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This Network is Your Network

Would you like your brand associated with a women’s group with over 200 active members covering all sectors?

Joining a professional women’s network provides not just access to role models, but provides career-boosting contacts, mentoring and confidence-boosting support too.

“For women to advance professionally, we need to exploit our one true advantage –

a strong female support group. The support system and gender-specific career advice that women can provide other women are crucial to career advancement. Female mentorship in the workplace is more important than ever. Let’s band together so that tomorrow’s female leaders emerge from today’s inner circle.”

Caroline Castrillon, Forbes, 2019

More membership benefits

Our members have businesses/work in many different areas such as

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DIRECTORY LISTING

On joining, members can list their business details on our Directory page which increases your online presence and boosts SEO.

FACEBOOK/SOCIAL MEDIA EXPOSURE

Members can contribute to our regular ‘Share Your News’ post on our Facebook Page which has 3,500+ followers.

MAKE NEW CONTACTS

Network and exchange business contacts.

NEWSLETTER

Members can have their offers and news shared in our monthly newsletter.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

We have many members who have met, hired or collaborated with each other through our Network.

MENTORING & ADVICE

As a member, you will have access to mentoring from other network members.

GUEST BLOG

Tell us more about you/your business by writing a blog post for our website and we will also promote it on our social channels.

HOST EVENTS

As a member, you have the opportunity to host social or business events /workshops.

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MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNTS

Members usually offer each other discounts on their products or services.

MEMBER ONLY FACEBOOK GROUP

Our members only Facebook Group is a private space for members to connect, share, ask questions, get advice and make recommendations.

A network for every woman in business

200+ members and membership fee is only €50!

A bit more About us…

Our story begins in 1998 when the then Donegal County Enterprise Board (the forerunner to the Local Enterprise Office) made the decision to develop a dedicated support programme to promote and support female entrepreneurship in County Donegal.  At the time the Board had four female directors and these along with some other women became the steering committee for the initiative. The Board, through its executive, was successful in an application for funding that enabled it to appoint the first dedicated sector-specific executive (Anne Turbett) to drive the project forward.

The large crowd at their inaugural meeting in Kees Hotel in 1999 was an indication of the level of interest shown by budding female entrepreneurs in the county. This was followed by the official launch of the Network in 2000.

Over the years, the ongoing success of the network has been driven by the members themselves, led by various committees representing the sector with support from the Local Enterprise Office. A common theme throughout has been to create a strong support network and in doing so build confidence, contacts and skills.

The Donegal Women in Business Network has emerged into an ambitious, dynamic and diverse group which brings together women in different stages of business development, from startup to expansion and everything in-between.

We provide a forum for women in business in the county of Donegal to share their experiences, network and to discuss topical business issues affecting women.

We run seminars/workshops throughout the year based on the identified needs of the members. It’s not all work though, the Network also runs a number of social events, which provide a welcome respite from daily business life, and are a great way to have some fun while getting to know other members.

The Network is open to all women with an interest in business. Whether you are the owner of the business or involved in running the business either as a partner, family member or manager.

Most of the events are cost-free (paid for out of the subscriptions) and any additional costs are kept as low as possible so as to facilitate as many as possible to attend.

Meet our Committee

Our Committee consists of network members who kindly give their time
voluntarily to keep things running smoothly

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President

Jo Daly

Trish-McGinley-Secretary-Vice-President
Secretary & Vice President

Trish McGinley

Evelyn-Mc-Glynn-Public-Relations-Officer
Public Relations Officer

Evelyn Mc Glynn

Larissa-Feeney-Treasure
Treasurer

Larissa Feeney

Mihaela-Iftime-Assistant-Treasurer
Assistant Treasurer

Mihaela Iftime

Sheila-Russell-Assitant-Secretary
Assistant Secretary

Sheila Russell

Leah-Fairman-Committee-Member
Committee Member

Leah Fairman

Janine-Sullivan-Committee-Member
Committee Member

Janine Sullivan

Deirdre-McGlone-Patron-Ambassador
Patron & Ambassador

Deirdre McGlone

Jo-Daly-President

President

Jo Daly

Renowned in the hospitality world, Jo (along with Debbie O’Reilly) runs the very popular Quay West restaurant in Donegal town, which has won many awards and accolades over the years. Her continuous community-building saw her step forward as one of many volunteers at the helm of Chef Aid charity Donegal during the pandemic. Jo is also on the committee of the Donegal Food Festival.

Jo is a passionate believer in diversity and inclusion and, as President, looks forward to building on the Network’s motto of inspiring all women in business – from kitchen table to boardroom table – and everyone who is employed or has an interest in business in the county.

Contact Jo at: daly.jlo@gmail.com

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Secretary & Vice President

Trish McGinley

Trish McGinley, our Secretary, is the glue that holds us all together and will be for many of you the first point of contact when you email or contact the Network, and she is passionate about supporting women in business and learning from one another.

Trish has more than 30 years’ marketing and administration experience from the public, private and voluntary sectors throughout the UK, Ireland and Australia, which is all put to good use in her role with the Network!

