The countdown is on for the second annual Enterprise Ireland International Business Women’s Conference. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Rose of Tralee International Festival on Monday, August 22nd at the Brandon Hotel, Tralee in county Kerry.

Enterprise Ireland is calling on the business women of Donegal to join them and the line-up of 29 expert speakers who are set to take to the podium; some 27 of those are some of Ireland’s leading business women and entrepreneurs. Inspirational female figures such as Eleanor McEvoy and Norah Casey from Dragons’ Den will share their experiences and insights on themes such as leadership, growing a global business and entrepreneurship.

The event will celebrate the business achievements and success stories of women today under the conference theme ‘The Changing Face of Success’ focussing on strong female role models leading by example and empowering women to fulfill their ambitions.

Speaking about the conference, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said: “I am delighted that the International Business Women’s Conference is in its second year. This is a hugely important and inspiring event, which brings together successful, inspirational female entrepreneurs. It is great to see the range and diversity of the speakers that will be attending the conference. Promoting the achievements of women actively encourages others to aim high and in turn creates a valuable contribution to both the economy and society here in Ireland. Creating the environment for more startups to develop and grow is a key priority for me and female entrepreneurs can play a major role in job creation.”

Enterprise Ireland CEO, Julie Sinnamon said: “A key focus for Enterprise Ireland is helping businesses to start, innovate and scale. Last year we invested in a record number of female-led start-up companies, and we are determined to increase this number. At Enterprise Ireland we recognise the huge contribution women make to Irish businesses, large and small, across every region in Ireland. The International Business Women’s Conference aims to highlight the entrepreneurial capability and success of Irish women, and inspire all business women to expand their business horizons by leveraging the global Irish network”.

The conference will take place on Monday, August 22nd at the Brandon Hotel and registration is now open online with the added option of purchasing bundled tickets to the Rose of Tralee Fashion Show and the televised Selection nights in the Dome. See www.internationalbusinesswomen.ie/Online-Registration

The event is sponsored by AIB, the Department of the Diaspora and media partner Tatler, delegates will also hear from the current Rose of Tralee, Elysha Brennan, as well as previous Roses including Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin and Arlene O’Neill.

For further details and to view the conference agenda see www.internationalbusinesswomen.ie

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