The challenges facing women in business



The Naas and Newbridge Soroptimist District hosted a lively and stimulating Business Breakfast at Hotel Keadeen recently to the theme “The challenges facing women in business and the professions today”.

The 50 or more women and their guests who attended were addressed by Caitriona Murphy who is an experienced and highly respected executive coach and works with chief executive officers, top teams and boards.

She also leads the Praesta Ireland Mentoring Programme to enhance the involvement of women at senior levels in Irish business.

Amongst the wide range of topics covered she outlined areas that women find challenging which included organisational politics, getting their voices heard, balancing dual roles in work and family and developing their own authentic leadership style.

The local Soroptimist Club has just celebrated its 30th anniversary. President Cathriona Brownlee paid tribute to all the ladies who have worked so hard over the years to serve the local community through the Soroptimist organisation.

Soroptimist International is the world’s leading women’s voluntary organisation with close to 90,000 members in more than 3,000 local Clubs in over 100 countries. It is a vibrant and dynamic organisation for today’s professional and business women and is committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential,

Speaking to the Leinster Leader, President Cathriona Brownlee said: “Currently in Ireland we are working in partnership with Mental Health Ireland and the HSE in raising awareness on suicide prevention and positive mental health.

Through lobbying and raising awareness we support the drive to stop the trafficking of women into Ireland. We run an annual public speaking competition for girls in senior cycle in secondary school and look forward to the local competition on Saturday 24th November in the Town Hall, Naas.

“We would like to encourage girls to come forward and participate in this competition as it provides a great opportunity for self- expression and the development of personal skill and confidence.

“Those who are successful go forward to Regional and National Finals”.

She added that locally the Club has just run a very successful fundraising coffee morning to support a project in the Gambia where Soroptimists are working in partnership with other organisations to improve maternal care.

She concluded that the next major event is a fundraising Fork Supper for the St Vincent de Paul and other local charities in the Keadeen Hotel on 1st December.

She thanked both the Keadeen for their wonderful service to the Club since its foundation in 1982 and Caitriona Murphy for so generously sharing her time and expertise with us here in Naas, Newbridge and District. For further information contact

- Lisa Deeney




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