What is the 2019 WBENC Summit & Salute?

The WBENC Summit & Salute is one of two national events where our network comes together to create and develop dynamic relationships while also taking time to celebrate the successes of our Women’s Business Enterprise Stars and America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises. The Summit engages participants in a three-day program focused around various industry-specific tracks, business networking, and development opportunities. The Salute! Dinner follows the Summit and is a festive evening that highlights the WBE Stars and 2018 America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises.

What are the event dates?

The event begins on Monday, March 11 and ends the evening of Wednesday, March 13.
(NOTE: WBENC National Committee Meetings will be held on Monday, March 11).
Please click here to review the Schedule-at-a-Glance and event locations.

What is the event location?

The Summit & Salute events will take place at the Marriott Marquis Houston:

1777 Walker Street,
Houston, TX 77010

Who should attend the WBENC Summit & Salute?

WBENC-Certified Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs), WBENC National Corporate and Government Members, Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs), Regional Corporate and Government Members, non-certified business owners (female and male), buyers and procurement representatives, supplier diversity professionals, and federal, state, and local government officials.

Which industries will be represented at the Summit & Salute?

You will connect with women-owned businesses and Fortune 1000 companies that are industry leaders in healthcare, travel and logistics, energy, retail, transportation, telecommunications, finance, banking, office supplies and consumer-packaged goods to name a few, as well as federal, state and local government agencies.

How many attendees are expected?

The WBENC Summit & Salute is expected to draw more than 1,800 attendees from Fortune 1000 companies and America’s leading WBEs, as well as federal, state and local government agencies and other business owners.

Do you publish the attendee list?

No, the full attendee list is not published due to privacy policies. WBENC-Certified WBEs and Corporate Members can use WBENCLink2.0 to look up contact information for individuals within the network. Attendees are also encouraged to view our current sponsors./a>

What will the weather be like in Houston, Texas?

In March, the average temperature in Houston is a high of 70 degrees and a low of 54 degrees.

What is the dress code for the Summit & Salute?

The recommended attire for all Pre-Summit (Monday) and Summit (Tuesday all day and Wednesday daytime) activities is business casual. The Salute! Dinner dress code is cocktail or black-tie optional.

What is the Summit & Salute privacy policy?

To view the privacy policy for attendees, click here.

I would like to purchase an ad, is that possible?

Ads in the event publication and digital kiosks are reserved for sponsors. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities here.