National Women’s Enterprise Day 2018

National Women's Enterprise Day - Dublin Region 18th October 2018


Venue: Citywest Hotel, Garters Lane, Saggart, Co Dublin, D24 KF8A

Date: 18/10/2018

Time: 8.00am - 2.00pm

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National Women's Enterprise Day - Dublin Region Event

National Women’s Enterprise Day is an annual initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices and is supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities Network. National Women's Enterprise Day aims to inspire, activate and assist women across Ireland in running their own business. 

This year the Local Enterprise Offices South Dublin is hosting this exciting event for the Dublin region which will highlight the success of female entrepreneurs in Ireland. 

'LEO South Dublin is delighted to be hosting this year's National Women's Enterprise Day on behalf of the 4 Dublin Local Enterprise Office’s on 18th October in Citywest Hotel. If you are looking for serious inspiration and the motivation to transform your business from 'Local to Global' come along to Network, Listen and Learn from industry experts and some of Ireland's most successful Female Entrepreneurs'

Amanda Mills, Senior Enterprise Development Officer, LEO South Dublin

The theme of this year's event is 'Local to Global' and it is taking place in the Citywest Hotel on the 18th of October. The programme includes a variety of guest speakers, expert panel discussions, small business case studies, an exhibition of enterprise support agencies, workshops & networking. Hosted by Colette Fitzpatrick it promises to be an inspirational networking event with some fantastic spot prizes on the day!

National Women's Enterprise Day
Thursday, 18th October 2018
8.00am - 2.00pm
Citywest Hotel, Saggart
(Complimentary car parking available)



Registration, Breakfast & Networking, Workshops

9.15am- 12.45pm


Throughout the course of the morning, we will be offering attendees the opportunity to attend 45 min motivational workshops. Upon registration, you will be offered the opportunity to book one of the following workshops. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Laura JordanLaura Jordan –
Your Image at Work - Learn how to build a strong personal brand and consistent professional image for you and your company.
Laura Jordan is a stylist, fashion presenter and owner of the Irish style consultancy StyleSavvy®, advising individuals and organisations on their professional style and image, as well as the best way to build an effective personal brand. Her clients include Sherry Fitzgerald, Davy Stockbrokers, Deloitte, Matheson and A&L Goodbody. 
Sinead Brady – A Career to Love

Sinead New

Building your Leadership Style - Sinead is an accredited Career & Coaching Psychologist and founder of A Career to Love
Her solution-focused practice specialises in designing strategic programmes helping people flourish in their career, and businesses create thriving work cultures fit for the 21st century. A regular speaker and corporate trainer her areas of specialism include the future of work, friction-free flexibility™, the 21st-century workplace, women in leadership, workplace wellness, work-life blend, and agile career development.


Business Supports Expo


Opening Addresses



Helen SMythHelen Smyth Facebook

How to Build Your Global Reach through Online Marketing
Helen Smyth is Facebook’s Head of Ireland for Small and Medium businesses who use Facebook's family of apps and services. Helen is dedicated to helping small and medium businesses grow and showcasing how mobile can accelerate business success. Her focus, as SMB Head of Ireland, is to continue building Facebook’s presence in Ireland and develop opportunities for businesses to engage with customers. 


Panel Discussions – Meet the Entrepreneurs, Hosted by Colette Fitzpatrick

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Chiara Keating – Managing Director and Co-Founder of Uniformal
Mother of two, at the age of  23 Chiara was teaching in UCD and at age 25 was responsible for creating her own post graduate course. At the same time her partner was running a Corporate Wear Company, Chiara helped with the business and developed a passion for the industry.
In 2010, Uniformal was established the company designs and manufactures Premium Uniform Clothing and Work Wear to the hospitality sector and drinks industry. They developed a unique collection of niche products including hospitality aprons in premium materials. Uniformal very quickly became market leaders in Ireland in this area. By 2016 the business went from local to global. In 2017 with support from LEO they opened a design studio and factory in Dublin bringing all their bespoke production in turnover by 500%. 

Sarah-Jane BranghamSarah Jane Brangam – Co-Founder and Director of Cult Drinks
Sarah-Jane Brangam is Co-founder and Director of Cult Drinks. The Company innovates and markets Alcoholic Beverages for domestic and International markets. In the last 10 years Cult drinks have successfully brought several brands to the market place. The company has rolled out a large expansion plan in the last year which has resulted in solid growth in both domestic and export markets.

Caroline GleesonCaroline Gleeson – CEO of BidRecruit
An Oxford University graduate and experienced senior recruitment consultant with extensive knowledge of recruitment and an impressive track record in tech recruitment with Morgan McKinley. Before joining MMK, Caroline worked as a freelance journalist for several publications and worked as a radio journalist covering the European Youth Conference at the European Parliament. Currently the CEO of tech start-up BidRecruit, award winning recruitment software for the SME sector. Caroline, along with her team, have seen significant growth in Ireland and have recently launched BidRecruit in the UK.

Sile GinnaneSile Ginnane – Co-Founder of Liberty Bell
Síle Ginnane is a co-founder of Liberty Bell, a platform using smart bicycle bells and smart pedestrian wristbands used to gather data about the cycling and pedestrian experiences. Síle brings a background of physiotherapy and digital user experience to the challenge of understanding the mobility wants and needs of a diverse range of people. She believes that our communities are best enjoyed when they cater for all ages, all genders and all abilities. Winner of the Colorado Dept. of Transportation Road X Bike & Ped Challenge 2017. Winner of Smart Dublin Cycling Challenge 2016-2017.



Tea/Coffee Break and Networking


Julie SinnamonJulie Sinnamon – CEO of Enterprise Ireland

Julie Sinnamon is CEO of Enterprise Ireland. Prior to her appointment to CEO in November 2013, Julie held a number of senior public sector positions, spanning a 30 year career in Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. Julie is a member of the Board and Investment Committee of Enterprise Ireland, a member of National Competitiveness Council, and a member of the Investment Committee of the Irish Strategic Investment Fund, part of the National Treasury Management Agency.She is also a Board Member of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Limited.


Oonagh O HaganKey Note Speaker - Oongah O'Hagan – CEO Meaghers Pharmacy

Oonagh O’ Hagan is the owner and Managing Director of the Meagher’s Pharmacy Group in Dublin and the thriving online store  Meagher’s has won countless awards within the world of  pharmacy and has just been named as one of Irelands  “ Gold Standard” companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies awards. Oonagh is passionate about retail and is outgoing chairwoman and board member of Retail Excellence Ireland. Oonagh credits the Meaghers digital strategy and social media engagement with the her customers as one of the significant factors  in rapidly growing her business both in store and online.
Keen to reposition the role of the pharmacist in the Irish Healthcare system Oonagh also holds board positions in the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and in the School of Pharmacy, Trinity College Dublin as well as positions on the Wholesale Committee at United Drug Group PLC and on the Finance committee at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Oonagh is keen to promote other female business owners and is a Lead role in the Going For Growth programme which supports female entrepreneurs achieve their goals and grow their businesses.


Closing Speech


Light Lunch and Networking



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