National Women's Enterprise Day 2023 - South West Regional Event

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Female entrepreneurs and budding businesswomen from across Cork City are being encouraged to register for this year’s National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED). The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) initiative for the South West Region will be hosted by LEOs Cork and Kerry on Thursday, 19th October in Dunmore House Hotel, Clonakilty. 

The programme is designed and led by women to promote and encourage female entrepreneurship. National Women’s Enterprise Day shines the spotlight on female entrepreneurship and opens the prospect of entrepreneurship to women who may not have considered it before, highlighting the supports available.  The event also provides valuable networking opportunities to connect with industry experts together with acknowledging the achievements of women in enterprise. 

Dr. Niall O'Keeffe, Head of Enterprise at LEO Cork City said: “National Women’s Enterprise Day is a significant event in our calendar each year. A celebration of women entrepreneurs and businesswomen, the event informs and inspires women at all stages of the business development journey. The atmosphere last year in Killarney was electric and we expect more of the same in Clonakilty on October 19th. There is another great line-up of speakers and inspirational businesswomen for 2023 and will also provide an opportunity to network and discover what supports are available for entrepreneurs in the region.”  

Cork-based Amy Jane Keating, Host and Creator of the “Go Do Youpodcast will be the day’s MC and facilitator which will include Guest Speaker Pat Kane (the award-winning Sustainability Strategist, Founder of and Co-founder of Good Better Best).  Pat will speak to delegates on building a future-proof business, touching on her own entrepreneurial journey whilst highlighting small ways businesses can improve their sustainable practices. 

The event also includes an interactive panel discussion of ‘Leading Lights’ representing LEOs Cork and Kerry.  LEO Cork City will be represented by Kathy O’Dwyer, Founding Director of Career Training Internships   Kathy has a wide range of expertise encompassing business mentorship, career guidance, support for women re-entering the workforce and comprehensive career training for those facing employment barriers.  The panel discussion will be followed by Keynote Speaker Laura Dowling, Fabulous Pharmacist and Founder/CEO of fabÜ Wellness. With a degree from Trinity and almost 20 years experience under her belt, Laura aims to share the tools to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle without resorting to short-term crazes or fads. 

All sectors and women in business at all stages of their entrepreneurial journey are welcome to the South West event ….from entrepreneurs with a business idea to start-ups and well-established businesses. Don’t miss out on this unique networking opportunity and celebration of women in business. 

Places are limited. 



Additional Information 

(1)   National Women’s Enterprise Day is a day of celebration of the very best in female entrepreneurship led by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) nationwide and is funded by the Government of Ireland, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and Local Authorities.


(2)   The National Women’s Enterprise Day event for the South West is hosted by

LEO Cork City 

LEO Cork North & West 

LEO South Cork

LEO Kerry


(3)                     Programme


  • 09:30     Registration and Informal Networking
  • 10:15     Welcome Address by Sharon Corcoran, Director of Services, Cork County Council         
  • 10:30     Introduction and facilitated networking by MC Amy Jane Keating 
  • 11:20     Tea/coffee break 
  • 11:40     Building a Future-Proof Business – Pat Kane
  • 12:45     Networking Lunch & Client Supports Mini Expo
  • 14:00     Panel Discussion with our four "Leading Lights"                                        

                         - Kathy O’Dwyer, Career Training Internships   (LEO Cork City)

                         -Anna & Orla Snook O’Carroll, Valentia Island Vermouth  (LEO Kerry)

                         -Dr. Wendy Oke, Teachkloud  (LEO South Cork)

                         -Caroline Murphy, West Cork Eggs (LEO Cork North & West)


(4)       Regional Ambassador for South West event

            Caroline Murphy, West Cork Eggs (LEO Cork North & West)