International Women’s Day 2013
I attended the International Women’s Day celebration in the Alexander Hotel in Dublin held on the 7th of March. The theme for it this year was Celebration, Connection and Inspiration for Women in Business and it certainly lived up to it.
The speakers for the evening were Anne Bedos of Rothar, Gillian Moore of Fuschia Make Up, Martina Delaney of Clevamama, Elaine McCabe – The Clever Box Club. And lastly Ann O’Leary the new CEO of Vodafone.
Interestingly, Ann is the first female CEO in Vodafone Ireland and only 1 of 3 female CEO’s in Vodafone globally out of 40.
Each of the speakers told their story of how they got to where they are today. Some are still on that entrepreneurial journey. They talked about the hurdles they had to jump and the different challenges they faced in starting their businesses.
I really liked hearing their stories, it’s like getting a motivation boost, makes you feel your not on your own with your mad thoughts of running your own business. Plus you always pick up a tip or 2 from these sort of talks. The added bonus of tonight was that you were hearing about starting a new business from a woman’s point of view. It is good to get a different perspective for a change.
Special thanks to Pauline Logan who runs the Dublin City Enterprise Board’s Women’s Network and keeps us all informed and in touch. I would highly recommend joining and attending the monthly network meetings. There is always a great speaker and the networking is great. I find there is great support from the women who attend and the collaboration is great.
And lastly, just want to say congrats to Aileen Rogers of Ready Girls who pitched her business to Dragon’s Den last Sunday night. She had a pick of 3 dragons, choosing Ramona Nicholas as her Dragon to help bring her business to the next level.