Interested in Inclusivity, Advancing Women-Owned Businesses and Innovation? Come to WEConnect

As we’ve been saying lately, mid-October appears to be a very popular date for conferences this year. Another one to add to your diary is WEConnect International Europe Conference on 11th & 12th October in London.

WEConnect International in Europe is a non-profit, global organisation that connects women-owned businesses to qualified buyers around the world. It is led by corporate members and certifies firms that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by women. It then connects them with the growing global demand, from corporations and the public sector, for diverse and innovative suppliers.

The organisation is holding its annual two-day event this year (and very reasonably priced too) at London’s Barbican Centre; it will feature talks, presentations and breakout sessions based on the conference theme of inspiration, innovation and insight. These themes will focus on helping women business owners to succeed in the global value chain and corporations to further develop their supplier diversity programmes.

Why attend? It’s an opportunity to meet, network and connect with women business owners and representatives from WEConnect International's global corporate members, and the conference sponsors of course – some of the biggest multinationals. During the conference you will hear from certified women-owned businesses, such as:

Lara Morgan, Founder of Scentered, talking about ways in which you can emphasise, maximise and utilise tools and techniques to get ahead faster and build confidence.

Charlotte Sweeney OBE, Founder and Managing Director, Charlotte Sweeney Associates, on Inclusive Leadership – Creating Truly Diverse and Inclusive Cultures and how the most successful organisations are those with the most diverse and engaged workforces and supply chains.

Lynne Copp, Founder & Managing Director of The Worklife Company, revealing the results of their study into the key determinants of excellence in female leadership.

Tamara Littleton, CEO and Founder of The Social Element, on Driving Innovation and Culture When Managing Remote Teams.

And Lisa Lloyd, Ultra Marathon Swimmer who will inspire with her Nothing is Easy reflections.

That’s just day 1, without mentioning the panel discussions and knowledge workshops, and of course the networking lunch.

Who is it aimed at? For women who want to grow their business and better understand how to work successfully with multinational corporations, then it’s probably unmissable. But it is also important for procurement people who want not only to get involved with WE Connect but are open to the idea of looking for and encouraging new, innovative businesses. Something all in procurement should be doing. And anyone who works for a multi-national corporation can also benefit from finding out more about supplier inclusion -- male or female.

You can read more about WEConnect here and you can register for the event here.

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