Inaugural International Women's Business Conference - as part of The Rose of Tralee Festival 2015

Monday, 6 July 2015

Inaugural International Women's Business Conference
Pictured at the launch of the conference are, L-R: Caroline McEnery, HR Suite; Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for the Diaspora; Maria Walsh, Current Rose of Tralee; Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland

The Rose of Tralee Festival, which is now in its 56th year, is a perennial favourite in the hearts and minds of the Irish diaspora; from rural fireside armchair, to stateside Irish bar, every year, more and more Irish people tune-in and soak-up a little bit of the beauty of Kerry and hear the stories and journeys of the 32 Roses.

This year, for the first time, the Rose of Tralee Festival will provide the perfect backdrop for the introduction of a new and important dimension; a celebration and recognition of the business ambitions and achievements of modern women of the Irish diaspora.

The one-day conference, which is being organised by Enterprise Ireland, is aptly themed, “Bloom for Ireland”as it will aim to harness the power of the Irish female diaspora, to contribute to continued economic growth and prosperity in Ireland.

The conference will be opened by Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, and will be hosted by Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan TD.

Conference delegates will hear from Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh as well as some previous Roses, many of whom have successful careers in business both in Ireland and else where.  2005 Rose of Tralee, Dr. Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin who is a Doctor of Mathematics Education, will share her worklife experience and talk about the need to encourage more women into the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

Senior female figures from the Public Sector, the mulit-national sector, the media industry and the indigenous business sectors will share their insights and provide valuable learning take-aways on such themes as leadership with authenicity, achieving business scale and how diversity drives innovation.

The Conference represents an ideal opportunity to promote and showcase Ireland, and the Kingdom of Kerry in particular and to celebrate Irish business success. It represents a call on the Irish diaspora to use their influence to ‘open doors of opportunity’ for the Irish in their country of residence.

Welcoming the conference, Minister Deenihan, said: “The Rose of Tralee International Festival connects the global Irish community and in doing so, since 1959, it celebrates intelligent and accomplished Irish women at home and abroad. Delegates, both male and female, from across the globe are invited to join the conference which will showcase and celebrate inspirational Irish women and men as they share their global leadership journeys.

Speaking at the launch, Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland said: ‘It is important that we harness the power of all our resources, both male and female, at home and abroad, into a cohesive effort, to drive export growth of Irish companies and to deliver job creation in Ireland.  Our amibtion with this conference is to inspire and encourage ambitious businesswomen to participate fully, to reach their full potential and in so doing, maximise their contribution to economic prosperity in Ireland.’

ENDS

Jean O'Sullivan
Enterprise Ireland

Jean O'Sullivan
01 727 2192

Notes for Editors:
  • Rose of Tralee International Women’s Business Conference takes place at the Brandon Conference Centre, Tralee on Monday 17th August 2015.
  • A detailed Conference Programme will be released shortly by Enterprise Ireland.
  • Attendance at this inaugural event will be limited by the capacity of the venue, so early registration is advised.
Registration:

Online Registration is now open.
The conference participation fee is €45 plus VAT per delegate. Full payment is due by credit card during online registration. Please register by Friday 31st July 2015 to secure your place.
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