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Check out this collated list of useful resources to help your business combat the challenges of COVID-19!

Monday 1st June 2020

Dear <<First Name>>

We hope you, your families and your colleagues remain safe and well. As Europe is slowly starting to re-open after many weeks of lockdown, we are sharing another useful resources email for the women-owned businesses in the WEConnect International network. Included below is mix of webinars, articles and offers from women business owners and others that we hope will offer useful support for your business. If you know of other women-owned businesses who would benefit from being part of the WEConnect International organisation, please encourage them to get registered with us – it’s free and we’d love to support more women-owned firms across Europe. You can check the details for all of our upcoming global events here and if you have any resources that you’d like us to include in next week’s email, please share the details with us by 6pm BST on Saturday 6th June – thanks so much!

Book your tickets for WEConnect International Day - 22nd June 2020!

On Monday 22nd June, WEConnect International will host its International Day running from 11am BST to 6pm BST / 12pm CEST to 7pm CEST. As part of this action-packed virtual event, certified women business enterprises can register for special business roundtable and coaching sessions. That means that suppliers can connect with global member buyers including: Accenture; ExxonMobil; IBM; Johnson & Johnson; JP Morgan Chase; Kellogg’s; Proctor & Gamble; Takeda and UPS. We are excited that this virtual format will enable us to have even more certified women-owned businesses around the globe participate, connect and learn from our corporate members. Registration is just $99 USD. We hope that you will join us for this major business and networking opportunity. Please register by Monday 8th June to guarantee your seat at the roundtable and coaching sessions:

Resources from Certified Women's Business Enterprises

MovePlan Return To Work Critical Support Package
MovePlan, global leaders of change and move management services and a certified women’s business enterprise, has launched a Return To Work Critical Support package to help businesses adapt to the disruption caused by the global pandemic, helping them transition back into the workplace. As champions of organisational change, MovePlan’s package of support includes the creation and implementation of strategies to manage a return to the workplace; managing employee communication so that the workforce feels informed and prepared for the next step; and reviewing recommendations for long-term workplace management. MovePlan’s experts will ensure the return to work transition is carried out efficiently and effectively, making certain that the latest protocols are adhered to, while continuing to support staff as they work from home. For more information, visit:

Webinar: Leading in the New Normal
Thursday 4th June at 12pm BST / 1pm CEST
This session led by Karen Tracey of Dunelm Business Consultants, a certified women's business enterprise, is designed to help participants not only be better at managing their own work, communications and learning during these trying times, but also start to challenge their thinking about how they will effectively function in the future in the “new normal”. Find out more and register online here:

Webinar: Adjusting your Sails to Navigate the Storm
Tuesday 16th June - 4pm BST / 5pm CEST
We may all be in the same storm, but we are all sailing in different ships, experiencing and responding to the current challenges in different ways. Are you floating? Drowning? Crashing into rocks? Riding high on the waves? In this webinar, MESH Experience, a certified women's business enterprise, will share with you: How increasing your buoyancy can lead to growth; How to strengthen your capacity to navigate your way through stormy waters; A simple self-support toolkit that makes the most of your strengths, knowledge and relationships. Find out more and register online here:

Could you benefit from joining a Thrive MasterMind Group?
It can be lonely as a business owner dealing with all that you have to deal with on a daily basis especially when going through the sorts of challenges we are facing right now. Cath Daley, one of our certified women’s business enterprises, believes that collaboration and support have never been more vital and if you are looking for encouragement, inspiration or simply a space for you to rant, then this is for you - this is what THE THRIVE MASTERMIND GROUP is all about. It’s a group of six to eight like-minded women coming together in a collaborative way to inspire and support each other’s personal and business growth in a way that cannot be accomplished alone. It’s about thriving together. Cath has designed an on-line version that provides the opportunity to experience the power and magic of a mastermind group virtually. If you would like support handling the good days and the bad, the uncertainty and the hope, if you want to open up collaboration to create what you want moving forward, as well as accepting help yourself and be part of an amazing group of women, then book a call with Cath. She will answer any questions you have and chat about what you want to bring to the group and see if it’s a good fit for you. The offer for the WEConnect International network for a group of six businesses is £125 + VAT per person per month and includes:
•    1 x 2 hour MasterMind call per month for six months
•    A safe space to bring challenges and concerns
•    100% confidentiality
•    Focussed 1-2-1 laser coaching
•    Powerful new tools and techniques -templates

