National Women's Enterprise Day - Dublin Region 12th October 2017

National Women's Enterprise Day - Dublin Region 12th October 2017

Venue: The Pavilion, Leopardstown Racecourse, Foxrock, Co. Dublin
Date: 12/10/2017
Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm

National Women's Enterprise Day - Dublin Region Event

NWEDNational Women’s Enterprise Day is an annual initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices and is supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities Network. This year the Local Enterprise Offices Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is hosting this exciting event which will highlight the success of female entrepreneurs in Ireland and has teamed up with LEO South Dublin, Dublin City & Fingal to organise this Dublin Region Event

The theme of this year's event is 'New Markets' and it is taking place in The Pavilion, Leopardstown Racecourse on Thursday 12th October. 

The programme includes a variety of guest speakers, expert panel discussions, small business case studies, an exhibition of enterprise support agencies, one-to-one mentoring clinics, networking and the opportunity to get a business  headshot.


Event:National Women's Enterprise Day - 'Open Doors to New Markets'
Date:Thursday 12th October 2017
Time:9.00am - 4.00pm (Registration & Mentoring Sessions from 8.00am)
Venue:The Pavilion, Leopardstown Racecourse, Foxrock, Co. Dublin

(Complimentary car parking available)




Registration, Tea & Coffee, Mentoring Sessions

8.00am - 1.00pm

Business Mentoring Sessions

We will be offering attendees (on a first come basis) a 30 minute one to one session with one of our business Mentors. Upon registration for this event, attendees will be offered one of these appointments and can book under one of the following topics:

  • General Business Advice (business start-up, sales, marketing, HR)
  • Finance (taxation, funding, general accountancy advice)
  • Digital Marketing (Search Engine Optimisation, Online Advertising, Social Media)

8.00am - 1.00pm

Business Supports Expo

Come Meet our Exhibitors that include:

  • Breastcheck
  • Credit Review Office
  • Enterprise Ireland
  • Dept. of Social Protection
  • DLR County Council
  • Dublin BIC
  • Enterprise Europe Network
  • ETBI
  • Fingal Leader Partnership
  • HALO Business Angel Network
  • Ireland's Domain Registry
  • Irish Patents Office
  • ISAX
  • Linked Finance
  • Local Enterprise Office
  • Microfinance Ireland
  • Plato Dublin
  • Skillnets

9.15am - 9.30am

Opening Addresses

  • An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Tom Murphy
  • An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald TD
  • Philomena Poole, CEO, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

9.30am - 10.00am

 The Thinking Leader

  • Celine Mullins, Adaptas Training - "How stories and judgement of self and others often block success"

Celine Mullins - Adaptas TrainingSpecialising in Leadership Development, Celine combines a variety of areas, including Psychology, Neuroscience, Coaching, Filmmaking, Virtual Reality and more, to create unique and impactful Learning Experiences for Managers and Leaders. Celine has appeared regularly on TV, radio and in national press, giving psychological input on a range of topics.

See for testimonials, blogs, podcasts, free books and more.

10.00am - 11.00am

Meet the Entrepreneurs

  • Rebeka Kahn, Lighthouse Media

Ceramicist Rebeka Kahn creates bewitching wall art; incorporating uniquely sculpted ceramicRebeka Kahn and glass elements inspired by her surroundings and the clay itself! She has enjoyed enormous success in the Irish market with customers around the globe in the UK, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Spain, USA, Germany, Canada and Australia.        

Rebeka believes that each piece of her wall art is just as unique as the person who ends up owning it.

  • Jeanne Mahony, Marketing, Hope Beer Jeanne Mahony

Hope Beer is a range of premium craft beers brewed at Howth Junction in Dublin. it was started in 2015 by a group of old school-friends who now brew a range of beers mainly for the Irish market and have recently started to export.

Jeanne Mahony graduated from Trinity College in 1988 and then worked with Unidare PLC and her own market research business both in Ireland and the Netherlands. Following 17 years maternity leave to care for her three children, she went back to work in 2015/16. One of Jeanne's goals is to represent and champion older women who are keen to start a business.


  • Sarah Kiely, managing and Creative Director, Sadie's Kitchen

Sarah KielyAfter years working in a stressful media job, Sarah's digestive health was not good. After trying almost every supplement and treatment, she discovered bone broth.

Sarah set up Sadie's Kitchen in late 2015 to launch Ireland and Europe's first bone broth.

Since then, she has grown the business into over 200 stores, including Dunnes and SuperValu, secured two investments in her company, won two start-up awards and begun exporting to NI.


  • Julie McLoughlin, Designer & co-founder of Jando Design Julie McLoughlin

Julie McLoughlin is part of a husband and wife team who create a range of unique wall art and stationery. Julie’s approach to her work reflects her outlook on life. Positive, generous, and 100% down to earth. Her boundless enthusiasm has helped steer Jando in more directions than they ever thought possible. Drawing upon her background in marketing, Julie oversees everything from business strategy to branding and packaging, and makes sure that day-to-day operations run smoothly.

11.00am - 11.30am

Break - Refreshments & Networking

11.30am - 12.15pm


  • Ann Lanigan, Manager - Brexit Unit, Enterprise Ireland 

Anne LaniganMechanical engineer by training with over 30 years experience in international business across a wide range of industries. Held several positions in Enterprise Ireland including Manager of Tokyo office and Manager of HPSU Start Department before appointment to lead Enterprise Ireland’s response to Brexit. Ann believes passionately in the role the indigenous sector can and must play in Ireland’s future.



  • Sue O'Neill, Chair, Small Firms Association (SFA)

Sue O'NeillSue O'Neill was elected Chair of the SFA in December 2016. She is Managing Director of Shellcove, which provides outsourced management services to companies and associations, including strategy, marketing, business/membership development and administration support. The SFA has identified direct financial aid, low cost finance, supports for diversification, cost and tax competitiveness as key government initiatives for Ireland’s response to Brexit.

12.15pm - 1.00pm

Building your Digital Audience

  • Samantha Kelly, "The Tweeting Goddess", Social Media Strategist, Speaker and Trainer

Samantha Kelly - The Tweeting GoddessSamantha Kelly is passionate about teaching businesses how to leverage social media effectively and add real value. She works with clients to progress brand growth, defining social media strategy with clear and precise targeting. Ultimately, increasing the correct audience reach for business. Samantha is an award winning entrepreneur and named in many lists including the global ‘Social media influencers of 2017’ by Joel Comm.  

Samantha is also the Founder of the global online network

1.00pm - 2.00pm


2.00pm - 2.45pm

Key Note Speech

  • Roisín Hogan, HIRO by Roisín Roisin Hogan

It’s hard to put Róisín in one box - she is a food obsessed accountant, an entrepreneur, and impressed on screens when she appeared on The Apprentice on BBC 1, making it to the famous Final Five. Described by The Telegraph as “Lord Sugar’s biggest ever mistake” when he fired her, Róisín showcased her flair for business through her creativity and straight talking common sense. 

What started with giving up smoking for a New Year’s resolution has turned into a healthy food adventure for Róisín. She is so passionate about her products that she left her corporate career to follow her dream and launch her own healthy food & drinks company - HIRO.

2.45pm - 4.00pm

Panel Discussion

  • Celine Mullins, Adaptas Training
  • Ciara Clancy, Beats Medical
  • Sue O'Neill, SFA
  • Samantha Kelly, The Tweeting Goddess
  • Roisín Hogan, HIRO by Roisín