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The Annual Female Entrepreneurs Conference

Date: 08-Mar-2018

Be Bold for Progress

Causeway Enterprise Agency and Women in Business NI invite you to join us for The 2nd Annual Female Entrepreneurs Conference.

Hosted annually to celebrate International Women's Day this years conference, held in the award-winning Galgorm Resort & Spa, features 2 keynote speakers, a panel of local female entrepreneurs, 2 breakout workshops and networking gala lunch.

Date: Thursday 08th March 2018

Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm

Location: Galgorm Resort & Spa, 136 Finaghy Road, Ballymena, County Antrim BT42 1EA

Host: Sarah Travers

Key Notes: Grainne Kelly founder of BubbleBum and Norah Casey broadcaster, publishing entrepreneur, owner and chairwoman of Harmonia.

Cost: £45 + VAT

2018 Conference Theme

The theme of this year’s conference is “Be Bold for Progress” and has been designed to inspire all delegates by providing them with world class and high quality speakers and role models who will share their view on building your business for the future, what it will look like in the future and how we will work in it.

Our keynote speakers, panels and breakout sessions will explore the future of enterprise, ambition, business and leadership.

Host and Keynote Speakers


Norah Casey

Norah is a broadcaster and publishing entrepreneur was formerly a Dragon in the popular television series Dragons’ Den and is a well-known radio and television personality.    

She is owner and Chairwoman of Harmonia, Ireland’s largest magazine publishing company, printing over four million magazines annually for the Irish, British and USA market and selling on average 2.6 million in the Irish market annually. She founded the company and was CEO until October 2013.

Harmonia publishes the top three best-selling women’s magazines in Ireland – Irish Tattler, U magazine and Woman’s Way – along with a range of lifestyle and consumer titles such as FOOD&WINE, CookBook, Irish Tattler Man, Eat Out, Auto Ireland and Ireland of the Welcomes. 


Grainne Kelly

Grainne is a mum-of-two and a former travel agent who revolutionized the child travel industry by inventing BubbleBum: the world’s FIRST inflatable booster seat. Her primary goal was to offer travellers a safe way to transport their kids.  

She was frequently travelling between her native Ireland and England to visit a sick relative, and always had to transport cumbersome fixed booster seats back and forth on the plane due to the lack of car booster seats available from car rental desks.

Grainne invented BubbleBum as an affordable, lightweight car booster seat that could travel easier than a child does. Grainne and BubbleBum also recently launched the Sneck backseat pillow and Junkie in-car organizer.


Sarah Travers

Our host, Sarah is an experienced broadcast journalist and TV presenter, with a keen interest in stories and the people that shape them. 

Sarah is a familiar face to many in Northern Ireland, where she was a news anchor in the BBC newsroom for 17 years. Sarah started her career with BBC Radio Foyle, and has presented lifestyle programming for UTV, Northern Ireland’s commercial TV channel.

As Director of Bespoke Communications, Sarah develops media and crisis communications training programmes for a range of different organisations in the public, private and third sectors.

Sarah continues to appear on-screen as a TV presenter on a range of programmes and documentaries. Sarah holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Nottingham Trent University.


Panel Members

Edel Doherty is the leading figure in Business Travel in Northern Ireland, an industry she is passionate about for the last 30 years. Edel was a director of Selective Travel management for 17 years before she started her travel management company BEYOND Business Travel 7 years ago. The Business under Edel’s leadership has grown year on year to the successful company it is now with a turnover of £13 million and a team of 20 people. Experts in travel management for ambitious companies BEYOND make sure everyone is at their best no matter where they are in the world delivering world class service and cutting-edge technology.

Edel understands the joy and pain of start-ups and believes there is an opportunity in every challenge. Edel is strong in sales, problem solving and helping people to work through challenges. Edel is also past chair of Women In Business, served twice on the NI Chamber of Commerce council and more recently on the Board of the NOW Group which helps adults with learning difficulties. Fitness and nutrition are important to Edel and recently she has taken up cycling. Edel believes we should never stop learning and is determined to fulfil her potential and help others fulfil theirs.


Therese Charles is a tech entrepreneur, educator and researcher and has successfully brought multiple commercial healthcare applications as well as iOS games and apps to market.

Therese started out in life as a professional rally driver but was involved in a serious road traffic accident in 1991 that prematurely ended her career. Whilst recovering from multiple spinal surgeries Therese went back to University and studied Computer Science and quickly became fascinated with the enormous potential of games to teach, inspire and to entertain. Therese went on to successfully complete a Computing Science PhD that harnessed the motivational qualities of games to enhance learning processes and published the Games Oriented Learning Framework (GOLF). This lead her to create several game-based apps for the iOS market based on the GOLF framework, and later, Therese translated her research into several healthcare applications to support doctors and nurses revalidate their licenses to practice.

Therese now focuses on consultancy and enjoys helping businesses harness bleeding edge technology, as well as help, improve business processes using game-based learning techniques. Therese also lectures part-time at Ulster University and is part of the Virtual Reality for Upper Arm Stroke Rehabilitation research team.


More to follow...




Galgorm Resort & Spa Conference Packages

As a special treat for conference attendees Galgorm Resort & Spa have put together a range of unique spa and accommodation packages if you would to extend your visit beyond the conference. 

  • Accommodation in a Resort Guestroom with access to spa £65.00 per person sharing (minimum 2 adults)
  • Accommodation in a Resort Guestroom plus 3 course dinner, with access to spa £95.00 per person sharing (minimum 2 adults)
  • Thermal Village Access & 3 Course Meal in Gillies or Fratelli £55.00 per person
  • 60-minute Spa Treatment £69.00 per person (bookings for spa treatments will close on 23/2/18)

Accommodation and Thermal Village access is subject to availability at the time of booking.

To avail of these special rates, guests may contact Louise Nicholl directly on 





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