Free one month’s trial with X0PA Room - an AI enabled video interview platform
X0PA AI, a certified women’s business enterprise, is all about maximising objectivity for hiring of the future. They welcome you to the XOPA Room – an AI enabled video interview platform on demand. With X0PA Room, companies can easily invite candidates for a video interview either with the “Bulk Import” option or one by one via email. The interviewer can set up their own questions or easily select questions from a question bank. Questions can be text based or video based giving a blend option for both video and essay type questions. Scoring, adding comments, inviting other interviewers, setting timing options to answer each question and many other features to make the experience as personal as possible. Candidates get an invitation link and can conduct the interview at a time most convenient to them as well as on any device from laptops to smart phones and tablets. Clear instructions are given before commencing the interview, such as browser and operating windows compatibility, the time limit for the entire video interview process and the deadline in which the candidate will need to complete the video interview by.  Privacy is also ensured via an OTP set up. Additionally, the artificial intelligence added to the platform is able to give an independent assessment of the candidates’ sentiment and emotional response to each question. They are delighted to offer a free one month trial of X0PA ROOM to WEConnect International members and you can sign up for free here:

Useful Links and Resources

Lessons for COVID-19-era CEOs
When the global economy is in crisis, the call for corporations to “lead with empathy” is no longer theoretical. Jane Nelson, founding director of the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, offers guidance:

The subtle art of letting go: How to loosen your leadership grip
In the early years of a company, the business leader is everything to everyone. Few successful enterprises lack a strong, visionary leader at their epicentre; setting the compass, charting the course, making sure everyone is onboard and guiding important decisions.

Why taking brain breaks is important for creativity
Your brain is like any other muscle in your body - it needs to take rests in order for it to be able to perform to its full potential:

Webinars, Podcasts and Online Events

Bounce Back Live COVID-19 Business Support Webinar Series
The Festival of Enterprise COVID-19 business support webinar series continues - they've hosted over 100 webinars to support small businesses. Check out this week's schedule here which includes topics such as “Pivot Don’t Pause: Strategic Insights From the 2008 Great Recession”; “Amplify Your Brand with Podcasting” and “How to Become a Thought Leader During Crisis Times”:

Minister's Question Time with Nadhim Zahawi MP 
WinTrade Global Talks, The Voice Newspaper & The Department For Business, Energy, & Industrial Strategy bring you “Meet The Minister Nadhim Zahawi MP Minister BEIS”. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the UK Government has said it will do whatever it takes to win the fight against Covid-19. But what help is in place for businesses? What support can you draw on to ensure your business is protected with the investment it needs and to protect jobs in the Black Business Community that are vital to the UK's economy? Join a stellar line up of speakers for this important webinar on Thursday 11th June at 5pm BST / 6pm CEST:

Karin Volo – Free Master Class on Resilience
A topic that seems to have come to the forefront recently is resilience – how can we manage challenging times? Especially the ones we are facing on an unprecedented global basis right now! Evoloshen’s Chief Joy Bringer, Karin Volo, put together this master class based on her own learnings of surviving a very challenging situation for 1,352 days. We hope this gives you some inspiration and hope along with the tools to use regularly so that you are able to be the best version of yourself:

Interesting Reads!

FT: UK suffers second-highest death rate from coronavirus
FT analysis of data from 19 countries finds Britain suffering heavy toll from pandemic. This article also contains an interesting video about preventing a second wave of the virus and an interview with Bill Gates:

Women Have Always Worked From Home
Quarantine has meant something different for men than it has for women—just look at who’s doing what:

The Global Support Ecosystem for Women Entrepreneurs and Investors
340+ VCs, accelerators, angel networks, conferences, platforms, and communities supporting women innovators and investors:
We hope this email has been useful and, as always, if you have any questions about WEConnect International, please don't hesitate to contact us. As mentioned above, if you know of other majority owned women’s businesses who may benefit from our support, please encourage them to register with us – thank you!

Maggie Berry OBE
Executive Director for Europe
WEConnect International
Mobile: +44 (0)7776 302 906

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