As we approach the final months of 2020 and set our sights on 2021, there is still plenty of uncertainty ahead. But one thing that is certain is the strength of our network, buoyed by the resiliency of our women-owned businesses and the support of our Corporate Members and partners.
It is with that spirit – one of strength and solidarity – that I am so excited to join forces with our partners in diversity for NBIC Unity Week, a celebration of diversity, opportunity, equity and collaboration. I hope you join us on November 16-19, 2020, for a week of exciting programming, focused on building unprecedented success for diverse communities in the U.S., and around the globe.
This is the first event of its kind, and I am proud to work closely with our friends at NGLCC and other members of the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC) to host this amazing virtual event. If you have not yet heard of the NBIC, now is the perfect time to introduce you to this coalition and the strength we bring to the diverse-owned business community when we work together.
Since 2011, WBENC has been a proud member of the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC), a coalition of national diverse business organizations spearheaded by NGLCC, which advocates for the business interests of a diverse range of people, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, ethnic minority, disability, and women-owned business communities. These business communities represent more than $9 trillion in annual consumer spending power and significant contributions to the marketplace and workplace.
In addition to the work we do at WBENC along with our 14 Regional Partner Organizations to expand opportunities for women-owned businesses, the NBIC encourages parity in cross-segment diversity and inclusion initiatives in corporate America, works to identify areas of collaboration among diverse businesses, and advocates for the advancement of policies that support the growth of diverse-owned companies in both the public and private sectors.
We do this work because we are stronger when we work together – and that’s what Unity Week is all about.
Visit the Unity Week website – www.nbicunityweek.org – to learn more about the event and the programming we have planned.
I hope to see you there!
WBENC President & CEO