Our second young businesswomen’s forum of the year took place on Tuesday evening, March 27th at the fabulous five star Westbury Hotel. On arrival, attendees enjoyed a champagne reception, wonderful company, inspirational panellists and of course, plenty of divine canapés.
As everyone took their seats in the Grafton Suite, they discovered an amazing luxury gift bag with some beautiful gifts, including Benefit lipstick and brow gel, Alfaparf semi-di-lino illuminating shine lotion, and Pippa nut. All lucky attendees also received 20% off all Benefit products and services in their South William Boutique from March 27th and 28th.
Image contributing editor Melanie Morris opened the evening with a massive welcome to our audience and introduced the incredible panel of ladies who were set to share their stories over the course of the evening. Our first panellist to take a seat on the IMAGE YBF couch was actor, writer and screenwriter, Stefanie Preissner. Alongside her career as a screenwriter and playwright, Stefanie has won several awards as an actor. She is currently in the midst of writing a new TV show in New York and her hit comedy show Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope is due to be released on the 23rd of April. The audience was particularly in awe of Stefanie’s humour and quick wit, while also putting shame on us all with her 4.30am productive morning starts. With a show on Netflix and a number of projects on the go, Stefanie is determined for more and we can’t wait to see what’s in store over the next few years.
Second to join the couch was Roisin Lafferty, founder and managing director of Kingston Lafferty Design. Roisin is recognised as one of Ireland’s leading creative personalities and we’re not one bit surprised. Her designs, creations, and inspirations were featured on the night through an incredible presentation that she put together for the audience, highlighting just how good she is. Her work is of such a calibre that it has been featured in many Irish publications, including International ones such as Living ETC, Italian Vogue, and the Wall Street Journal. She is a Brand Ambassador for INM’s House Event and for the past three years has worked as Brand Ambassador for DFS and Fleetwood.
Last but not least to join the couch was Nikki Lannen, founder, and CEO of WarDucks; a VR & AR studio that focuses on creating high-quality games and experiences. WarDucks has had three top-selling VR games and their latest title RollerCoaster Legends was 4th top selling on PlayStation VR in December. Working in a male-dominated field (not that this matters at all to Nikki) we have no doubt that she will continue to lead this gaming experience into a new and ever-changing future in technology that we are experiencing in Ireland.
Everyone left The Westbury hotel having ignited a spark to feel inspired, motivated and ready to take on the world! One lucky attendee also left the event with a year supply of Benefit Mascara for herself and a friend.
Photographed by Anthony Woods
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