Women in Business seminar to encourage female entrepeneurs
Dublin celebrates the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day
More than 200 leading Dublin business women will gather in the Alexander Hotel at 6pm tonight to celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day.
“Women in Business – Looking Ahead, Shaping the Future” aims to encourage more women in Ireland to become entrepreneurs and start their own companies.
The seminar is co-organised by the Dublin Chamber’s European Network of Female Entrepreneurs and the Women In Business networks from Dublin City, Fingal and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Boards with the support of Vodafone.
The featured speakers will offer members of the audience valuable advice and an insight into how setting up a business can be an empowering career choice for women.
Keynote speaker at the seminar is Anne O’Leary, Director of Business & Enterprise at Vodafone Ireland.
The panel includes women from a wide range of enterprises - Emer Jameson of YourLocal.ie, Suzanne Carroll ofTone At Home Franchise Ltd, Grainne Byrne of gbc Public Relations and Lulu O’Sullivan of Giftsdirect.com.
Gina Quin, Dublin Chamber Chief Executive said, “It has been cited by many entrepreneurs that a recession presents many opportunities to set up a business. However, in 2011 women are still under represented in the corporate world and compared to men fewer women are self employed or start up their own businesses”
Ms Quin continued, “Women’s intellectual potential and their contribution to Ireland and indeed Europe’s competitiveness are not being maximised. The Dublin Chamber’s European Network of Entrepreneurs was set up to inspire women and encourage them to have the confidence to set up their own businesses."
The European Network of Ambassadors for Female Entrepreneurship was set up by the European Commission to promote female entrepreneurship.
There are 120 ambassadors across Europe and 10 in Ireland. The Irish Ambassadors are all leaders in their individual fields, they have been selected as role models and also to help towards breaking down real and perceived barriers that tend to discourage women from starting their own business.
The Women In Business Networks are initiatives of the Dublin City Enterprise Board and Fingal and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterpise Boards aimed at supporting female owner managers of early stage and established companies in the area. These networks hold monthly events offering a mix of short seminars and networking and provide members with a supportive network of businesswomen.
WHAT: “Women in Business – Looking Ahead, Shaping the Future” 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day
WHEN: Tuesday 8 March
WHERE: The Alexander Hotel, Dublin 2