The IWEC Conferences 2007 to Today

2017 Conference November 12-14, Redmond Washington, USA


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2016 Conference in Brussels, Belgium

Taking place from November 6th to 8th,  2016, this year’s conference will be hosted by the Brussels Chamber of Commerce.

The event will offer a variety of educational, networking, and mentoring opportunities to the attendees that gather from all around the world.

The highlight of the conference will be Awards Ceremony, honoring more than 40 other successful women business owners from 20 countries for their achievements, including countries such as India, Peru, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the U.S., and Zimbabwe.

We look forward to honoring another group of successful women business owners gathering from all over the world.

2015 Conference in Istanbul, Turkey

Connecting Women Businesses Globally

This year’s Conference was hosted by The Istanbul Chamber of Commerce from November 15-18, 2016. The program content and events centered around the theme of “Connecting Women Businesses Globally: Driving Growth Through Women’s Economic Participation.” The founding sponsors,  La Caixa Bank and IESE, offered additional educational sessions.

The Awards Gala Dinner was held at the prestigious Sait Halim Paşa Palace on the shores of the Bosphorus Sea with business owners and executives as well as by the awardees, past awardees and chamber representatives from over 18 countries in attendance. IWEC honored 27 successful women entrepreneurs from a diverse range of industries, including computer software, cork production, manufacturing, agribusiness, engineering, health services, skin care, travel, research technology, shipping and freight forwarding, education, and many other enterprises. The companies led by these women represent a combined turnover of $800 million dollars and employ more than 15,000 individuals.

2014 Conference in Stockholm, Sweden

300 Attendees, 18 Countries, One Mission

Taking place from November 16th-19th, the IWEC Conference offered a full program over three days, backed by founding from the main sponsors La Caixa and IESE. The events were focussed on providing educational and networking opportunities for female businesses owners.

The Awards Gala Dinner was held at the prestigious Grand Hotel and was attended by business owners and executives as well as by the awardees, past awardees and chamber executives representing more than 18 countries from around the globe.

IWEC CEO and former Ambassador Ruth A. Davis as well as President Miguel Valls, President of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, joined the Conference, together with representatives from the IWEC sponsors. In total, this year’s conference attracted more than 300 participants.

2013 Conference in Lima, Peru

Building Successful, Respected Companies

The site for the 2013 IWEC Conference taking place from November 10th-13th, 2016, was Lima, Peru. The program was sponsored by La Caixa, IESE and several local partners of the Lima Chamber of Commerce.

IWEC celebrated its traditional Awards Gala dinner at the Chamber’s new headquarter. Among the more than 300 attendees were business owners, executives, the 2013 awardees, past awardees as well as chamber executives from over 20 countries across the globe.  The IWEC CEO, former Ambassador Ruth A. Davis, and President Miguel Valls (President of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce) also joined the Conference.

At the closing ceremony, IWEC announced that the 2014 Conference would be held in the fall in Stockholm, Sweden, hosted by Chamber Trade Sweden, comprised of 8 Swedish chambers.

2012 Conference in Barcelona, Spain

Congratulations to All 2012 Awardees

The 2012 IWEC Conference, hosted by the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce from October 28 to October 31, 2012, was a huge success. La Caixa Bank and IESE Business School both hosted and sponsored the event.

More than 400 business owners and executives as well as awardees, past awardees and chamber executives from 17 countries and 5 continents including the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and South America attended the Conference.

2011 Conference in New York City, USA

Honoring and Connecting Successful Businesswomen from Across the Globe

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce hosted this year’s International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge Conference, from November 13th – 16th in New York City.

The three-day series of education, networking and mentoring events concluded with the Awards Ceremony at the Asia Society. Women entrepreneurs from five continents were honored for their achievements.

Overall, more than 270 attendees helped to make this year’s conference a great success.

2010 Conference in Cape Town, South Africa

Creating International Business Opportunities

Current and previous awardees, business executives, Chamber representatives, and their guests attended the Conference and Awards Ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa, from September 19-22, 2010.

This year’s conference continued to promote the mission of the initiative bringing together female business owners from across the globe. The Cape Chamber of Commerce was proud to partner with local business and institutions that embraced IWEC’s vision and supported the Conference.

The combined annual revenue of the 26 IWEC awardees of 2010 totaled US$3 billion dollars, they employ over 27,000 individuals, and they cover a wide range of industries including aviation, CNG refueling, bio pesticides, education, manufacturing and IT, among others. These awardees represent some of the most influential businesswomen in the world.

2009 Conference in New Delhi, India

The Third Edition of the IWEC Conference & Awards a Big Success

Event attendees included delegates and guests from Spain, the U.S., Africa, Asia and India. The conference was held at FICCI’s Federation House in New Delhi. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Honorable Minister of Industry & Commerce of the Indian government.  The Honorable Minister presented the IWEC awards to the 15 awardees from Europe (3), Africa (3), the U.S. (3), India (3) and other Asian countries (3).

The award ceremony was followed by a panel discussion on “Lifestyle: Revolution or Evolution,” a presentation on “Emerging Economies, Business Management and Women in Entrepreneurship”, and a Business Promotion Session chaired by Dr. Amandeep Singh, OSD to Ministry of Finance and Current Parliamentary Affairs of the government of India. All educational opportunities reflected IWEC’s mission to establish a channel to share knowledge, business practices and business models between the delegates from across the globe.

2008 Conference in New York City, USA

The Second IWEC Conference

The second IWEC Conference was held in New York City, between June 1st and June 5th, 2008. The event brought together female entrepreneurs, business executives, representatives of trade organizations and chambers of commerce, and their guests.

Twelve highly successful female entrepreneurs were recognized as winners of the second annual IWEC Awards at the Harvard Club in New York. The competition celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding female-led small businesses that are expanding on a global basis. The IWEC champions represent a wide range of sectors—ranging from consumer goods and manufacturing companies to financial services and arts-based businesses— and hailed from six countries, spanning across four continents. Many of the businesses are also focused on addressing social needs in their home countries.

2007 Conference in Barcelona, Spain

The First IWEC Awards Celebrating Women Owned Businesses

After months of work, and with the aid of FLO and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce as well as the financial support of Banco Sabadell, the IWEC initiative celebrated its first Awards Ceremony in the Casa Llotja de Mar, Barcelona, on February 7th2007.  A diverse set of female entrepreneurs representing the America, Asian and European continents received awards for their business success.

IWEC is an initiative of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of Manhattan (New York) and FICCI (the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) through its section FLO (FICCI for Ladies Organization) and supported by The US Department of State. The event reflected IWEC’s mission to promote a global dialogue on female entrepreneurship, to forge partnerships among enterprises worldwide, and to offer a networking and mentoring platform.