WEConnect and CIPS – Two Chances To Meet Peter Smith On November 17th!

On November 17th, during the day, I'll be at the WEConnect Conference at the IBM offices on the south bank in London. In case you don’t know, “WEConnect International in Europe is a non-profit organisation that is opening doors to new supply chains. Led by corporate members, it certifies firms that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by women and connects them with the growing global demand from corporations and the public sector for diverse and innovative suppliers”.

The conference starts on the 16th with a day aimed at businesses and delegates who want to improve performance and become better suppliers. Then on the 17th, the focus is more on procurement folk who want to understand issues around supplier diversity. Amongst the speakers, we’re looking forward to hearing and meeting Ross Mandiwall of IBM, who we featured here, and Justin Lambert of Roche, both big supporters of supplier diversity in their own organisations.

Late in the afternoon, I'm part of a panel discussion about supplier diversity, and I've just realised I am the only man on that panel, alongside several impressive women (including Sue Moffatt, Shirley Cooper and Baroness Lorely Burt). So that should be fun! More information about the event is here.

Then, as the clock strikes five, I will be rushing off to Waterloo and getting the train to Shepperton  to speak at around 7pm as part of the CIPS Surrey Branch Meeting and AGM at the Holiday Inn there, famous for the flock of parakeets that live in the trees around the premises.   I'll be talking about "The Future of Procurement". Do we have one? If so, does it look anything like today? Can we influence the way things are going? Now you might assume that given it is a CIPS forum, I can't exactly say "we're doomed". But I can promise to be somewhat controversial and I hope to stimulate some lively debate.

You can book tickets here; they seem to be going fairly quickly so don't leave it too late if you are interested. Free to CIPS members of course. In fact, looking at the website, they appear to be free to non-members too!

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