As well as being involved in the Network, Trish also runs her own business, McGinley Online Marketing, in addition to taking care of Mountcharles Community’s website.

Contact Trish at: trish@mcginleyonlinemarketing.com, or 089 256 3845.

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Public Relations Officer

Evelyn Mc Glynn

Evelyn Mc Glynn is an author, trainer, life coach and runs a marketing company evelynmcmarketing.com.

Evelyn owns the blog and social media for donegalmammy.com and is addicted to networking! She is also the PRO for Donegal Women in Business Network, and has brought networking online through her Let’s Meet For A Coffee events throughout lockdown in 2020.

Evelyn spent over 20 years as a stay at home mum and credits networking, and transferable skills gained from her work in the voluntary sector, and the ability to learn almost everything on the internet to where she is today.

She is passionate about empowering women and giving every woman in business an opportunity to grow.

Contact Evelyn at: evelynmcmarketing@gmail.com

Larissa-Feeney-Treasure

Treasurer

Larissa Feeney

Larissa is the Founder and CEO of Accountant Online, which is a firm of Chartered and Certified Accountants, and leads a team who work both remotely and in offices in Dublin and Letterkenny.

Accountant Online was shortlisted in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for ‘Best use of Technology in Accountancy and Finance’, winner of ‘Best Small Practice’ in 2017, ‘Best Medium Practice’ in 2018, shortlisted in 2019 for ‘Best Medium Practice’ and Larissa herself was awarded ‘Accountant of the Year’ in 2018.

Larissa is also on the mentor panel of both Donegal LEO and Enterprise Ireland and has, and is acting, in a voluntary capacity in various roles, including as Treasurer of Donegal Women in Business Network.

Contact Larissa at: Larissa@accountantonline.ie

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Assistant Treasurer

Mihaela Iftime

Originally from Romania, Mihaela came to Ireland over 22 years ago and since that time she has worked in hospitality and accounting.

Mihaela loves working with numbers and is also passionate about helping and mentoring other people.

In March 2020, Mihaela started her online business delivering bookkeeping and payroll services, Bookkeeping Ireland, based in Letterkenny which operates nationwide.

Mihaela is also an Executive Partner with Professional Bookkeepers Academy and a SortMyBooks Certified Expert.

During the lockdown Mihaela attended several ‘’Let’s Meet for a Coffee‘’ events and was inspired to join the Donegal Women in Business Network and subsequently was warmly welcomed as their Assistant Treasurer.

Contact Mihaela at: info@bookkeepingireland.ie

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Assistant Secretary

Sheila Russell

Assistant Secretary, Sheila Russell joined the committee in October 2019 and has been a member of the Donegal Women in Business Network for several years.

Sheila is the Sales & Marketing Manager at the award winning Harvey’s Point hotel having joined the company 10 years ago. She is passionate about tourism in Donegal and Ireland has been lucky to promote County Donegal internationally and within Ireland.

With over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Sheila and has held various high-level positions in hotels within Ireland including front office, revenue management, event planning, and sales & marketing.

Contact Sheila at: sheila@harveyspoint.com

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Committee Member

Leah Fairman

Committee member Leah Fairman is Manager of BASICC, a social enterprise in Ballybofey-Stranorlar which focusses on programmes to regenerate the towns. As part of her role, Leah runs The BASE Enterprise Centre, the administrative home of the Donegal Women in Business Network, which supports small businesses and start-ups in their growth phase.

Leah is also active in the day-to-day activity of Ballybofey and Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce. Leah’s background is in HR, Management Consulting and Leadership Development.

Alongside her work for BASICC, Leah runs her own outdoor and wellbeing company ‘Wild Days Out’.

Contact Leah at: manager@thebaseenterprise.ie

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Committee Member

Janine Sullivan

Janine joined the Network in 2018 and the Committee in 2019.

She has more than 24 years’ experience in the design industry, bringing a vast set of design skills to the table.

She founded her own company in 2010 under the name JK Sullivan Design and then re-branded to JKS Design in 2018.

She works closely with the client, really listening to them and deep diving into their needs to deliver engaging design that lasts. Her ability to design well for both print and web ensures brand consistency across all mediums thus reinforcing the brand recognition of your company at every touchpoint.

Contact Janine at: hello@jksdesign.ie

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Patron & Ambassador

Deirdre McGlone

Having had the honour of being president of the Donegal Women in Business Network for three years, Deirdre looks forward to continuing to support DWBN in an ambassadorial role. She is a firm believer in the power of networking and collaboration.

From 1989 to 2019, Deirdre was owner / manager of the multi-award winning Harvey’s Point Hotel. In 2019, she and her husband sold their business and in 2020, her entrepreneurial spirit continues with the development of a new holiday rental business venture in France.

Deirdre extends best wishes to the current committee of DWBN and its members.

Contact Deirdre at: deirdre@mydonegal.ie

Committee photos kindly supplied by Barbara McGroary