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Speakers

Helen Arnold

Helen is currently the Financial Director of both TVM and its sister company IRIS.  Both companies owned by Helen & her Husband Bart. After her leaving certificate Helen went on to work in a local co-op in administration. When she met her future husband Bart they began providing PA systems at local community events. Through their innovativeness they introduced cameras and needless to say the story went from there.

 In her capacity as financial director Helen manages & controls all financial decisions within the two companies. From day to day operational financial decisions, projections, cashflow and major capital expenditure Helens drive and natural ability ensures that the financial wellbeing of TVM & IRIS is ensured for the future. While Helen has no formal training in financial matters this innate ability and years of experience has been a major factor in making TVM the largest TV Outside Broadcast Facilities company in Ireland and putting IRIS at the forefront of Horse Racing on course productions in the country.

Helen won the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award in 2014 in the Women Led Category, an honour she is very humble of. Helen also is heavily involved in her community and is involved in such local organisations as the local PPC, Sinead Shines Charity, and the Chairperson of the local national school. 


Deirdre O'Shaughnessy

Deirdre O'Shaughnessy is a journalist and broadcaster. She is editor and co-presenter of Cork's biggest daily talk show, the 96fm Opinion Line, and contributes regularly to The Sunday Business Post, The Herald, and WomenMeanBusiness.com. She edited the weekly Cork Independent for five years and in that role was a regular contributor to RTE Today, Tonight with Vincent Browne, Newstalk and 2FM. 

Deirdre tweets about everything -  from politics in Rwanda to yoga in West Cork via the odd funny animal video - to her 16,000 followers @deshocks and firmly believes in the power of conversation. 

She holds a degree in law and European studies from the University of Limerick and a masters in government from University College Cork. 

 

Julia Lynes

Julia Lynes is Co-Founder of EazyCity, a company she founded after graduating from university in 2004. EazyCity was established to provide people moving to Cork City for work or study with flexible accommodation services. It now also offers its customers the choice of booking a range of complementary services such as English language courses, translation services, work experience placements, job interview training and au pair placements.

A Dublin branch was opened in 2008 and the “Eazy” brand was established in London in 2011.

Under Julia’s direction the company has successfully grown year on year and in 2013 was announced as a finalist in the National Enterprise Awards. Julia is currently responsible for managing the strategic growth plans for the business including its international expansion through The EazyCity License Program with 3 new locations recently opened in Italy and further locations due to open in 2015/16.

She also focuses on continuously enhancing the customer experience and developing strategic partnerships to aid the company’s growth plans.

An avid networker, Julia was appointed Network Ireland National President in 2013, a role which she held for the year. Network Ireland is a leading networking organisation for women in business, the professions and the arts.

 In her free time Julia likes reading, travelling and spending time with friends & family. She lives in Cork with her husband.


Susan Hayes

Susan Hayes is Managing Director of Hayes Culleton and co-author of the very recently published “Positive Economics”, a Leaving Certificate Economics textbook and “The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Financial Freedom” with Penguin Ireland. Hayes Culleton Ltd is an international financial training company that specializes in eLearning development and delivery. Susan introduced the company to the international markets in 2011 and was nominated for the Enterprise Europe Network Rising Star Awards last year. In 2008, she wrote a digitised module called “Introducing Wall Street to the Classroom” to make the stock market approachable and accessible for second level students. Susan regularly contributes to the national and international media including The Sunday Times (Malta), Irish Post (UK), RTE, Newstalk and Today FM (Ireland), as “The Positive Economist” on matters relating to economics, the stock market and entrepreneurship.


Paula Fitzsimons

Paula Fitzsimons is the founder and managing director of Fitzsimons Consulting, which specialises in areas related to entrepreneurship and growth. A recognised expert on entrepreneurship, Paula has been the national coordinator for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) for Ireland since 2000, is a former President of the consortium of GEM national teams, and a former Director of GERA, the governing body for the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association.

Paula is equally at home among policy makers, development agencies, academics, and entrepreneurs. She champions entrepreneurship with enthusiasm.

She is the founder and Director of Going for Growth.  The idea came from a recognition that while more women were beginning to start new businesses, there was a need to move beyond just starting into growing. Her mission in Going for Growth is to support women entrepreneurs to achieve their growth ambitions. 

Founded in 2008, Going for Growth has successfully completed 7 annual cycles in Ireland and over 400 female entrepreneurs have participated in the initiative. A pilot was successfully completed in Finland in 2014, as the first step in taking the initiative across Europe.

Samantha Kelly

Samantha Kelly is a Mum of two beautiful girls. This is the first important fact! Having had a business herself, she started using Twitter as part of her marketing strategy and discovered to her delight that she was a bit of a whizz! Samantha is passionate about assisting others to get on and use Twitter as a fantastic marketing tool to show off what you do! She won the #Tweetieinspire award on October 2nd at the Inaugural RaboTweetie awards and was winner of the Bank of Ireland Start Up Hero Award in 2014.

Samantha is the founder of the #Irishbizparty which is an increasingly popular event on twitter which trends every Wednesday 9-11pm on Twitter. She started it out of frustration one night just for fun, but then it took off. #Irishbizparty connect with each other and assist one another by sharing one another's businesses. She calls it networking in our PJ’s!

Samantha has released her first book entitled "Tweet Your Way to Success'. Here Samantha tells us how she started a business with no money, going from lone parent on social welfare to a highly influential leader in her field. There are sections on starting your own business, how to turn your business around, tips on using social media and how to network and build on relationships.

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