Growing Connections at Today’s Women in Grocery event

Elizabeth Sheehan and Sharon Yourell Lawlor at the Todays’ Women in Grocery TWIG networking luncheon, Growing Connections , in the intercontinental Hotel (Photo: Kieran Harnett)

Leading women from the Irish grocery industry gathered at the InterContinental Hotel, Ballsbridge this week for the second ‘Today’s Women in Grocery’ networking luncheon.



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26 May 2017 | 0

The ‘Today’s Women in Grocery’ group was created by the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund as a platform for women in grocery to grow their connections, learn from leading inspirational women and discuss issues of concern and network with each other.  The event has a key focus on raising the profile of women in the sector, while all proceeds from the lunch go to support the IGBF charity.

The theme of this year’s event was Growing Connections, which was chosen to reflect the aim of the event offering women a supportive and inspiring environment to grow their connections. Today’s Women in Grocery is unique to the sector and is specifically targeted towards a female audience. Women who attended the event at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge on Friday, 19 May, had the opportunity to network with a cross section of industry which included leading suppliers, retailers and support agencies. This year’s event saw generous support from sponsors such as Musgrave MarketPlace, The National Lottery, CPM and LR Suntory, who enjoyed a strong presence there on the day.

Featured speakers included Louise Ryan, MD of Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard; Áine Maguire, MD of Persuasion; Aoibheann O’Brien, CEO of FoodCloud Hubs and Sheila Gallagher, commercial director at Tesco. Melanie Morris, editor-in-chief of Image Magazine compèred the event.

This year’s event was a phenomenal success, with more than double the number of attendees than in 2016,” said Sharon Yourell Lawlor, committee chair and MD of Think Plan Do Consulting. “We were delighted to be hosting our second TWIG networking lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge. This event helps to facilitate networking amongst women in recognition of the challenges and issues of concern faced by our members and guests. Women at the event were encouraged out of their comfort zone, to grow their connections and avail of the opportunity to connect with new people in the grocery sector by sharing and discussing topics of relevance in an open and supportive environment.”

TWIG, as part of the IGBF, aims encourage more female participation in industry events and initiatives. The event opened with a champagne and networking reception, followed by lunch. The next TWIG event will take place on Friday, 18 May 2018, at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Dublin, at which the theme will be ‘Breaking New Ground’.


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