Today’s Women in Grocery event hailed a success

Food business entrepreneur Alison Cowzer in Dragons' Den mode
Food business entrepreneur Alison Cowzer in Dragons' Den mode

460 senior female figures from the food, grocery and retail sectors gathered at Dublin's InterContinental Hotel to discuss their role in shaping the industry, at a charity networking event entitled ‘Breaking New Ground’ hosted by Today’s Women in Grocery (TWIG), a sub-committee of the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund (IGBF).



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1 June 2018 | 0

Now in its third year, the Today’s Women in Grocery networking charity luncheon is seen as one of the must-attend professional networking events of the year for senior women in grocery, due to its format of bringing inspirational female business leaders together to empower women through a frank and open exchange of the challenges and opportunities in business for women today and tomorrow.

Speakers included entrepreneur Alison Cowzer, co-founder of East Coast Bakehouse which produces a range of cookies and biscuits for the Irish, UK and European markets. Cowzer is also an investor on RTE’s Dragon’s Den. Lorraine Higgins, the newly announced CEO of Retail Excellence Ireland representing the interests of 1,750 leading retailers and a former senator; and business woman, broadcaster and social entrepreneur Sonya Lennon, the driving force behind the award winning  frockadvisor digital platform and the Lennon Courtney fashion label.

Sharon Yourell-Lawlor, chair of Today’s Women in Grocery and MD of Think Plan Do Consulting, said the event was an occasion where the power of female leadership was visible, with a record 460 women from top positions in the food, retail and grocery industries united to shine a light on their role in this important sector of the economy.  “As well as hearing from three inspirational female business leaders,” Yourell-Lawlor said, “we are also thrilled to announce that Today’s Women in Grocery is establishing a new mentorship programme to encourage the next generation of female leaders to secure their seats at the top of tomorrow’s grocery, food and retail sectors.”

This unique new mentorship programme, will be facilitated by CPM, and will partner business leaders with emerging female talent in the sector. Aspiring female leaders are urged to register their interest at

TWIG was founded in 2016 as a supporting branch of the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund (IGBF). The IGBF plays a vital role is fundraising for people in the industry that need help and all funds raised at the TWIG networking luncheon are donated to support worthy causes in the industry.

The TWIG networking luncheon is supported by Musgrave MarketPlace, The National Lottery,  CPM, Lucozade Ribena Suntory and Kildare Village, a new partner in 2018.

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