Posted on: 29/10/2019


Wild Atlantic Way location for major national conference

More than 250 delegates will be attending the Network Ireland National Conference and Awards Ceremony on the 27 th of September. The conference, which will be hosted by Sonya Lennon is one of the biggest of its kind in Ireland for professional women.

Network Ireland is Ireland’s longest established and leading female focused business network. The conference and awards will take place at the Celtic Ross Hotel, West Cork.

The theme of this year's annual conference is “Step Up" and will feature a range of national and international business people, motivational speakers and influencers. It will be designed to ensure women in business have the resilience, motivation, insights and know-how to fulfil their potential and lead and inspire others.

The Keynote Speakers and Panellists, announced to date, include:

  • Sonya Lennon Designer, businesswoman and social entrepreneur
  • Gráinne McCarthy Deputy Chief News Editor, Wall Street Journal
  • Grace O’Rourke Fitness and Mindset Coach and completed Special Forces Ultimate Hell Week
  • Joanne Hession Co-Founder and CEO of LIFT Ireland
  • Peter Cosgrove Future of Work Expert
  • Michelle Noone Head of Search and State Boards
  • Sheelagh Daly Entrepreneurship Manager Enterprise Ireland
  • Ronan Murphy Group CEO Smarttech247 and Getvisibility.com
  • Helen Smyth Head of Ireland, GBG Scaled, Facebook
  • Dawn Leane Principal Consultant at Leane Leaders

Following on from the conference will be the Businesswoman of the Year Awards Banquet. At this event the winners from Network Ireland’s regional
awards will compete for the coveted national awards.

The following awards will be presented on the night:

Ø  AIB Large SME
Ø  Enterprise Ireland Emerging New Business
Ø  Facebook STEM Category
Ø  In Good Company Small SME
Ø  MSD Brinny Employee Rising Star
Ø  O'Flynn Exhams Social Enterprise Category
Ø  Deloitte Employee Shining Star
Ø  Cork County Council Arts Category

Cork County Council are the partners for the national conference while AIB are the official Partners of Network Ireland nationally #BackedbyAIB @AIBBiz

President of Network Ireland, Helen Wycherley said: “I am delighted to bring our national conference for women in business across Ireland to West
Cork. Through the conference we will empower women to step up to the challenge, grow their confidence, seize opportunities and drive their personal
and professional development. While at the same time leading and inspiring others. Our awards will recognise the outstanding success and  achievements of our members, it will be a night of celebration. I look forward to welcoming everyone to West Cork in September.”

Head of Business Banking at AIB, Catherine Moroney said: “AIB is proud to be the continued strategic partner for Network Ireland, an exceptionally strong business network which is fully aligned to AIB’s community Banking and synonymous with AIB’s purpose to back our customers to achieve their dreams and ambitions.”

Head of Business Banking at AIB in Cork, Denis Dudley said: “Network Ireland is a wonderful resource for female business owners and leaders across Cork and Munster to draw on, in order to grow and develop their business and their skills.  AIB is proud to back women in enterprise, and our partnership with Network Ireland is a perfect fit as we continue to proactively support Network Ireland members across the country.”

Chief Executive, Tim Lucey said: “Cork County Council is delighted to be a major sponsor and partner for Network Ireland’s Annual Conference and the flagship Award Ceremony, which celebrates the successes and accomplishments of Ireland’s most remarkable businesswomen. These
individuals, representing a multitude of roles and sectors nationwide, have been instrumental in growing and sustaining the economy, furthering opportunity for collaboration and empowering female-led business. The Network Ireland events are set to generate 150 bed nights in West Cork and further spend in local businesses, resulting in a direct economic impact for the region, which Cork County Council very much welcomes.”

County Mayor, Cllr Christopher O’ Sullivan said: “We are committed to the economic development of County Cork and the Council has been progressing substantial tourism initiatives, which we are proud to showcase to the 250 delegates who will be attending the Awards Ceremony and Conference on the 27 th of September. I would heartily encourage all travelling delegates to extend their stay and venture further afield along the Wild Atlantic Way to discover the incredible tourism offering of West Cork. What a fantastic way to spend the weekend.”