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Wed, 31/07/2019 - 17:45
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Mayor of the County of Cork Councillor Christopher O'Sullivan with Director of Services Cork County Council Sharon Corcoran, President of Network Ireland Helen Wycherley & Denis Dudley AIB Head of Business Banking Branch Network Cork sitting side by side on a green couch in Cork County Hall Foyer
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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 27th of September. Cork County Council is the main sponsor of the conference, which is the biggest of its kind in Ireland for professional women. 

Network Ireland is Ireland’s longest established and leading female focussed business network. The conference and awards, which will be hosted by Sonya Lennon, 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:

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

Cork County Council are the partners for the national conference while AIB are the partners of Network Ireland nationally.
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 27th 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.”

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.”

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 a direct economic impact for the region, which Cork County Council very much welcomes.”

Tickets for the conference can be purchased here.