Event Details

WEConnect International in China invites you to participate in its 5th annual Marketplace where corporate buyers and vendors come together to emphasize the value of women in entrepreneurship and leadership in today’s dynamic infrastructure. Since 2011, we have organized groundbreaking programs that combine presentations, discussions and networking opportunities to build a community and corporate culture supporting women in business.

This year’s agenda emphasizes strategies that deliberately support women in business by placing priority on purchasing goods from women-owned businesses (Buy Intentionally), coaching women on entrepreneurial prowess (Sponsor & Mentor Intentionally) and elevating the status of women in both business and society as a whole (Promote Intentionally). These strategies are designed for women to achieve their greatest entrepreneurial potential. Research from the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute reveals an encouraging 98% rate of profitability amongst women entrepreneurs in China, and that number is still on the rise. Furthermore, an average of 60% of employees within women-owned businesses are women. These figures characterize women entrepreneurs as wise investment opportunities that, consequently, create more jobs. Expanding supply chain options also benefits corporations. According to the Hackett Group, companies that devote acute attention to supplier diversity generate 133% greater ROI on procurement compared with the average business. Integrating more women-owned businesses in the supply chain is a smart investment in our communities that will significantly impact economic growth.­­­

Join in the effort and help China’s leading women entrepreneurs succeed in shaping the future of global business. Through the testimonials of corporate leaders and women entrepreneurs and panel discussions challenging societal norms, 2016 Marketplace participants will gain new strategies for integrating women-owned businesses into corporate supply chains. This event also features an opportunity for women-owned businesses to showcase their products and services to top multinational companies.


WEConnect International in China will honor top women entrepreneurs and multinational companies that excel in supplier diversity at an awards presentation during the luncheon. The day’s program will conclude with a networking reception where women leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs can strengthen their connections with the greater business community.

Speakers

  • Greta Schettler (Vice President at WEConnect International)

    Greta Schettler

    Vice President at WEConnect International

    Greta Schettler joined WEConnect International as Vice President in 2016, bringing with her 15 years of experience working across various industries in the U.S., South America, the Middle East and Africa. Based in Washington D.C., she heads up global efforts to scale the rapidly growing organization, leads its executive management team and strategic direction, and develops a performance driven culture among its group of diverse talented individuals.

    Prior to joining WEConnect International, Greta was Senior Economic Policy Advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues for the U.S. Department of State, where she was responsible for elevating women’s economic participation as a U.S. foreign policy priority globally. Her leadership was key to the development and expansion of over 30 major initiatives such as the APEC Women and the Economy forum, the Equal Futures Partnership, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund, the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program, and the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise. Her track record and dedication to sustainability has resulted in groundbreaking efforts on women’s economic participation in the G20, the G-7, and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

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  • Charles Bennett (Consulate General at The United States of America Guangzhou, China)

    Charles Bennett

    Consulate General at The United States of America Guangzhou, China

    Charles (Chuck) Bennett is a career member of the senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor. He has served in many countries in Asia including Vietnam, China, Thailand and the Philippines. He has also been posted to Taipei, Taiwan. Mr. Bennett has also served as a desk officer in the office of Western Hemisphere Affairs in the Department of State. During his 28 year career with the Department of State, Mr. Bennett has been awarded several Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, and was the 2010 recipient of the Barbara Watson Award for Consular Excellence.

    A native of Washington State, Consul General Bennett attended Western Washington University and the University of Washington. He is married to Della Knox-Bennett, and has a 27 year old daughter who is a graduate student at Harvard University.

    A native of Washington State, Consul General Bennett attended Western Washington University and the University of Washington. He is married to Della Knox-Bennett, and has a daughter who is a graduate student at Harvard University.

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  • Hua Jiang (Executive Vice President at China Association of Women Entrepreneurs)

    Hua Jiang

    Executive Vice President at China Association of Women Entrepreneurs

    Ms. Jiang is the Executive Vice President of China Association of Women Entrepreneurs (CAWE) with a Master’s degree from Harbin Institute of Technology. She is a member of Executive Committee of All-China Women's Federation (ACWF).

