SAConference2019

On February 22nd, 2019 WEConnect International will kick off the year with its Fourth Annual Conference in South Africa. Themed “Collaboration for Business Growth”, the conference will focus on better equipping women business owners with essential tools and knowledge to adapt to an ever-changing and fast-paced business world.

The conference hosted by EY in Sandton, Johannesburg, will allow those in attendance the opportunity to identify market gaps and consider new and exciting opportunities for collaboration. WEConnect International certified and self-registered women-owned businesses will have the opportunity to share critical insights on the challenges and successes of scaling their business while networking with multinational corporate buyers who are committed to developing the capacity of their suppliers. The event will also focus on fostering innovation through diversity by educating attendees on the global movement towards inclusive sourcing. Join us! 

 

Preliminary Agenda - February 22nd, 2019

EY Sandton
102 Rivonia Rd., Dennehof, Sandton 2196, Johannesburg

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
  8:00 hr Conference Registration and Morning Refreshments
Morning appetizers with tea & coffee will be available for attendees
  8:30 hr Event Opening and Welcome
Iman Rappetti
, Event Moderator
WELCOME & PROGRAMME SUPPORT
  8:40 hr Welcome from Corporate Host EY, Platinum Sponsor EY, Winning Women Programme
Val Davies,
Chief Operating Offices, Exco, EY
  9:00 hr Welcome from Gauteng Government Representative
Leah Manenzhe,
Acting CEO, Gauteng Enterprise Propeller
  9:20 hr US Programmes in Support of Women Business Owners
Pamela Ward, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs/Regional Senior
Commercial Officer - Sub-Saharan Africa
WECONNECT INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL PROGRAM
  9:35 hr What is WEConnect International Doing Globally to Support Female Entrepreneurs
Elizabeth Vazquez, Co-Founder & CEO, WEConnect International
  9:45 hr Corporate Challenges and Opportunities: How Women-Owned
Businesses Can Provide Business Solutions - Global Examples
Michael Robinson, IBM; Lorenzo Bell, EY; Elizabeth Vazquez,
WEConnect International; Michael Tobolski, WEConnect International; 
Session Moderator: Zandile Njamela, Accenture
21ST FEBRUARY 2019: IFC CORPORATE ROUNDTABLE FEEDBACK
  10:30 hr Hosted by IFC, EY and WEConnect International
Anne Kabugi
, Regional Gender Lead, Africa, IFC; Heather Mae Kipnis,
Entrepreneurship Lead, IFC Gender Secretariat
COLLABORATION FOR BUSINESS GROWTH
  10:50 hr Tea Break & Networking
WORLD BANK SUPPORT TO WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS IN SOUTH AFRICA
  11:30 hr What is the World Bank Group Doing to Improve Supplier Diversity in Their Supply
Chain and the Types of Services and Goods they Purchase in South Africa
Hady Agina, the World Bank Group
FOSTERING INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  12:00 hr The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Technology Incubator
UJ is setting up a Technology Incubator to support entrepreneurs through TI services
which will include the application of Intellectual Property for startups. Innovation Hub
was established by the Gauteng Provincial Government to promote economic
development and competitiveness of Gauteng through fostering innovation and
entrepreneurship.
Dr. Vuysile Phehane, Director, Technology Transfer Office, UJ; Dr. Chamunorwa Togo,
GeneralManager, Innovation & Industry Development, The Innovation Hub
P&G WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS´ TRAINING PROGRAMME 2019
  12:40 hr P&G's Commitment to Training Women Business Owners - 2019 Launch
The training programme for women in business was launched in 2017, the first in the
EMEA region, and follows on the successful presentation of similar training courses
in the US, Turkey, China, and Mexico.
Shereen Wardakan, SSA Marketing Purchases Leader, SEA Purchases Cluster
Leader, P&G
YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS´ BUSINESS PITCH COMPETITION
  12:50 hr Winners: Young Entrepreneurs Business Pitch Competition
17 young women entrepreneurs from Junior Achievement Africa development programs
in Gauteng, Free State and North West provinces competed on 20th February.
Lorenzo Bell, Assistant Director, Inclusive and Sustainable Procurement/Business
Enablement, EY; Raksha Mahabeer, CEO, Summertime
  13:00 hr Networking Lunch
GOVERNMENT, CORPORATES & WBE COLLABORATIONS
  14:00 hr Government, Corporates and Women Business Owners: A Collaboration Made
in Heaven!
Two provinces, two approaches to the empowerment of women entrepreneurs
Lebo Diale, Chief Director NW Province; Tseliso Mohlomi, Director Special Projects,
StrategicPartnerships and International Relations; Moderated by Jacob Pretorius,
Johnson & Johnson
BUSINESS BANKING TO SUPPORT COLLABORATIONS
  13:00 hr Many Banks Have Business Banking. Understand What´s on Offer for Collaborators
Vusi Fele, Managing Director, Chief Procurement Officer, Absa Group Procurement
LEGAL STRUCTURES THAT BENEFIT COLLABORATIONS
  14:50 hr Choosing a Business Structure for Collaboration Ventures is a Decision not to be
Taken Lightly. 
The right business structure can affect your personal liability and your
ability to raise money.
Ntombi Mbowane, Legal Director, Johnson & Johnson; Yolisa Ngxabazi, Director
YN Attorneys
WECONNECT INTERNATIONAL IN SOUTH AFRICA COLLABORATION GROUPS INTRODUCTION AND SUCCESS
  15:10 hr Collaboration Groups
African Women in ICT (AWiT); African Women in Agriculture (AWiA); African Women
in Training and Personal Development (AWiPD); African Women in Facilities Management
and Construction (AWFMC)
SOUTH AFRICAN COLLABORATION SUCCESS STORIES: MS LONDON COSMETICS & BEAUTY
  15:45 hr Powerful MS LONDON Women Collaborating in Business, Building Successful
African Brands

Ego Iwegbu, Linda Jangulo & Azania Mosaka
EY ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMME SUPPORT
  16:30 hr Closing Statements from EY
EY has market-leading entrepreneur development and support programmes running across Africa.
Azim Omar, EY Partner, Africa Growth Markets Leader
WECONNECT INTERNATIONAL IN SOUTH AFRICA UPDATE
  16:45 hr Closing Statements Including South Africa Advisory Council Members
Jacob Pretorius, Advisory Council Chairperson, Johnson & Johnson; Zandile Njamela,
Advisory Council Vice Chair, Accenture; Lindsay Burns, Advisory Council Vice Chair,
Ingersoll Rand; Sinqobile Khumalo, Advisory Council Member, EY; Jean Chawapiwa,
Country Director, WEConnect International in South Africa
  17:15 hr Conference Networking and Cocktail Event

 

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