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Network Cork: Back To Business

1 July 2020, 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

How businesses can thrive amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond will be explored at Network Ireland Cork’s live webinar on Wednesday, 1 July, with an interactive panel discussion of some of Cork’s business leaders.

Entitled Back To Business, the event will be moderated by Leigh Gillen, MD of Leigh Gillen Events with panellists Dave A. Barry, founder of Conexion; Valerie Finnegan Cahill, owner of Ikon Hair Design; Donna Mannion, sales and marketing manager at the Maldron Hotel South Mall; and Philipa Jane Farley, consultant at ProPrivacy. Taking place from 8pm-9.15pm, registration is free for members and €15 for non-members at https://networkcork-backtobusiness.eventbrite.ie.

The webinar will offer insights on how to adapt to the new way of working, with the panel sharing insights, challenges and solutions to our current state of affairs. It’s the sixth webinar in the Network Ireland Cork series launched to support members during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be live streamed via Microsoft Teams with the link sent to you upon registration. Questions can be submitted in advance at www.slido.com or on the Slido app by using the event code #networkcork.

Network Ireland Cork’s president, Marguerite O’Sullivan said of the upcoming event: “When I was appointed president for 2020, my focus was to aspire members to become leaders in their field. This has been an unprecedented year, but my objective hasn’t changed. It has never been more important for those in the businesses community to be their very best. That’s why we are delighted to have some of the leading professionals in Cork — Dave, Valerie, Donna and Philipa — speak at our next webinar and discuss how they have stepped up during these times, the lessons they have learned during COVID-19, and what the future of work will look like.”

Register here: https://networkcork-backtobusiness.eventbrite.ie/


More about the moderator and panel

Leigh Gillen is passionate about bringing the highest level of quality to corporate events, both online and on-site. Both helping companies bring their events to life online and assisting with the online production of online webinars. Expert event management webinars delivered online to help companies with their Post-Covid event strategy as well as bespoke in-house event management training, delivered to your team online. She’s an event management expert with over 20 years and has events, consultancy & project management experience in dynamic and busy work environments, primarily in the corporate sector. She set up Leigh Gillen Events in July 2018 and has been helping companies with their important corporate events ever since.

Dave A. Barry Chartered FCIPD. A human resource management postgraduate of University College Cork, after initial roles in travel and retail Dave joined global biopharma Eli Lilly in February 1999 for thirteen years across human resources, lean six sigma and finance. Keen to lead in other sectors, Dave left Lilly in October 2011 and following a telecoms project role joined cybersecurity leader Trend Micro in March 2013 as Head of HR – EMEA Operations Centre/Ireland and interim Southern Europe. Passionate re keeping work human, Dave left Trend in October 2016 to management consult in life sciences before establishing Conexion.ie® in October 2018. A keynote speaker on organisational connection, Dave also part time lectures in human resource and talent management.

Donna Mannion is a native of Clare and relocated to Cork 7 years ago to take up the position of Sales Executive in what was the Clarion Hotel Cork. She was involved in rebranding to Clayton Hotel Cork City in 2016 and then took up the position of Business Development Manager where the role involved generating new business for the hotel in primarily the corporate segment – mixture of accommodation, conferences, accommodation and residential conferences. One of the biggest events she was involved with in the hotel was the UNSECO Conference that came to Cork in 2107 with over 1000 international delegates. She took role of Sales & Marketing Manager in South Mall two years, and has been involved since its construction – an exciting project to be part of it was the first hotel to open in Cork City in 11 years. Her role involves a mixture of corporate and leisure sales both in the domestic and international market. She has been an active member of Network Cork since 2014 and a member of the committee since 2015. In her spare time she loves to travel, walk and cook.

Philipa Jane Farley is computer science (Bachelor of Science in Artificial Intelligence Programming) and electronic and intellectual property law (LLB) qualified. She is the lead consultant and auditor at ProPrivacy where she works closely with (mostly) SaaS compliance and development teams identifying and remediating compliance gaps, developing and embedding data protection by design strategies into platforms, performing in-depth data protection impact assessments and providing data protection agreement support. She has over twenty years of experience working in different sized organisations and sectors on operational, governance, risk management and compliance matters.

Valerie Finnegan Cahill, owner of the multi-award-winning salon IKON Hair Cork, has been smashing boundaries for over 20 years. Their awards include National Training Salon and National Salon of the Year, winning both 3 times. Val is now an ICON in the industry, and award bestowed on her by the Irish Hairdressing Federation. Valerie has built her team through hard work, inspiration and education and now runs bespoke courses where she passes her knowledge on to the industry. She has received many business accolades to date, here are just a few: 2011 Winner of Network Ireland National Business Woman of the Year, 2011/ 2019 2 time winner of Network Cork SME Cork Business of the Year, 2019 Chosen to partake in Enterprise Ireland EXCEL Programme. Val has been involved with the Mellon Educate charity for the past 10 years and is now a qualified plasterer, for one week every year in Africa, she heads up and manages, the plastering team. Finally, Val is also a biker, proud owner of an 883 Harley and a 650 Dragstar. All of Ikon’s accolades are down to the team’s passion, drive, commitment and absolute belief in their values, which they live by every day… Integrity, Pride and Education


1 July 2020
8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
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Network Ireland – Cork