The Annual IWEC Conferences

The Foundation’s founding Chambers of Commerce originated the IWEC Award to honor women-owned businesses throughout the world and to facilitate connections between them. Every year, chambers and affiliate women’s organizations nominate up to three women-owned businesses from their organizations for the IWEC Award, presented during our Annual Conference, which is held in a different host city or country every fall.

Since 2007, IWEC has presented its awards to 277 women business owners across all sectors in the U.S. and abroad, nominated by our chamber partners and women organization affiliates. Learn more about these extraordinary women here.

IWEC also encourages awardees to identify with and be engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility programs, which can range from local community support and education to healthcare issues and entrepreneurship development to mentorship.

This year’s event marks our 10th Anniversary Conference which will be held from November 12 to 14, 2017 on the campus of the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, in the heart of the Pacific Northwest.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Connecting Women Owned Businesses Globally: Accelerating Growth Through Innovation & Technology.”

Educational content will be presented by keynote speakers and panelists and this year’s IWEC honorees will be presented their awards at the conference gala.

Past IWEC Conferences

2016 | Brussels, Belgium

2016 | Brussels, Belgium

Connecting Women Businesses Globally: Building a Viable Future.

2015 | Istanbul, Turkey

2015 | Istanbul, Turkey

Connecting Women Businesses Globally: Driving Growth Through Women’s Economic Participation.

2014 | Stockholm, Sweden

2014 | Stockholm, Sweden

Connecting Women Businesses Globally: Building a Viable Future.

2013 | Lima, Peru

2013 | Lima, Peru

A Discourse on How to Build Successful, Respected Companies

2012 | Barcelona, Spain

2012 | Barcelona, Spain

400 Attendees, 17 Countries and 5 continents

2011 | New York City, USA

2011 | New York City, USA

Honoring and Connecting Successful Businesswomen from Around the Globe

2010 | Cape Town, South Africa

2010 | Cape Town, South Africa

Creating International Business Opportunities

2009 | New Delhi, India

2009 | New Delhi, India

Expanding & Empowering Female Businesses Owners

2008 | New York City, USA

2008 | New York City, USA

Growing the IWEC Network

2007 | Barcelona, Spain

2007 | Barcelona, Spain

Inaugural Awards Ceremony Establishing the IWEC Network