Network Cork and Cork Chamber host joint ‘Women in Leadership’ event

15 April 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth

Network Cork Past President and Current President

Network Cork, the Cork branch of Network Ireland, in association with Cork Chamber will host a ‘Women in Leadership’ executive lunch on Friday, 22nd of April at the Ambassador Hotel, with special guest speaker Deirdre Somers, one of Ireland’s most prominent business women.

Deirdre Somers was appointed Chief Executive of the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) in June 2007. During her tenure the ISE modernised its structure, expanded its services domestically and internationally, rising to #1 stock exchange globally in fixed income and funds listings. The ISE was awarded Best Place to Work in Ireland (medium sized companies) just last month. She is currently President of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges. Deirdre is outspoken about the importance of the role of markets as a relevant and accessible funding source for companies, particularly for high potential SMEs and is looking forward to sharing her views with the people of Cork.

The executive lunch will celebrate the high calibre of women in leadership positions and will be attended by some of the most dynamic and influential business people in the region.

Speaking ahead of the event, Network Cork President Joan Walsh stated:

“We are delighted to have Deirdre Somers as our guest speaker at this event. She is an excellent example of a hardworking and hugely successful leader in business and a perfect fit for this executive lunch which promotes women in leadership. We are also proud to continue our partnership Cork Chamber for this annual event, it is fantastic to have two organisations like Cork Chamber and Network Cork come together to deliver an event as such as this.”

Also speaking ahead of the event, President of Cork Chamber, Barrie O’ Connell stated:

“Inclusive business with diverse leadership make better decisions which translates into better business performance. Cork Chamber is therefore delighted to once again partner with Network Cork for this annual executive lunch promoting women in leadership. We are delighted to have Cork native Deirdre Somers as guest speaker for this lunch. As one of the most influential business leaders in the country, we look forward to hearing her vision for alternative funding models – not least for the growing number of high-potential SMEs coming out of Cork.”

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