WEConnect International Europe Conference 2014

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 08:30 to 19:00

The Royal Bank of Scotland, 250 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4AA


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Thank you to all of those who attended the WEConnect International Europe Conference 2014 on the 12th November 2014. We’ve received some great feedback about the day including:

“I just wanted to thank you for organising and hosting a superb conference yesterday. I really did come away with some very useful information and ideas and will be looking to implement these asap!”

“Thanks so much for a terrific day yesterday. I’ve a real spring in my step this morning – inspired by your great speakers and encouraged by your members on the potential of new business and collaborations.”

“Thanks for the conference, it far surpassed my expectations. The presentations, discussion and networking were all excellent and I had no idea so many corporates were keen to work with female led businesses.”

Slides from the presenters and breakout sessions are available below:
The Pacific Story of Success - Lara Morgan, Founder and Ex. CEO, Pacific Direct Group Ltd, Founder, Company Shortcuts Ltd and investor in GATE8.
Thought Leadership: Your Secret Weapon – led by Mindy Gibbins-Klein, REAL Thought Leaders
WEConnect International Corporate Member Top Tips Session

Breakout Sessions:
Access to Finance – the Single Biggest Issue Facing SMEs presented by Louise Beaumont, Platform Black - Louise didn't use slides in her session.
Brand Famous presented by Linzi Boyd, The School of Brand Fame - please email Rakhee Shah for a copy of Linzi's slides: rakhee@surgery-group.com
Power of Me presented by Sonia Bate of Edit Development
Managing the Diva Within presented by Ishreen Bradley, Bizas
Size Really Does Matter! presented by Katie Day, The High-heeled Leader
Website Localisation – The Best Way to Reach International Clients presented by Nelly Kostadinova, Lingua-World

The conference brochure can be accessed here.

Photos have been posted onto Facebook – tag yourself if you see yourself in any of the photos!

Our Sponsors
Our thanks go to our host and sponsors without whose support we wouldn’t have been able to hold the event:
Host: The Royal Bank of Scotland
Gold Sponsors: Accenture and Coca Cola
Silver Sponsors: EY, AIG, IBM and Sodexo
Bronze Sponsors: Marriott, Cummins and IPG
Food & Drink Sponsor: Baxter Storey
Networking Reception Sponsor: Intel

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Our Presenters
If you’d like to find out more about our presenters and speakers, please check out their websites and follow them on Twitter:
Sonia Bate, Edit Development and @EditDevelopment
Louise Beaumont, Platform BlackPlatform Black and @LouiseHBeaumont
Linzi Boyd, School of Brand Fame and @Linzi_Boyd
Ishreen Bradley, Bizas and @ishreenbradley
Katie Day, The High-heeled Leader and @KatieDayAuthor
Mindy Gibbins-Klein, REAL Thought Leaders and @MindyGK
Baroness Mary Goudie, BaronessGoudie.com and @BaronessGoudie
Nelly Kostadinova, Lingua World and @LinguaWorldUK
Lara Morgan, Company Shortcuts and @iamlaramorgan

Finally, if you’re hosting an event, I’d be happy to recommend the women-owned businesses we worked with:
Brochure design: Mel Rees, brandeli
Brochure printing: Joanna Harwood, Sentio
Name badges: Suzanne Colville-Ross, Imprint Plus
Onsite photography: Gabriela Fabrowska
Onsite event support: Elizabeth Heron and the HAMG360 team

WEConnect International Europe Conference 2014
Please join us for a daylong event jam-packed with talks, presentations and breakout sessions that are 100% focussed on helping women business owners to succeed and achieve. Throughout the day, there will also be unique opportunities to network and connect with both other women business owners and representatives from WEConnect International's global corporate members including conference sponsors Accenture, AIG, Coca Cola, EY, IBM, Marriott and Cummins. So if you’re interested in growing your business and understanding more about working with multinational organisations, this conference is not to be missed. Mark your calendar!

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Gold Sponsors
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Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors
Food & Drink Sponsor
Networking Reception Sponsor


8am to 9am – Private Breakfast for Certified Women-Owned Businesses and Corporate Members

8.30am – General Conference Registration

9.15am - Welcome and Introduction - Maggie Berry, Executive Director for WEConnect International in Europe and Marcela Navarro, Head of Customer Innovation at RBS

9.30am – What SMEs Bring to the Economy - Baroness Mary Goudie, member of the British House of Lords and a global advocate for the rights of women and children

9.45am – Thought Leadership: Your Secret Weapon – led by Mindy Gibbins-Klein
. In a noisy, crowded marketplace it has become harder than ever to be heard and to win business. The answer? Become a true thought leader - the one that is top-of-mind and the first choice. But how do you do it? In this session led by thought leadership strategist Mindy Gibbins-Klein, you will learn tips and secrets of thought leaders who are bucking the trend and catapulting to the top of their industry.

