WEConnect International Europe Conference 2019

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 08:00 to Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 16:45
Location: 

Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington, 4-18 Harrington Gardens, London, SW7 4LH

Details: 

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WEConnect International Europe Conference 2019

Please join us for this year’s WEConnect International Europe Conference which is taking place in London on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th November 2019. This year’s flagship event for WEConnect International in Europe is being hosted at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington situated in the in the heart of London’s museum district with sites such as the Natural History Museum and Kensington Palace just around the corner.

The two-day conference will be packed full with networking opportunities, presentations, interactive discussions and breakout sessions based on the conference theme of ‘Driving Business Growth Through Inclusive Value Chains’ which is at the core of the work of WEConnect International.

The conference aims to help women business owners to grow and succeed and for corporations to be inspired to further develop their supplier diversity programmes. Across the two days, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and connect with both women business owners and representatives from WEConnect International’s corporate members including conference sponsors: Intel, Accenture, IBM, Bristol-Myers Squibb, MSD, Barilla, Boeing, Enterprise, ExxonMobil, Exyte, EY, Gibbs Hybrid, Goldman Sachs, iTalent Digital, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg's, Randstad, UPS and Adient.

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.

By working together, we are looking to create a business world where all women-owned businesses have equal opportunity across the value chain including the opportunity to access new markets and to succeed globally.

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!

Clear your calendar, book your ticket, follow #WECIEurope and we’ll look forward to seeing you there!


Conference Sponsors

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Agenda

Tuesday 19th November 2019

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, Andi Keeling - Principal Consultant at EDIT Development, a certified women’s business enterprise

10.15am – Stop Selling Yourself Short - presented by Lynne Parker, CEO at Funny Women, a certified women’s business enterprise with support from Jenny Bolt, Actor and Director
Would you like to communicate more effectively and powerfully at the conference? This opening session will be led by Funny Women whose aim is to help women express themselves more confidently so that they can stop selling themselves short in both their business and personal lives. The focus is on self-belief and this session will help women (and men) to develop a suite of personal skills to give them the confidence present their business (or themselves) more effectively. Recognised comedy experts, Funny Women deploy some of the best tried and tested tricks of the comedy trade to provide insights and inspiration for business.

11.00am – Knowledge Workshop presented by Intel – session content TBC

11.30am – Does Running A Sustainable Business Really Matter? - presented by Gill Thorpe, CEO at The Sourcing Team, a certified women’s business enterprise
Not only is this vital for every organisation but it can also bring real and unexpected benefits. In this presentation Gill will draw upon her own journey of becoming an ethical and sustainable sourcing company and experience of working with likeminded organisations and share thoughts on how to maximise the impact and build positivity. Gill will cover what it might mean for your organisation, how best to champion sustainability, how to get buy-in and build momentum through inspiring storytelling, the role of and impact on each and every individual taking sustainability from a box ticking exercise to becoming a living and breathing part of a company’s core values.

12pm – Global Update - presented by Maggie Berry, Executive Director for Europe at WEConnect International
Hear from WEConnect International about how their activities supporting supply chain inclusion and the development of women-owned businesses are successfully progressing across the UK, Europe and globally.

12.30pm - Networking Lunch
Meet and connect with women business owners and representatives from WEConnect International’s corporate members.

2pm - Choice of Breakout Sessions - your choice must be made when you register online for the conference:

View all Breakout Session descriptions.

3pm - Coffee and Networking Break

3:30pm – Rise of the Robots: Friend or Foe for Women in the Future of Work Randstad - presented by Audra Jenkins, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Randstad North America
Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is top of mind for many companies that are working to understand, effectively implement, measure and continuously improve. Among the myriad of factors impacting gender inequality, technology and automation pose the greatest peril. According to the World Economic Forum, 57% of jobs currently filled by women will be at risk from technology advancements between now and 2026. A comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy helps businesses extend their reach and impact in the talent market, fuel innovation and drive better business outcomes. During this session, Audra will explore the impact of robotics and automation on diversity and inclusion.

4pm - Corporate Member Supplier Diversity Insights and Case Studies
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 case studies and their top tips and insights for SMEs and women-owned businesses about building relationships, about how to act in your interactions with multinational corporations and understanding procurement processes.

5pm – Giving Hope, Not Handouts – presented by Geeta Sidhu-Robb, Chair of MicroLoan Foundation’s Women’s Development Board
Geeta is an award winning entrepreneur but her road to success has not been straight. In this inspirational session Geeta will talk about how entrepreneurship can transform lives. Women entrepreneurs are not just running a business or earning an income - they are actually changing perceptions and addressing some of the greatest challenges the world faces today - poverty, hunger and lack of education.

