Corporate Member of the Year

Procter & Gamble

The award will be accepted by Carolyn Tastad, P&G Group President – North America and Executive Sponsor of Gender Equality. Read her full bio here.

When we give women the opportunity to shape the economy through their work, we can have a massive impact on the health and welfare of our world.

Distinguished Champion Award

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Baroness Scotland of Asthal


The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, is a citizen of the United Kingdom and of Dominica. At the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta she was chosen to be Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and took office on 1 April 2016. She is the sixth person and first woman to hold the position. Previously as a lawyer and politician, she had been associated with campaigns for equality and to open up wider opportunities for women and led on policy implementation in these areas when holding ministerial office in the UK Government. Read the full bio here. 

Working for the economic empowerment of women is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do.

WECatalyze Award

Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment (WEEE) Act

The WEEE Act, signed into law on January 10th of 2019, highlights the critical barriers to growth that women-led enterprises face and makes possible U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) programs and activities focused on women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment. Learn more about the bill here.

The award will be accepted by Senator John Boozman (R–AR) who was the Senate sponsor of the WEEE Act. Read his full bio here.

Providing women access to tools for economic success supports global prosperity. The WEEE Act will empower women to gain control of their financial future while simultaneously facilitating improvements in their homes and communities.

Women’s Business Enterprise of the Year

Mônica Schimenes, MCM Brand Group


Mônica Schimenes is the CEO & Founder of MCM Brand Group, a Brazilian-based group of agencies that work with integrated communications across domestic and international markets. With more than 20 years of rich experience in marketing management, communications, and events, Monica and her team have earned a strong portfolio of clients and institutional relations. As an artist and tireless activist, Mônica also works within her community to create spaces of inclusion and fairness for women and other underrepresented communities.

In addition to transforming society, we learn a lot and work better when we manage to give voice to diversity in business.

WEConnect Gala Emcee

Ryan Patel

Ryan Patel is a global business executive who has established himself as a thought-leader and expert in growing and scaling companies. His wheelhouse includes working with both publicly traded companies as well as startups. Patel is also a keynote, CNN Contributor and was recently named a Senior Fellow by the Drucker School of Management at Claremont University. Read the full bio here.

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