WEConnect International in South Africa will host our fifth Annual Conference on 6th March 2020. This year's theme, Scaling Up in 2020 for Sustainable Growth, will focus on women-owned businesses in South Africa and across the continent positioning themselves for success in the next decade. The conference will explore how to foster connections between buyers and sellers, leverage technology to enable business growth, and discover new business opportunities across Africa and beyond.
Join successful and innovative women business owners and a wide range of local and global corporations and government policy makers at EY's office in Sandton.
Speakers confirmed to date include maverick business leaders Ms. Ipeleng Mkhari, Founder and CEO, Motseng Investment Holdings, and Patricia Norris, Founder and CEO, Commuter Transport Engineering (CTE) (Pty) Ltd. Both women have broekn boundaries, smashed glass ceilings and succeeded in male dominated industries. Mkhari, who owns 70% of her solely black-owned property management company, received the Forbes Woman Africa's Pioneer Woman of the Year Award in 2015. Norris was the first female to be granted Preferred Supplier status within the nuclear environment in South Africa.
| lpeleng Mkhari
Founder and CEO, Motseng Investment Holdings
| Patricia Norris
Founder and CEO, Commuter Transport Engineering (CTE)
Conference attendees are guaranteed an opportunity to network directly with our corporate representatives such as Exxon Mobil, EY, Johnson & Johnson, MSD, IBM, Accenture, Ingersoll Rand, and other women business owners across industries.
There will be a pre-conference training and networking day on 5th March 2020 with industry titans such as EY and the United Nations Procurement Division leading training in the morning session. In the afternoon, for the first-time ever, self-registered women business owners can purchase tickets to participate in a matchmaking session with our corporate members!
Our current list of generous sponsors includes Exxon Mobil, EY, Johnson & Johnson, MSD, IBM, Ingresoll Rand, Accenture and the United Nations Procurement Division.
| MARCH 4 - DAY 1
| INVITATION ONLY: Women Business Enterprise and Corporate/Buyer Engagement
Celebrating the excellence of Women Business Enterprises
Helping them to scale their businesses and build confidence
|Morning|| Young Female Entrepreneurs Training
|Afternoon|| Networking Event: Certified Women Business Enterprises and
| Young Female Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition, judged by
WEConnect International Member Buyers
|MARCH 5 - DAY 2|
|Continuously Improving the Value of the WEConnect International Network
Promoting Corporate/Buyer Connections
Providing out of the ordinary training intervention
|Morning|| Session 1: Corporate/Buyer Roundtable for WEConnect International
members and guest corporations
[Corporate/Buyer Conference Package ticket] [Corporate/Buyer
| Session 2: Trainings for women business owners by experienced
corporate/buyer representatives provided in parallel sessions.
Sessions 1 & 2 - EY “Managing Your Finances”
Session 3 – The United Nations Procurement Division (to be confirmed)
|Afternoon|| Matchmaking between certified women business enterprises and
WEConnect International members
[Matchmaking ticket] [Corporate/Buyer Conference Package ticket]
|MARCH 6 - DAY 3|
Scaling Up in 2020 for Sustainable Growth
[Conference Ticket] [Corporate/Buyer Conference Package ticket]
|Morning||Opening – WEConnect International|
|Welcome – Conference Sponsor EY|
| Addresses – Representatives of Gauteng Provincial Government
and US Embassy
| Women-Owned Businesses in Supply Chains –
WEConnect International Member Buyer Perspectives Panel
|Keynote – Ipeleng Mkhari, Founder and CEO of Motseng Investment Holdings|
|Health and Wellness Industry – Looking Towards 2030 Panel|
The Fourth Industrial Revolution – Impact on Business Landscape
| Spotlight on Successful Women-Owned Businesses –
WEConnect International Women Business Enterprise Perspectives Panel
|Afternoon||Lunch and Networking Break|
| Africa Vision 2030 Progress and Implications for Women-Owned
Businesses – Government Perspectives Panel
Award Ceremony for Winners of Young Female Entrepreneurs Pitch
| Women Owned Businesses in an Era of Open Trade and the African
Continental Free Trade Agreement – AfCFTA Panel
| Motivational Moment Keynote – Patricia Norris, Founder and CEO,
| Where Do We Go From Here to Scale Up in 2020? Closing by
*The program will be updated as more information becomes available, so please continue to check back periodically for updates.