Empowering women owned & led businesses

Regional WE Connect Forum

Your Unique chance to Pitch to Corporates

Are you ready to take on the big end of town?

Are you a woman in business dreaming big and ready to do business with corporates?

This is your opportunity to ensure you are ready, learn about their needs, the resources you will need.

Wednesday 10th November is the Big Deals in Heels Workshop

It is a workshop like no other drawing from 20 years of corporate buying experience & presented by Lisa Sweeney.

We will prepare you to do business with corporates. This is a day of interaction resulting in you really understanding the needs of corporates and in anticipation, you will develop your pitch for each corporate ready for Day 2. Learn from the panel discussions and other successful entrepreneurs who have existing corporate partnerships. Then you will have plenty of time to refine & develop your pitch for the different corporates in attendance.

On Thursday 11th November 2021, WEConnect International will hold its Regional Forum online. This internationally recognized event brings together female entrepreneurs & business owners from all over Australia, representatives of multinational corporations, government agencies, to discuss women’s economic empowerment, business growth, and supplier diversity and inclusion.

Unique in its kind, this forum will feature panels, networking sessions, an opportunity to pitch your business. The aim is to foster business connections between corporations and women-owned businesses while exchanging key information about market opportunities and business strategies.

If you are a women business enterprise interested in growing your company or if you are a representative of a corporation that seeks to make its value chain more diverse and inclusive, you cannot miss this opportunity to learn and exploit everything that doing business with women-owned companies can offer.

In order to pitch you must be a WEConnect certified business, this means 51% must be women-owned & led. Currently, less than 2% of global supply contracts go to women-owned & led businesses. The corporates in attendance have KPI’s to change this but require certification so they can do business in confidence.

Certification takes at least 7 days to complete so ticket sales for those requiring certification will close 1st November 

All other tickets will close Tuesday 9th November


Day 1 Agenda

8.30 am Start Networking & introductions

9.00 am Overview of the day

9.15 am Are you financially ready for doing business with a Corporate

9.45 am Panel Trading terms & Expectations

10.15 am Break

10.30 am What does that mean for You

11.00 am  Panel Financing options

11.30 am Break

11.45 am Know your Market, Know your corporate& your Unique Sales Proposition

12.30 pm Lunch

1.00  pm Panel The Corporate perspective.

1.30 pm Activity Develop your proposition

2.00 pm Present this to small groups & get feedback. Refine

2.30 pm Panel Successful Business Owners to discuss what worked for them

3.00 pm Break

3.15 pm Pitching with Impact

3.45 pm Developing your own Pitch deck

4.30 pm Your turn to Pitch

5.30 Close


Regional Forum

Day 2 Agenda

8.00am Breakfast networking

9.oo am Start Keynote

9.30 am Building diverse infrastructure

10.00 am Leveraging Supplier diversity

10.30 am Morning tea

10.50 am Pitching to Corporates

11.30 am Lunch

12.30 -3.30 pm  Pitch Session ( Certified Businesses)

12.30 – 3.30 pm  Open Forum (Non – certified)

3.30 pm Lightning Talks

4.30 pm Close




Meet the Entrepreneurs


CEO Miei Fiori


CEO April 5 Agency


CEO Global Forwarding

Meet the Corporate Buyers


EY APAC Environmental Social Governance Services Leader

Qi Rui(Rae) Ni

IBM Supplier Diversity Program Manager


MICROSOFT Procurement Lead ANZ

Meet the Corporate Buyers


UNILEVER Procurement Manager ANZ 


WESTPAC National Manager Customer Experience and Frontline Effectiveness


JLL Senior Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Specialist


Only certified businesses are allowed to pitch

You must allow 7 days to be certified


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