2019 Parade of Stars Award Winners

The awards gala is an opportunity for the Women's Business Council - Southwest to recognize Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Corporate (Sustaining) Members that have gone above and beyond to support women-owned businesses and promote supplier diversity initiatives. We would like to say congratulations to the 2019 winners along with a huge thank you to our sponsors, staff, and all attendees for contributing to a successful event!

2018 WBCS Annual Report

We are excited to present our 2018 Annual Report. Providing valuable resources to women-owned businesses helped us see an exciting year of growth - including a notable 31% increase in WBE certifications in Austin, and a 94% retention rate across all members.

Austin Insights 2018 Recap

Last week, almost 100 WBE and Sustaining members, community partners, and the Women's Business Council- Southwest's Board of Directors, joined together at Canyon View Event Center for Austin Insights. This year's event featured a keynote speech by Stephanie Breedlove, co-founder of Care.com HomePay , the nations largest household payroll and tax firm. The program began with welcome remarks by WBCS President, Debbie Hurst and Title Sponsors, Hanger and Software Professionals Inc . Stephanie dove right into her keynote speech, which highlighted her journey from a career in corporate America to

Business Works Expo 2018 Recap

Breaking past limits and connecting women-owned businesses with supplier diversity advocates are the themes built into Business Works, a procurement event hosted by the Women’s Business Council-Southwest. This year’s event, which drew around 345 attendees, was held at the Arlington Convention Center. Sessions included one-one-one matchmaker meetings, a new session called WBE Speed Connect, luncheon, half day trade expo, silent auction, and networking reception. There was a lot to highlight and celebrate at the luncheon. Joe Mossinger Strategic Sourcing Manager at Toyota was awarded the Cheryl

Joe Mossinger Presented the Cheryl Stevens Legacy of Leadership Award

The Cheryl Stevens Legacy of Leadership Award was created to honor leaders who help increase opportunities, serve as a role model for compassion, help to create a level playing field on which diverse suppliers can compete fairly for contracts, and ensure broad and fair access to Women Business Enterprises (WBEs). This year at Business Works , Joe Mossinger, Strategic Sourcing Manager at Toyota received the award for his beliefs in creating access and opportunity for certified WBEs. "I am truly honored and humbled to have received the Cheryl Stevens Legacy of Leadership Award," said Mossinger.

What You Should Expect at Business Works

The Business Works Expo is a half-day expo that features one-on-one matchmaker meetings, WBE Speed Connect, keynote lunch with Spend Awards presentation, half day trade expo, silent auction and a networking reception. If you are a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), this is the event you want to attend! Envision an expo filled with booths that are women-owned companies, or corporations who are looking for women-owned businesses as suppliers. What’s better is this event is open to the public. So, even if your women-owned company isn’t certified yet, you can still attend and make

Executive Insights 2018 Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended Executive Insights at JCPenney . It was a great event full of lots of knowledge from our keynote speaker, EVP, Chief Financial Officer, Jeff Davis. Jeff gave us insight into his 30-year journey in finance, what it takes to be a great leader, having significant interactions with people, and the importance of having a mentor. Jeff was asked a series of questions by SVP, Merchandising, Pam Mortensen. When asked about networking, Jeff Davis, stated, "you must develop relationships and connections within your network to have more opportunities to advance your

Get Ready For Executive Insights

WBCS will host Executive Insights at the JCPenney "Home Office," July 31, 2018. The momentum is building and you don't want to miss this thought-provoking event featuring keynote speaker, Jeff Davis, EVP & Chief Financial Officer of JCPenney. Jeff Davis was named executive vice president and chief financial officer at JCPenney in July 2017 and is responsible for all financial operations of the company. Davis will discuss lessons on leadership. Networking is one of the most powerful tools for professional growth. At Executive Insights, you will have the opportunity to network with other WBEs

Paying It Forward

Whether you call it random acts of kindness, paying it forward, or good deeds, they are mighty. The ladies of the Women’s Business Council – Southwest (WBCS) understand the importance of helping each other. At our annual Ladies Who Launch event a few years ago, Stephanie Point, Founder & CEO of Point 2 Point Global Security, Inc. was inspired to help fellow WBE, Psyche Terry, Founder & Chief Inspiration Officer of UI Global Brands LLC , by paying for her entrance fee to the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference . “I listened to Psyche's story, via the phone,