WBENC is proud to present the WBENC Executive Education Program sponsored by Wells Fargo, a new executive education program to support women-owned businesses. As we all continue to adjust to the present needs and new business realities, Wells Fargo and WBENC are working diligently to give women-owned businesses access to the resources to retool, restore and recover.

“There are over 13 million women-owned businesses across the US that are vital to the economy and our communities. At Wells Fargo, we recognize that we must provide technical assistance and access to resources to help women-owned businesses retool and recover. That’s why we are collaborating with WBENC to launch the Executive Education Program at this unprecedented time,” says Regina Heyward, Senior Vice President and Head of Supplier Diversity. “Over the next year, we will work with WBENC and its network of development partners to provide hands-on support to cohorts of women-owned businesses across the country. We want women-owned businesses to know that we believe in them, and that we are stepping up to help.”

The program will take place virtually throughout the month of May, in collaboration with the Women’s Business Development Center – Midwest, a Regional Partner Organization of WBENC serving the Midwest region. The inaugural cohort of WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) from the Midwest will connect for weekly virtual sessions, taking part in a blended learning curriculum that addresses both immediate business concerns related to the pandemic, as well as long-term business planning.

“As a supporting member of WBENC and one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises, Wells Fargo has long demonstrated a commitment to the development and growth of women-owned businesses as suppliers,” says Pamela Prince-Eason, WBENC President & CEO. “The launch of this program marks a continued investment from Wells Fargo in breaking down barriers for women entrepreneurs by offering superb and actionable executive education for WBEs. We are proud to partner with Wells Fargo to deliver this program throughout the country in collaboration with our Regional Partner Organizations.”

A cornerstone of the WBENC Executive Education Program is discussion around self-implementation by participants of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)®, as described in the book Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman and owned by EOS Worldwide. The EOS® is a set of simple, practical, real-world tools that help entrepreneurs and leadership teams improve the operational value of their businesses.

Underwritten by a grant from Wells Fargo, the Midwest program marks the start of a nationwide series that will continue throughout 2020, ensuring women-owned businesses throughout the country have the skills they need to drive their business plan forward.

Learn more about the WBENC Executive Education Program sponsored by Wells Fargo, now known as WeIGNITE, powered by EOS®, the Entrepreneurial Operating System.


WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) to provide its world-class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Throughout the year, WBENC provides business development opportunities for member corporations, government agencies and close to 16,000 certified women-owned businesses at events and other forums. Learn more about WBENC.

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