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March 26-28, 2014 – Washington, DC


Barbara is a trade and international business development specialist, who has helped tens of thousands of businesses over the past 30 years. She is sought after by private companies, organizations, and governments around the world for her expertise and passionate support of fostering entrepreneurship, business development and growth, and creating win-wins through her extensive network. Barbara is President of GroYourBiz and of Impact Communications Ltd., a multi-faceted consulting company that features management training and consulting, and international product, business, and market development for the global marketplace. She created the well-respected Uniquely Programs that assisted 12,000 Canadian entrepreneurs access increased markets, and created and owned a national magazine, a retail store, and an e-commerce site supporting home-based and small businesses. Barbara is an international leader in the development of SME enterprises, whose work has assisted entrepreneurs and facilitated trade. As TEC Canada, Chair Barbara has the passion and ability to mentor driven entrepreneurs and executives to the next level of success. She devotes time as an Advisory Board Member for the Ministry of International Trade and for the Global Banking Alliance for Women Entrepreneurs. She is a certified woman business owner of WEConnect Canada, as well as an ambassador and Brain Trusts member of United Success Network, and a Global Ambassador for TIAW. By invitation, she also sits on the Global Membership Circle for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women throughout Canada, South-East Asia, USA, South America, Europe, Afghanistan, India and Africa.

Elphi Nelissen leads by example both as a woman business owner of Nelissen Engineering and as a professor of Building Sustainability and Dean of the Faculty at the Technical University Eindhoven (TUE) in the Netherlands. In 1991, at the age of 31, Elphi started her engineering company, convinced that she could make a difference with an integrated view on engineering, design and execution in a long term sustainable manner. Today her company successfully employs more than 40 professionals and many of them are women. In 2009 Elphi became professor of Engineering and Architecture at the TUE and since 2011 she has been the Dean of the Engineering faculty, the only woman Dean at the university.

Pamela Parizek is an Advisory Partner at KPMG LLP and leads the Washington, DC Forensic practice. She has over 24 years of experience – as a lawyer, regulator and forensic accountant – investigating securities fraud, accounting irregularities and bribery allegations, and advising US and global clients on regulatory compliance. Pam is a JD/CPA, certified in financial forensics, and previously served for five years in the enforcement division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Pam has an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. She is a CPA licensed in Virginia and D.C., co-chairs the Washington, DC chapter of Women Corporate Directors, and sits on a number of non-profit boards, including Global Kids, Adventures for the Mind Foundation, and the SEC Historical Society. She also serves on the Steering Committee of KPMG’s Families for Literacy program.

Ms. Nicole Sandford is the national practice leader for Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Governance and Enterprise Compliance Services. She specializes in advising boards and senior executives on improving governance and compliance programs through a progressive approach to design and ongoing assessment. Ms. Sandford has worked with dozens of public, private and not-for-profit boards and executive teams to address compliance and governance challenges. She was the founding member of the Deloitte Center for Corporate Governance. Nicole helped draft Deloitte’s responses to SEC rules proposed as a result of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.Nicole is a member of the advisory board of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, and is a member of the board and audit committee of the Global Partnership for Afghanistan. She previously co-chaired the Financial Women Association’s (FWA) Directorship and Governance Committee. Nicole is a past member of the board of directors of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals (SCSGP). In 2008, Ms. Sandford was named a "Rising Star of Corporate Governance” by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at Yale University’s School of Management. In 2012, Nicole was featured as a"power profile” in The Glass Elevator: A Guide to Leadership Presence for Women on the Rise published by 85 Broads. In 2013, she received the 2013 World of Difference Award from The International Alliance for Women.

Romaine Seguin, President of UPS Americas Region, is responsible for all UPS package and cargo operations in Canada and more than 50 countries and territories across Latin America and the Caribbean. She has oversight of the UPS Supply Chain Solutions operations throughout Latin America, Miami and the Caribbean. Beginning her career with UPS in the Missouri district in 1983, she has held several positions with ever increasing responsibility. In 1989, Romaine accepted a five-year assignment in Europe as part of the integration team with F&A and operations, living in both the UK and France. In 1994, Romaine returned to the U.S. working in Louisville, Detroit, the Gulf South and Minnesota districts. In October 2007, Romaine moved to Milan, Italy as the managing director of UPS South Europe and promoted to Chief Operating Officer for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, based in Brussels, Belgium. In September 2010, Romaine was promoted to her current position. Romaine is an active board member of the Florida International University (FIU) School of Business Dean’s Council and sits on the Transportation Advisory Board for Best Buy Inc. She is also the current President of Conferencia Latinoamericana de Compañías Express (CLADEC) – Latin America Conference of Express Companies. Romaine holds a degree in Marketing Management from William Woods College and an MBA from Webster University.

