 AM
Get to Know the WBENC Chemical Industry
Hall 2, Blue Stage
10:45 AM
11:30 AM
Guidance on Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion          
Hall 1, Orange Tables
11:45 AM
12:30 PM
Resources Available from Federal and State Governments
Hall 1, Yellow Stage
11:45 AM
12:30 PM
Sense-Makers, Consensus Builders & Risk “Takers”: Build an Unassailable Competitive Advantage & Close More Deals
Hall 1, Orange Stage
11:45 AM
12:30 PM
Supply Chain Resiliency, Navigating Risk & Building Responsible Supply Chains
Hall 2, Blue Stage
11:45 AM
12:30 PM
Thriving with Capital One: A Conversation on Navigating Today’s Supply Chain
Hall 2, Green Stage
11:45 AM
12:30 PM
Bridge Built by Citi Small Business Bankers: Q & A Session
Hall 2, Teal Tables - Finance
11:45 AM
12:30 PM
Corporate Allyship: Standing Up for Racial and Cultural Diversity
Hall 1, Red Stage
11:45 AM
12:30 PM
Female Leaders in Technology
Hall 2, Teal Stage
11:45 AM
12:30 PM
GSA as a Vehicle to Government Contracting
Hall 1, Red Tables
12:00 PM
2:00 PM
Lunch Available
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Contract Management – What it Takes to Work in the Chemical Industry
Hall 2, Teal Stage
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Driving Success in Automotive Industry Tiers
Hall 3, Purple Stage
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
How I Got a Contract with a Utility Company
Hall 3, Pink Stage
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Know Your Credit Options – How to get Credit, and How to use it
Hall 2, Green Stage
2:30 PM
3:15 PM
Supply Chain Challenges in Healthcare
Hall 2, Teal Tables - Energy/Healthcare
2:30 PM
3:15 PM
Doing Business in the Food and Beverage Industry
Hall 3, Navy Stage
2:30 PM
3:15 PM
The Power Scoop: Learn the Utility Industry Language and Use it to Win Business
Hall 3, Pink Stage
2:30 PM
3:15 PM
Wells Fargo Experts and Small Business Bankers: Q & A Session
Hall 2, Teal Tables - Finance
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
Supply Chain Challenges in Healthcare Q & A
Hall 2, Teal Tables - Energy
2:30 PM
3:15 PM
3 Elevator Pitch Mistakes According to Buyers
Hall 2, Green Stage
2:30 PM
3:15 PM
Growing a WBE: Challenges, Wins and Insights in the Automotive Journey
Hall 3, Purple Stage
2:30 PM
3:15 PM
New Energy Trends
Hall 2, Teal Stage
3:30 PM
4:15 PM
RFP Coaching with Capital One and special guest Chala Dincoy
Hall 2, Teal Tables - Finance
3:30 PM
4:15 PM
Smart Tank Competition – Finals
Hall 1, Red Stage
3:30 PM
4:15 PM
Stages of Business: From Start to Succession
Hall 3, Navy Tables
3:30 PM
4:15 PM
What Comes Next? Building on Connections Made at National Conference
Hall 3, Pink Stage
3:30 PM
4:15 PM
Capacity Building: Bold Moves in Financial Services Supplier Diversity
Hall 2, Green Stage
3:30 PM
4:30 PM
Collegiate Accelerator (SEP) Pitch Preliminaries
Hall 1, Yellow Stage
3:30 PM
4:15 PM
Demystifying Supplier Diversity at Apple
Hall 3, Purple Stage
3:30 PM
4:15 PM
Empowering Your Inner Leader | What Blocks You? What Emboldens You?
Hall 2, Blue Stage
3:30 PM
4:15 PM
Energy Industry Round Table Discussions
Hall 2, Teal Tables - Energy/Healthcare
7:00 PM
10:00 PM
Evening Event at The Georgia Aquarium
Georgia Aquarium
Women Owned Demos
8:00 AM
2:00 PM
Onsite Registration
9:00 AM
11:00 AM
Meet & Greet (Open only to WBENC and WEConnect Certified WBEs)
Hall 1 - GWCC Hall 2 - GWCC Hall 3 – GWCC
10:30 AM
1:30 PM
Headshot Booth
Hall C - GWCC
11:00 AM
4:30 PM
WBENC Arena Open
Hall 1 - GWCC Hall 2 - GWCC Hall 3 – GWCC
11:15 AM
12:00 PM
Table Topics with Shell: Dive Deeper into the Latest in the Energy Industry
Hall 2, Teal Tables - Energy/Healthcare
11:15 AM
12:00 PM
The Leaders’ Circle: Looking at What’s Next for the Utilities Industry
Hall 3, Pink Stage
11:15 AM
12:00 PM
Women of Distinction: Being Bold in Business
Hall 1, Orange Stage
11:15 AM
12:00 PM
Your Journey to Financial Wellness and Success
Hall 2, Green Stage
11:15 AM
12:00 PM
A Discussion with Walmart Marketplace: How I’ve Grown My Women Owned Product Business
Hall 1, Red Stage
11:15 AM
12:00 PM
Broken Value Chains and Global Opportunities
Hall 1, Yellow Stage
11:15 AM
12:00 PM
Corporate ESG Requirements and WBE Capital Growth Strategies
Hall 3, Purple Stage
11:15 AM
12:00 PM
How Chemicals Connect the World
Hall 2, Teal Stage
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Positioned to Thrive – Evaluating your business and strategies for growth and protection
Hall 2, Green Stage
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Bank of America Advisors and Small Business Bankers: Q & A Session
Hall 2, Teal Tables - Finance
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Chemical Industry Round Table Discussions
Hall 2, Teal Tables - Energy/Healthcare
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Clinical Trials & The Power of Diversity: Advancing science powered by greater diversity in research
Hall 2, Blue Stage
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Corporate Allyship: Standing Up for Neurodiversity
Hall 3, Purple Stage
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Innovation Calling: Food and Beverage Industry
Hall 3, Navy Stage
1:30 PM
2:15 PM
Journey Into Retail
Hall 1, Red Stage
3:00 PM
3:30 PM
Fireside Chat with Kelley Cornish, EVP and Chief Administrative Officer for Diverse Segments, Representation, and Inclusion, Wells Fargo
Hall 2, Teal Stage
3:30 PM
4:30 PM
WeIGNITE Meet Up
Hall 2, Teal Stage
3:30 PM
4:30 PM
WeTHRIVE Meet Up
Hall 2, Green Tables
3:30 PM
4:30 PM
Women in Technology Meet Up
Hall 2, Green Stage
3:30 PM
4:30 PM
Women of Color Meet Up
Hall 2, Blue Stage
3:30 PM
4:30 PM
The Women’s Enterprise Forum Meet Up
Hall 2, Blue Stage
6:00 PM
11:00 PM
Thursday Reception & Celebration
WBENC Arena