    Ms. Jiang’s posts in Heilongjiang Province from 1985 to 1996 include Director and CCP Committee Secretary of the Harbin City Property Management Bureau, Director and CCP Committee Secretary of International Affairs Office and Expat Affairs Office of Harbin City, Mayor’s Assistant and CCP Leadership Group member of the Harbin City government. She was a member of Heilongjiang provincial CPPCC. From 1996 to 2004 she was the International Department Head at China National Tourism Administration and Vice President and CCP Committee Secretary of China National Native Produce & Animal By-products Import & Export Corporation (China Tuhsu). Ms. Jiang served on the board and was CCP Committee Secretary and Union President at China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO) from 2004 to 2015, before she joined CAWE in 2015.

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  • Leijun Ma (Senior Programme Officer at UN Women China Office)

    Leijun Ma

    Senior Programme Officer at UN Women China Office

    Ma Leijun has a PhD in Management and is currently a Senior Programme Officer at the UN Women’s China Office in Beijing. He is also a member of the Beijing +20 Lecturer Team of State Council. Previously, Leijun has worked at the Training Center of the Ministry of Civil Affairs and United Way International (Canada). Since 2005, he has been working with the UN, including the UNDP and UN Women.

    Leijun has a strong background in policy analysis, especially from a gender perspective and has conducted a number of research publications on public policy and social development issues. As a well-known gender expert and trainer in China, Leijun has delivered training to many national and international organizations, covering the topics of Gender Mainstreaming, CEDAW, Gender Equality and CSR, Women’s Leadership, etc.

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  • Marybeth Torbet Hays (Chief Merchandising, Marketing, & Supply Chain Officer at Walmart China)

    Marybeth Torbet Hays

    Chief Merchandising, Marketing, & Supply Chain Officer at Walmart China

    Marybeth’s career is centered on leading through consistently delivering financial goals by providing great value for consumers. As the CMMO for Walmart China, Marybeth is responsible for the products chosen for more than 420 retail stores within China, for marketing to customers, and for moving product through the supply chain.

    Previously, Marybeth was the senior vice president and general merchandising manager for both the Home division and the Ladieswear Apparel division with Walmart US. She transitioned to Walmart US in 2012 after over two years with Sam’s Club as SVP/GMM Home & Apparel.

    Prior to joining Sam’s Club, she was a Merchandising Vice President with Lowe’s Home Improvement for eight years, leading the Seasonal Living and Fashion Bath divisions. Marybeth also held VP Marketing roles at Lexington Furniture and at Hanesbrands Inc.

    Marybeth received both her MBA (with honors) and a BA cum laude from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC USA.

    She is a member of the Walmart Foundation Board of Directors.

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  • Yunsong Gao (Vice President at P&G (China))

    Yunsong Gao

    Vice President at P&G (China)

    Ms. Gao Yunsong joined Procter & Gamble Company in 2007, and is the Vice President of P&G (China) Ltd. In that capacity, she leads the company's public policy research and government affairs function.

    Ms Gao has rich working experiences, and worked with a couple of multinational companies and large Chinese state-owned enterprises, including Cisco, China Netcom, Siemens and China Unicom. Ms. Gao moved into the area of government affairs and public policy research after doing marketing and business development for a few years. Before joining P&G she was the Executive Director of the Public Policy Department of Cisco Systems China Network Technology Company.

    Ms. Gao graduated from Qinghua University in 1989 and obtained a master degree of literature. She further studied in Warwick University in UK, where she got her MBA degree.

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  • Sunny Chow (Partner, China South Risk Leader at Ernst & Young Hua Ming)

    Sunny Chow

    Partner, China South Risk Leader at Ernst & Young Hua Ming

    ► Sunny is Risk Advisory Services China South Market Leader .He has more than twenty years of risk management experience gained from public accounting firms and he was involved in setting up the China practice of a global risk consulting firm in July 2003.He had been engaged in providing consulting services to a variety of industries with major focus on high technology industries. Also he has been involved in performing internal controls consultancy services for US listed companies and HK listed companies in Greater China region.
    ► Sunny has managed various Sarbanes-Oxley section 404 engagements of various industries, namely financial services, telecommunication and media, energy and manufacturing. The specific works included advising client process flow documentation and risk controls matrices for those critical business cycles; identifying control gaps and recommending for remediation; designing testing work programs and implementing test plans; preparing audit findings summary and final audit report and discussion with client management.
    ► Sunny has audit experience surrounding internal controls includes interviewing client personnel, documenting client’s key controls for critical business processes, analyzing risks and inefficiencies, testing of key controls and reporting findings and recommendations to management.

