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Wednesday 7 December 2016

'The key to success is confidence’ – Ireland’s successful businesswomen share their nuggets of wisdom

Published 22/11/2016 | 18:36

Pippa O'Connor and her husband Brian Ormonde at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pippa O'Connor and her husband Brian Ormonde at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Hundreds of Ireland’s most successful business women gathered together on Monday night to celebrate the Image Businesswoman of the Year awards.

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As the glamorous women walked the red carpet, they shared the best advice they were ever given and what advice they would pass on to the younger generation.

Pippa O'Connor and her husband Brian Ormonde at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pippa O'Connor and her husband Brian Ormonde at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pippa O'Connor, at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pippa O'Connor, at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pamela Quinn, right, MD of Kuehne and Nagel, who was named as the overall image businesswoman of the year and Oonagh O'Hagan, founder and MD of Meaghers Pharmacy group, who was named entrepreneur of the year at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pamela Quinn, MD of Kuehne and Nagel, who was named as the overall image businesswoman of the year at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pamela Quinn, MD of Kuehne and Nagel, who was named as the overall image businesswoman of the year at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Kathryn Thomas, left and Aisling O'Loughlin at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Tara Anderson, from Drumcondra at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Ruth kavanagh, left and Avril Bannerton at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Kathryn Thomas at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pippa O'Connor at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Sarah Morrissey at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credt; Damien Eagers
Pippa O'Connor, right, and Niamh Doherty at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pippa O'Connor and brian Ormonde at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credi t; Damien Eagers
Alison Canavan at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Oonagh O'Hagan, founder and MD of Meaghers Pharmacy group, who was named entrepreneur of the year at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Kathryn Thomas at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Isabelle James and Lilly Killeen at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Clodagh Edwards, left, CEO, Image publications and Penneys and Primark executive Breege O’Donoghue at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Susie McAdam, left and Ruth Maria Murphy at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Trina McCarthy and Ann Doyle at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credi t; Damien Eagers
Fiona Dawson, Louise Kennedy and Jackie Dawson at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Aisling O'Loughlin at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Pippa O’Connor, beauty and style blogger told Independent.ie that women should have more confidence in themselves.

“The best advice I ever received was to be yourself, be genuine and have absolutely no fear.

“I wish when I was younger I had more confidence and I was less fearful, but that comes with age.”

Pamela Quinn, managing director of global logistics giant Kuehne & Nagel Ireland Ltd, who was given the overall award of the night said women should always plan for the future.

“Work for the job you want, not the job you have. I’ve always worked that bit harder not for the job I was in but for the next job.

“I would advise myself to have been more confident at a younger age.”

Pamela Quinn, MD of Kuehne and Nagel, who was named as the overall image businesswoman of the year at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Pamela Quinn, MD of Kuehne and Nagel, who was named as the overall image businesswoman of the year at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Oonagh O’Hagan, founder and managing director, Meaghers Pharmacy Group walked away with the Entrepreneur of the Year award.

“Always find the best people to ask questions. Seek them out. Know what your strengths and weaknesses are and play to them. Always ask for help.”

TV presenter Kathryn Thomas also agreed that confidence is the key to being successful.

“Do it and think about it afterwards. That’s ingrained in my personality. My dad always said do what you want and then think about it afterwards. It’s gets you in trouble sometimes but more often than not it serves its purpose.

Kathryn Thomas at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Kathryn Thomas at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

“I would say stop stressing so much, self doubting. Anyone who gets into a new business, you know what the bend product is but there’s so much you don’t know in between. You can see the finish line but you’ve hurdles you have to jump to get there. So I wish I knew when I was younger to always have self-belief and confidence. I think that’s something Irish women could be better at. We need to tell ourselves we’re fantastic more often.”

Katie McGlade from Therapie clinic, was with her mum Rita and granny Ann at the event.

Katie said the best piece of advice she ever received was to “have a good attitude”.

“You should love what you do and do what you love so that you never have to work a day in your life.”

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