The WBENC Arena is an all-encompassing event experience with more than 300,000 square feet of space featuring expo booths, industry sessions, 1:1 meeting opportunities, and more! The three halls will feature everything from your traditional expo booths to educational sessions and many, many networking opportunities.

Open three days, the Arena is designed to maximize networking.

**New in 2022** Exhibitors will be placed into industry groupings. Read the FAQs for more information on that and other Exhibitor details. 

 

View the Exhibitor Directory

View the WBENC Arena Floor Plan

Learn More About Exhibiting

Click the drop downs below to learn more about each WBENC Arena feature.

Open Expo

During Open Expo take the opportunity to network and mingle with your target exhibitors. Wind through the specific Industry’s Open Expo at your own pace. All exhibitors must staff their booths during Industry Open Expo, though you may find exhibitors in their booths anytime the Arena is open. You can check their schedule outside of Open Expo in the Exhibitor Listing in the Mobile App. Throughout the week you’ll be able to connect with hundreds of exhibitors across several Industry Open Expos to seek out new contracts, solutions and prospects at every turn.

View the Exhibitor Directory

Each Hall’s Open Expo Hours:

  • All Halls:
    • Tuesday, June 7 | 1:00-2:30 (optional)
  • Hall 1:
    • Wednesday, June 8 | 1:30-3:30pm ET
    • Thursday, June 9 | 1:45-3:00pm ET
  • Hall 2:
    • Tuesday, June 7 | 2:30-5:00pm ET
    • Thursday, June 9 | 1:45-3:00pm ET
  • Hall 3:
    • Wednesday, June 8 | 10:45am-12:45pm ET
    • Thursday, June 9 | 1:45-3:00pm ET

Schedule as of 5/17/22

Coffee with Corporates

Hear from Corporate executives in an intimate fireside chat setting. Gain insights, actionable advice, and industry-specific wisdom from these corporate representatives chatting with a moderator.

Example Coffee with Corporates sessions include

  • What Comes Next? Building on Connections Made at National Conference
  • Explore & Leverage Emerging Opportunities in the Utilities Industry
The Expert Experience

Gain valuable insights from leading experts on a variety of industry-specific topics. Attend The Expert Experience for classic educational sessions featuring TED style talks or panel discussions on the industry’s most crucial topics and walk away with important knowledge and skills to implement in your business.

