TWIG reveals line-up for networking fundraiser, names new chair

TWIG networking event will take place on Friday, 3 May at the Dublin Royal Convention Centre



8 March 2024

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Today’s Women in Grocery (TWIG), a subcommittee of the Irish Grocers’ Benevolent Fund (IGBF), has announced the speakers for its forthcoming networking fundraiser event.

Now in its 8th year, the sold out TWIG event will take place on Friday, 3 May 2024, at the Dublin Royal Convention Centre.

Sonya Lennon will return as the MC and will host a panel discussion with industry experts who will  address an audience of key figures in Ireland’s grocery sector.

The distinguished speakers come from various sectors of the grocery industry and include:

  • Mandy Hennebry, head of Ireland, Unilever
  • Michelle Vance, chief executive officer, Lily O’Brien’s
  • Charlene Flanagan, entrepreneur and co-founder of Ella & Jo Cosmetics
  • Maeve McCleane, chief people officer, Lidl Ireland & Lidl Northern Ireland
  • Brendan Courtney, presenter, entrepreneur & co-founder Lennon Courtney

‘Defining You’

This year’s theme, ‘Defining You’, will invite the panel to ‘share their journey to success in the industry, diving into the experiences and decisions that have contributed to their personal growth and professional success’.

From pivotal decisions to impactful relationships, the panel will offer candid insights into the transformative moments that have shaped their careers.

Speaking on the theme, Frances Higgins, chair of the IGBF and TWIG committee member, said, “This year’s theme, ‘Defining You’, is a great opportunity to discuss how some of our greatest challenges can play an important role in our personal and professional growth.”

New chair 

This year’s networking event is the first under the new leadership of Mary McBride, head of retail at Bewleys Coffee Ltd., who has assumed the role of chairperson for TWIG.

She succeeds Yourell Lawlor and Michelle Darlington in her new role.

Speaking ahead of the event, McBride, said, “Our annual networking event provides a great opportunity to bring women in our sector together to not only build their connections, but to learn about and share insights into various aspects of our industry.

“My predecessors have been key in advancing this organisation and I look forward to leading TWIG further in its mission of empowering women in the grocery industry.”

Showing support 

This year’s lunch will be sponsored by Musgrave, Diageo, CPM and Suntory Beverage and Food Ireland.

TWIG noted that all of the funds raised from its luncheon will enable the IGBF to continue supporting fellow colleagues across the trade who have experienced loss, or unexpected personal/financial difficulties.

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