A note from our Presenting Sponsors

Dear Colleagues,

It is both an honor and a great thrill to serve as Presenting Sponsors for the 2019 WBENC Summit & Salute, and we hope to see many new and familiar faces when we gather together in March at the Marriott Marquis in Houston!

The theme of this year’s Summit & Salute is LIFTOFF, a nod to our host city’s legacy and leadership in the areas of space, science, energy and technology. But LIFTOFF is more than a fitting slogan – it is truly our collective mission and passion to help women-owned businesses break through barriers and lift off, to launch, rise and succeed, and to fuel economic growth across the country and beyond.  

The 2019 Summit & Salute is sure to deliver on that promise, with numerous opportunities for women-owned businesses and representatives from some of the world’s largest brands to connect and identify business opportunities. Look forward to three days of rich programming, networking, and celebrations, including prominent keynote speakers, industry panels, MatchMaker and Meet & Greet meetings, and several exciting new programs and initiatives. 

We are particularly excited to honor the 2018 America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises, who have each demonstrated excellence in implementing policies and programs that create a level playing field for women-owned businesses while driving sustainable growth and innovation. Additionally, we will celebrate the 2019 WBENC WBE Stars, 14 exemplary women business leaders selected by their Regional Partner Organization for their leadership, community commitment, and contributions to the WBENC network.

As your Presenting Sponsors, we are committed to the success of this event and the opportunities it provides for the WBENC network. We hope you join us in Houston, as we Join Forces and Succeed Together in lifting women-owned businesses to new heights.

See you in Houston!

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Kai Nowosel

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Farryn Melton
Sr. Vice President & CPO


Lawrence Phelan

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Ann Ramakumaran
Founder & CEO


Nancy Williams