11am – Coffee Break

11.30am – Keynote Speaker: The Pacific Story of Success - Lara Morgan, Founder and Ex. CEO, Pacific Direct Group Ltd and Founder, Company Shortcuts Ltd

Lara will share her compelling story of setting up a business as a one-man band, aged 23, through to the sale of her 99% shareholding in 2008 for £20 million. Communicating key lessons learned along the way, Lara will also offer practical advice and tips to encourage any aspiring entrepreneur or established business owner. Lara has been described as real, unforgettable, inspiring, energising, straight talking, challenging and entertaining. She has never wanted to be anything except the best that she can be including in sharing her story of business success. She only speaks from experience, with humility and a palpable conviction and honesty about the mistakes she has made and the lessons she’s learned along the way. Lara is passionate about enterprise, continual improvement and maximising opportunities. She will impart key business recommendations, with the power to add significant value to any business if people apply the lessons she shares.

12.15pm - Networking Lunch - Meet and connect with other women business owners and representatives from WEConnect International’s corporate members

1.30pm - Roundtable Discussions Zones – led by WEConnect International corporate members with industry experts and women owned businesses who have won contracts via WEConnect International. The discussions will cover a wide range of topics including the following themes and more:

  • Winning business via WEConnect International introduction channels
  • What multinational corporate organisations expect of you and expect you to act like
  • Successfully working with procurement channels
  • Stakeholders v procurement – gaining buy-in
  • Differentiating your firm from a corporate perspective

3pm - Coffee Break

3.30pm - Choice of Breakout Sessions run by women-owned businesses (your choice must be made when you register online for the conference):

4.30pm – Top Tips for Successfully Doing Business with WEConnect International Corporate Members – the final 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. You will hear from representatives from Accenture, AIG, Coca Cola, Cummins, Enterprise Rent A Car, Dell, EY, IBM, Intel, Interpublic Group, Johnson & Johnson, MSD (Merck), Pfizer, Royal Bank of Scotland, SDI Limited and Wyndham Worldwide.

5.30pm - Thank you and Wrap-Up

5.45pm - Networking Drinks Reception – join us for more informal networking and connection building at the end of the day! This reception is sponsored by Intel.

7.30pm - Close

Please note this programme may be subject to slight alterations.


A very big thank you goes to our 2014 conference sponsors which include:

Host: The Royal Bank of Scotland
Gold Sponsors: Accenture and Coca Cola
Silver Sponsors: EY, AIG, IBM and Sodexo
Bronze Sponsors: Marriott, Cummins and IPG
Food & Drink Sponsor: Baxter Storey
Networking Reception Sponsor: Intel

We couldn’t host this event without their on-going support!

Keynote Speaker and Presenters

More about our keynote speaker and presenters:

Sonia Bate
EDIT Development
Louise Beaumont
Platform Black
Maggie Berry
WEConnect International
Linzi Boyd
School of Brand Fame
Ishreen Bradley
Katie Day
High-heeled Leader
Mindy Gibbins-Klein
REAL Thought Leaders

Baroness Mary Goudie

Nelly Kostadinova
Lara Morgan
Company Shortcuts Ltd
Marcela Navarro
Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Click on an image to find out more about a speaker, or view all.

Workshop Descriptions

Read more about the workshops: Workshop Descriptions

Booking Information

Ticket Prices (all prices are inclusive of VAT)

WEConnect International certified women owned businesses – early bird offer of just £100 if you book by Friday 19th September - £120 after that date
WEConnect International Self-Registered Businesses - £150
Other Women-Owned Businesses - £180
WEConnect International Corporate members - £130
All Other Attendees - £200

To book your ticket, please click here!

Please note, certified WBEs, you will need the Eventbrite access code to buy your discounted tickets. If you don’t have that access code, please contact Maggie Berry.

Ticket Refunds

100% - if you cancel by Sunday 12th October 2014
50% - if you cancel by Sunday 19th October 2014
25% - if you cancel by Sunday 26th October 2014

Tickets cancelled on or after Monday 27th October 2014 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 12pm on Friday 7th November 2014. 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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