WEConnect International Europe Conference 2017

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, October 12, 2017 (All day)

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS



Please join us for this year’s WEConnect International Europe Conference which is taking place in London on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th October 2017.

After the success of our first two-day conference in 2016, we’re excited to be hosting another two-day event this year at the Barbican Centre in central London - an iconic London venue and Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events.

Both days will be jam-packed with talks, presentations and breakout sessions based on the conference theme of inspiration, innovation and insight and everything is focussed on helping women business owners to succeed and corporations to further develop their supplier diversity programmes. Throughout the event, there will be exclusive opportunities to network and connect with both women business owners and representatives from WEConnect International's global corporate members including conference sponsors Intel, Accenture, Bristol-Myers Squibb, IBM, EY, MetLife, Dun & Bradstreet, IPG, Monsanto, Pfizer and Thomson Reuters.

The conference will feature a showcase of certified women-owned businesses in the networking area as well as the chance for corporate representatives to participate in pre-arranged one to one matchmaker meetings with certified women-owned businesses.

Booking linkSo, if you’re interested in growing your women-owned business and understanding more about working successfully with multinational corporations or if you work for a multi-national corporation and you would like to find out more about supplier inclusion, this conference is not to be missed!

Mark your calendar, book your place, follow the hashtag #WECIEurope and we’ll look forward to seeing you there!

Our Sponsors

Headline Sponsor

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Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors


Wednesday 11th October 2017

8.30am – Conference Registration Opens

9.15am - Welcome and Introduction

9.30am – Global Update - presented by WEConnect International

9.50am – The Rewarding Power of Faking It - presented by Lara Morgan, Founder of Scentered, a certified women-owned business

Through real-life examples, bold-as-brass true stories and a significant dose of real-life experience, Lara, with no small amount of humility and down-to-earth style, will talk about ways in which you can emphasise, maximise and utilise tools and techniques to go further faster with confidence.

10.30am – Knowledge Workshop - presented by Intel
More details coming soon!

11.10am – Coffee and Networking Break

11.40am – Inclusive Leadership – Creating Truly Diverse and Inclusive Cultures - presented by Charlotte Sweeney OBE, Founder and Managing Director, Charlotte Sweeney Associates, a certified women-owned business
The most successful organisations are those with the most diverse and engaged workforces and supply chains. Studies show an 80% improvement in business performance among those with high diversity levels. When people feel included and able to reach their full potential, they are more engaged, more productive and often more creative. However, research also suggests that over 70% of charge programmes fail – is that why creating a more diverse and inclusive culture as so many companies aspire to achieve is so… illusive? During this session you will gain a greater understanding of the key components of leading change and the critical factors to truly benefit from an inclusive cultures via your employee lifecycle, your supply chain and through product development.

12.20pm – Driving Innovation and Culture When Managing Remote Teams - presented by Tamara Littleton, CEO and Founder of The Social Element, a certified women-owned business.
The Social Element manages social media for the world’s biggest brands and has 350 people all working remotely around the world with only a handful of them going into the physical London office. Managing remote teams has many advantages but also some challenges too. Tamara will share her story of running a company for 15 years that does things very differently with a focus on managing the company culture, staff engagement and driving innovation when everyone works in different time zones and locations.

1pm - Networking Lunch
Meet and connect with other women business owners and representatives from WEConnect International’s corporate members


2pm – Certified WBE Discussion Panel and Q&A
This session will offer the audience a chance to hear from four successful women business owners as they share key storied from their entrepreneurial journeys, top tips for business success and how being a certified women-owned business has aided their business growth. Panellists will be representatives from WEConnect International and WBENC certified women-owned businesses including Miriam Dervan from mdgroup and Farida Gibbs from Gibbs Hybrid. 

Questions can be submitted in advance when you register online for the conference.

2.50pm – Inspiring the Future of Women in Leadership - presented by Lynne Copp, Founder & Managing Director of The Worklife Company, a certified women-owned business

In 2010, The Worklife Company launched a major research project to identify, document and report the key determinants of excellence in female leadership with the objective of developing excellence in women leaders and the model for creating a great organisation that serves both men and women. The results are compelling! During this session, you will learn about great female leadership practice and how it benefits the changing world of work; explore the key determinants that can change organisational culture to benefit all and understand the current workplace and what needs to be dismantled, disrupted and developed for excellence to flourish.

3.30pm – Coffee and Networking Break

4pm – Knowledge Workshop - presented by Accenture
More details coming soon!

4.40pm – Nothing Great is Easy - presented by Lisa Lloyd, Ultra Marathon Swimmer
Having always been a little adventurous, Lisa has climbed Kilimanjaro and travelled across Mongolia but when she lost a friend to cancer she became an accidental ultra marathon swimmer. At 38 years old Lisa became one of less than 500 women to have swum across the English Channel. Other accomplishments have included swimming a two way Lake Windermere (21 miles), swimming the Straits of Gibraltar (from Europe to Africa) and even managing to escape from Alcatraz on her honeymoon.

5.10pm - Thank you and Wrap-Up

5.20pm - Evening Networking Drinks Reception
Join us for more outstanding networking and connection building at the end of the day!

7.30pm – Close

7.30pm onwards – An informal dinner (pay your own way) will be organised for international conference delegates and others staying overnight in London.

Please note, Matchmaker Sessions for certified WBEs and corporate members will run concurrently with the main programming on Wednesday 11th October from 11.30am to 1pm and from 2pm to 3.30pm.

This programme may be subject to slight alterations.

