Accelerate Growth with 12PointFive

12PointFive offers strategic solutions for companies with a phenomenal product or service seeking to boost growth. With a network for connecting companies to business opportunities locally, nationally, and globally, 12PointFive provides business development resources to leverage diversity and inclusion, and tools to expand your company’s reach.

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Liz Whitehead

CEO of 12PointFive

Business ConsultantLiz 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.

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“Liz has been extremely instrumental in guiding our strategic direction and planning as we engage with corporations and supplier diversity teams within the WBENC network. As a certified women-owned business, this audience is a top priority for our growth and success. With Liz’s direction, we are participating in meaningful conversations and identifying opportunities that will facilitate new projects for ORI.”

Kathleen Benson, ORI CEO & Founder

“I had the opportunity to work with Liz and 12PointFive after Raare Solutions became WBENC certified. Drawing from her experience as Executive Director of WPEO DC, Liz worked with us to strategize many aspects of diversity conferences and events; booth preparation, giveaways, attracting attendees to our booth and networking with diversity managers. Her vast network in Supplier Diversity is impressive. But even more compelling is Liz’s compassionate nature and her desire to help you achieve your goals. Liz is clear-headed, insightful, resourceful and magical at making the right connections. If you are a diverse small business owner you will not find a more powerful alley than Liz and 12PointFive to propel your business to success.”

Rekha Gibbons, Raare Solutions CRM Evangelist

“Appreciate the follow-ups and follow-through from Liz! She always made herself available to the team.”

Jennifer Odiko-Rhea, Elevate My Brand Marketing Director

Core Competencies


Prepare For Success

  • Make Business Connections
  • Develop Toolkit for Resources and Support
  • Align Value Proposition with Market Demand

Leverage Diversity

  • Obtain and Manage Certification
  • Build Diversity and Inclusion Programs for Impact and Profitability
  • Maximize Return on Investment in Social Impact Programs

Expand Your Footprint

  • Build Your Global Network
  • Conduct Insightful Market Analysis
  • Streamline Market Entry

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