KBN To Host Dinner To Mark International Women’s Day

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Looking forward to the Kerry Businesswomen’s Network event next month in the Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney are from left: Elin Sorensen – Coordinator KBN with committee members Orla Diffily of Upfront, Helen Burns – Action Coach and Karie O’Toole – A Photobook for You.

THE Kerry Businesswomen’s Network (KBN), will mark International Women’s Day 2019 at a special event Muckross Park Hotel.

KBN is inviting women in business to the event — at 7pm on Friday, March 8 — which will play host to guest speakers Pauline McLynn, actor and rally legend Rosemary Smith.

As newly-elected KBN Coordinator, Elin Sorensen, puts it: “This is a call out to all women in Kerry to join us for a night of inspiration, motivation, laughter, food and drink… to take your place among the brave and the bold, the feisty and the fabulous – and congratulate yourself on making your own mark out there.”

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Guests on the night will be treated to the inspiring story of motor sport pioneer, Rosemary Smith – a woman who broke through the gender barrier to compete in, and win, some of the world’s most iconic rallies.

In 2017, aged 79, Rosemary became the oldest person to drive a Renault Sports Formula One team car. KBN promises that “Rosemary’s defiance of gender and age stereotyping, make for a fascinating, timely and truly inspirational story.”

Joining Rosemary is actor and author Pauline McLynn, who has worked with all major Irish theatre companies including the Abbey, the Gate and Rough Magic.

Pauline is probably best known for her role on TV as Mrs Doyle in Father Ted, while she also appeared as Amy Huberman’s mother in Comedy Central’s Threesome.  Pauline has also written eight adult novels and two books for younger readers.

While enjoyment is the menu for the evening, KBN takes very seriously its focus on helping to secure parity and inclusion for all women.

As Sorensen, who heads up creative studio GHQ Design, says; “A World Economic Forum 2018 report tells us that Ireland has dropped one place to ninth position when it comes to narrowing the gender gap among the most advanced countries globally. This means the fight for gender equality in the workplace is far from over.”

The Network’s aim is to help redress society’s imbalance by ‘changing the conversation’. “The Network’s events workshops and masterclasses focus on celebrating and growing the achievement of women – socially, politically and culturally.

By hearing the authentic experiences of women who are forging change, in ways big and small, our members are inspired and motivated. It’s about connecting, supporting each other, and working together to build a bolder future,” says Sorensen.

The KBN International Women’s Day Event will take place at 7pm on Friday 8 March at the Muckross Park Hotel, Killarney, and the ticket price includes a pre-dinner drinks reception, 2-course meal with wine, tea and coffee and entertainment.  For tickets at €35 for KBN members and €45 for non-members, go to this Eventbrite.ie link

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