Press release

CaixaBank supports the 15th IWEC Annual Conference

IWEC Welcome Reception at the CaixaBank All in One branch in Madrid.

• The International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation (IWEC) will be celebrating some of the world’s most successful women business owners during the IWEC Foundation 2022 Annual Conference.


The 2022 iteration of the IWEC Foundation Conference and Awards Gala, the organization’s 15th annual event, will take place Sunday November 13th through Tuesday November 15th.  The event will celebrate the significant achievements of 41 remarkable women entrepreneurs from all corners of the globe as well as offering educational and networking sessions to attendees. The conference is being held on the campus of IESE Business School with additional venues provided by CaixaBank and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce.

The conference theme is “Connecting Women Businesses Globally: The Transformational Power of Women in Business.”’ Our sponsors include a variety of international organizations including CaixaBank, Coca-Cola, SDI International, Mass Mutual, IESE, Spanish Chamber of Commerce and others.

This year’s conference welcomes several keynote speakers and panelists who will be providing insights into pivotal aspects of global business development, such as “Challenges of Globalization after the Pandemic,” “The ESG Agenda Enlightened by Women” and “Global Economy Outlook: Can a Recession Be Avoided?” In addition, there will be a special interview with Ms. Teresa Perales, Paralympic Champion, and winner of the Princess of Asturias Award 2021.

Ruth A. Davis, former US Ambassador and Chairwoman of IWEC, says of this year’s event: “The 15th annual conference is a wonderful milestone for us. It has been an honor for the organization to hold our conferences all over the world and to have acknowledged and awarded over 500 successful women business owners over all these years. At the conference we also will be holding curated networking sessions for attendees who are interested in expanding their companies to other countries. We encourage them to make connections to develop opportunities and form strategic partnerships throughout the globe. Fostering connections and global business development are two of IWEC’s most important pillars.”

This year’s 41 awardees come from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, representing multiple industries and generating a combined annual revenue in excess of US$3.3 billion. They are all CEO’s and have very successful businesses.

To learn more about IWEC’s work visit and for further information about the conference visit

About IWEC Foundation

IWEC Foundation is a New York-based international economic empowerment organization exclusively for women business owners, formed in 2007 with the assistance of the U.S. Department of State.  In addition to the State Department, its founders include the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC), FICCI/FLO Chamber in New Delhi.  IWEC’s mission is to develop a global business network for successful women entrepreneurs, helping them gain and expand access to international markets by presenting a platform to exchange knowledge, experience and connections, and to promote dialogue among women entrepreneurs and business leaders throughout the world.