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  • David Fu (Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Walmart China)

    David Fu

    Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Walmart China

    David Fu is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Walmart China. He is responsible for government affairs, internal and external communication, public relations, crisis management, and corporate social responsibility.

    David worked for the International Department (Ministry) of the CPC’s Central Committee for 9 years during which he worked at the Hong Kong Branch of Xinhua News Agency from 1989 to 1991. He later worked at Ericsson China as Marketing Manager from 1996 to 1997 and joined Amway China in 1997 and established the company’s External Affairs Department. He was then promoted to Director of External Affairs, responsible for government affairs, community relations, media relations and corporate communications.

    David joined Johnson & Johnson Medical China Ltd in 2007. During his time with JJM China, he built the culture and team of external affairs and made significant contributions to the development of the business and brand through systematic and productive government relations activities and marketing campaigns. David was selected for the ‘2013 CBN Innovation 50’ and was awarded the CSR Innovator Prize.

    David’s social positions include 9th & 10th Committee Member of All-China Youth Federation, current Vice-chairman of China General Chamber of Commerce, and congress member of China Chain Store & Franchise Association etc.

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  • Bruce McKenzie (Senior Vice President for Operations, Greater China and Mongolia at Hilton)

    Bruce McKenzie

    Senior Vice President for Operations, Greater China and Mongolia at Hilton

    Bruce McKenzie was appointed Senior Vice President of Operations, Greater China and Mongolia in September 2012. Based in Shanghai, he is responsible for overseeing the operation of more than 84 trading hotels and aggregating the growth of the more than 231 pipeline hotels in the region.

    An industry veteran with over 25 years’ experience in hospitality management, Bruce was previously chief operating officer Australasia with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). He is familiar with the Chinese market, having been senior vice president of operations for IHG Greater China from 2004 to 2009.

    Before joining IHG, McKenzie was director of operations with Mirvac Hotels Pty. Ltd., the hotel management division of the multi-billion dollar Australian property company, The Mirvac Group. Prior to this, he was based in Singapore for almost two years at Choice Hotels International Inc. as vice president Asia Pacific, and tasked to significantly grow the business in Asia Pacific.

    McKenzie started his career in hospitality management with Sheraton/Starwood Hotels & Resorts, where he worked for 13 years in various positions including director of sales, financial controller, general manager and area managing director across the company’s different entities in Australasia and Indonesia.

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Agenda

8 AM - 9 AM
Registration
9 AM - 9:30 AM
Opening Address: Empower Women Intentionally
Welcome from Su Cheng Harris-Simpson, Executive Director, WEConnect International Greater ChinaWelcome from Greta Schettler, Vice President, WEConnect International Welcome from Charles Benn...
Welcome from Su Cheng Harris-Simpson, Executive Director, WEConnect International Greater China
Welcome from Greta Schettler, Vice President, WEConnect International
Welcome from Charles Bennett, Consul General of the United States of America Consulate General in Guangzhou, China
Welcome from JIANG Hua, Executive Vice President, China Association of Women Entrepreneurs
Welcome from MA Leijun, Senior Programme Officer, UN Women China Office
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9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
Plenary Discussion:Buy Intentionally—Women: Economic Growth Engine
Panel Discussion 1Moderator:Vivian Wei, Director, Strategic Sourcing - Asia Pacific, Services & General Procurement, IBMPanelists: -Guy Robertson, Vice President, Global Sourcing, Walmart G...
Panel Discussion 1
Moderator:Vivian Wei, Director, Strategic Sourcing - Asia Pacific, Services & General Procurement, IBM

Panelists:
-Guy Robertson, Vice President, Global Sourcing, Walmart Global Sourcing
-Sherry Xu, Regional Leader – China & Russia, Corp Indirect Purchasing, Cummins (China) Investment Co., Ltd.
-Lucy Zhuang, Purchasing Director, Greater Asia Region, Intel Corporation

Panel Discussion 2
Moderator: Tony Yu, Director and Head of Procurement, Greater China, Accenture (China) Co., Ltd.

