Congratulations to Maggie Berry — WEConnect International Market Lead of the Year 2015
Maggie is the Executive Director for WEConnect International in Europe and joined the team in December 2012 – she has lead responsibility for the management, leadership and development of WEConnect International in Europe. Her role involves developing corporate and public sector support as well as growing and developing the database and network of registered and certified women business owners across the UK and Europe.
Previously, Maggie was the Managing Director of womenintechnology.co.uk – an online job board, recruitment and networking forum for women working in the technology profession in the UK. She was involved from Women in Technology's inception in the autumn of 2004, managed all aspects of the website and the networking activities Women in Technology organised and she continues to run the Women in Technology Network on an informal basis. In March 2012 Maggie was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and she is currently serving as a Global Agenda Council Member on Employment for the 2012-2014 term. In July 2011 she was listed as one of 15 UK-based TIAW (the International Alliance for Women) World of Difference Award winners and in July 2010 she was included in Management Today's '35 Under 35' list. She is also a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. In August 2014, Maggie was interviewed by Global Invest Her about entrepreneurship and the future of WEConnect International in Europe.
I would just like to confirm that WEConnect has very much supported my business here in UK. Maggie and her team has actively introduced IBM to women-owned businesses that we have worked closely with to be suppliers to IBM locally and globally. The quality of contacts and events is very high; they provide us with a broader range of products and services than we would normally be able to get to in such a short period of time. WEConnect Europe does just that - Connect fast. It has been a pleasure working with Maggie and her team. I look forward to more joint business success in the future.
Vicki Cooper, IBM, Corporate Member
MaidenVoyageWEConnect Europe has been absolutely pivotal in the growth and progression of my organisation. In particular it was an introduction to IBM which made me stand back and look at the product mix I am offering and turn my business model on its head. Through the process of due diligence that IBM performed on maiden-voyage.com it gave me the confidence and impetus to launch a corporate membership initiative which is perfectly presentable to some of the world's largest organisations, to whom WEConnect International has provided direct introductions. It would have taken me years to have had some of the conversations WEConnect Europe has since brokered. That is why I continue to recommend WEConnect Europe to every B2B woman owned business I come across. The team at WEConnect Europe are absolutely brilliant and I really don't know how they manage to do so much to support so many businesses and corporates with such a small team. All true by the way!
Carolyn Pearson, Maiden Voyage, Certified Women’s Business Enterprise
The decision SEaB Energy made to invest the time to become a WEConnect certified company, was one of the best decisions in our five years of business! Maggie and her team have introduced us tirelessly to well-selected opportunities with large corporates such as DELL, IBM, and Sodexo. The introductions have allowed us to progress to opportunity identification and presenting to key decision makers very quickly. We have even had referrals to clients of the original company introduced! Several of the opportunities are global and multi-million pound in value. In addition, WEConnect made us visible for awards, and we have won the Enterprising Woman of the Year award.
Sandra Sassow, SEaB Energy, Certified Women’s Business Enterprise
I am the CEO & founder of Skills4Stem Ltd. We have been a certified WBE for about a year now. WEConnect International in Europe, led by Maggie Berry, has helped me and my business in so many ways. Through WEConnect International in Europe, I have been able to interact and forge strong business relationships with other women-owned businesses. For example, we have been liaising with The Sourcing Company for our marketing needs and have had many early stage discussions with an e-Learning provider; Express Training Courses. These interactions were made possible through leadership programme sessions at RBS as well as other events organised by Maggie.
One of these events that is particularly memorable is the Intel Supply Connections Event that was held in November last year. This event opened our eyes to some of the wearable new technology and as a result of the valuable learnings we obtained that day, we are now working on a feasibility study to integrate wearable technology into the Construction industry partnering with Costain, a FTSE 100 construction company. Maggie has also facilitated conversations for us with Intel outside of the event.
The events that Maggie organises are so different from those I am accustomed to. Maggie’s WEConnect events are innovative, relevant and related to growth and change, unlike many of the other organisations we belong to. Skills4Stem is innovating in the Construction industry pairing skills analysis and technology and Maggie’s WEConnect cross sector events are inspirational, informative and challenging helping us understand how we can learn from other businesses and sectors to improve our business model and product range(s).
Maggie was the reason I joined WEConnect International and her drive and passion has made this organisation very valuable to us. Maggie has opened so many doors for us; she is always ready to help when we need it, and is a great ambassador for what she is trying to achieve in terms of promoting women-owned businesses. She and WEConnect International in Europe have given us value that is way beyond money. We are confident that through a continued joint effort, we will also win some revenue generating business from corporate members – something we will look forward to!
Sarah Davis, Skills4Stem Ltd., Certified Women’s Business EnterpriseBack to the Success Stories