5.20pm - Thank you and Wrap-Up - Conference MC, Andi Keeling - Principal Consultant at EDIT Development, a certified women’s business enterprise

5.30pm - Evening Networking Drinks Reception
Join us for more outstanding networking opportunities and connection-building at the end of the day!

7.30pm – Close


Wednesday 20th November 2019

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, Andi Keeling - Principal Consultant at EDIT Development, a certified women’s business enterprise

10.15am - Collaborating Successfully – this session will be led by Jean Chawapiwa, Country Director for WEConnect International in South Africa

11am - Knowledge Workshop presented by Accenture – session content TBC

11.30am - Coffee and Networking Break and Move to Breakout Sessions

11:45am - Choice of Breakout Sessions - your choice must be made when you register online for the conference:

View all Breakout Session descriptions.

12:45pm - Networking Lunch
Meet and connect with women business owners and representatives from WEConnect International’s corporate members

2pm - Roundtable Discussions – led by WEConnect International corporate members and certified women’s business enterprises
The discussions will cover a wide range of topics related to supplier diversity and inclusive supply chains. Participants will have the opportunity to join two different discussions during the one hour session.

3pm – Trust Your Supplier: How Blockchain Can be Used to Validate More Inclusive Value Chains - Knowledge Workshop – presented by Tom Woodham, Partner, IBM Global Business Services
Trust is becoming an increasingly important aspect of business relationships but in a digital environment the way that this is achieved is evolving. One of the technologies that will have a massive impact is blockchain. In this session Tom will explain some of the core principles of how blockchain works, plus how it is increasingly being used in commercial relationships to provide "proof" of provenance and regulatory approval. He will show how it can be used by suppliers, from SMEs to large corporates, to demonstrate their own ethical supply chains and commitment to diversity and inclusivity.

3:30pm - Coffee and Networking Break

3.50pm - The Inclusion Delusion: The Essential Approaches that Will Power up Your Move for a More Inclusive Workplace that Drives Diversity - presented by Angela Peacock, CEO at PDT Global
Conscious and unconscious biases are still a fundamental barrier to achieving a truly diverse and inclusive workplace and they have detrimental effects on well-being, talent retention and business performance. How can we empower our leaders to foster inclusion within their teams and facilitate culture change? In this inspiring presentation, Angela Peacock will share her insight into how you can gain momentum within your organisation and create an approach that builds an inclusive environment that drives diversity and business results. Angela will helps us to discover new ways to reduce bias in the employee lifecycle, how to hold leaders to account, how to future proof the talent pipeline, how to identify the roadblocks to an inclusive workplace culture and how to reduce and eradicate them.

4.20pm – 2020 Call to Action – this session will be led by the WBE Council
What more can we all be doing to further progress the supplier diversity agenda here in Europe? What will your actions be after attending this conference? This final session will draw together the key suggestions from over the two days and the WBE Council will share their call to action for 2020.

4.35pm - Thank You, Wrap-Up and Close - Conference MC, Andi Keeling - Principal Consultant at 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 Humphrey's Bar at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel

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, Andi Keeling from 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 and IBM

Silver Sponsors: Bristol-Myers Squibb and MSD

Bronze Sponsors: Barilla, Boeing, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, ExxonMobil, Exyte, EY,Gibbs Hybrid, Goldman Sachs, iTalent Digital, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg's, Randstad and UPS

Supporting Sponsor: Adient


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 and their AV partners, Remote Solutions
Logo and brochure design: OrangeDoor - weareorangedoor.com
Video and onsite photography: World Wide Group - worldwidegroup.global


Booking link

Booking Information

Ticket Prices:

  • WEConnect International or WBENC Certified Women-Owned Businesses* – tickets prices range from £125 + VAT and can include matchmaker session and/or showcase stand options
  • WEConnect International Self-Registered Businesses - ticket prices range from £165 + VAT
  • WEConnect International Corporate Members – ticket prices range from £175 + VAT
  • Other Attendees - tickets prices range from £195 + VAT

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

* Please note, certified women-owned businesses, you will need an Eventbrite access code to book your early bird and/or discounted tickets - if you don’t have that access code, please contact Emma Duncan on eduncan@weconnectinternational.org.


Ticket Refunds

100% - if you cancel by Friday 18th October 2019
50% - if you cancel by Friday 25th October 2019
25% - if you cancel by Friday 1st November 2019

Tickets cancelled on or after Saturday 2nd November 2019 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 11th November 2019. 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:

Emma Duncan, Outreach and Event Manager for Europe
Tel: +44 (0) 7880 501 424
Email: eduncan@weconnectinternational.org


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