WEConnect International Europe Conference 2018

Date & Time: 
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 08:30 to Friday, November 9, 2018 - 17:00
Location: 

Hilton London Paddington

Details: 

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Please join us for this year’s WEConnect International Europe Conference which is taking place in London on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November 2018.



We’re hosting this year’s flagship event at the Hilton London Paddington which forms part of the Paddington Station complex - it is one of London's grandest Victorian hotels and has offered unrivalled hospitality in its iconic location since 1854.



Both days of the conference will be chock-full with talks, presentations and breakout sessions based on the conference theme of ‘community, connections and collaboration.’

All of the event content and activities are focussed on helping women business owners to succeed and corporations to further develop their supplier diversity programmes.

Throughout the event, there will be excellent opportunities to network and connect with both women business owners and representatives from WEConnect International's corporate members including our conference sponsors Intel, Accenture, Bristol-Myers Squibb, IBM, MSD, Dun & Bradstreet and Goldman Sachs.



The conference will feature a showcase of certified women’s business enterprises 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’s business enterprises from around the world.



So, 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!



If you haven’t been to the WEConnect International Europe Conference before, you can find out more about the event by watching a short video from last year’s event here.


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




Our Sponsors

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Agenda



Thursday 8th November 2018

8am – Conference Registration, Showcase Stands, Networking and Coffee

Matchmaker sessions for certified WBEs and corporate members will also run during this time.



10am - Welcome and Introduction - Conference MC, Sonia Bate - Managing Director of EDIT Development, a certified women’s business enterprise

10.10am – Global Update - presented by Maggie Berry, Executive Director for Europe at WEConnect International

10.30am – AI: Reshaping Business & Society - Knowledge Workshop - presented by Chris Feltham, Industry Technical Specialist, Cloud Service Providers, Intel UK

11.10am – 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 stories from their entrepreneurial journeys, top tips for business success and how being a certified women’s business enterprise has aided their business growth. Panellists include: Leanne Bonner-Cooke from Evolve-Consultants, Lara Morgan from Scentered, Fiona Blades from Mesh Experience and Karen Hayes from World Wide Pictures. This session will be moderated by Sonia Bate.
 Questions can be submitted in advance when you register online for the conference.

12pm – Founders4Schools presented by Sherry Coutu, Founder & Chairman of the Board, Founders4Schools

12.30pm - Networking Lunch

Meet and connect with women business owners and representatives from WEConnect International’s corporate members.

2pm - Leading Through Uncertainty presented by Jude Jennison, Owner of Leaders by Nature, a certified women's business enterprise

In this session, Jude will explore the challenges facing leaders today in a fast-paced technological world and answer the burning question that most executives and senior leadership teams are asking in 2018 - how do you create emotional resilience and human connection in a high-performance culture? She will share new habits and behaviours needed to re-connect on a human to human basis and explain the leadership qualities needed to embrace differences and work in harmony. Jude advocates returning to the core of humanity to find the natural human characteristics of communication, connection, compassion and community.

2.40pm - Burn Bright, Not Out presented by Catherine Attfield, Head of Nutrition & Wellbeing at Nutrition-Bites, part of the Artizian Group, a certified women's business enterprise

Did you know that the number of people suffering from stress has risen from a quarter to a third over the past five years? But what is stress, how do you recognise it, what are the symptoms, can you test for it and how can improved nutrition help? We're all probably aware of the feelings of stress but less likely to understand its effect on our health and wellbeing. Nutrition-Bites, an award-winning company and expert in workplace nutrition presents this fun and informative presentation on stress and how you can use it to your advantage to burn bright, not out!

3.20pm - Coffee and Networking Break

4pm – Building Your Personal Brand presented by Sandra Garlick, Founder & Director, Woman Who Limited

Do you dream of being something more? Do you want to reach the next level in business, make a difference and inspire others? Sandra is a former solicitor, business owner, non-executive director and mentor. After 20 years in the corporate world, she started, merged and sold several businesses. She has experienced the highs and lows of business, juggling priorities as a working mum whilst inspiring others to be anything they want to be. Sandra will share some of her own experiences, show you how to raise your personal brand to grow yourself, the business you work in and establish yourself as the go to person in your field to inspire others.

4.40pm - Who Said Winding Roads Don’t Lead to Great Things... presented by Heather Fisher - English Female Rugby Union and Rugby Sevens Player
Heather will share her journey from being a young girl with anorexia to an England Rugby Union player including overcoming two major challenges in her life. She will also talk about how getting to the top of her “game” in a man’s world has played a significant role in her success.

5.15pm – Hear from our headline conference sponsor, Intel – presented by Megan Stowe, Greater European Region Strategic Sourcing Director & International Supplier Diversity Manager and Chair, WEConnect International in Europe Advisory Council.

