National Women's Enterprise Day 2022

The Pavilion, Leopardstown Racecourse
8am to 2.15pm

National Women's Enterprise Day is happening October 13th 2022. Join the four Dublin Local Enterprise Office's in The Pavilion, Leopardstown Racecourse.


Developing a Strategic Mindset - National Women's Enterprise Day 

Thursday, 13th October 2022


No matter what size or stage your business is at, your strategy really matters. Think of strategy as the map that guides you, informing your decisions, ensuring you set goals and actions that drive achievement.

Join us for National Women’s Enterprise Day as we explore strategies for business success.  This high energy, informative and inspiring event will help you develop your business strategy or strengthen your existing one. 



Event Details:



Thursday, 13th October 2022


8am to 2.15pm


The Pavilion, Leopardstown Racecourse, Foxrock, Dublin 18, D18 C9V6







Event Schedule:



Registration, refreshments, networking, headshot photography and support desks


Event Opening & Official Welcome


Event Opening

MC Áine Kerr 

Official Welcome

An Cathaoirleach Mary Hanafin

Mary Hanafin

Address by Minister Damien English

Damien English

Damien English

Morning Session


A personal insight into how strategy drives success

Áine Kerr is co-founder and COO of Kinzen, a regular on broadcast media, a Fellow of Columbia University’s Sulzberger Leadership Programme and an award-winning journalist.  At the age of 12, as a curious yet introverted child, she knew she had something to contribute if only she had the courage to find her voice. Today she uses her voice to encourage other women to recognise and reach for their potential. Fast becoming one of the most recognised speakers in this area, Áine believes change can only happen collectively, and that men play as much of a part in change happening as women.

Áine Kerr

Aine Kerr


Strategic Thinking - Unlocking Your Business Potential.

Marie Gleeson, Former Irish Navy Ships Captain

Marie Gleeson honed her leadership style over the course of a twenty-year military career operating primarily in the harsh and hostile Atlantic Ocean. Her journey from naval cadet to Captain of the LE AOIFE has given her unique insight into people and how to maximise performance even in the most challenging of circumstances. Marie discusses the reality of decision-making in high-pressure and time-critical operational environments and translates this into key leadership lessons for the business world.

A keynote address discussing the importance of strategy and what it can do for you. Marie will talk about her own journey, what she learnt about the military strategy concept, her experience of setting up her own business and the need to have a support network.

Marie Gleeson

Marie Gleeson


Dynamic Group Session:

Áine Kerr will facilitate an energetic group session which will solidify the learnings on strategy from this morning's talks.

Facilitated by Áine Kerr





What's Stopping You?

Owen Laverty will wrap up Session 1, talking about the importance of developing a strategic mindset and the LEO supports that are available to you. 

Owen Laverty, Head of Enterprise DLR

Refreshments & Networking 


My Strategy - My Success!

A lively panel discussion featuring 4 superb female entrepreneurs from Dublin. The panel will be facilitated by Sheelagh Daly from Enterprise Ireland and will focus on how they developed a winning strategy. 

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- Ellen Gunning, LEO DLR

- Sarah Power, LEO South Dublin

- Megan Best, LEO Dublin City

- Amy Herbert, LEO Fingal

- Sheelagh Daly, Enterprise Ireland


Stategy and Female Entrepreneurs:

A short address by Sheelagh Daly about the stats and supports for female entrepreneurs.

Sheelagh Daly


Building Your Network Strategically:

Kingsley Aikens, CEO, The Networking Institute

Kingsley, an Economics and Politics graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, has lived and worked in six countries in a career in trade and investment, philanthropy, education, diaspora and tourism and has worked for major organisations, governments and countries. Throughout his extensive experience, he has come to appreciate the power of Networking and he sees it as the ‘glue’ that makes everything happen. As a result, he and his colleagues have developed a unique and distinctive approach to Networking training and, through The Networking Institute, they want to share their methodology with a worldwide audience.

During this dynamic and fast-paced session, Kingsley will share his experience and discuss what networking is and why it is so important. Kingsley will advise on the steps and skills needed to strategically build your network. The session will also include an interactive group exercise which will encourage networking with other delegates.

Kingsley Aikins

Kingsley Aikins


 Event Wrap Up

Áine Kerr

13:15 - 14:15

Lunch & Networking