TUESDAY 3RD MARCH 2020 | 9AM – 4PM | TULLYGLASS HOTEL BALLYMENA
£55 + VAT for members | £65 + VAT for non-members

Enterprise Causeway and Women In Business NI are thrilled to announce that the 4th Annual Female Entrepreneurs Conference will take place on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at the Tullyglass Hotel to coincide with International Women’s Day. This full day conference will feature a range of keynote speakers, a panel of local female entrepreneurs, workshops and networking lunch.

The Female Entrepreneurs Conference will be a day of inspiration, networking and learning, with thought-provoking insights and honest advice to help your business grow and thrive!

We are delighted to announce our three keynote speakers:

Delegates will hear from award winning entrepreneur Mairead Mackle, is a values-based, award winning entrepreneur who owns and operates Tarasis Enterprises – a diverse suite of progressive businesses across several industries including care, support, housing solutions, renewables, and construction.

Celebrating 25 years in business in 2020, Homecare Independent Living (HCIL) is a leading domiciliary care, support services and housing business with a dynamic team of 1,200 operating across 14 regions in Ireland. The team delivers 1 million hours of care annually to over 60,000 clients and provides 2,700 crisis beds per night to those who are vulnerable and at risk of homelessness in communities across the country.

Dedicated to generating solutions for homelessness in Ireland, Mairead co-founded FABRACO, a design-led manufacturing company that creates Modular Building Solutions for comfortable temporary and permanent accommodation. Mairead wants to collaborate and work with other key stakeholders in the housing and energy industries to create long-term, sustainable solutions for energy efficient homes. Ultimately, she would like to create a Smart home for those with additional needs and disabilities, allowing them the comfort to live independently, collaborating with progressive leaders in smart energy.

A loving mother to seven children, Mairead is a strong supporter of equality, diversity, women in business & CSR and is on the board of WIBNI & FSB.

In 2010, Mairead co-founded iCare Charity, which is designed to improve the lives of others through simple acts of kindness called “iCare Wishes”. Since inception it has raised over £350,000 and granted close to 400 iCare Wishes for individuals, families and groups across the island of Ireland.

With passion, she also launched EVOLVE Women’s Network in 2018 to promote and encourage strong female leadership across society. Her vision is to use the power of Evolve as a platform for women to come together in a positive and inclusive space to share, collaborate, learn and be inspired to create awareness around issues affecting women. Ultimately to “achieve greater success in life” on a personal or professional level.

Mandy Hickson was one of the first female pilots to serve in a front line Tornado GR4 squadron, playing an active role in the conflict in Iraq.

Obsessed with flying from a very young age, Mandy applied to join the RAF while at university. Despite failing the computerised tests twice, instructors passed her application and she was soon on the path to joining an elite group of fast jet pilots. After twenty years service, she now talks about the personal and strategic lessons learned with frankness and appropriately wry humour. From motivation to decision-making, Mandy gives a vivid insight into the leadership, teamwork and communication required to define and then realise specific goals in high-pressure situations. She also highlights the value of honest and open debriefing after any project or phase; something the Royal Air Force always do, but which businesses often overlook.

Delegates will also hear from Colette Twomey who is the Managing Director and co-founder of what is known as Clonakilty Food Co. The business has grown from a single butcher’s shop to be one of the best known brands in the Irish food business, supplying Clonakilty black and white pudding, sausages and rashers to multiples, restaurants and shops throughout Ireland, and just recently, the launch of a vegetable pudding, ‘’ Clonakilty Veggie Pudding.’’ In recent years, the company has expanded into overseas markets including UK and Australia, enabling more and more people to enjoy a taste of Irelands favourite Blackpudding. A recipient of numerous business awards, including, finalist of the EY Entrepreneur of the year. Colette is based in Clonakilty, West Cork, and remains the sole guardian of the Clonakilty Blackpudding secret recipe.

You will also hear from our panel of local entrepreneurs:

Sinead Murphy founded Shnuggle in 2009 by with her husband, Adam. The company and it’s products was inspired by the couple’s own experiences with their first child Rose, who was born with Down Syndrome and leukaemia and spent her early months fighting for her life. The couple found traditional baby products were not suited to all babies, especially those suffering from allergies or weakened immune systems. In 2019, Shnuggle was awarded a Queen’s Award in the category International Trade for Outstanding Short Term and exports to over 40 countries.

Mary McKenna is a technology entrepreneur, angel investor and co-founder of the successful Derry based online learning company Learning Pool in 2006. She’s one of Said Business School’s (University of Oxford) Entrepreneurship Experts, an Expert Advisor to the EU, Entrepreneur in Residence at St Mary’s College in Derry and a trustee of CAST (the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology).

Johann Muldoon MBE is the managing director of Manor Architects. She is a multi award winning architect who has made history at every single stage of her career including, but not limited to, the recent accolade from Queen’s University as QUB Graduate Of The Year as well as Best Woman Architect in Europe, Stem Rising Star Regional Winner (Ireland, Wales and N.England).