5.30pm - Thank you and Wrap-Up - Conference MC, Sonia Bate - Managing Director of EDIT Development, a certified women’s business enterprise

5.40pm - Evening Networking Drinks Reception

Join us for more outstanding networking opportunities 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.


Friday 9th November 2018

8am – Conference Registration, Showcase Stands, Networking and Coffee

Matchmaker sessions for certified WBEs and corporate members will also run during this time.

10am - Welcome and Introduction - Conference MC, Sonia Bate - Managing Director of EDIT Development, a certified women’s business enterprise

10.10am - 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.

11am –
The Power of Social Media and Entrepreneurial Women Connecting and Collaborating Online Globally presented by Fi Bendall, Owner of Bendalls Group, a certified women’s business enterprise from Australia

A powerful recommendation economy is bubbling up and creating economic value despite of itself. In this session, Fi will uncover the connection between behaviour, psychology and the power of the female movement and she will consider how WEConnect International corporate members and women-owned businesses can leverage this economy for profit and purpose.

11.40am - Coffee and Networking Break

12pm - Knowledge Workshop presented by Accenture – session content TBC

12.40pm – WEConnect International European Connections

In this session you will be introduced to our European certification partners - Kathrin Puhan in Switzerland, Evelyne de Gruyter in Germany and Arine Huijboom in the Netherlands. There will be the chance to ask questions about the expansion of certification and our activities into more European countries.

1pm - Networking Lunch

Meet and connect with women business owners and representatives from WEConnect International’s corporate members

2pm - Choice of breakout sessions run by certified women’s business enterprises from the UK, the Netherlands and Germany - your choice must be made when you register online for the conference:

  • Optimising Your Competences for Success in Digital Transformation – presented by Gudrun Frank and Verena Beckhusen, exprobico, Germany
  • Understand Cultures, Improve Performance - presented by Sabine van Egeraat, Co-Founder, Global Business Academy, the Netherlands
  • Playing to Your Strengths - presented by Jenny Garrett, Founder, Reflexion Associates, UK
  • Using Social Media to Rock at Marketing and Selling – presented by Tamara Littleton, CEO and Founder, The Social Element, UK

View all Breakout Session descriptions.

3pm – The Power of Hope – Tell Your Story, it is Your Best Marketing Tool presented by Giselle Rufer, President and CEO of DELANCE Swiss Watches, a certified women’s business enterprise from Switzerland

Giselle is known as “the watch lady” because she has created a company manufacturing unique watches made by women for women in Switzerland. Sometimes it takes external forces to activate the latent entrepreneurial spirit; for many women, this moment occurs when they reach the glass ceiling in their jobs. In Giselle’s case, the desire to create a special watch for women is the drive that pushed her forward. This desire became a mission - the mission is to tell women how marvellous they are, to encourage women to be all that they can be. This was Giselle’s desire from childhood and now she is 72, she wants to tell women “Femininity is magic. Believe in yourself. Build your self-esteem. Be all that you can be. It is wonderful to be a woman”.

3.30pm - Top Tips for Successfully Doing Business with WEConnect International Corporate Members

The penultimate session of the day is designed to give you an insight into how you can successfully do business with our corporate members. They will share their top tips and insights for SMEs and women-owned businesses about building relationships, about how to act in your interactions with multinational corporations, understanding procurement processes, and lifecycles of tenders/RFPs.

4.15pm – Future Aspirations for WEConnect International into 2019 and Beyond – presented by Maggie Berry, Executive Director for Europe at WEConnect International

4.30pm - Thank You, Wrap-Up and Close - Conference MC, Sonia Bate - Managing Director of EDIT Development, a certified women’s business enterprise

4.45pm onwards – All conference delegates are welcome to join an informal drinks reception (cash bar) in the 146 Paddington bar within the London Hilton Paddington



Please note this programme may be subject to slight alterations.


Speakers

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’s business enterprise.

Speakers and Presenters


Sponsors

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 Sponsor: Accenture
Silver Sponsors: Bristol-Myers Squibb, IBM and MSD
Bronze Sponsors: Dun & Bradstreet and Goldman Sachs


Conference Support

And a big thank you goes to the following certified women’s business enterprises who we’re working with to deliver the conference:

Brochure printing: FoxPrint - foxprint.co.uk
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 listed 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 - ticket 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:
www.eventbrite.com/e/weconnect-international-europe-conference-2018-tickets


Ticket Refunds 



100% - if you cancel by Friday 12th October 2018

50% - if you cancel by Friday 19th October 2018


25% - if you cancel by Friday 26th October 2018



Tickets cancelled on or after Saturday 27th October 2018 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 Monday 5th November 2018. Unfortunately, we cannot refund the Eventbrite ticket processing/booking fee.


Contact WEConnect International

If you have any questions about this event, the ticket options or if 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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