Session samples include:

  • How Chemicals Connect the Word
  • Contract Management – What It Takes to Work in the Chemical Industry
  • Supply Chain Challenges in Healthcare
  • Empowering Your Inner Leader | What Blocks You? What Emboldens You?
  • Corporate Allyship: Standing Up for Neurodiversity
  • Supplier Diversity “Real Talk” from Automotives
  • Growing a WBE: Challenges, Wins and Insights into the Journey
Instant Match

These invitation-only sessions are highly coveted opportunities to connect one-on-one with Corporate Member Sponsors. Throughout the week, participating Corporate Member Sponsors can distribute Instant Match meeting invitations to WBEs they meet during networking events that they are interested in connecting with further. These meetings allow invited WBEs to connect with purchasing decision-makers from major corporations and government agencies.

Open Only to WBENC and WEConnect Certified WBEs.

 

Table Topics

Join fellow attendees to participate in a robust discussion around topics vital to your business or industry. Share insights, explore best practices, and hear challenges and solutions from your fellow business owners and supplier diversity professionals to gain valuable takeaways from these Table Topics.

Table Topic examples include:

  • Prime Meet & Greet – Energy Industry
  • Approach to Opportunities: Coaching from Capital One – Preparing for the RFP
  • Supply Chain Challenges in Healthcare
  • Bridge Built by Citi Small Business Bankers Q & A
Think Tanks

Bring your thinking cap to these Think Tank sessions where Corporate Members will pose a challenge for attendees to break into small groups to brainstorm and discuss solutions. Collaborate, ideate, and innovate with fellow attendees to come up with as many solutions as you can, identify a favorite, and report out to the Corporate Member hosting the Think Tank session.

Sample Think Tanks session topics coming soon!

Meet and Greet

Meet & Greet is only open to WBENC and WEConnect Certified WBEs. No preregistration is required for WBEs.

Meet & Greet is a networking opportunity for WBEs and Corporate Members to connect in an open but structured format. This WBE-driven opportunity features a series of 25-minute sessions. Each participating corporate member hosts a table of WBEs and every 25 minutes WBEs have the opportunity to connect with a different table host. 

Meet & Greet sessions will occur:

  • Wednesday, June 8 | 9:00-10:30am ET
  • Thursday, June 9 | 9:00-11:00am ET

To participate, Corporate Members register in advance to host Meet & Greet tables. Contact matchmakers@wbenc.org if you are a registered corporate member and are interested in participating.

There is no other programming taking place in the WBENC Arena during Meet & Greet times on Wednesday and Thursday.

Collegiate Accelerator

The WBENC Collegiate Accelerator, previously the WBENC Student Entrepreneur Program, is a premier startup program that fosters growth for the next generation of female founders and women-owned businesses. WBENC is proud to invest in the next generation of Women’s Business Enterprises through the support of WBENC Corporate and Government Members.

The fifteen 2022 Collegiate Accelerator founders, as well as five select 2021 program alums, will have the opportunity to highlight their products and services in the Collegiate Accelerator Showcase in Hall 1 at Booth #623, during the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, 6/7 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Wednesday, 6/8 | 11:30am – 2:30pm
  • Wednesday, 6/8 | 2:45pm – 4:45pm
  • Thursday, 6/9 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm

The 2022 Collegiate Accelerator cohort will also participate in a two-round Pitch Competition showcasing these amazing founders, during which they will compete for $20,000 in seed capital cash prizes. The preliminary round will take place Wednesday, 6/8, from 3:30pm – 4:30pm on the Yellow Stage in Hall 1. Five finalists will move forward and compete onstage during Thursday’s Celebratory Dinner. We encourage conference attendees to look out for these female entrepreneurs and support their businesses!

To learn more about the 15 founders making up the 2022 Collegiate Accelerator cohort, please visit our blog post announcement.

Women Owned

Women Owned is an initiative from WBENC and WEConnect International to create a movement of support for Women Owned businesses. We support female entrepreneurs and those who do business with them by raising awareness for why, where and how to buy Women Owned.

In Atlanta, Women Owned will activate on the WBENC Arena floor with Demo Stations from Women Owned brands. Expect demos, samples and products available for sale from amazing Women Owned brands. Get ready to invest in women and #BuyWomenOwned!

Don't miss your chance to reconvene with the WBENC network for the first time in two years! Get ready for networking, education, celebrations and more.
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