We had a blast attending the 2015 Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Conference last week in Austin, Texas. It was a perfect setting to make new connections and expand old ones. Shell, one of our top customers, was there in support of minority and women-owned businesses. Not only do they actively engage in efforts to bring about supplier diversity, they sponsored the WBENC’s 2015 Student Entrepreneur Program which brings up-and-coming entrepreneurs from universities to the conference to engage them in the next steps for building their businesses.
Chevron also deserves a shout out for being one of this year’s Co-Chairs. They hosted an evening reception where guests received a gift card that allowed them to donate to the charity of their choosing. What a fantastic idea Chevron! BP, ExxonMobil, EQT, ConocoPhillips, Pacific Gas and Electric, Xcel Energy, and several other companies were also among the list of sponsors and companies in attendance strongly committed to supplier diversity.
Not only did we visit with oil and gas companies, but we had the pleasure of meeting several amazing woman business owners who have equally amazing companies. We learned a lot about their industries and experience while taking away some really great advice on how to make the most of WBENC. We look forward to doing business with many of them in the future. Thank you to all the sponsors, WBENC, woman business owners and the 14 Regional Partner Organizations for an amazing event. Looking forward to WBENC Conference 2016 in Orlando, Florida!