Joining a professional women’s network provides not just access to role models, but provides career-boosting contacts, mentoring and confidence-boosting support too.
If you can’t make it to some of our events, don’t forget the value of our weekly ‘share your news’ on our Facebook page; having your news in our monthly newsletter; the opportunity to guest blog and, of course, having your company listed in our business directory (which, by the way, was recently used by RTÉ who were searching to highlight women in business in Donegal for a TV programme… and found them!)
So what are you waiting for!
In addition to this, research findings from the University of Georgia suggest that “it appears that the social activities provided by women’s network provide women with the opportunity to develop more career-supportive relationships” and these “are likely to play a direct role in helping more women advance to higher levels of their organisations.”
1. Facebook/social media advertising via weekly ‘share your news’
2. Network and exchange business contacts
3. Access to mentoring from other network members
4. Website directory advertising for your business
5. Opportunity to guest blog to our Network
6. Opportunities to host social or business events /workshops
7. Membership discounts
8. Business opportunities
The Donegal Women in Business Network is aimed at providing a forum for women in business in the county of Donegal to share their experiences, network and to discuss topical business issues affecting women.
The Donegal Women in Business Network runs 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.
Donegal Women In Business Is run by a group of 11 voluntary members, See each Committee member below to find out more about them
Our new President Deirdre McGlone is a businesswomen and Donegal Person of the year 2015.
Deirdre has been involved in the Hospitality Industry since the age of 12 and following her student years, she became part of the Harvey’s Point Family in 1989.
Over the past 28 years, her role has evolved from working at reception, to helping out in service, through to sales and marketing and customer relations.
Continuous professional development is very important to Deirdre and she enjoys learning new skills and trends in the hotel industry.
Deirdre is honoured to be the President of the Donegal Women in Business Network and looks forward to meeting and networking with all business women in Donegal.
You can find out more information on Deirdre here.
Our committee secretary at Donegal Women in Business Network is Trish Mc Ginley. Trish is the glue that holds us all together and will be for many of you the first point of contact when you e-mail or contact the Network, and is passionate about supporting women in business and learning from one another and is looking forward to an exciting and busy year ahead.
Trish recently returned to Donegal bringing with her more than 30 years’ marketing and PA experience from the public, private and voluntary sectors throughout the UK, Ireland and Australia, which will all be put to good use in her new 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 the Mountcharles Community’s website and their marketing.
Trish is also passionate about continuous learning and personal and professional development, and has qualifications in cultural studies, marketing, counselling, and coaching and mentoring.
Contact Trish at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 089 256 3845.
Evelyn Mc Glynn a long time member of the Network, and is the PRO for Donegal Women in Business Network.
Evelyn is a big fan of networking and is passionate about everything she does. Author, educator, and communicator, Evelyn runs www.evelynmcmarketing.com providing a helping hand with business advice, event management and innovative marketing solutions for new or established business.
Evelyn is also committed to “giving” and “corporate social responsibility” in business and looks forward to promoting the network and incorporating giving as part of raising the profile of the group and its members.
You can contact Evelyn on 087 2246989
Fiona O’Reilly, a long term member of the Donegal Women in Business Network and a committee member for a number of years.
Fiona O Reilly is Creative Director/Owner of On The Dot, a creative design studio based in Letterkenny. Prior to starting her own business, Fiona spent 15 years in the design industry in Dublin, New York and Sydney in various creative and business roles. Fiona returned to Donegal in 2008 to study a BA Honours in Visual Communication at LYIT and followed this with a Masters in Motion Graphics and graduated in 2010 with a First Class Honours in both courses. In May 2011, she set up On the Dot to offer a complete visual communication consultancy for a variety of clients and has been growing the business ever since.
On the Dot work closely with many SMEs to provide bespoke, innovative and creative visual solutions to help them promote their business and get noticed. They do this by providing graphic design and art direction for traditional and interactive media which include: brand identities, logos, web sites, packaging, magazines, posters, annual reports, property brochures, art catalogues, CD covers, in-store POP ups, signage, promotional campaigns and print advertising.
Their specialties are branding and brand strategies, including food packaging. They are also experienced in design for publishing in particular Cultural, Tourism projects and the Arts.
Fiona is passionate about producing creative innovative campaigns for clients and says that if “You are hiring a Designer and that is exactly what you will get when you work with us, no go betweens. We keep it simple. You talk. We listen.”
Visit www.onthedot.ie to find out more about what they do.
You can contact Fiona on 087 913 0155
Julie returned to Letterkenny with her native husband and 3 boys from Australia in 2015. She studied Chiropractic at RMIT in Melbourne and proceeded to work in both Ireland and Australia for the next 15 years. Passionate about family care, nutrition and improving the posture through brain based chiropractic care, she went on to open her first chiropractic business upon her return to Letterkenny with the support and encouragement from family and friends.
Whether you suffer from a specific problem/pain, want to improve your posture or just want to be a happier and healthier you, Julie at North West Chiropractic can help you achieve your health goals.
In her free time, Julie loves spending time with family and friends, travelling, reading (whether to enhance her education or curled up with a good book) playing tennis, watching movies and being the household ping pong champion! and of course being part of #DWBN
Rachel works in Donegal Local Development Company in the role of Enterprise Officer where she gives start up advice, and assistance in developing a business plan to unemployed people who are considering the option of self-employment and enables them to access the supports available. She also delivers Start Your Own Business training for Donegal Local Development Company.
Rachel previously worked for the Local Enterprise for 17 years and has a rounded knowledge of supports available to those in business or considering starting a business. She has been on the Committee of the Women in Business Network since 2002 in the roles of Secretary and laterally as Treasurer.
Catherine Lyster is careers officer at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. A major element of this role is enabling students and recent graduates to secure relevant jobs, internships and placements. If you are in a position to offer a student a placement/internship, Catherine would love to hear from you. Information on our courses is on www.lyit.ie/courses. Prior to commencing her role as Careers Officer in Letterkenny IT, Catherine worked in a careers service in the UK specialising in Further and Higher Education .
Stella McGroarty joined the committee in 2016 has been an active member of the Network for some years now.
Stella is extremely experienced in retail and hospitality and has own fashion shop in Donegal Town – Stella Boutique, Castle Street, The Diamond, Donegal Town.
Stella stocks Nomads, Lily & Me, Bohemia, Soutmate, Envy, ISay, Sense Copenhagen, Rosie Fox & MAC Jeans.
Sizes 8 to 22 and personal shopping can be arranged after 6pm by appointment.
Contact Stella at 087 226 2820.
Even though it’s more than 30 years since Grace Gerry left Donegal for Vancouver Island, she still thinks of Ireland has her home – and we are delighted to have Grace on our committee whilst she is back in Donegal for the next year or two. Read more about Grace’s return to Donegal here.
Grace runs her own business, Graceful Solutions, as a coach, counsellor and facilitator, that offers practical, easy-to-apply strategies to help reduce stress, maximise success and increase your emotional well-being!
You can contact Grace on 087 4544322.
The BASE helps small businesses get established, get stable, and grow and provides a supportive, friendly and encouraging environment that is for everyone, regardless of industry or ambition.
The BASE’s vibrant entrepreneurial community extends beyond the walls of the Centre and fosters a network of successful business people bringing success to the Finn Valley area and beyond.
You can contact Leah on 087 607 5555