WEConnect International in Europe is a non-profit organisation that is opening doors to new supply chains. Led by corporate members, it certifies firms that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by women and connects them with the growing global demand from corporations and the public sector for diverse and innovative suppliers. The organisation partners with corporations, associations, governments, women entrepreneurs and their supporters, and is affiliated with a global certification network for women-owned enterprises.
WEConnect International in Europe also facilitates the building of strong networks for women by connecting them both with procurement officers of top corporations and with other certified firms in order to enhance bidding capacity, and creates the opportunity of business to business contracting.
Executive Director for Europe
Maggie joined the organisation in December 2012 – she has lead responsibility for the management, leadership and development of WEConnect International in Europe. Her role involves developing corporate and public sector support as well as growing and developing the database and network of registered and certified women business owners across the UK and Europe.
Previously Maggie was the Managing Director of womenintechnology.co.uk – an online job board, recruitment and networking forum for women working in the technology profession in the UK. She was involved from Women in Technology's inception in the autumn of 2004, managed all aspects of the website and the networking activities Women in Technology organised and she continues to run the Women in Technology Network on an informal basis.
In March 2012 Maggie was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and she served as a Global Agenda Council Member on Employment for the 2012-2014 term. In July 2011 she was listed as one of 15 UK-based TIAW (the International Alliance for Women) World of Difference Award winners and in July 2010 she was included in Management Today's '35 Under 35' list.
She is also a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.
For enquiries about corporate membership and partnerships or if you’re a woman business owner who would like to find out more about joining WEConnect International, please contact Maggie.
Administration for Europe
Jay has been managing the eNetwork and providing administrative support to the WEConnect International team in Europe on a part-time basis since December 2014. She was previously based in the Philippines where she managed the executive search division of Q2 HR Solutions.
She has also worked as a duty free trainer and merchandiser for Chanel Asia Pacific, as a product manager for Lancome and as a sales manager for the Mandarin Oriental Manila.
Social Media Support
Lydia joined the WEConnect International team in Europe in September 2015 after a year of maternity leave and works part-time supporting social media activities. Lydia has worked in marketing for over 10 years and has utilised social media to promote the companies she has worked for, managing all aspects of their online presence. She understands the key role that social media plays in furthering networking and business opportunities.
Lydia has a BA degree in photography from the University of Arts London and in 2014, she completed a business course at City London University. Lydia is also a partner at Blend & Bloom, a women-owned florist and manages their social media, website and marketing.