WEConnect International's Europe Conference 2013

Thank you for joining WEConnect International's Europe Conference 2013!

WEConnect International's Europe Conference on the 3rd October 2013 was a great success - the event was fully booked and we enjoyed a busy day with an excellent mix of speakers, breakout sessions and lots of networking!

But don't just take our word for it, here's some feedback from attendees:

“Thank you so much for organising and running such a great conference on Thursday. It was a fantastic and beneficial day and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

“Just a quick note to thank you for the great organisation - really impressed by my first WEConnect Conference! I found both the sessions and the individuals really interesting and quite inspiring!”

“Thank for an amazing conference, I was inspired and motivated by all the speakers”

“I would like to firstly to congratulate you on the smooth operation, the fantastic content, location, hospitality and the overall great success of yesterday's event. It was such a pleasure to be part of; incredibly resourceful, all ladies present were dynamic and extremely approachable and I speak on behalf of myself and the ladies who joined me yesterday both of whom expressed their enthusiasm for the day's events and content as well as all those that they met whilst networking, as being a huge success!”

Thank you's!
Thank you goes to our keynote speaker, Laura Tenison, Founder & MD of JoJo Maman Bébé, to Heather White of Smarter Networking for leading the sales networking masterclass as well as to Martin Chilcott from 2degrees and Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE and Alex McMurtrie for their talk about the UK honours system. Thank you to our corporate members and experts for leading the roundtable discussion zones and a big thank you also goes to our certified women business owners - Laura Haynes from appetite, Yvonne Foster from Lotus Human Resource and Denise Nurse from Halebury for leading their breakout sessions on 'Differentiating your Brand', 'People that Perform' and 'Collaborating for Success'.

Our sponsors
Finally another very big thank you goes to our 2013 conference sponsors including:
Host: Clifford Chance
Gold Sponsors: Accenture, Coca Cola and IBM
Silver Sponsors: AT&T, DnB, EY, Intel and Marriott International
Bronze Sponsor: GlaxoSmithKline and SDI International

Photos from the day

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WEConnect International Europe Conference 2013
This will be a super one-day event offering a packed schedule of talks, workshops and breakout sessions that are 100% focussed on helping women business owners succeed and achieve. There will be excellent opportunities to network and connect with both other women business owners and representatives from WEConnect International's global corporate members.
A 'not to be missed' day - we hope to see you there!

Booking link
Platinum Sponsor
Clifford Chance logo
Gold Sponsors
Accenture logo
Coca Cola logo
ibm logo
Silver Sponsors
AT & T logo
DB logo
EY logo
intel logo
Marriot logo
Bronze Sponsors
GSK logo
SDI logo


Thursday 3rd October 2013, 8.30am to 7pm


Clifford Chance, Canary Wharf, London


8.30am - Registration

9.15am - Welcome and introduction

Maggie Berry, Executive Director for Europe, WEConnect International and Amanda Burton, COO of Clifford Chance

9.30am - Keynote speaker, Laura Tenison, Founder & MD of JoJo Maman Bébé

Hear from Laura as she shares some of her top tips for entrepreneurs and insights into her journey to business success. Laura started out in 1993 with start-up capital of just £50,000 and the company has now grown to become the UK’s foremost niche multi-channel specialist in the pregnancy and baby market with forecast gross turnover of £43M in the current financial year and employs over 500 people.

10.15am - Sales Networking Masterclass – ‘Winning Corporate Business’, Heather White of Smarter Networking (this session includes a coffee break at 11am) - It's not what you know, but who you know....and who knows you.

To be successful working with corporate clients you need to be a known and trusted source. You also need to be known to several key people inside any one company. Winning corporate clients can be very lucrative but having just one contact is a road to potential disaster, two is better but still not enough. This session will address the practical aspects of how to network within large corporations, how to build your brand, reputation, sustain key relationships and maximise your time and efforts.

12pm - WEConnect International ‘recognition’ presentations

12.15pm - Networking lunch

A great chance to meet and connect with other women business owners and representatives from WEConnect’s corporate members

1.30pm - Roundtable discussions

With corporate members and industry experts on a selection of topics including the following themes:

  1. The importance of differentiating your firm
  2. Access to finance
  3. Successfully working with procurement channels
  4. Stakeholders v procurement – gaining buy-in
  5. Business case for supplier diversity

2.45pm - Coffee break

3pm - Choice of workshops run by three of our certified women business owners:

  1. Differentiating your brand; how to make your firm successfully stand out from the crowd for commercial advantage - Laura Haynes, appetite
  2. People that perform: The A-Z of Employing People. What every employer should know to help their staff excel - Dr Yvonne Foster, Lotus Human Resource
  3. Collaborating for Success: How to succeed at working with others - Denise Nurse, Halebury

4pm - Sustainable Supply Chain

Martin Chilcott, Founder and CEO at 2degrees

4.30pm Demystifying the Honours System

Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE and Alex McMurtie, Head of Honours Operations at the Cabinet Office

5.15pm - Thank you’s and wrap up

5.30pm - Networking drinks reception

7pm - Close

Please note this programme may be subject to slight alterations.


A very big thank you goes to our 2013 conference sponsors which include:

Platinum Sponsor and Host
Clifford Chance

Gold Sponsors
Accenture, Coca Cola and IBM

Silver Sponsors
AT&T, D&B, EY, Intel and Marriott International

Bronze Sponsors
GlaxoSmithKline and SDI International .

Keynote Speaker and Presenters

More about our keynote speaker and presenters:

Laura Tenison
Laura Tenison
JoJo Maman Bébé
Heather White
Heather White
Smarter Networking
Laura Haynes
Laura Haynes
Yvonne Foster
Dr Yvonne Foster
Lotus Human Resource
Denise Nurse
Denise Nurse

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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 9th August - £120 after that date
WEConnect International self-registered women owned businesses - £150
Other women owned businesses - £180
WEConnect International Corporate members - £130
All other attendees - £200

To book your ticket, please click here!

Ticket Refunds
100% - if you cancel by Sunday 1st September 2013
50% - if you cancel by Sunday 15th September 2013
25% - if you cancel by Sunday 22nd September 2013

Tickets cancelled on or after Monday 23rd September 2013 will not be refunded but all tickets can be transferred to another person at any point – please just advise the organisers of who will be attending by 12pm on Monday 30th September 2013. Unfortunately we cannot refund the Eventbrite ticket processing fee.

Contact WEConnect

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