As part of International Women’s Day, a number of key Waterford business agencies came together to host a morning event ‘Transformation & Innovation’ at the Medieval Museum, which attracted a capacity crowd eager to hear inspirational stories and make new connections.
Waterford Local Enterprise Office joined forces with Waterford Chamber, Waterford Micro Business Network, Waterford Social Enterprise Network, Waterford Chamber Skillnet, Network Ireland, Waterford and West Waterford Women in Business for this free event as part of the first nationally co-ordinated ‘Local Enterprise Week’.
Opening the event, MC Nora Widger said it was fantastic to see a full room of business women coming together to celebrate their hard work and dedication.
Keynote speaker at the networking event was Regina Mangan, Managing Director of Liberty Blue Estate Agents, who told of her personal journey from starting out with a business idea and £7 in her pocket, to twenty years later and having just been awarded Best Small Business at the Waterford Business Awards.
Throughout the morning of networking sessions and tasty bites, there were short pop-up presentations from local business women Joyce O’Carroll, Wigworld; Jacinta Burke, Cill Barra Community Sports Centre; Sarah Richards, Seagull Bakery and Carmel Kikkers, Focus Visual Communications, who all gave an account of their road to success and the trials and tribulations along the way.
Closing the event, Head of Enterprise with Waterford City & County Council Richie Walsh said he was inspired by what he heard during the event and wished all the business women the very best of the luck for the future.