Network Cork Finalists Announced

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Network Ireland Cork has announced the finalists for the 2021prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Awards. Twenty-five finalists are shortlisted for the awards across eight categories, which will take place on 2 June. Registration for the virtual awards ceremony is free for Network Ireland members and their families and €20 for non-members. You can book here>>

Guest speaker will be Christine Armstrong, author of The Mother Of All Jobs, and the event will be MCed by Cork’s 96fm presenter Keith Cunningham.

Finalists for the Power Within Champion Award — recognising those who overcame challenges — include Miriam Bourke, Invesco; Kathy O’Dwyer, Career Training Internships; and  Diane Higgins, Diane Higgins Design. In the Solo Businesswoman category are Noreen Roche, Epona Retreat Centre; Lucie Al, Lucie Al Portraits & Lucie Al Creative; and Michelle Dinneen, Ardin Career Development.

Up for Emerging New Business are Ingrid Seim, Avenues Consultancy & Coaching; Karen Goodliffe, SurePlan Financial; and Noella Carroll, Pinnaklo Ltd. In the Established Business category are Adrianna Hegarty, Hegarty Properties; Carol Brick, HerMoney; Kathy O’Dwyer, Career Training Internships; and Liz Gavin, Eur Digital Village.

The three finalists in the Employee – Rising Star category are Ciara Keane, DePuy Synthes Johnson & Johnson; Elena Canty, Event Plan; and Kate Scannell, Grant Thornton. Up for Employee – Shining Star are Miriam Bourke, Invesco; Sinéad O’Dea, Griffith College Cork; and Konstantina Stefanidou, Depuy Synthes Johnson & Johnson.

For Creative Professional, finalists include Fiona Kennedy, Fiona Kennedy Music; Stef McSherry, Kinderama; and Monika Nowakowska, Lady of the Valley. In the STEM category are Anne Marie Butler, Edlong; Lena Angland, Wanderful; and Tara Shine, Change by Degrees.

Judges include former Tánaiste Mary Harney, who was a guest speaker at a Network Ireland Cork webinar last year; Sharon Corcoran, Director of Economic Development & Tourism at Cork County Council; and Vicki Crean, AIB Manager of Service and Sales, Cork City. The category sponsors are DePuy Synthes, Grant Thornton, Kinsale Gin, Lady of the Valley, O’Flynn Exhams, Partnership International and Transilient Coaching.

The winners from the Network Cork Businesswoman of the Year Awards will go forward for the national Network Ireland Business Awards on 8 October in WIT Arena, Waterford.

Network Ireland Cork is a not-for-profit Cork organisation that is the largest branch of Network Ireland in the country.