Today’s Women in Grocery announces speaker panel for 2023 Annual Networking Lunch

Speakers will include newly appointed MD of Heineken Ireland Sharon Walsh, Tesco Ireland CEO Natasha Adams, Former Irish Rugby player Niamh Briggs, and Founder of Riley Fiona Parfrey



9 March 2023

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Today’s Women in Grocery (TWIG), a sub-committee of the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund (IGBF), has revealed an inspiring speaker line-up for its seventh annual networking luncheon.

Industry leading speakers will address a gathering of prominent figures in Ireland’s grocery, food and retail sectors at TWIG’s luncheon 2023 event which will be held in the Dublin Royal Convention Centre, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8, on Friday, 5 May 2023.

Since it first launched, TWIG has consistently been a key part of the fundraising efforts of the IGBF charity. In a fitting reflection of the difficult two years faced with the pandemic, the ‘Power of Positivity’ theme for 2023 sets the scene for what will be an afternoon of inspiring contributions from an inspiring panel of business leaders from the FMCG sector and beyond.  The event will be chaired by Sonya Lennon, and includes the following panel of speakers.

  • Natasha Adams, CEO, Tesco Ireland
  • Sarah Ferguson, general manager, Kelloggs Ireland
  • Sharon Walsh, managing director, Heineken Ireland 
  • Betty Quigley, global chief commercial officer, L’Oréal
  • Sharon Keegan, entrepreneur and founder, Peachylean
  • Niamh Briggs, former Irish rugby player and member of An Garda Síochàna
  • Fiona Parfrey, entrepreneur and founder, Riley
  • Rachel Hennessy, entrepreneur and founder, Happy Days Fashion Retail

Michelle Darlington, chairperson of Today’s Women in Grocery, feels that the ‘Power of Positive’ theme is more important than ever for people in terms of their own personal mindset and on how they can have a positive impact within their organisation’s and in their local communities in this fast-paced world: 

“We are delighted to be hosting our seventh TWIG event in the fantastic new Royal Convention Centre in the heart of Dublin beside the Radisson Golden Lane,” said Darlington.

“This modern venue allows for more people to come together and network and have the opportunity to hear from our amazing panel of speakers about the power of positive and how they can take those learnings to have a positive impact in both their personal and professional lives,” she said.

“This year we are excited to launch our first TWIG Person of the Year 2023, Power of Positive Award,  proudly sponsored by CPM,” Darlington added. “This prestigious award aims to recognise someone in the Retail industry that lives and breathes our TWIG ethos and has used their ‘Positive Power’ to great impact in their organisation, local community or beyond.”

“We are delighted to be hosting the event in a new, exciting, and bigger venue for TWIG 23, where even more of our colleagues and peers can enjoy what we know will be another amazing and inspirational event,” added Frances Higgins, chair of the IGBF and TWIG committee member.

“This year is the IGBF’s 60th birthday and on this milestone year, we are very much looking forward to another successful fundraising year for the charity, with TWIG being a firm anchor and major contributor to our fundraising endeavours,” Higgins added.

“Events like TWIG enable us to continue to raise awareness of the charity and its ability to support our fellow colleagues who fall on hard times for whatever reason.  As always, I would like to extend our gratitude to each of our sponsors – Musgrave, Diageo, CPM and Suntory Beverage and Food Ireland, and indeed all of the companies and suppliers who contribute to the day, for their continued invaluable support – it is always appreciated and never taken for granted.”

This year’s lunch will be kindly sponsored by Musgrave, Diageo, CPM and Suntory Beverage and Food Ireland. All funds raised from the TWIG luncheon enable the IGBF to continue supporting our fellow colleagues across the trade who have fallen on hard times.

Due to phenomenal support, this event is now sold out, to get added to the waiting list, please contact Michelle Thornton at Hotel Solutions on 01 6309211 or email



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