Meet the speakers for the inaugural IMAGE Business Summit

Ahead of our first ever IMAGE Business Summit, powered by PwC, get to know some of our incredibly inspiring speakers. 


Whether you're a life-long businessperson or just considering dipping your toe into the world of enterprise, the first-ever IMAGE Business Summit, powered by PwC, is for you.

Taking place in Dublin's RDS Concert Hall on September 16, (please note a change of date from previous announcements) the networking event will bring together Ireland's businesswomen and international female luminaries from the worlds of politics, tech, business and communications.

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Through keynote speeches, panel discussions and masterclasses, this professionally led Summit will serve as a source of inspiration and support that connects and empowers women around the world to upskill, engage, elevate, network, listen, learn, and interact.

With a stellar line-up of speakers (whose careers span all aspects of business), the event promises to be insightful, informative and engaging. See who will be taking to the stage at the inaugural IMAGE Business Summit below:

Sinéad McSweeney

Sinéad McSweeney

VP Public Policy and Communications EMEA and MD Twitter Ireland

Originally from Co Cork, Sinéad McSweeney leads both Twitter's Public Policy team in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as serving as the Managing Director of Twitter's operations in Ireland.

Prior to Twitter, she was Director of Communications for An Garda Síochána from 2007 to 2012, and before that, she was Director of Media and Public Relations for the Police Service of Northern Ireland between 2004 and 2007.

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Áine McCleary

Áine McCleary

Director of Distribution Channels at Bank of Ireland

Having started her career as a foreign exchange dealer, Áine has led senior teams across retail, corporate and institutional banking.

She has overseen an extensive transformation of Bank of Ireland’s distribution and branch network, ensuring that investment in technology and automation is balanced with a positive personal experience.

Áine leads a team of approximately 3,000 banking professionals engaging with customers via phone, digital channels and 265 branches – and on top of that, she is the first female to have held the position of President of the Institute of Banking.

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Margot Slattery

Margot Slattery

Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Sodexo Group

Limerick-born Margot joined Sodexo in the early 1990s and became country president for Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2015. She took on her present full-time role in September 2019 and even though this now takes her all over the world, Margot will continue to be based in Ireland.

As the Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the Sodexo Group (the worldwide leader in on-site services that improve quality of life), Margot has responsibility for the strategic direction, implementation and alignment of the Group’s integrated global diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Dr Heather Melville

Heather Melville

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Director and Head of Client Experience for PwC

Heather's newly appointed role as Director and Head of Client Experience for PwC UK sees her leading a dynamic team of data scientists, established marketers and client feedback specialists.

In addition to that, Heather continues to support the development of BAME talent, from the early school right through to the first role they secure in the corporate workplace.

In 2018, she delivered a series of black-led thought-leadership forums, with the support of the Group CEO to address the lack of black talent being pulled through into leadership roles.

Samantha McCaughren

Business Editor of the Sunday Independent

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Since September 2016, Samantha is responsible for driving the business coverage of Ireland’s biggest selling newspaper.

An award-winning journalist, she was a business correspondent and columnist with the Sunday Times for several years. Prior to that, she was the chief business correspondent with the Sunday Business Post.

Samantha is a regular contributor to both radio and television programmes and presenter of Independent News and Media’s Women in Business podcast. She was nominated to the Press Council of Ireland in December 2019.

Rowan Manahan

Rowan Manahan

Presenter Mentor

Rowan Manahan is the Presenter Mentor, working on professional communications since 1989. He has contributed to speeches, pitches, and roadshows with established companies and profile-building with startups, upstarts, and disruptors; honing their messages and working with speakers on their presence, staging and delivery.

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He is a founding organiser of TEDxDublin events, and works with the majority of the speakers, preparing them for the 2,000+ audience in the Grand Canal Theatre. He also speech writes in every sphere except politics and prepares clients for media appearances on television, radio and in print. Some of his clients call him 'The Presenter Mentor', others (many others!) 'The Insultant'.

Natasha Fennell

Natasha Fennell

Director & Co-Founder of Stillwater Communications

Natasha is the director and co-founder of Stillwater Communications, a bespoke storytelling and communications consultancy, based in Dublin.

She works with the public and private sector in all aspects of communication. This work includes designing a narrative for business strategy and change, to coaching for pitching, presentations, media and job interviews.

Natasha’s career background includes working with RTÉ and Fianna Fáil. She is also a co-author of The Daughterhood with Roisín Ingle, which has sold in nine territories around the world. Natasha also delivers masterclasses and keynote speeches on storytelling for business, the art of confidence at work, and challenges for female leadership.

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Julie Sinnamon

Julie Sinnamon

CEO of Enterprise Ireland

Prior to her appointment to CEO in November 2013, Julie held a number of senior public sector positions, spanning a 30-year career in Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.

Julie is also a member of the Board and Investment Committee of Enterprise Ireland, a member of National Competitiveness Council, and a member of the Investment Committee of the Irish Strategic Investment Fund, part of the National Treasury Management Agency. She is also a Board Member of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Limited.

Sonia Deasy

Sonia Deasy

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Co-founder and Co-CEO of Pestle & Mortar

Sonia Deasy is co-founder and co-CEO of Pestle & Mortar, an Irish skincare company which launched in 2014. As a busy mother-of-five, she understands how difficult it can be to find a daily skincare routine that is both simple and effective.

Determined to find a simple daily skincare solution to remedy dull, dehydrated skin (and driven by the belief that skincare shouldn’t be complicated), Sonia created a line of simple, highly effective skincare products. The range has been endorsed in some of the most prestigious international magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair and the New York Times.

Chupi Sweetman

Chupi

Founder and designer of Chupi jewellery

Born and raised in Wicklow, Chupi Sweetman wanted to create something that lasted forever and celebrated Ireland's incredible design heritage, and so in April 2013, Chupi the brand was born.

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It has since become a multi-award winning Irish jewellery brand.

Iseult Ward

Iseult Ward

Co-founder and CEO of FoodCloud

Iseult is co-founder and CEO of the award-winning social enterprise FoodCloud. The company established two national solutions for food redistribution in Ireland - a network of three food banks which redistribute large quantities of surplus food across Ireland and a technology solution that connects food businesses directly to local charities.

Working with over 600 Irish charities, an average of 2,200 tonnes is rescued annually with an estimated value of €6.7m and leading to an avoidance of an estimated seven million tonnes of Co2 emissions equivalent.

Maryrose Lyons

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Maryrose Lyons

Social Media Strategist and Founder of Brightspark Consulting

Maryrose Lyons is an award-winning Social Media Strategist and Founder of Brightspark Consulting, a leading social media consultancy.

Brightspark works with B2B and B2C clients to create social media strategies get noticed, get people talking, and build brand loyalty. Maryrose intends to tackle the issue at hand and ask the questions that will help you to be clever, stay commercial and work within the new regulations of social media marketing.


IMAGE Business Summit, powered by PwC, takes place on September 16, 2020, at the RDS Concert Hall in Dublin. Guests should arrive before at 7.45 am for registration and breakfast. 

For more information on speakers and a full breakdown of the IMAGE Business Summit, powered by PwC schedule, click here.

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