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3rd Annual Female Entrepreneurs Conference 2019

Date: 08-Mar-2019

Date    Friday 8th March 2018 
Time    9.00am - 4.00pm
Location    Galgorm Resort & Spa 
    136 Fenaghy Road 
    BT42 1EA 
Cost    £55+VAT 
Book    HERE

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:

About the Keynote speakers

Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt

Unstoppable Tracy is a #1 International Speaker who has shared the stage with a-listers Jane Fonda, John Travolta, Mel Gibson, Mark Wahlberg and many more. Her mind blowing story always gets standing ovations and pushes audiences out of their comfort zones! She is the winner of the 2017 Robert W. Jackson Award (Founder of the Canadian Paralympics) and 2018 Women of Essence Global Award Nominee.

Josephine Fairley

Jo Fairley is co-founder of Green & Black’s. She and her entrepreneur husband set out to market the world’s first organic chocolate, deciding on ‘green’ to represent their environmental ethos and ‘black’ to reflect particularly high-quality cocoa beans. Jo was among the first to highlight the social responsibility of food producers. Green & Black’s immediately picked up awards for entrepreneurial and ethical achievement, and the fortunes of the Maya Indians in Belize who grow the cocoa have been transformed. Jo tells how 20,000 young people carrying flaming torches lobbied supermarkets to stock Maya Gold - generating valuable news coverage. But they also had plenty of white knuckle moments. What happens when cocoa beans are stuck in a volatile tropical country, the port blockaded, and your major retailer is threatening de-listing unless the consignment is delivered on time?

Jo’s presentations show the determination needed and the risks involved in building a business and exploiting a niche market. She also demonstrates the power of branding, how business can be both ethical and highly successful, and why you should never underestimate the intelligence of the consumer. Jo Fairley is author of more than a dozen books, including the Green Beauty Bible. She has also been Contributing Editor on YOU Magazine and chair of a Soil Association committee. She now runs an organic bakery and a health centre.

Chanelle, Lady McCoy

Chanelle, Lady McCoy is one of Ireland’s most successful businesswomen, winner of the All-Ireland Business Champion Award(2018) and recently ranked no 23 in the ’50 incredible people shaping modern Ireland’. Chanelle co-founded Chanelle Medical, part of the multi-million pound global company Chanelle Pharmaceutical Group based in Galway. Chanelle is the newest dragon on the TV series Dragon’s Den in Ireland and is also married to horseracing legend Sir AP McCoy.

Chanelle Medical & Chanelle Veterinary develop and manufacture generic (copycat) drugs, holding more than 3,000 medical product licenses in over 96 countries. They have won many awards, including the Life Science Award at the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards 2017, Exporter of the Year 2016, Life Sciences Exporter of the Year 2016, Export Innovation of the Year 2016, Winner of ‘Project of the Year’ at the Pharma Industry Awards 2016 and the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award 2015.

Chanelle is a popular business, leadership & motivational speaker due to her experience of co-heading up Ireland’s largest indigenous pharmaceutical company, being responsible for over 500 people and turning-over in excess of €115m. She is also a huge supporter of women in business and mentoring young entrepreneurs. The 42 year-old is married to Sir AP McCoy OBE, Champion Jump Jockey for 20 consecutive years, voted BBC Sports Personality of the year in 2010. When he retired in 2015, AP was awarded with the BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was knighted by the Queen for his Services to Horseracing. Chanelle and AP have 2 children. Chanelle co-presents for a number of TV stations and is also an Ambassador for race days and for the charity Tiny Tickers.

Chanelle’s love for business has also seen her branch out into the fashion industry. In 2014 Chanelle and 5 partners opened the doors of Mojo & McCoy, a successful boutique in Berkshire.

