CEO of 12PointFive
Liz Whitehead, CEO of 12PointFive, is an executive with over 15 years of experience connecting businesses to opportunities. She has been successful in overcoming growth challenges for women owned businesses through business development, supplier diversity and inclusion, international trade, and angel investing.
Along with providing certification to women owned businesses for inclusion in corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives, her experience includes strategic planning, board leadership, international expansion, and partnership building – along with tactical skills such as developing certification standards, programs, and infrastructure and creating capacity development programs for women owned businesses.
Before starting 12PointFive, Liz supported multinational corporations in connecting with entrepreneurs as a leader in local, national, and international women’s 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 connect women owned businesses with supplier diversity representatives. In that role, she provided programming for WPEO-DC women business owners and directed WBENC’s women’s business enterprise (WBE) certification, training, and compliance operations. 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 WBE sponsors and led the council as an ambassador to the region for WBENC corporate members and conference attendees.
In 2011, Liz joined WEConnect International, an international certification organization, to create global standards for WBE 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 oversaw the WEConnect Academy curriculum, an online series of trainings focused on doing business with major purchasing organizations. As part of the curriculum, she hosted WEConnect Academy Live which provides an interactive platform for market leaders, women business owners, and corporate representatives to share knowledge and expertise about the global marketplace.
Liz has her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and her master’s in International Affairs from Columbia’s School of Public and International Affairs.