Pictured at Network Ireland West Cork’s first meeting of 2020 were (l-r) Sarah Abbott, Claire-Marie Barton, Caroline Murphy NIWC President, Katherine O’Sullivan, Michelle Howard Ryan and Sarah Quane. Photo By Dermot Sullivan
Network Ireland West Cork is continuing to support and inspire ambitious and enterprising women in business. The first event of the year entitled ‘Getting Goal Ready for 2020’ was held at Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery last month. Guest speakers included Katherine O’Sullivan of O’Donnell Design and Sarah Abbott and Margaret Quane of The People’s Practice, who each shared their experience of why goal-setting is vital to succeed. The group were welcomed by newly elected branch president Caroline Murphy, who said “We all have something to give, we all have something to share, we all inspire each other and this helps us to be the best we can. Being the best ‘YOU’ means different things to all and it is about what matters to you. What are your ambitions, your dreams, your goals? It is also about following your passion, your path and no-one else’s.” She added how the information shared at the event will inspire others to follow those ambitions and truly become the best version of themselves.
Katherine O’Sullivan, General Manager of Growing Manufacturing Business O’Donnell Design Limited in Skibbereen and winner of the National Business Woman of the Year 2019 Shining Star Employee spoke at the event; she inspired those attending explaining how she has three main principals that work for her in goal setting. Firstly be around people that bring out the best in you and let go of boundaries holding you back. Secondly try to implement as many healthy habits as you can in work, home and family life, starting with exercise a few times a week, eating a healthy diet and always try to get a good night sleep to care for your body and mind. Lastly, she open-heartedly said that when you support yourself to be resilient in challenging times, it will reward you to bounce back quicker, to strive further, to achieve your goal and to #BeTheBestYou.
Sarah Abbott, who leads The People Practice, a boutique consulting organisation specialising in executive coaching and HR Strategy, shared her experience and tips for goal setting, saying “Firstly get clear on your WHY and your compelling reason and only after that, can you think of reaching your goal.” Sarah added how its vital to be very clear on your values, know where you want to go and then goals become more achievable and she highlighted that the more positive your goals are, the more real they become.
The next branch event will celebrate the launch of the Network Ireland Awards, with guest speakers and a panel of past award entrants and winners. Booking is now open on event brite for the awards launch, which takes place at AIB, Bandon on Thursday, February 27. Network Ireland West Cork is encouraging members to enter the regional awards, for more information about Network Ireland, future events and becoming a member, visit www.networkireland.ie.