Expert conference

The Power of Women-Owned Businesses as Suppliers

2013 Annual Jasmine Conference

Public conference


The annual Jasmine Conference for the advancement of small businesses owned by Jewish and Arab women, is a joint venture by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Israel and The Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development and will be held for the 12th consecutive year.

with and Konrad Adenauer Foundation, . This annual highlight event brings together business, public and social sector representatives, foundations and microfinance institutions, as well as Jasmine members (an organisation for the advancement of small businesses owned by Jewish and Arab women).

Conference program:

Moderator: Dana Weiss

8:30-9:00 Registration and gathering

9:00-9:15 Opening remarks:

Kiram Baloum - Director, Jasmine

Michael Mertes - Director, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Israel

Helmi Kittani - Executive Director, Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development

9:15-9:45 Small Women-Owned Businesses: Israel 2013

Ofra Strauss - Strauss Group Chairperson and President of Jasmine

9:45-10:15 The Power of Women-Owned Businesses as Suppliers

Elizabeth A. Vazquez - CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International

10:15-10:45 In Conversation With: Elizabeth A. Vazquez

10:45-11:10 Coffee Break and Networking

11:10-11:30 Small Businesses in Israel: A Snapshot

Lilach Asher-Topilsky - Member of the Board of Management, Head of Retail Banking, Bank Hapoalim B.M

11:30-13:00 Panel: Challenges and Key Success Factors in Growing Your Business and Connecting to Supply Chains

Alon Kinast - Economist, Ministry of Finance, Government Procurement Administration

Moshe Riany - VP Supply Chain, Strauss Israel

Julia Zaher - Owner Al Arz Tehina

Tzvia Dahan - Owner, VIA-Global Travel Management

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:00 Breakout Sessions: Workshops sponsored by ZAP Group

Workshop 1: Tips for Promoting Your Business Online

Aviram Ilani - Head of SEO and Analytics Department, ZAP Group

Workshop 2: Mobile as a Business Promotion Tool

Barak Leshem - CEO, ThinkMobile

Workshop 3: Customer Loyalty Programs as a Marketing Tool to Help Your Business Succeed

David Isaac - Manager, Department of Customer Loyalty Programs, ZAP Group

16:00 Closing remarks

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