Connect to Grow Conference


Donegal Women in Business Network


Connect to Grow Conference

A day of listening, learning and sharing

The Donegal Women in Business Network invite you to join them for a day of hospitality, exclusive networking and shared learning opportunities in one of Donegal’s most stunning settings with amazing speakers and supports to encourage growth and prosperity in your business. 

This year’s theme is Connect to Grow and aims to provide a day of inspiration, listening, learning, sharing and networking for all those that attend.  It will encourage, promote and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of women in the local business community, and provide unique networking opportunities.  

This inspirational day event, which offers all women with an interest in business the opportunity to network with others and grow their business, takes place from 10am to 4.30pm on Wednesday, 13th September, 2017 in The Garden Suite, which is the brand-new conference centre at Harvey’s Point Hotel, near Donegal Town. 

After almost 20 years in business, the Network has shown great growth as a collective and their Connect to Grow Conference is open to everyone from business owners, to those interested in business, to managers and mums. This includes women involved in the business of not-for-profit groups and employees in a business – everyone is welcome!

The Event ticket includes:

  • Morning and afternoon coffee, as well as a light lunch
  • Inspirational talks from keynote speakers
  • Panel discussion from innovative speakers from Donegal Women in Business Network
  • Access to one-to-one advice from enterprise and funding bodies
  • FREEdigital advice in the digital corner with Marie Shields
  • Extensive networking opportunities
  • Optional, further networking at the famous Harvey’s Point cabaret later that evening, (see ticket options) and concessions are available for those wishing to stay in the hotel. 


Brenda Donagher – Rural Enterprise Skillnet
The Donegal Women in Business Network is delighted to announce that Brenda Donagher, Network Manager, from Rural Enterprise Skillnet, will be acting as Facilitator throughout the day.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS – Biography details on our website, or Eventbrite

Paula Fitzsimons – Fitzsimons Consulting

Susan Hayes Culleton – Hayes Culleton Group

Majella O’Donnell – Campaigner and Broadcaster

OTHER SPEAKERS (from the Donegal Women in Business Network)

Evelyn Mc Glynn – Evelyn Mc Marketing

Edel MacBride – Edel MacBride & Knitfield

Nikki Bradley – Nikki Bradley Speaks

Finn Ní Fhaoláin – Fins Fit Food

From personal to financial growth, youth, diversity, export, as well as managing family life – all the talks and discussions will address the core areas of growth and challenges that arise for women in business.

All with their own unique take on these challenges, these speakers will offer inspiration and motivation through their own life experience, on how they grew their business.

During the day, there will also be FREE, informative, one-to-one sessions with enterprise bodies who will be offering help and advice on funding, training and how to build your business which include: 

  • Donegal Local Enterprise Office
  • Rural Enterprise Skillnet
  • LYIT
  • Enterprise Ireland
  • Donegal Local Development Company
  • Údarás Na Gaeltachta
  • Inishowen Partnership Company
  • The BASE Enterprise Centre
  • Regional Skills Fora, and
  • A range of other support bodies, and a number of Donegal Women in Business Network members exhibiting their business and services throughout the day.

Finally, the Network also wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Donegal Local Enterprise Office, and Rural Enterprise Skillnet who have given in terms of sponsorship for this event. If you would also like to sponsor this event, please do get in touch.

Little choices shape your destiny – this moment could be the beginning of a new direction – you can’t afford not to join us on 13th September!

As with previous years, this event is expected to sell out fast, so book early to avoid disappointment!

For more information on the event, or sponsorship opportunities please visit www.donegalwomeninbusiness.com, email donegalwomeninbusinessnetwork@gmail.com, or contact Evelyn Mc Glynn on 087 224 6989.