I did question being one of only two guys being invited along, but it was a pleasure and a bit of an insight into this supportive network for local business women.
At the breakfast table, we heard about some key events coming up in the next few months and also of a new leadership programme at Queens.
As a guy in business I did question why there wasn’t a ‘Men in Business’. But on reflection I should be questioning why there should ever even be a need to single out either sex to provide a supportive network. As far as I’m concerned we’re all on this journey together!
Headed up by CEO Roseann Kelly, Women in Business NI has a membership base of almost 1,000 ranging from large corporate organisations, small /medium sized businesses and sole traders – senior managers, business leaders and entrepreneurs.
It offers members monthly networking sessions, opportunities for members to promote their business to other members, masterclasses, workshops and events including an annual event at Parliament Buildings, Stormont; a bi-annual visit to The Oireachtas; an annual conference and awards ceremony.
Here are some WiBNI contact details and events coming up soon.
19 April – Belfast Ladies Lunch at the Ramada Belfast in aid of Action Medical Research with Margaret Mountford of The Apprentice
25 April – Masterclass: Negotiating and Closing the Deal – Philip Bain of Shredbank
23 May – Women in Business NI Conference and Exhibition at the Hilton, Belfast. Speakers include co-founder of Green & Blacks – Jo Fairley
30 May – Masterclass: Online Marketing with The Web Bureau