WBENC Summit & Salute

As a supplier diversity professional, one of my favorite events of the year was the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Summit & Salute. The Summit & Salute is one of WBENC’s annual events that highlights the accomplishments of America’s Top Corporations for Women Business Enterprises and top Women Business Enterprises (WBEs). I had the honor to work for a WBENC Top Corporation and connect with other Top Corporations to share best practices to further advance WBEs. The network and knowledge that I gained every year from this conference was invaluable.

I truly enjoy the Summit & Salute because of the numerous opportunities it provides to build relationships. The WBEs can participate in matchmaker meetings and the procurement meet and greet to have meaningful face-to-face time with corporate partners. The Summit & Salute also provides WBEs with the opportunity to connect with one another during the forum meeting. This event is smaller than WBENC National Conference which makes it easier to make real connections with the other attendees.

The WBENC Summit & Salute is personally near and dear to my heart because it provided me with an opportunity to take a leap of faith and start a new adventure in my career. It was at this event in 2016 that I met my current manager and CEO Cass Bailey. I never would have guessed that a networking event would result in a career shift that has made a drastic difference in my life both personally and professionally!

I love the WBENC family and always recommend that WBEs attend this event because they can have direct access to the best of the best amongst WBEs and corporations.