DATE: March 20, 2013
TIME: 9am – 10am EST
Who says that capitalism cannot work for social good? Who says that doing good and empowering communities cannot bring income at the same time? Two organizations – one for-profit and one non-profit – are going to explain why empowering women from underprivileged backgrounds by incorporating them into your supply chain is not only good, but smart.
On March 20, 2013, the Global Sourcing Council will host that discussion in another in a series of online presentations – the GSC WEB MEETINGS. What are the best practices? How to empower women in local communities while meeting the business’ goals? You get to hear the answers (with a possibility of asking a question during the Q&A session) from our panel of experts.
Elizabeth Vazquez | CEO at WEConnect Intl.
Ajay Chaturvedi | Founder & Chairman at HarVa
Priyanka Chugh | Manager at HarVa
➢ Luiza Oleszczuk | Director of Development at Global Sourcing Council
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8727818096716112896
WEConnect International – is a corporate-led non-profit helping build sustainable communities by empowering women business owners to succeed in local and global markets. WEConnect International has since 2009 provided business education, certification, and business connections to companies based outside the United States that are at least 51 percent owned, managed and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International corporate members represent $700 billion in annual purchasing power and are true pioneers in inclusive sourcing and global supplier development. WeConnect International operates in Australia, Europe, Canada, India, China, Chile, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and Turkey, and is in the process of developing new programs in other key markets in 2013 including Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Nigeria and South Africa. (www.weconnectinternational.org)
➢ Elizabeth Vazquez | CEO at WEConnect Intl.
Elizabeth A. Vazquez is the CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, where she is responsible for working with partners in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, China and Peru. She has been a speaker and conducted numerous trainings on globalization, value chains, diversity and inclusivity, trade, technology, advocacy, certification, and women’s entrepreneurship. She has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she studied development economics and international negotiation as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.
HarVa – is a BPO provider employing women in rural areas of India. A self-defined “rural start up,” HarVa primarily focuses on Skill Development, BPO, Community based farming and Microfinance. HarVa aspires for sustainable inclusive growth by creating value in the heart of Rural or Real India. The company’s model focuses on the vast intellectual and infrastructural capital in the interiors by developing several productive communities that enhance the intrinsic value of villages. (www.harva.co.in )
HarVa is also the winner of the GSC 3S Awards 2012 program – awards in Sustainable & Socially Responsible Sourcing. HarVa won in the 2012 3S Empowered Woman category.
Besides serving on boards of several companies, Ajay is an ex-Citi where he served in Strategy and Sales positions in Cards and Consumer banking verticals. Ajay begun his career with IBM Consulting in the US and has over 14 years of experience in Management, Operations and IT Consulting across Financial Services, IT and ITeS industries in US, UK, and South East Asia. Prior to Citi, Ajay was the Transition Leader at Global Vantedge, a company that was a pioneer in many ways besides being the first offshore receivables management provider. Ajay is an Engineer from BITS Pilani and a Graduate in Management of Technology from the School of Engineering and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ajay truly believes in the power of cost effective innovation on all aspects that will lead to value creation across the world, especially in India and supports the Socio-Capitalistic business models as the drivers of inclusive growth. He also thinks that the real growth in rural areas across the world and in India is yet to come and is possible only when we get into the real fabric of the country and not just overlay thoughts and patterns from the developed nations.
➢ Priyanka Chugh | Manager at HarVa
Priyanka Chugh is a second year business management student at Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi. She is responsible for the social media outreach at HarVa along with the marketing and branding. She believes the key to optimizing sustainable innovation programs is value creation. She strongly supports women’s empowerment and the realization of human rights for all. An art enthusiast, she is a pragmatist with an unquenchable curiosity for all that is unexplored.