National Women’s Enterprise Day takes place on October 18 next at the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise and in preperation for the big day, Longford County Enterprise Board has enlisted both a well-known Clinical Psychologist and a successful Irish female entrepreneur in the guises of Dr Maureen Gaffney and Mary McKenna. This year’s theme is ‘Believe It and Achieve It’ and the conference line-up also features Nicola Byrne from 11890; Orlaigh Carmody from MediaTraining.ie; Theresa Lowe, barrister and former broadcaster and Linda O’Shea Farren from The Irish American Peace Foundation
Dr Maureen Gaffney, the author of ‘Flourish’ will talk to 300 female entrepreneurs about managing change and overcoming tough challenges and setbacks. The broadcaster and columnist will also speak alongside Mary McKenna from Tour America at the two day event.
In 1995, Mary McKenna founded Tour America, which now employs over 50 people. The company recently expanded into the UK and McKenna also takes responsibility for the establishment of Cruise Holidays in 2001.
Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People, Kathleen Lynch TD has been invited to deliver the opening address on the eve of National Women’s Enterprise Day at the conference in the Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise.
Michael Nevin, CEO Longford County Enterprise Board said that National Women’s Enterprise Day was organised by the County and City Enterprise Boards every year and remained one of the most important annual enterprise events. “Its dual aim is to increase national recognition of Ireland’s female entrepreneurs, in addition to encouraging even more women to set up their own business in the future, which is a key element of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs,” he added. “The ‘Focus on Technology and Social Media’ workshop at the conference includes presentations from Carol Tallon of Buyers Broker Direct, Joanne Sweeney Burke of Media Box, Janet Beck of Glass Eye Products and Fintan Murphy of Damson. TV3 Colette Fitzpatrick will once again be acting as conference facilitator.”Booking forms can be downloaded from www.nwed.ie and the subsidised delegate fees are 100, which includes conference materials, meals and mentoring appointments on October 17th and 18th at the Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise.