Elizabeth Vazquez

WEConnect International

CEO & Co-Founder

Elizabeth A. Vazquez is the CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, a global network that educates and connects women-owned businesses to qualified buyers around the world. She is a world leader in women’s economic empowerment and global supplier diversity and inclusion.

The WEConnect International WECommunity supports and promotes women-owned businesses based in over 130 countries, including local support and certification in over 50 countries across the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The organization also helps to develop the capacity of large buyers to source more products and services from underutilized suppliers, including women-owned businesses globally.

Ms. Vazquez is the co-author of the book, “Buying for Impact: How to Buy from Women and Change Our World.” She sits on several boards of directors and councils including the Procter & Gamble Supplier Diversity Advisory Council. She also served as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment from 2016-2017.

Ms. Vazquez is an advisor to a long list of corporate, government and multilateral leaders, including WEConnect International member buyers with over US$1 trillion in annual purchasing power.

She was born in Mexico, has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University, and has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University where she studied development economics and international negotiation.