Liz Whitehead, CEO of 12PointFive, is an executive with 17 years of helping companies meet supplier diversity and inclusion goals. Liz founded 12PointFive to help businesses benefit from corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies that are educating their staff on the value of supplier diversity and inclusion as well as certified business enterprises who are invested in making the most of their certification. She uses various skills to support her clients in reaching their goals including facilitation, consulting, and one-on-on coaching. Her clients benefitted from an average of 3 matchmaker meetings at the WBENC National Conference in 2018, pursued and won new business with multinational corporate members, and increased their visibility in the supplier diversity network. In December of 2018, Liz won the WPEO’s WBE Connection award for completing the most Done Deals™ with other certified WBEs and in March of 2019 was awarded outstanding Women’s Business Advocate by WPEO-DC.
Before starting 12PointFive, Liz supported multinational corporations in connecting with entrepreneurs as a leader in local, national, and international diverse business organizations. From 2002 – 2011, Liz worked at the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO), a regional partner organization to the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). As the Executive Director of WPEO-DC, Liz led the efforts of the organization in Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia to grow corporate membership and make connections for supplier diversity representatives with women owned businesses. Under her leadership, WPEO-DC was the host council for WBENC’s National Conference and Business Fair in Baltimore, MD in 2010. Liz cultivated the local sponsors and led the council, which set a record for participating WBENC corporate members and conference attendees.
In 2011, Liz joined WEConnect International, an international certification organization, to create global standards for certification and strategically bring the certification to international markets. She oversaw the development of the WEConnect International e-network, a global directory of corporate purchasing organizations and women owned businesses.
In addition, Liz managed WEConnect International markets in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and co-created the WEConnect Academy curriculum, an online series of trainings focused on doing business with major purchasing organizations. As part of the curriculum, she developed WEConnect Academy Live which provides an interactive platform for market leaders, business owners, and corporate representatives to share knowledge and expertise about the global marketplace.
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