During the conference we will also be joined by leading female entrepreneurs for a panel discussion which will include:

Caroline O’Neill, Digg Childrenswear

Caroline O'Neill is the proud owner of DIGG Childrenswear and the founder of DIGG For Success. Digg Childrenswear was established in 2008 and is now the leading kid's retailer in Ireland as well as an online destination for some of the leading brands in kidswear. DIGG For Success was founded due to Caroline's passion for helping small businesses navigate this digital world we now live in and make their business the best it can be. DIGG For Success hosts workshops all over the country covering all areas of digital marketing.

Jennifer McKeever, Airporter

Jennifer McKeever has been running her own business Airporter for over 20 years, connecting passengers between Derry/Londonderry and the Belfast airports, and is a leading North West voice on subjects regarding infrastructure, tourism, transport and aviation. She was the President of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce in 2018 and represented North West businesses on Brexit issues with UK and Irish governments.

Frances Lundy, Riada Resourcing

Known for her drive and determination to find only the best person for the vacancy and company.Frances lived in London and Australia before starting her recruitment career in Grafton, quickly becoming an Area Recruitment manager responsible for five locations. In 2000 she established Riada with her husband, Dominic. Still the driving force at the head of the business, Riada now recruits for leading export companies, Blue Chip and Public sector across Northern Ireland and the UK. Frances actively supports local community clubs and businesses alongside corporate sponsorships of Causeway Chamber, Ballymena Chamber of Commerce, Business Awards.

Kate Burns, Islander Kelp

Kate Burns is founder and Managing Director of Islander Kelp Ltd., growing and processing kelp as a food product on Rathlin Island and is also Principal of Burns Consulting, specialising in business and natural resource planning and. Kate has a Masters in Rural Development from Queens University Belfast, a Diploma in Community Development from University College Galway and a BSc. Hons. from the Open University UK. In addition to ‘Islander® Kelp’, Kate’s consultancy work has included preparing area based strategies for 'fishing dependent communities' under the EU Axis IV Programme and rural development planning. From 2009 to April 2013 she was Director of Community Initiatives at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, establishing programmes to assist the fishing and seafood industries deal with change and become sustainable.

Linzi Rooney, Studio Souk

Linzi Rooney runs Studio Souk. Established in 2014, it showcases products and producers from across Northern Ireland, telling a distinctive story of place. Her newest venture, Born & Bred, puts Studio Souk’s offering in Belfast City Airport from August 1st. In Linzi’s words, “the local, the unique, the authentic, needs to be the story that the city tells the world.” Linzi trained as a photographer, retrained as a silversmith, and started selling her jewellery at monthly pop-up events. Studio Souk is now Lonely Planet’s top choice for arts and crafts in the city and has featured in the New York Times along the way. Mummy to two young children, Linzi is frank about the impact of losing her mum to breast cancer at the age of 15, leading to her decision to have a double mastectomy in 2017.


We also have two thought-provoking breakout sessions...

Samantha Kelly, Tweeting Goddess

Sam Kelly is an internationally-recognised Twitter Exper, Social Media Strategist, Author and Speaker. Known as the "Tweeting Goddess", she is also founder of the Women's Inspire Network - a gloabl support network for female-led businesses, with a social media following of over 13k.

Naomh McElhatton, SMART Global

Naomh has been highlighted as one of Northern Ireland’s most energetic entrepreneurs. As founder of the She Said Club, SMART NI and Northern Irelands DANI Awards, Naomh is well known for hosting conferences, leading digital transformation training and marketing consultancy around the globe. Being heavily involved within the digital and creative industries, Naomh sits on the board of the Digital Catapult and recently delivered her TEDx Talk in Stormont highlighting our online addictions.

Let's not forget about the £20k Pitching Competition


In addition to a line up of some fantastic speakers, there will also be an exciting Yes You Can £20k pitching competition.

This pitching competition is part of a new 3-year Female Enterprise Programme, Yes You Can, which is a collaboration between the 11 Local Councils, Invest NI and Women in Business. The full Yes You Can Programme will be launched at the conference and more information can be found on the Women in Business website. Women in Business are delivering the programme across Northern Ireland. There are two stages to the competition with an extra prize also available for the best winning pitch on the day of the conference.

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