Panelists:
-Susan Liu, Director of replenishment, Apparel, Electronics, Home & Hardline, Hyper, Walmart China
-Charles Lu, Area Procurement Director – Greater China/South Korea/Philippines, Marriott International Inc.
-Susan Shao, Director of Procurement/Greater China & Mongolia, Hilton
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10:50 AM - 11 AM
Tea Break
11 AM - 12 PM
Market Talk-Topics: Sponsor & Mentor Women Intentionally/Matchmaker Meetings
Matchmaker Meeting is for Certified Women's Business Enterprise only
12 PM - 12:05 PM
Break
12:05 PM - 1:30 PM
Luncheon
Keynote Speech/Awards PresentationKeynote Speakers: -Marybeth Hays, Chief Merchandising, Marketing & Supply Chain Officer, Walmart China-Yunsong Gao, V...
Keynote Speech/Awards Presentation

Keynote Speakers:

-Marybeth Hays, Chief Merchandising, Marketing & Supply Chain Officer, Walmart China
-Yunsong Gao, Vice President, Government Relations & Public Policy, P&G China
-Rui Wang, Vice President, Sales & Marketing Group, Intel Corporation
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1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Marketplace Tour
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Training Seminar:P&G Training Workshop
3:30 PM - 4 PM
Tea Break
4 PM - 5:20 PM
Panel Discussion:Male Champions Act Intentionally to Empower Women
Moderator: Sophie Guerin, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, APJ Global Diversity & Inclusion, Dell Inc.Panelists:-Sunny Chow, Partner, China South Risk Leader, EYGoldman Sachs-David Fu, Senior Vic...
Moderator: Sophie Guerin, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, APJ Global Diversity & Inclusion, Dell Inc.

Panelists:
-Sunny Chow, Partner, China South Risk Leader, EY
Goldman Sachs
-David Fu, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Walmart China
-MA Leijun, Senior Programme Officer, UN Women China Office
-Bruce McKenzie, Senior Vice President, Operations,Greater China & Mongolia Hilton
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5:20 PM - 7:30 PM
The 5th Year Celebration Reception

Tickets

All-Day Ticket

 1 Marketplace Pass: Access to exhibition Hall, forum hall and corporate buyer area.

 1 Luncheon ticket

 1 Networking Reception ticket

Standard Price RMB 1,200
Luncheon Ticket

 1 Marketplace Pass: Access to exhibition Hall, forum hall and corporate buyer area.

 1 Luncheon ticket

Standard Price RMB 1,000
Exhibition Hall, Panel Discussion & Networking Reception Tickets

 1 Marketplace Pass: Access to exhibition Hall, forum hall and corporate buyer area.

 1 Networking Reception ticket

Standard Price RMB 300
Standard Booth

 One 3m x 3m Marketplace Booth in the main Ballroom
 Booth Carpet
 Company listed in the Marketplace Directory, complete with maps of the venue and location number of booths
 Printed Company Identification Sign for the Booth
 Access to the Marketplace for up to 5 people
 Access to the Plenary Discussion for up to 5 people
 Access to the Market Talk for up to 5 people
1 luncheon ticket

Standard Price RMB 3,600
Self-Registered WBE Booth

 One 3m x 3m Marketplace Booth in the main Ballroom
 Booth Carpet
 Company listed in the Marketplace Directory, complete with maps of the venue and location number of booths
 Printed Company Identification Sign for the Booth
 Access to the Marketplace for up to 5 people
 Access to the Plenary Discussion for up to 5 people
 Access to the Market Talk for up to 5 people
1 luncheon ticket
 2 Networking reception tickets

Standard Price RMB 3,400
Certified WBE Booth

 One 3m x 3m Marketplace Booth in the main Ballroom
 Booth Carpet
 Company listed in the Marketplace Directory, complete with maps of the venue and location number of booths
 Printed Company Identification Sign for the Booth
 Access to the Marketplace for up to 5 people
 Access to the Plenary Discussion for up to 5 people
 Access to the Market Talk for up to 5 people
1 luncheon ticket
 3 Networking reception tickets
 10 mins Match-maker meeting with MNCs

Standard Price RMB 3,100
Full Page Ad in Program Book
Standard Price RMB 1,500
1/2 Page Ad in Program Book
Standard Price RMB 1,000
Luncheon Table

10 Marketplace Pass: Access to exhibition Hall, forum hall and corporate buyer area.

 10 Luncheon tickets
 Company logo display on the table

Standard Price RMB 10,000
VIP Ticket

By Invitation Only

Standard Price Free