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Today’s Women in Grocery

TWIG Lunch a Great Success The TWIG Networking Luncheon proved a hugely impressive event for the 460 delegates who heard from a range of inspiring speakers who addressed the theme, ‘The Power Of You’. “DON’T be afraid to zig when everyone else is zagging” were the words that echoed around the Intercontinental Hotel to rapturous applause from 460 of the most senior figures in Ireland’s grocery, food and drink industry as keynote speaker Fiona Dawson, Global President of Mars, brought the inspiring proceedings of 4th annual ‘Today’s Women in Grocery’ (TWIG) charity networking luncheon to a close. The now legendary networking luncheon is the most influential gathering of its kind to put female empowerment in the grocery, food and drink sector firmly front and centre, while the equally legendary Beefeater ‘gin-wag’ in the Ice Bar afterwards plays a pivotal role in bringing the women of the industry together to push forward for change. Unlocking Your True Potential This year’s panel of speakers is testament to the desire within the industry to see more women aspire to leadership roles across grocery, food and drink. Fiona Dawson inspired with her tales of the winding road that brought her to one of the most senior roles in the global food industry and she was full of practical advice for attendees around unlocking their true potential by being themselves. Echoing those sentiments were Kari Daniels, new CEO of Tesco Ireland and the first female President of Appeals for the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund, who inspired attendees with her words of encouragement that “your career is a long game, don’t rush and change if it doesn’t feel right”, she also urged women to think about leaving a legacy. The Pursuit of Balance Carolan Lennon, the first female CEO of eir, advised guests at the luncheon that the pursuit of balance in our lives

Pictured are the TWIG committee (l-r): Michelle Darlington, LR Suntory; Paula Conlon, Heineken Ireland; Sharon Doherty, Tesco Ireland; Sharon Yourell-Lawlor, Chair of TWIG; Anne O’Brien, Musgrave Group; Frances Higgins, BWG and IGBF; Lorraine Butler, CPM.

TWIG Speakers: Kari Daniels, CEO of Tesco Ireland & IGBF President of Appeals; Fiona Dawson, Global President, Food, Drinks, and Multisales, Mars; event MC Sonya Lennon; TWIG Chairperson, Sharon Yourell Lawlor; Carolan Lennon, CEO, eir; John Ryan, CEO of Great Places to Work; and Suzanne Jackson, owner of SoSueMe; at the TWIG networking lunch.

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