Leading female entrepreneurs from across West to gather in Galway next week to celebrate National Women’s Enterprise Day

Leading female entrepreneurs from across West to gather in Galway next week to celebrate National Women’s Enterprise Day

Mayo LEO Ambassador

Photo caption: Representing LEO Mayo at the Galway National Women’s Enterprise Day event at the Meyrick next week is Tracy Sweeney, Creative Director at Nigel O’Reilly Goldsmiths in Castlebar, which manufactures high-end jewellery for Irish and UK jewellery houses. Their pieces have been worn by celebrities such as Saoirse Ronan.

Some of the most influential female entrepreneurs from across the west are set to gather in Galway next week for a high-level gathering to celebrate National Women’s Enterprise Day.

The annual event is a celebration of female enterprise and aims to inspire and assist women across Ireland in establishing and running their own business.

To celebrate NWED 2019, Local Enterprise Office Galway will host a dynamic and engaging event on behalf of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon at the Hotel Meyrick on Thursday October 17th.   

MC on the day will be Loretta MacGabhainn of Lorg Media, who will oversee a tremendous line-up of talented industry speakers who will share their experiences, challenges and solutions for the world of modern business.

Their aim is to inspire and empower businesswomen and aspiring entrepreneurs across Galway and the West to bring their business visions to fruition.

Keynote speaker on the day will be ‘Tweeting Goddess’ Samantha Kelly, whose emotive back-story and subsequent business success is guaranteed to inspire.

Award-winning Twitter expert, social media strategist, speaker, author and founder of the Women’s Inspire Network, Sam Kelly, will also take to the stage at the event.

Having built a loyal following of over 43,000 people by engaging and interacting on Twitter as her own campaign manager, Sam has a deep knowledge and understanding of how to harness the power of social media and make it happen for your business.

“There’s a lot of noise out there. It’s all about standing out from the rest,” she says. “I started from scratch and went from kitchen table business to digital influencer, all thanks to the magic of Twitter.”

She’ll be joined on the day by ambassadors for each of the Local Enterprise Offices in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon, who will participate in a lively panel discussion on how they are ‘Making It Happen’ for their business.

Representing Local Enterprise Office Galway is Tympany Medical’s co-founder Elizabeth McGloughlin, who will be fresh from the national finals of the Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition.

Elizabeth’s company is designing and developing a novel combined access and visualisation device which will enable ear surgeons to ‘see around the corners’ of the ear canal.

This will allow surgeons to perform trans-canal ear surgery with a wide endoscopic view of the surgical site, thereby, avoiding unnecessary invasive surgery.

Representing LEO Mayo is Tracy Sweeney, Creative Director at Nigel O’Reilly Goldsmiths in Castlebar, who manufacture high-end jewellery for Irish and UK jewellery houses, based on Bond St. and Hatton Garden, London - including Fabergé, Stephen Webster & Boodles.

Celebrities such as Saoirse Ronan have graced the red carpet at the Oscars, wearing pieces Nigel O’Reilly Goldsmiths have made for these UK jewellery houses.

LEO Roscommon’s ambassador is Carmel Gavin, owner of the Curtain Centre in Roscommon town, which first opened its doors in 1998 and currently employs four people.

Carmel works closely with her sister, who runs the office allowing Carmel to focus on customer service and business development.

Following the panel discussion, attendees will be invited to network – and will also have an opportunity to avail of one-to-one sessions with LEO Galway’s expert mentors in areas such as marketing/PR, Brexit strategy, and business planning.

Coordinator of Galway’s National Women’s Enterprise Day celebrations is Valerie Kelly of LEO Galway.

“We’re excited to host this energetic, exciting and unmissable afternoon for female entrepreneurs across Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. Our theme for the event is ‘Making It Happen,’ and the programme features uplifting and informative talks from some of the West’s brightest business minds. The mentoring and networking after lunch also provides a great opportunity for businesswomen in the region to get together and share their personal stories.”

The event will get underway on Thursday October 17th at the Hotel Meyrick, Eyre Square, with registration to begin at 12.30pm - followed by a drinks reception to kick off a jam-packed afternoon of inspiration and motivation.

Pre-booking is essential, and tickets are strictly limited, so be sure to book yours now at localenterprise.ie/Galway.