Event Overview

WBENC’s Summit & Salute is a three-day event that will be held March 20-22, 2018. The Summit consists of industry focused workshop sessions, procurement connection opportunities, inspiring keynote speakers, networking receptions and more. The Salute! gala is held on the evening of March 22nd and is a festive evening that honors and celebrates various groups throughout the WBENC network. The 2018 Summit & Salute will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX.

Day One – Tuesday, March 20th

Some of the Pre-Summit activities include the Women’s Enterprise Forum Meeting and the WBENC Board of Directors Meeting (WBENC Board Members Only). The registration desk is open all day; if you registered online be sure to stop by and pick up your program bag and event materials. Onsite registration will also be available.


Day Two – Wednesday, March 21st

The Summit officially begins with the Procurement Opportunity Connection Meet & Greet in the morning. This session is designed to allow WBENC-Certified WBEs to position their companies, products and/or services to participating National Corporate and Government Members. No appointments are required and all WBENC-Certified WBEs with a full Summit & Salute or Summit Only registration may participate.

At the Stars Celebratory Luncheon we will meet the 2018 WBENC WBE Stars and hear about their journeys as women entrepreneurs.

Day two afternoon activities consist of the first round of industry focused sessions where attendees will learn from visionaries representing corporations within the WBENC network.

The day will conclude with the Welcome to Dallas! Reception and Silent Auction.

Day Three – Thursday, March 22nd

The morning starts off with WBENC’s signature 1:1 MatchMaker Meetings. This is an opportunity for WBENC-Certified WBEs to have pre-scheduled appointments with National Corporate and Government Members and their prime suppliers/key business partners to explore 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tier sourcing opportunities. WBENC-Certified WBEs who register prior to the January 23, 2018 Early Bird Deadline are eligible for participation. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: 1:1 MatchMaker appointments are extended by the participating National Corporate and Government Members based on their current interest and supply chain needs. WBENC cannot guarantee that all eligible WBEs will be extended a 1:1 MatchMaker Meeting.

After the 1:1 MatchMaker Meetings, a second round of industry focused sessions will be held. There will be many industries and topics to choose from. These engaging sessions will be followed by the Thursday Luncheon, a general session program that is sure to inform and inspire. After lunch the final round of industry focused sessions will be held and the Summit will conclude.

The evening festivities will kick-off with receptions to get everyone in the celebratory spirit before heading to the Salute! Dinner. This final program will culminate our time together with the recognition of various individuals from around the network, entertainment, and a few surprises on the agenda! When the dinner program concludes, it is time to look forward to the National Conference & Business Fair in June at the Post Salute Celebration – known this year as the Detroit Bound After Party!


Hilton Anatole Dallas

201 N Stemmons Fwy
Dallas, TX 75207