Female Empowerment in Business

Female Empowerment in Business

On March 9th 2017 I attended an event run by Enterprise Ireland EI in conjunction with Bank of Ireland and DCU on Female Leadership and Growing Ambition It was held in the Houses of Parliament on College Green Dublin The talk was part of Enterprise Week 2017 and was scheduled to mark International Womens Day


The following is a list of female entrepreneurs who spoke at the event
Norah Casey Harmonia event mc
Gina OReilly COO Nitro
Niamh Bushnell Tech Ireland
ine Mulloy cofounder Girlcrew
Emma Killian cofounder Britebiz Bentley Productions

The event was open to people who are passionate about the success of women in business and provided individuals with the opportunity to learn from the panellists experience and also contribute to the discussion around Global Ambition

Gina OReilly COO of Nitro was the keynote speaker at the event Nitro is a global leader in document solutions The organisation was founded in Australia in 2005 and their enterprise solutions are used by more than 600000 businesses globally including over half of the Fortune 500 They are headquartered in San Francisco and have in excess of 200 employees worldwide Currently Nitro have offices in Dublin and Melbourne and to date they have raised over 30m in outside investment Nitro 2017

Gina has been part of the Nitro team since 2008 and has global responsibility for sales marketing business development customer service and operations She has over 12 years of software industry experience Ginas passion for Nitro shone through in her talk She holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix as well as a BA International Marketing Languages from DCU Nitro 2017

Norah Casey entrepreneur publisher and the owner and CEO of Harmonia Irelands largest magazine publishing company was MC on the day Norah ran several successful publishing companies in London and set up her won publishing company back home in Ireland in 2004 Harmonia publishes a range of market leading magazines including Irish Tatler and Womans Way She also has a varied and diverse investment portfolio RTE 2017

Niamh Bushnell of Tech Ireland cofounded her first company Pan Research in Dublin in 1996 She also founded and invested in companies in New York before being headhunted by Dublin Chamber and Dublin City Council in 2014 to become Dublins first startup commissioner Her task was to promote Dublin as a startup city Irish Examiner 2017

ine Mulloy cofounder of GirlCrew a social network for women to meet and socialise has a BA in English History and an MA in Literature and Publishing from NUIG she also holds a postgraduate diploma in Digital Marketing from The Marketing Institute LinkedIn 2017 However she gave up a successful career in publishing to start GirlCrew with four of her friends GirlCrew is currently in over 40 cities around the world including New York Sydney and even three in Texas and boats over 14000 members Irish Examiner b 2017

Emma Killian cofounded Britebiz with her husband With the help of a software developer they built a system that replaces disconnected software and replaces many of the awkward paperbased processes within organisations Their software helps increase conversion rates cuts down admin and improves customer service BriteBiz 2017

As women we must stand up for ourselves We must stand up for each other We must stand up for justice for all Michelle Obama

I chose to take part is this activity because each of the five women I described in the previous section are role models Role models give us hope and having the opportunity to see so many successful women speak about leadership ambition and their own personal careers gives me hope as I approach the end of my studies and move out into the world of business

Hearing how their careers have progressed helps reduce my personal apprehension about failure The closer our role models are to us as individuals the greater the effect they can have The best role models are normal people who became successful G

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