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With Jennifer Piette (Founder/CEO, Narrative Food), Wendy Mann-Flores (VP Corporate Procurement, Bank of the West).
Tue, Oct 11 @ 12:00 PM   FREE   Online
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Wendy Mann-Flores from Bank of the West & special guests discuss How Women Owned Business Certification Can Create a Competitive Advantage

About this event
An entrepreneur's journey is hard & relentless, & we all know it can be twice as challenging for women entrepreneurs. But, being a woman-owned business can also provide a competitive advantage. Our moderator will be joined by Certified Women Owned Business Owners to cover questions around the certification process & the benefits it includes.

Our panelists will cover:

How the Women Owned Business Certification works, including the process & benefits
How to approach deals with your certification as a strength
How supplier diversity is becoming more important for corporates, & what that means for you
Wendy Mann-Flores
Sr. Lead Program Manager- Supplier Diversity, Vice President Corporate Procurement at Bank of the West
Wendy Mann-Flores is a compassionate servant leader focused on fostering economic empowerment for diverse businesses & creating opportunities for meaningful engagement within the supply chain.

In her current role as Head of Supplier Diversity at Bank of the West, she has implemented several strategies to help expand & grow the program within the company.

Prior to joining Bank of the West, Wendy spent 13 years with Exelon Corporation working in procurement & Supplier Diversity. During this time, Wendy was the program lead for two east coast utilities & led the Latino ERG at the company. Under her leadership, the ERG raised over $300,000 for scholarships awarded to Latino high school students in the Chicago area.

Wendy served as the executive co-chair of Mujeres de HACE (Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement), an organization that helps develop & mentor high potential Latina professionals.

Wendy holds a BA degree from DePaul University in Multicultural Communications & Leadership.

She resides in the Chicago area with her husband & enjoys cooking, traveling & spending time with her three adult children & three grandsons.

Jennifer Piette
Founder, CEO at Narrative Food
After a 25-year career as a screenwriter in Europe - where people have a very different relationship to food - Jennifer returned to the U.S. & founded a farm-to-table home delivery service in 2010, inspiring 1000s of SoCal residents to get back into their kitchens with amazing ingredients, & back around the table with their loved ones, creating lasting memories & building their health at the same time. In 2013, the company became a certified B Corp, to measure & increase its social & environmental impact. In 2019, Jennifer renamed her company Narrative Food, since story-telling has always been central to everything she does, whether in images or with food. During the pandemic, we were very proud to serve as front line workers -- supporting our growers & suppliers alike during this challenging time. However, post pandemic the landscape changed, so in 2022, Narrative Food pivoted its activity into corporate gifting, broadening its reach by shipping curated gifts nationwide, & joining 1% for the Planet, to further expand its impact. Every gift we curate gives back.

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