EMER KIRK Harvest Financial Services Editor’s Note: Pension Planning is paramount for a woman’s equality, empowerment and standard of living. So often neglected, many women take temporary or permanent leave to raise children or take care of loved ones. Not having adequate financial provision in later life puts women at a disadvantage economically and emotionally…. Read More


PREPARING FOR A NEW FEMALE LEADERSHIP ROLE IN 2018      Maura Jakksen Byrne is founder of HERizon and director of Your Business Smart Coach Now that 2018 is finally here, you may be considering a job move or perhaps you’ve already accepted an offer. Whatever your stage, here’s a potent checklist to help you… Read More

Gender Pay Gap Symposium – 10 January 2018

Gender Pay Gap Symposium 10 January 2018 Picture: (l-r) Orla O’Connor, NWCI; Áine Myler, SCSI; Mary Connaughton, CIPD; Dr. Kara McGann, Ibec;  Emma Kerins, Chambers Ireland; Emily Logan, IHREC; Senator Ivana Bacik; Patricia King, ICTU. Editor’s Note: Making changes to the Gender Pay Gap in Ireland is gaining serious momentum. Narrowing and eliminating the GPG has… Read More

€20m For Female Entrepreneurs

Enterprise Ireland is encouraging female entrepreneurship through investment! Enterprise Ireland, an Irish government agency and the third largest seed investor in Europe, has invested over €20m over the last five years to accelerate the UK growth of female-led start-up companies. With 75% of Enterprise Ireland’s female-led clients targeting the UK export market, the Female Entrepreneurship Unit… Read More

Gender Pay Gap: Linda Kelly – IMPACT Union

Linda Kelly (left), pictured with Maura Byrne of HERizon The Gender Pay Gap is defined as the difference between the average gross earnings of female and male employees. In Ireland today, the average gender pay gap is over 14% but can rise to 29% in some industry sectors. Pay disparity is an enormous barrier to… Read More

30 Percent Club – Anne Marie Taylor

  Anne Marie has a long-standing interest in women in business, which includes co-founding the Board Diversity Initiative, which promotes the appointment of women on boards, and as a steering committee member of the 30% Club. She recently set up a new venture, Career Returners, which provides consultancy, coaching and training services both for people… Read More

Samantha Kelly – Tweeting Goddess

Samantha is a leading social media strategist, speaker and trainer.  Samantha owns and operates Tweeting Goddess. With the support of her team, Samantha plans and delivers effective social media strategies to businesses and entrepreneurs, harnessing the power of social media and the online community. She is passionate about teaching businesses how to leverage social media… Read More

Jill Holtz – Website Entrepreneur

  Jill Holtz is co-founder of Mykidstime.com, an award-winning information website for parents, that has grown from a local Galway directory to a global website and one of the most trusted online brands for parents. Jill also co-founded a spin-off company Clearbookings.com, which offers tailored online registration, ticketing and payment services; and most recently Digital4sales.com… Read More

Ellen Gunning – PR Guru and Radio Pioneer

Ellen Gunning is the director and founder of the Irish Academy of Public Relations. She has been successfully training students and corporate agencies alike since the Academy’s establishment in 1992. Her many accomplishments are reflective of her strong belief in self-starting. Since her very first job as a telephonist, Ellen has drawn on her adventurous… Read More