THE Laois branch of Network Ireland ended 2017 on a high note when members gathered at Castle Durrow for a gala Christmas event.
The last activity of the year for the women’s business group saw a large number of members and invited business people and guests raise a glass to celebrate sales, struggles and successes. Highly-acclaimed tech entrepreneur Jennie McGinn was the guest of honour at the event. Along with her sisters, she co-founded Opsh – a ground-breaking and award-winning fashion technology platform. Prior to that, she co-founded ‘shoppable magazine’ Prowlster and one of Ireland’s first fashion blogs What will I wear today.
Jennie spoke about her entrepreneurial journey alongside her sisters and how the demise of Opsh due to the effects of Brexit fuelled her next endeavour, Sisters Agency, which aims to help others learn and to give back to the start-up ecosystem.
Jennie brought a refreshing attitude to the dreaded stamp of failure and how she has turned that on its head and wears it like a badge of honour.
She ended her talk on a positive note, telling those in attendance: “Be a woman to watch.”
The Laois branch of Network Ireland would like to thank the local enterprise office in Laois for its support in the re-establishment of the network last year and looks forward to working alongside it into the future.
The Laois branch provides a forum where women in business, the professions and the arts can exchange ideas and increase their business contacts. It encourages women to achieve more satisfying careers and promotes them as worthy contributors to the Irish economy. It liaises with national and international organisations and creates links with governmental and state bodies.
Membership is made up of a diverse group of women, from budding entrepreneurs, SME owners, professionals and leaders in indigenous and multinational organisations to non-profits, charities, arts and the public sector.
The branch holds monthly networking meetings where a guest speaker is invited to give a talk on topics of interest to women. Members can develop and pool their individual skills through interaction with other women in a supportive environment. It also provides a forum for established women to develop professional and social contacts.