Power and style at the Today’s Women in Grocery luncheon

Power and style at the Today’s Women in Grocery luncheon

Power and style at the Today’s Women in Grocery luncheon

Power and style at the Today’s Women in Grocery luncheon. Some of Ireland’s most fashionable female business leaders from the world of grocery, fashion, food and drink gathered recently for the 4th annual ‘Today’s Women in Grocery’ (TWIG) charity networking luncheon in the opulent surroundings of the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin 4.

Kari Daniels, Frances Higgins and Fiona Dawson at the Todays' Women in Grocery TWIG networking lunch

Kari Daniels, Frances Higgins and Fiona Dawson at the Todays’ Women in Grocery TWIG networking lunch

With a guest list that extended to 460 of the most senior figures from the grocery, food and drink industry, the TWIG luncheon was the most influential gathering for the sector putting female empowerment front and centre.

Designer, businesswoman and MC for the event, Sonya Lennon, donned an eye catching sleeveless blue dress, and later a white tailored jump suit, from her statement Lennon & Courtney range as she mingled with key industry leaders, such as Sharon Yourell-Lawlor, Chair of Today’s Women in Grocery and MD of Think, Plan, Do Consulting.

Sharon Yourell Lawlor and Sonya Lennon at the Todays' Women in Grocery TWIG networking lunch

Sharon Yourell Lawlor and Sonya Lennon at the Todays’ Women in Grocery TWIG networking lunch

At the G.H. Mumm champagne reception, blogger and beauty entrepreneur Suzanne Jackson, of SoSueMe fame, chatted trends in fashion and false lashes as she toasted the continued success of her latest false tanning range and enjoyed a glass of bubbly with excited guests in anticipation of hearing the secrets of success from a panel of world class female business leaders about unlocking ‘The Power of You’.

Rose Franck and Aoife NicPhilibin at the Todays' Women in Grocery TWIG networking lunch

Rose Franck and Aoife NicPhilibin at the Todays’ Women in Grocery TWIG networking lunch

A beautifully curated flower wall provided a stunning backdrop for the riot of colour that transformed the Intercontinental Hotel. Leading business women including Carolann Lennon, the first CEO of eir and Kari Daniels, CEO of Tesco and the first President of Appeals for the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund, wore statement pieces, vibrant pops of colour and perfectly-paired accessories to provide a contemporary take on ‘power dressing’ for the modern female professional.

Michelle Darlington and Elizabeth Sheehan at the Todays' Women in Grocery TWIG networking lunch

Michelle Darlington and Elizabeth Sheehan at the Todays’ Women in Grocery TWIG networking lunch

Keynote speaker for the day was UK based Irish woman Fiona Dawson who is Global President of Mars and she flew in especially for the high-profile event. Fiona inspired guests with her advice on being brave enough to “zig when everyone else is zagging” before moving to the Ice Bar for an afternoon of bonding at the now legendary after lunch Beefeater ‘gin-wag’.

Siobhan Drummond and Ruth Martin at the Todays' Women in Grocery TWIG networking lunch

Siobhan Drummond and Ruth Martin at the Todays’ Women in Grocery TWIG networking lunch

The ‘Today’s Women in Grocery’ group was created by the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund (IGBF) as a platform for women in grocery to grow their connections, learn from leading inspirational women and ultimately propel more women to the senior ranks of the industry.

Michelle Fox and Helen Lordan at the Todays' Women in Grocery TWIG networking lunch

Michelle Fox and Helen Lordan at the Todays’ Women in Grocery TWIG networking lunch

It aims to encourage more female participation in industry events and initiatives by providing a female focused professional networking forum that recognises the important role women will play in the industry’s future development. For more details on the amazing work they do, visit their website at www.igbf.ie. Photography on the day supplied by Kieran Harnett Photography.

Siobhan Browne and Aoife Ryan at the Todays' Women in Grocery TWIG networking lunch

Siobhan Browne and Aoife Ryan at the Todays’ Women in Grocery TWIG networking lunch

Power and style at the Today’s Women in Grocery luncheon

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