There are few organisations better placed in todays world that have a better understanding of women in business and the opportunities and challenges they face. Established in 1983, Network Ireland provides a forum for women to promote their business, exchange ideas, develop relationships and generate new contacts.
From budding entrepreneurs, SME owners, professionals and leaders in indigenous and multinational organisations to non profits, charities, arts and the public sector, the Galway branch of Network Ireland is a place for women who are serious about business, but also like to enjoy themselves.
With a dedicated interest in promoting diversity and equality, entrepreneurship and leadership development, as well as collaborating with like-minded people, monthly meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month. Members are given the opportunity to network as well as hear from the guest speakers and fellow members.
“We have a really diverse range of members here in Galway,” said Noreen Mc Kenzie, President of Network Galway 2017 and an independent financial advisor with Sherry Fitzgerald Financial Services. “It’s great to see so many businesses represented with everything from the professions to the arts and a wide variety of sectors in between. Meetings are extremely well attended as we invite a dynamic range of speakers throughout the year, many of whom are members of Network. Even more importantly, members support each other by exchanging ideas and knowledge while doing business together. The Annual Business Awards ceremony is one of the highlights on our social calendar celebrating excellence, professionalism, vision and leadership of women in Galway.”
Network Ireland is unique as it offers support, mentoring and confidence building for women, in particular those starting in business or returning to the workplace. Members can develop and pool their individual skills through interaction and collaboration with other women in a supportive environment which offers training, mentoring and an opportunity to tap into the skills and specialist expertise of other members.
A non-profit, voluntary organisation with approximately 1000 members in 13 dynamic branches all over the country, members of Network Galway can avail of many benefits including:
“Members support each other by exchanging ideas and knowledge while doing business together.”
- Opportunities to make business contacts and learn the technique of networking
- Training opportunities in business, management and personal development
- Monthly meetings at branch level covering topics of interest that are relevant to today’s women in business
- Open invitation to attend any national Network Ireland meeting
- Mutual business support between members
- Opportunities to promote your business at monthly meetings throug the branch and national directory, as well as through the website and weekly newsletter
Network Galway hold several events throughout the year with an emphasis on social interaction. Every year, there is at least one event to raise funds for the chosen charity and in 2017, a sumptuous lunch was held at the Connacht Hotel with all proceeds going to ACT for Meningitis .
“The monthly breakfast and lunch meetings are popular with members who prefer to attend during the day,” said Adrienne Turley, incoming President for 2018 and a manager with AIB Galway. Married to John, and mother to Caoimhe and Eoin, Adrienne has thoroughly enjoyed her time as Vice President of Network Galway and is looking forward to the challenge ahead. “I really want to continue the great work that has been done by my predecessors who have worked tirelessly to further enhance the profile of Network Galway. I also hope to increase the membership numbers and continue to add real value to the business lives of all our members.”
Network Ireland and Galway have introduced a Formal Mentorship Programme which will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience within their membership to other members. “We have seen phenomonal informal mentoring within the organisation to date, and this structured programme will further enhance this over the coming year and well into the future. It is also an exciting year for us in Network Galway as the National Conference and Business Awards will be held in Galway in September 2018.” Adrienne is also excited to be working with Jigsaw Galway who will be Network’s chosen charity of 2018.
“We have seen phenomonal informal mentoring within the organisation to date.”
Notifications of upcoming events are included in the weekly newsletter which also gives members the opportunity to advertise for free. The Network Ireland website also enables members to be included in the directory, providing yet another opportunity for business promotion. If you would like to join their growing group of tenacious, dynamic and ambitious women in business, check out networkireland.ie/galway for more information.