NEW YORK, May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) has announced that Wells Fargo will sponsor the first ever business summit specifically targeted to WPO Platinum members who generate average annual gross revenues of $40 million and above. The daylong summit will start at 8:30 a.m. on May 3rd, the day before the WPO 20th anniversary annual conference starts, and will also be held at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando.
The six WPO Platinum Groups, each with a maximum of 20 members, are founders and owners of businesses in a variety of industries. There are a total of 105 global members in the WPO Platinum groups who generate $3.1 billion in aggregate annual revenue.
Wells Fargo is the exclusive corporate sponsor of the WPO Platinum Group. The partnership focuses on stimulating business opportunities to drive second-stage businesses to the next level. It also helps connect successful, second-stage women entrepreneurs with Wells Fargo procurement professionals to increase access to contracting opportunities.
Wells Fargo will bring together senior executives as subject matter experts. Topics will include community and business banking, innovation and forging strategic partnerships.
Wells Fargo representatives include: James P. Steiner, President, Abbott Downing; Mary Mack, Senior EVP, Community Banking, Wells Fargo & Company – Leadership in Times of Change; Teresa Hoffman, Senior Business Appraiser, Wells Fargo – Positioning Your Business for Growth; and Sherrie B. Littlejohn, Executive VP and Head of Innovation Strategies, Wells Fargo – Leveraging Technology and Innovation to Drive Business Success.
Strategic partners include: Denise Evans, VP, Women & Diversity B2B Marketing, IBM; and Jacqueline Snipes, VP of Global Procurement, Johnson & Johnson.
The daylong agenda starts with an Economic Outlook from Anika Khan, Director & Senior Economist, Wells Fargo. It culminates with procurement matchmaker sessions, designed to acquaint WPO Platinum members with key supply chain decision makers who represent the gate keepers to future contracts.
"The growing power of women owned businesses and its profound impact on the economy has not gone unnoticed at Wells Fargo. We believe women-owned and led businesses are key contributors to our nation's economy, and we want to provide the financial services and support these businesses need to thrive," said Laura Oberst, Head of Wells Fargo's Business Banking Group. "Wells Fargo is a proud supporter of the Women Presidents' Organization and events like the Platinum Business Summit that focus on the education, growth and advancement of women business owners and leaders."
"A long-time supporter and corporate sponsor of the Women Presidents' Organization, Wells Fargo recognizes the significant impact that accomplished women entrepreneurs have had leading successful second-stage businesses," said Dr. Marsha Firestone, WPO President & Founder. "They have a powerful influence on economic security by generating jobs and creating revenue."
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $2.0 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 273,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune's 2016 rankings of America's largest corporations. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.
About the Women Presidents' Organization
The WPO is the ultimate affiliation for successful women entrepreneurs worldwide. In monthly meetings across the world, women from diverse industries invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level. WPO members' average revenue is $13.2 million, generating aggregate revenue of $19.6 billion. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator and meet monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. For more information, call 212-688-4114 or visit www.womenpresidentsorg.com. Follow us on Twitter @womenpresidents. Like us on Facebook @TheWPO.
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