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 Registration for
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10am to 4.45pm, Johnson & Johnson Institute Hamburg
Hummelsbütteler Steindamm 71, 22851 Norderstedt, Germany

On Monday 8th July, Johnson & Johnson and IBM, WEConnect International corporate members, are hosting a supplier diversity event at the Johnson & Johnson Institute near Hamburg. The event is open to representatives from any multinational corporation that is interested in understanding how they can increase the diversity in their supply base so please feel free to share this invitation with procurement peers in other organisations as well as with tier 1 and prime suppliers.

The day is split into two: the morning session will only be for representatives from corporate member companies or companies who are interested in finding out more about supplier diversity programmes in Germany and the afternoon session will also include representatives from women-owned businesses in Germany.

The morning session will be for a small group of corporate representatives and will be a useful opportunity to meet, connect and share experiences with WEConnect International corporate members and other corporations who are interested in the supplier diversity agenda in Germany. We’ll hear about both Johnson & Johnson’s and IBM’s supplier diversity programmes in Europe as well as from WEConnect International and there will be a facilitated discussion focussed on sharing best practices for supplier diversity and the practical actions and steps corporations can take to increase opportunities for women-owned businesses in the corporate supply chain in Germany and across Europe more broadly. The morning session will be conducted in English.

We will then be joined by a group of women-owned businesses from Germany for an informal networking lunch. The afternoon session will include the chance to hear short pitches from the women-owned businesses (these pitches will be delivered in a mix of German and English) and there will be the opportunity to hear from a senior female leader at J&J and then the final part of the event will be a Q&A panel discussion. The event will close at 4.45pm and will be followed by optional networking and an informal drinks reception.


Morning Session - Exclusive for corporate representatives

10.00 - 10.15      Registration and Coffee

10.15 - 10.30      Welcome and introductions

10.30 – 10.50     Supplier diversity education from J&J

10.50 – 11.10     The 'how & why' of supplier diversity at IBM

11.10 – 11.30     Introduction to WEConnect International

11.30 – 12.30     Group discussion - sharing challenges and best practices around supplier diversity in Germany

Afternoon Session - Corporates and women business owners

12.45 – 14.00     Networking lunch for both corporate attendees and women-owned businesses

14.00 – 14.45     Welcome for the women-owned businesses including:
                           - an introduction to procurement and supplier diversity at Johnson & Johnson
                            - an introduction to supplier diversity at IBM
                            - an introduction to WEConnect International
                            - an introduction to VdU

14.45 - 15.30      Short pitches from the women-owned businesses (in English or German)

15.30 – 15.45     Comfort break

15.45 – 16.00     Johnson & Johnson Senior Female Leadership Presentation

16.00 – 16.40     Q&A discussion – representatives from J&J, IBM, WEConnect International and VdU

16.40                  Wrap up

16.45 onwards   Drinks and optional networking until 18.30



The event is free to attend but places need to be booked online.

 Registration for
Corporate Representatives

 Registration for
Women Business Owners