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Enterprise Ireland International Business Women’s Conference - The Changing Face of Success - announced today in conjunction with the Rose of Tralee International Festival

Enterprise Ireland today launched the International Business Women’s Conference to be held in conjunction with the Rose of Tralee international Festival on Monday August 22nd in the Brandon Hotel, Tralee. In its second year, the event gathers leaders from across the business and entrepreneurial spectrum to celebrate the business achievements and success stories of women today. 

This year’s conference theme is ‘The Changing Face of Success’ focussing on strong female role models leading by example and empowering women to fulfill their ambitions. Senior female figures such as Eleanor McEvoy and Norah Casey from Dragons’ Den will share their experiences and insights on themes such as leadership, linking the digital age and entrepreneurship. 

Announcing 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.” 

Sponsored by AIB, the Department of the Diaspora and media partner Tatler, conference delegates will also hear from the Rose of Tralee, Elysha Brennan, as well as previous Roses including 2005 Rose of Tralee, Dr. Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin. 

Speaking at the launch, Enterprise Ireland CEO, Julie Sinnamon said: “Enterprise Ireland recognises the huge contribution of Irish women in business. Last year we invested in a record number of female-led start-up companies. The International Business Women’s Conference aims to inform and inspire women to embrace business opportunities, leverage the Irish global network and reach their full potential.” 

Head of Business Banking at AIB, Catherine Moroney said: “AIB is fully committed to supporting all our customers and businesses with a particular focus on facilitating our female entrepreneurs and women in business to realise their full potential. We are delighted to be involved in this event with Enterprise Ireland and other partners to promote and sponsor the 2016 International Business Women’s Conference. We in AIB are looking forward to building the connections and providing the supports to make a difference and empower women to grow and develop their businesses.” 

Registration and full details on the conference are available at 


Photos to be syndicated by Gary O’Neill and also available on request 

For further information contact 

Conor O’Donovan

Head of Communications

Enterprise Ireland

+353 (1) 7272912

Roisin Carroll

Press Office

Enterprise Ireland

+353 (1) 727 2746