Event Overview

WBENC’s Summit engages participants in a two day program filled with a focus on the future of various industries, business networking, and development opportunities. The Salute follows the Summit and is a festive evening that highlights our 2016 America’s Top Corporations for Women Business Enterprises. The Summit occurs on March 21 – 23, 2017 in New Orleans, LA. The Salute! Dinner will take place on the evening of March 23, 2017.

DAY ONE – TUESDAY MARCH 21

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. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: WBENC NATIONAL COMMITTEE MEETINGS HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017.

DAY TWO – WEDNESDAY MARCH 22

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 reflect on our past WBE stars – where they are today and how far they have come. This is sure to be a great trip down memory lane for all, showcasing many inspiring women business owners. 

Day two afternoon activities consist of the first round of future forward sessions where attendees will learn from visionaries from corporations around the WBENC network. 

The day will conclude with the Welcome to New Orleans! Reception and Silent Auction where we will honor the WBENC Women of Distinction.

DAY THREE – THURSDAY MARCH 23

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 and learn how to be considered for these opportunities. WBENC-Certified WBEs who register prior to the January 23, 2017 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 future forward sessions will be held. There will be many industries and topics to choose from. These engaging sessions will be followed by a Keynote Luncheon, a program that is sure to inform and inspire. After lunch the final round of future forward sessions will be held and the Summit will conclude. 

The evening festivities will include receptions to get everyone in the celebratory spirit before heading to the Salute! Dinner, where we will culminate our time together by honoring our America’s Top Corporations and other special individuals, with 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 Las Vegas Bound Party!