Episode 35: How We Enable Women Business Owners to Compete in the Global Marketplace, with Paulina Dri-Rabell, Market Lead for France, WEConnect International
How We Enable Women Business Owners to Compete in the Global Marketplace, with Paulina Dri-Rabell, Market Lead for France, WEConnect International
Did you know that today, only 1% of global corporate procurement goes to women-owned businesses? In 2023? Why is it that so few big corporates buy from women-owned businesses and what can women entrepreneurs do to win key contracts with them? Supply chain diversity is not only a buzzword, it's an imperative, if we are to unlock more global growth and close the global pay and customer gap for women founders. That's where WEConnect International comes in. They are on a mission to drive more money into the hands of women and help them better compete in the global marketplace. In this episode, you'll learn from Paulina Dri-Rabell, Market Lead for France, about how WEConnect helps women-owned businesses get certified and enter the corporate supply chain successfully, all over the world. Learn why this can help more women owned businesses get luctrative corporate contracts, all about the certification process and how access to markets is a key funding and growth strategy for women founders. Paulina also shares her key tips to women founders on how build great relationships with corporates and much more! Get more information about WEConnect and the certification process below.
About our Guest:
Paulina Dri-Rabell has over ten years of experience in international development and global partnership management. She has worked to promote international education as a catalyst for change and as a driver for diversity. She has developed and implemented international projects for local and national governments and for public-private entities, such as the International Network of Michelin Cities. She also worked as a National Coordinator in Mexico for EducationUSA, a U.S. State Department public diplomacy program that promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world.
Since 2022, she has been working as Market Lead in France for WEConnect International, a global network that connects women-owned businesses to qualified buyers around the world. In this role, she represents the organization in France and is responsible for the outreach efforts to get to more woman-owned businesses with the aim of connecting them and helping them grow. She is passionate about her work at WEConnect and is convinced that supplier diversity is a very important component of economic development and a means of empowerment for diverse communities.
Paulina holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science from Indiana University Bloomington in the United States. She is based in France but is originally from Mexico, where she lived until she was 19 years old before moving to the United States to attend University.
Learn more about Paulina on LinkedIn.
When working with corporates, make sure what you are delivering is of the highest quality and customer service you can offer. Getting certified as a women-owned business can really help you access more opportunities as corporates want to work with certified businesses and count that spend in their supplier quota.
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