St Brigid’s Day celebrating Irish and Belgian female entrepreneurship, inno...

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The Embassy of Ireland cordially invites you to a special St Brigid’s Day event, celebrating Irish and Belgian female entrepreneurship, innovation and design as part of our of #VisibleWomen2020 programme.

Join us on 4 February 2020 for a networking reception and a panel discussion moderated by Antonia Hart, highlighting Belgian and Irish female creativity and innovation.

Antonia Hart is a writer, researcher at Trinity College Dublin, where she has completed a PhD on early Irish female entrepreneurship focused on Irish women running businesses in the period just after the Famine up to the foundation of the State. Her book Ghost Signs of Dublin was published by The History Press Ireland in 2014.

In addition, you will be invited to explore a showcase specially curated for #VisibleWomen2020 and meet representatives from a number of organisations involved in promoting female participation in the worlds of enterprise, diplomacy, security and defence, innovation and development (Enterprise Ireland, The Brussels Binder, Women on Board, WIIS, LadyAgri).

Programme:

  • 18:30 - Networking reception and showcase

  • 19:30 - Opening remarks by H.E. Ms. Helena Nolan, Ambassador of Ireland to the Kingdom of Belgium

  • 19:40 - Panel discussion

  • 20:40 – Q&A

Venue: BOZAR, Studio, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussels

About St Brigid’s Day

St. Brigid’s Day is marked in Ireland on 1 February. Saint Brigid of Kildare is one of Ireland's three patron saints and is Ireland’s most important female saint. An important relic of hers (The Saint Brigid’s mantle) is kept in the Holy Saviour Cathedral, Bruges (Belgium).

Panellists

Rebecca Devaney, haute couture textile artist, researcher and facilitator.

  • As a haute couture embroiderer, Rebecca has worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton.
  • Rebecca’s most recent work, The Tears of Aphrodite, has been selected for exhibition at the OECD inaugural conference on Violence Against Women in Paris, February 2020.
  • Rebecca established Textile Tours of Paris, giving guided tours of the haberdasheries of Paris.

Elke Jeurissen, entrepreneur, community architect and author.

  • Elke founded the Fierce Ladies network for women in business, and is co-founder of Glassroots and 72 Hours Reload.
  • Elke is co-author, with her Glassroots business partner Cato Léonard, of the book ‘Vreemdgaan voor Managers’, nominated as best Dutch Management Book of the year in 2013.

Brid Ryan, co-founder of Irish women’s sportswear company Queen B Athletics.

  • Along with her sister Aedin, Brid founded Queen B Athletics with a mission to create quality sports kit specifically designed for women and in doing so has inspired the growth of a Queen B community promoting women in sport.
  • In 2019, Queen B Athletics became the first sportswear company to supply a sports bra as part of the official kit to a national sports team - the Tokyo Olympics-bound Irish Women’s Hockey team.

Camille Taper Schüller, researcher in Cross-Cultural Business Management.

  • From an Irish-Polish upbringing, Camille has dual Irish-Belgian nationality, and recently married a German national – factors which have influenced her interest in multi-cultural environments, and which led her to undertake her PhD research in cross-cultural business management.

We hope that you’ll join us!

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Kind regards,

Embassy of Ireland



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