2018 WBENC Summit & Salute
By the 2rbConsulting team - March 30, 2018
The 2rbConsulting leadership team had an amazing time at this year’s 2018 WBENC Summit & Salute. The theme for this year’s event was Big Business Happens Here, which was more than appropriate given the fact that this Summit was held in Dallas, Texas! The focal point of this year’s event was to inspire collaboration among certified WBEs along with valued Corporate and Government members.
There was a profound sense of energy and excitement, especially because of how many new participants there were in attendance this year. We enjoyed sharing advice on how to maximize their time at the Summit and how to really connect with both the Corporate representatives and with the other WBEs. The main takeaway from these types of events is to simply have fun. It’s a celebration of how far Women-Owned Business Enterprises have come, and just how far we will continue to go.
The WBE community was out in full force and were excited to meet with new and returning Corporate participants. The Round Table sessions are a wonderful way to connect directly with Procurement Supplier Diversity representatives and it provides an opportunity for WBEs to show why a partnership would benefit both sides.
Aside from the great networking opportunities, there was a terrific luncheon that featured a discussion with Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture. Hearing about her career growth was fascinating and it was encouraging to see what women in business can accomplish with hard work and dedication! Following her discussion, Julie was awarded the WBENC Crystal Leadership Award, only the 4th recipient in the 21-year history of WBENC!
Something we look forward to every year is the opportunity to meet with several Corporate representatives during the 1:1 MatchMaker Meetings on the final day of the conference. We understand the importance of continuing to build our WBENC relationships over the years and deeply value the opportunity to meet with company representatives.
All in all, this year’s event was one to remember. We came away feeling energized by the connections we made and by the wonderful conversations we had with so many amazing women business owners! It was a successful and inspiring week, and we can’t wait to see you all again at next year’s conference!