National Women's Enterprise Day 2022

Developing a Strategic Mindset - National Women's Enterprise Day

Thursday, 13th October 2022

NWED 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 2022 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. 


  • Featuring superb female entrepreneurs from across Dublin
  • Learn from their experience and be motivated by their success
  • Discover the wealth of supports, funding and training available to you as you grow your business

In addition to vital lessons in developing your business strategy, this event will also include;

  • Time for personal reflection
  • Planning your strategy
  • Opportunities to discuss your plans and ideas with other women in business

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Hosted by Áine Kerr, and featuring Marie Gleeson and Kingsley Aikins, this event is all about getting the fundamentals of your business right and then striving for success. Host Aine has already been there herself. She’s founded, built and sold one company already and she and her team are now building Kinzen, enabling trust and safety professionals and policy makers to get ahead of emerging threats and disinformation. 

Marie Gleeson will lead a dynamic business strategy session, highlighting the importance of your strategy and identifying key actionable steps for your business. Marie Gleeson served for over 20 years in the Irish Navy reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander, during which time she commanded the LE AOIFE and completed UN service in Chad. Her expertise in strategy development, operations, leadership, governance, and individual and team performance maximisation, will ensure a highly focused and valuable strategy session for all. 

Kingsley Aikins is a global leader on building strategic networks. Kingsley will focus on why your network matters, how to build and manage your network, how to communicate effectively, add value and ask for help. CEO of The Networking Institute, he has developed a method for professional business people to survive and thrive by building strong and diverse business networks. 


Hosted by Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, Dublin City, Fingal and South Dublin, this is the National Women’s Enterprise Day event for the Dublin region.

Places at this event are strictly limited and will book out quickly. Don’t delay, book your place today and see you at National Women’s Enterprise Day on October 13th. 

Event Details:



Thursday, 13th October 2022


8am to 2.15pm


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






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Panellist Speakers

LEO RegionEntrepreneurBio
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

Ellen Gunning

Ellen Gunning

Ellen Gunning MA, MIAPR, FPRII, NUJ has 30+ years’ experience in the communications industry as a PR consultant, author, media commentator, spokesperson, trainer and broadcaster.

Ellen is a director of the PR Training Academy, an online membership organization, which offers bite-sized, communications courses to professionals working in the industry worldwide and SME owners globally.

In 2022 she launched her new business Mettacomms, a data analytics platform providing thought leadership insights for brands. The company has built an interactive prototype and is currently testing with selected international brands in the food industry.

She is also a director of the Irish Academy of Public Relations, a specialist communications college with 25+ years’ experience of teaching PR, journalism, event management, radio and television, online, in 6 languages, across 50 countries. The Academy has a joint venture in the Middle East, Orient Planet Academy, with Orient Planet PR.

Ellen has handled PR for national and international clients in politics, business, the arts and charity sectors for over 20 years. She now exclusively handles crisis communications across a range of sectors. 

South Dublin

Sarah Power

Sarah Power

Lucy & Me was created in 2018 when Sarah could not find what she was looking for, for her daughter’s nursery. Interior design had always been her passion, so she decided to make different pieces for Lucy’s nursery starting with an armchair and bookcase. Friends subsequently started making requests for these so she reached out to a contact in Taiwan who could make the furniture.

Ironically, her husband Arron studied Architecture in college and was fantastic at CAD design. For 3 days and 3 nights, they sat at their kitchen table coming up with different ideas and designs. As manufacturers worked on minimum order quantities, they decided to take out a loan and go for it.

Everything arrived and they launched in September 2019 with 29 pieces. The pandemic then hit, and they thought they were in big trouble. But as no one could leave their houses, they started doing them up, kids were at home full time and everyone relied on social media for contact. Lucy & Me were included in the government-backed #shoplocal campaign and were invited to take part in Arnotts Irish market for Christmas - it all snowballed from there.

Dublin City

Megan Best

Megan Best

Megan Best is Managing Director of Native Events, Operations Manager of Body&Soul Festival and Curator and Host of the Green Room on Dublin City FM. She completed an MSc in Environmental Sustainability with UCD in 2020 and Postgrad in Climate Entrepreneurship with Trinity in 2021.

Established in 2017, Native Events is Ireland’s leader in sustainable event production and offers consultancy, strategy and vision to the Irish cultural sector. As a trained systems-thinker, with extensive experience and skills in operations, project management, production coordination and also a creative flair, Megan brings excellent interpersonal communications and commercial acumen to the role. The Body&Soul Festival is Ireland’s forerunner in event sustainability. In October 2019, on behalf of the festival and in partnership with Native Events, Megan signed onstage at ADE Green in Amsterdam the Green Deal for Circular Festivals with 17 international pioneering festivals from across the EU.


Amy Herbert

Amy Herbert

The Little Wax Company founded in 2019 by Amy and Marc Herbert, is a Balbriggan-based, small family business that specialises in producing luxury home fragrances which include wax melts, reed diffusers, room sprays and candles all of which are hand poured on-site before being packaged and sent out to customers.

Throughout their journey, The Little Wax Company has been actively supported by Local Enterprise Office, Fingal and have improved productivity in their business by participating in the Lean for Micro Programme which helped the business to identify and eliminate inefficiencies. The Little Wax Company have also benefited from supports such as a Business Expansion Grant, Business Priming Grant, Trading Online Vouchers. With the support of the Local Enterprise Office, Fingal The Little Wax Company also successfully completed the Green for Micro Programme.