Thursday 12th October 2017

8.30am – Conference Registration Opens

9.15am - Welcome and Introduction

9.25am – WEConnect International Corporate Member Discussion Panel and Q&A

Chaired by Megan Stowe from Intel, this session will offer the audience a chance to ask questions about supplier diversity, working successfully with our corporate members, understanding procurement processes and top tips for doing business. Panellists will be representatives from WEConnect International corporate members and conference sponsors.

Questions can be submitted in advance when you register online for the conference.

10.20am – Blockchain Explained – Knowledge Workshop - presented by Rachel Jackson, Program Director - Global Blockchain Development at IBM

Blockchain is the new disruptive technology that is set to change the way that businesses operate today but what is it? This session aims to provide a high-level introduction to the concepts behind Blockchain. It will explore: what Blockchain is; why it is relevant to businesses and how IBM is applying Blockchain.

11am – Coffee and Networking Break

11.30am Taking Your Business to the Next Level - presented by Katherine Corich, Founder and Global CEO at Sysdoc, a certified women-owned business and Associate Fellow, University of Oxford

As a serial entrepreneur and mother of four who invests in and grows successful businesses, Katherine is an inspirational speaker who shares her business story from the heart. She founded Sysdoc 30 years ago and today, it is an award-winning technology and services company engaged in projects around the globe. Katherine will share insights from her business growth journey - the opportunities and the obstacles that she has faced along the way as well as some memorable moments. She will also talk about the challenges shaping future business including the speed of technological change, the future of work and disrupting influences giving a rapid-fire view of how to future-proof your business.  

12pm - Networking Lunch
Meet and connect with other women business owners and representatives from WEConnect International’s corporate members


1pm - Choice of breakout sessions run by certified women-owned businesses (your choice must be made when you register online for the conference):

View all Breakout Sessions.

2pm – Knowledge Workshop - presented by Bristol-Myers Squibb
More details coming soon!

2.40pm – Coffee and Networking Break

3.10pm – The Global War for Talent - presented Kate Donovan, SVP ManpowerGroup Solutions / TAPFIN and Global RPO President
In our fast-changing world of work, digitisation is transforming business models. Finding the right balance of technology, talent and human connections will enable both people and businesses to succeed. In response to these changes, today’s job seekers are unlike any that employers have encountered in history. With unique needs, priorities and unprecedented access to information, organisations - large and small - are continuously searching for ways they can attract and retain the world’s top talent. To understand how to best leverage candidate preferences and perceptions throughout the recruitment process, ManpowerGroup Solutions conducted a global candidate preferences survey – reaching 14,000 candidates globally and over 5,300 candidates in Europe. In this session, Kate will explore what matters most to today’s job seekers with strategies and tactics for your organisation to effectively compete for and retain in-demand talent.

3.40pm – Global Citizen session presented by Amy Agnew, Europe Director at Global Citizen
More details coming soon!

4.10pm – Future Aspirations – presented by the WEConnect International in Europe Advisory Council and the WBE Council

4.30pm - Thank You, Wrap-Up and Close

4.45pm onwards – All conference delegates are welcome to join an informal drinks reception (cash bar) in the Bonfire restaurant and bar on Level 1 of the Barbican Centre

This programme may be subject to slight alterations.

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During the conference, attendees will be able to have a free professional headshot taken. We all want to be noticed and be seen at our best to attract new clients and opportunities. As more people find you on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook it pays to have a profile photo which helps you stand out for the right reasons. An up-to-date headshot that reflects confidence and approachability will help people feel more connected with you. It shows you’re serious about your business and your career.


Find out more about our speakers, panellists, workshop leaders and our MC for the event, Sonia Bate - Managing Director of EDIT Development, a certified women-owned business - Speakers and Presenters


A very big thank you goes to our conference sponsors whose support is vital to this event and the on-going work of WEConnect International in Europe:

Headline sponsor: Intel
Gold Sponsors: Accenture, Bristol-Myers Squibb and IBM
Silver Sponsors: EY and MetLife
Bronze Sponsors: Dun & Bradstreet, IPG, Monsanto, Pfizer and Thomson Reuters

Conference Support

And a big thank you goes to the following certified women-owned businesses who we’re working with to deliver the conference:

Brochure printing: FoxPrint - foxprint.co.uk
Name badges: Imprint Plus - imprintplus.com
Mobile app: KTS Events - ktsevents.com
Event logistics and support: mdgroup - mdgroup.com
Logo and brochure design: OrangeDoor - weareorangedoor.com
Video and onsite photography: World Wide Pictures - worldwidepictures.tv

Booking link

Booking Information

Ticket Prices (all prices are exclusive of VAT):

  • WEConnect International or WBENC Certified Women-Owned Businesses – tickets prices range from £110 to £350 and can include matchmaker session and/or showcase stand options
  • WEConnect International Self-Registered Businesses - tickets prices range from £140 to £250
  • WEConnect International Corporate Members – ticket prices range from £160 to £275
  • Other Attendees - tickets prices range from £175 to £325

For full details of ticket options available to you, please go the conference registration page which can be found here:

Ticket Refunds 

100% - if you cancel by Friday 15th September 2017

50% - if you cancel by Friday 22nd September 2017

25% - if you cancel by Monday 2nd October 2017

Tickets cancelled on or after Tuesday 3rd October 2017 will not be refunded but all tickets can be transferred to another person at any point. Please advise the organisers of who will be attending by Friday 6th October 2017. Unfortunately, we cannot refund the Eventbrite ticket processing/booking fee.

Contact WEConnect International

If you have any questions about this event or would like to find out how your firm can get involved, please contact:

Maggie Berry, Executive Director for Europe

Tel: +44 (0)7776 302 906

Email: mberry@weconnectinternational.org

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