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TWIG Lunch Line-Up Revealed The ‘Power of You’ is set to light up the 2019 TWIG luncheon, as industry luminaries Fiona Dawson, Kari Daniels and Suzanne Jackson prepare to inspire a 460-strong gathering. TODAY’S Women in Grocery (TWIG), a sub-committee of the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund (IGBF), has revealed the inspiring line-up that will address a 460-strong gathering of leading figures in Ireland’s grocery, food and retail sectors at the annual TWIG networking luncheon 2019 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin on Friday, May 3, 2019. This year’s event, now in its fourth year, will be supported by main sponsor Musgrave MarketPlace, Mars, CPM and LR Suntory, and will continue to feature the now legendary after lunch gin-wag in the Ice Bar. The uplifting ‘Power of You’ theme for 2019 sets the scene for what will be an afternoon of inspiring contributions from a panel of business leaders from the FMCG sector and beyond, MC’d by Sonya Lennon, including; •

Keynote speaker Fiona Dawson, Global President of Mars Food, Multisales and Global Customers, and a member of the Mars Incorporated Leadership Team; Kari Daniels, the new Chief Executive of Tesco Ireland and the first female President of Appeals for the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund;

The TWIG Committee (l-r): Frances Higgins: Vice Chair of the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund and Group Head of Promotions, BWG; Lorraine Butler: Managing Director, CPM; Brigid O’Neill: National Account Manager, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard; Sharon Yourell-Lawlor: Chairperson and MD, Think Plan Do Consulting; Edel O’Keeffe: Commercial Planning Controller, Lucozade Ribena Suntory Ireland Ltd; Paula Conlon, Customer Marketing Controller, Heineken Ireland; Anne O’Brien: Category Manager, Musgrave Wholesale. • •

Carolan Lennon, the first female Chief Executive Officer of eir, appointed in April 2018; Suzanne Jackson, award winning blogger turned businesswoman and the brains behind one of Ireland’s leading fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogs, SoSueMe.ie, and the bestselling beauty brand, SOSU by Suzanne Jackson; John Ryan, CEO of the Great Place to Work Institute Ireland, which focuses on assisting organisations to create high performing workplaces.

Power of You Sharon Yourell-Lawlor, Chair of Today’s Women in Grocery and MD of Think, Plan, Do Consulting, feels the ‘Power of You’ theme is very fitting for the 2019 TWIG luncheon. “Our focus in 2019 is encouraging women in our industry to unlock the ‘Power of You’. This means empowering them to take control of their careers, identifying the direction they want it to take and making it happen,” she explains. “The calibre of inspiring women we have speaking at the event are phenomenal examples of women who built their careers with care and confidence. We are on a mission to provoke our 460 attendees to unlock their personal power and map out a journey to senior leadership positions within their companies. “As we gear up for one of our biggest

events to date, I would also like to extent my heartiest gratitude to CPM and LR Suntory for their invaluable contribution to this event and to welcome Mars on board this year as new headline sponsor, alongside Musgrave MarketPlace, which has been a headline sponsor and supporter of the event for the past three years.” An Important Forum Kari Daniels, Chief Executive of Tesco Ireland and member of the Chair and CEO supporters Committee of the 30% Club, is proud to be the first female President of Appeals for the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund. Commenting on the TWIG initiative, she said: “Since its establishment, TWIG has provided an important forum for women across our retail, grocery and food industries to support each other on their shared ambition to see more women break through to the senior ranks of our industry. The TWIG luncheon has become a staple in the diary for women in our industry to meet, inspire, coach and learn from each other. Diversity and inclusion are vital building blocks for any industry and will be key pillars for progress during my term as the first female President of the IGBF. I’m very proud to say that Tesco is a gender diverse organisation and I am excited about how the learnings from this journey, and the great work of TWIG and the IGBF, can contribute to enhancing inclusion across our industry this year.”

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