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Tess Standford, Sadie Chowen and Rebecca May Inspire at Network Ireland Limerick Event

Pictured at the Network Limerick Ireland event, in association with LEO Limerick, at the Kennedy Rooms in Bruff was (L-R) Rosanne McDonnell, M.C, Tess Standford, Interior Architect, Catriona O’Donoghue, president of Network Ireland Limerick, Sadie Chowen, The Burren Perfumery and Rebecca May, Glass Box Events 

Tess Standford, Sadie Chowen and Rebecca May Inspire at Network Ireland Limerick Event

On Monday, June 24, three highly creative businesswomen shared their secrets to success and overcoming obstacles at a Network Ireland Limerick event, in association with LEO Limerick, which took place in the newly opened Kennedy Rooms in Bruff, Co Limerick. Network Ireland Limerick provides a forum where women in business, the professions and the Arts can exchange business ideas and increase their business contacts. It encourages women to achieve more satisfying careers and promotes women as worthy contributors to the Irish economy.

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Pictured at the Network Limerick Ireland event was (L-R) Rebecca May, Glass Box Events and Silvia Moore, The Richard Harris International Film Festival



Sadie Chowen, Rebecca May and Tess Standford all participated in a panel discussion on creative approaches to achieving business success. The discussion was facilitated by Rosanne McDonnell, Art Business Summit.

Sadie Chowen is CEO and perfumer/creative director of The Burren Perfumery. She bought the business in 2001 with a vision to provide high-quality Irish beauty products with great contemporary design and has since grown it from 2 to 32 employees. Over the past 12 years, Rebecca May, from The Kennedy Rooms and Glass Box Events, has run her own events company in Ireland and supplied extravagant and sometimes complex events and conferences. Tess Standford is the creative director of the award-winning practice Tess Stanford Interior Architects.

The panellists shared their journey to date and how they developed businesses that allow them to express their creativity. They also shared examples of how they overcame enormous challenges in their business. A common theme that emerged for all panellists was resilience and their ability to dig deep and deeper again because they were so passionate about their business.

Having a vision, sticking to your values and following your intuition were just some of the snippets of advice for the 50-plus women who attended the event which kicked-off with open networking and refreshments in the Nun’s Room – Ireland’s first non-alcoholic bar.

Catriona O’Donoghue, president of Network Ireland Limerick said, “This was an incredibly inspiring event. We are very grateful to each of the speakers and Rosanne as MC for sharing their valuable insights and tips so generously. We learned tonight that it’s not just a fear of failure but also a fear of success that can hold women back, so I’m hoping that attendees took some of the sound advice away and can apply it as they pursue true success.”

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.