09 September 2014

Some of Ireland’s most successful women launched Network Ireland’s National Conference and Business Awards at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks today.

This year’s conference ‘Success through Collaboration’ will feature a range of dynamic speakers and will take place on 26th September at Killashee House Hotel, Kildare.

At today’s launch Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan, ‘The Positive Economist’ Susan Hayes, Author and Productivity Expert Claire Burge, Network President Mary Fehily Hobbs, Comdt. Jayne Lawlor, Gender,Equality & Diversity Officer Defence Forces all leant their support to the national organisation.

Network Ireland represents some of the leading business women in the country and over 200 of them will attend this year’s conference. The event is an opportunity to celebrate the wealth of female entrepreneurship and professionalism in Ireland and to share contacts, ideas and experiences.

The theme of the day ‘Success Through Collaboration’ will feature a range of inspirational women across a broad spectrum of industry sectors – all leading figures in their fields.  Organising the event is Network Ireland President and business woman Mary Fehily Hobbs, who is a trailblazer in her own right, working in sales and marketing for over 20 years with Financial, Development & Marketing Ltd.

Mary said:  "This conference is a great opportunity for businesswomen, professionals and employees from all sectors to take the time to learn, engage and share ideas. Network Ireland’s ethos is less about competition and more about partnering, networking and developing relationships.  With the challenges we all face in business, I believe we should not under-estimate the benefit of creating a network of likeminded women, who support each other at crucial times in the development of our businesses or career path.”

Sharing her trailblazing story will be Dee Forbes, MD of Discovery Networks Western Europe and Chair of Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) UK.  West Cork native, Dee manages all commercial and channel activities for Discovery Networks Western Europe’s business covering 24 factual and entertainment brands in 22 markets and territories. Discovery's footprint reaches over 145 million people across Western Europe each month including the UK & Ireland, Italy, Germany, France, Spain and the Netherlands.

Other high profile speakers include; Marissa Carter of Cocoa Brown success,  Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland, author and productivity specialist, Claire Burge who heads up Get Organised in Ireland and Senator Mary Ann O’Brien, founder of Lily O’Briens.

Furthermore, the conference will be MC’d by one of Ireland’s most experienced live television presenters, Collette Fitzpatrick and will feature career case studies from business leaders and influencers, with interactive break-out sessions and panel discussions.

The event, which is kindly sponsored by AIB Bank, Enterprise Ireland, EU Parliament Office in Ireland and BNI, is on from 10.30am – 5pm, followed by the National Network Ireland Business Awards and Gala Dinner from 7pm at Killashee House Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare. For further information and for on-line booking visit www.networkireland.ie / www.NIconference2014.eventbrite.ie