Diane Tompson is co-owner of three companies working under the banner of the parent company, The Powercom Group, based in Tasmania. In addition, she is a founding director and co-owner of Novaris Technologies Malaysia. Her company Novaris is a leading edge electronic manufacturer producing lightning and surge protection products. Diane is a member of the Tasmanian Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a past National President of Women Chiefs of Enterprises (International) Pty Ltd and is a current member of its board engaged in the role of International Chair of the WCEI International Committee. She is currently a Commissioner for the Pacific and Asian regions for FCEM, (Les Femmes Chiefs D’Entreprise Mondial) and in December 2012, Diane was appointed Vice President, Membership for TIAW. In late 2013, Diane was selected by the Australian Research Council to become a member of a panel responsible for awarding grants for Innovative Collaborative Research. The research undertaken will occur between Tertiary Institutions, in particular Universities, and Manufacturers. In 2005 she received the honour of being acknowledged as Tasmania’s, Telstra Business Woman of the Year and was named number 22 by BRW for Australian Entrepreneurial Women in 2006. In 2009, Diane became the first woman to receive the Gold Medal Award presented to her by the Australian Institute of Company Directors and in 2011, was a recipient of an IWEC award (the International Woman Entrepreneur Challenge Award) presented in New York.

Suzanne Turner is President ofTurner4D (formerly Turner Strategies).The National Journal called Suzanne "the best communicator in America.” Her communications campaigns have helped pass more than 40 pieces of legislation. She has worked for Fortune 500 companies, devising branding and marketing campaigns that have moved millions of dollars’ worth of products. As senior vice president at Fenton Communications for seven years, Suzanne helped grow the firm from four people to more than 100 in three cities. She was Mid-Atlantic regional manager of the high-tech PR firm The Launch Company, where she built the client base and managed a half-million dollars in client billings monthly. She is co- founder of the Internet Advocacy Center and a founding member of Progressive Communicators of DC. She has also worked as a newspaper and television reporter. She studied at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and the Université de Paris IV – La Sorbonne, and holds a BA from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Elizabeth A. Vazquez is the President, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, a corporate led non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets. She is a serial social entrepreneur and world leader in global supplier diversity and inclusion. Ms. Vazquez is the co- author of the book, "Buying for Impact: How to Buy from Women and Change Our World.” The book includes information on women business owners and ways to support and leverage their potential to create a more sustainable and inclusive global economy. As the CEO of WEConnect International, Ms. Vazquez is responsible for the vision, mission delivery, organizational growth for impact, and partner development in every region of the world. The WEConnect International network includes local representatives in 16 countries, and the corporate network represents over US$700 billion in annual purchasing power. Elizabeth sits on several Boards of Directors, including the Global Banking Alliance for Women and the Cornerstone Capital Group, and is an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative. Ms. Vazquez 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.

Cristina Vicini is an International Director and Board Advisor; active in Europe and North America and accredited for the governance of listed and non-listed companies. For 25 years in the technology and innovation sector, Cristina spent almost ten years with the international governmental organizations in Brussels before holding management and leadership positions with world leading groups like Siemens, Deutsche Telekom, Microsoft and Volkswagen, and responsibilities spanning from strategic positioning to multi-million business development and P&L in Europe and beyond. Cristina’s further experience as an entrepreneur includes the international development of the family-owned company – electro-mechanical engineering and manufacturing for the medical sector – as a COO for international operations, international development and innovation. In the non-profit sector, Cristina is the Honorary President of PWI Brussels, the Professional Women International Association, she is the1st Vice President of TIAW, the International Alliance for Women, based in Washington DC and a Mentor for Women Entrepreneurs in developing countries and emerging economies - as part of the Cherie Blair Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program for Women. Cristina is also one of the Corporate Women at the core of the "EU Business Schools-Women on Board” and the "Global Board-Ready Women” initiatives, supported by European Commission’s Vice-President Viviane Reding and in partnership with the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors’ Club and the Forté Foundation. Fluent in five languages, Cristina holds a Masters of International Management from Boston University and a Masters with honors in Computer Science from the University of Brussels (ULB).

Julie Weeks is the President and CEO of Womenable, a for-profit social enterprise that works to enable women’s entrepreneurship worldwide by improving the laws, policies and programs that support women’s enterprise creation and growth. Weeks is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of women’s enterprise development, with experience in both the private and public sectors in the areas of research, public policy and program management. Prior to launching Womenable in 2005, she served as Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council, a federally-funded advisory body which serves as an independent voice and advisor to the President, U.S. Congress and the U.S. Small Business Administration on women’s entrepreneurship issues. Weeks has also served as Managing Director of the Center for Women’s Business Research, the Deputy Chief Counsel for Statistics and Research at the U.S. Small Business Administration, and as Vice President for Research and Public Policy for two market research firms. Weeks earned a BA and MA in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She serves on the board of the Global Banking Alliance for Women, on the advisory board of WEConnect International, and on the editorial advisory boards of Enterprising Women magazine and the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship.


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