Chair of Women in Business NI, Edel Doherty (left) with CFNI's Helen McKeever (centre) and Women In Business NI CEO Roseann Kelly (Right).
Foundation Fund Development Manager speaks at major networking event
The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s Fund Development Manager Helen McKeever has spoken at the first Women in Business NI networking event of the autumn.
Helen spoke to more than 140 female entrepreneurs and business leaders at Hillsborough Castle about the Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland, outlining the potential of the fund and inviting them to join the Brighter Futures Giving Circle.
She was invited to speak at the event by Women in Business NI Chief Executive, Roseann Kelly who is a member of the Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland steering committee.
Helen said: “I was honoured to speak at this event, and to get the opportunity to address such a talented and influential group of women.
“The Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland was set up by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland to make a real difference in women’s lives. The Brighter Futures Giving Circle has been created within the fund to make individual charitable giving go further and provide an opportunity to have a greater involvement charitable giving.
“Individuals can join the circle by making a monthly gift which, along with other circle member’s gifts, is added to a collective funding pot.
“This will then be used to make gifts to individual women, enabling them to take the next step in their personal development.
“We are currently looking for new members to the Giving Circle and right now our aim is to grow the membership in order to create a funding pot capable of making a difference for local women".
Established in 2002, Women in Business NI, with around 800 members from across all industry sectors, is the largest business network for females who live in Northern Ireland.
Roseann Kelly said the organisation has a full programme of events planned for the coming months.
"We have an impressive schedule of events ahead including master classes, our annual awards ceremony and facilitated networking sessions to look forward to and Hillsborough Castle was such a fitting place to kick off our autumn/winter programme.
"Those at Hillsborough Castle left the building truly inspired and motivated by our keynote speaker to do business over the coming months."
Former RTE journalist Orlaith Carmody was the keynote speaker at the event and gave an inspiring speech about how it is possible to shatter the glass ceiling with determination and vision by developing a strategy for personal, business and career success.
Ms Carmody is managing director of MediaTraining.ie, a communications consultancy, set up with RTE Dragons Den investor Gavin Duffy.
For more information on the Women’s Fund for Northern Ireland, or to donate, please click here.