It is an honour and privilege for me to address you as the 2019 President of Network Ireland. Taking on the role is very special for me personally and professionally. I’ve been a member of Network Ireland for 10 years, was president of the Cork branch in 2015 and I’ve served on the National Executive Committee for 4 years. I’ve no doubt that my long-standing involvement with Network Ireland has given me the ambition to step up to the challenge of this exciting role.
Due to the structure and make-up of Network Ireland, I believe we are ideally placed to encourage women to put themselves forward more and to set more ambitious targets. Through my presidency of Network Ireland, I want to help women to fulfil their potential by empowering them to step up and do more. That is why I’ve chosen #StepUp as the theme for 2019.
I want to help and support you, our members, to do more and be more. So this year will be all about empowering you to step up to the challenge, to be ready to seize opportunities as they arise, to be confident and go for that promotion, apply for that grant application, go on state boards or take more risks and to say “I can” not “I might” or “maybe”.
The theme isnothing new. Indeed, I see Network Ireland’s ongoing purpose as helping women to #StepUp. Our mission, after all, is to lead the way for ambitious and enterprising women, support the professional and personal development of women and collaborate with government, private and non profit sectors to help women succeed.
Our flagship events – International Women’s Day lunch in March and the national business conference in September – will hone in on the theme even further and will be designed to ensure you have the resilience, motivation, insights and know-how to achieve more.
Our women in business awards will hopefully encourage you to step up and become role models for future generations of female leaders and to inspire others to become role models.
Promotion of our mentorship programme will be another key focus as I want more and more members to take advantage of the invaluable free advice and expertise that is available which will help you Step Up and achieve success.
Make this your year to really engage with Network Ireland and make the most of your membership so that you can realise your full potential and achieve your goals. In 2019, I hope you will attend lots of events locally and nationwide so you can make new connections, learn new skills, build confidence, develop a growth mindset, expand your support network and help and inspire others.
And don’t forget to use Mentoring for Success!
In saying all that, I realise we can’t take anything for granted and how important it is to appreciate what we have and always be kind to each other. That is why I will never underestimate the power of the support network you get from being a member of Network Ireland.
I’m very much looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible during the year. Until then, I wish you every success.