Yolanda Vega is the CEO at the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AWCCI).  Yolanda will speak on Sex desegregated data and the procurement of contracts for women business owners.

Yolanda was part of the delegation to represent Australia at the first APEC Women’s Economic Summit, chaired by former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton: in September 2011 a historical Declaration was signed by all APEC economies.  In 2012 Yolanda presented findings from the AWCCI national research at APEC in Russia. Yolanda also represented Australia as a ‘Young Leader’ at the 2009 International Women’s Forum World Conference.

Yolanda has owned several small businesses and was appointed to the Federal Government Small Business Advisory Committee in 2012 until Sep 2013.  In 2013 Yolanda was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) and the Consumer and Small Business Committee of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).

AWCCI is a not-for-profit apolitical member based organisation that influences policy and programs to make women more independent and their business profitable.  Yolanda works diligently to promote the importance and value-add of women-owned firms to the economy and supports the development and growth of women through research, education and advocacy.

“Women are the source for growth that power our economy,” says Vega. “Women are the biggest consumers in the world – they make 85% of consumer decisions and inject more than $20 trillion dollars into the global economy.  If women stop spending, the economy will come to a halt. It therefore makes economic sense to ensure female entrepreneurs are able to innovate, participate and create jobs. It is vital that we remove the barriers women face and enable them to access contracts, capital and childcare,” says Vega.