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President's Message

Greetings from Galway where life as we know it has been anything but normal for the best part of 2020. Similar to businesses up and down the country BPW Galway had to adapt, pivot and change to embrace the challenges that Covid 19 presented to its members and the wider community.  

Successfully embracing the virtual world in early April 2020 BPW Galway continues to support, advocate and empower its 80 strong membership with webinars, virtual meetings, online coffee catch ups and opportunities for members to connect and explore collaborations and enjoy new friendships.

 

Set up in 1986 by Breda Ryan who was the first President,   the Galway Club has been at the forefront of support and advocacy for business and professional women across Galway for many years, growing from a small core group of members to one of almost 100 and counting. 

 

Prior to March 2020, BPW Galway met on the second Monday of the month in the Ardilaun Hotel and hosted a variety of events throughout the year for both members and non members. The International Candle Lighting Supper held annually in February,  is an opportunity for the club to acknowledge their presence and membership of a global influential organisation for women. Guest speakers from across business, the professions and the arts provide plenty of inspiration and entertainment for attendees on the night. 

 

The flagship event of BPW Galway is the Summer Lunch held annually in May, this event is a highlight of not only the club calendar but also the social calendar in Galway. The Summer Lunch, hosted by the Ardilaun Hotel supports a worthy local charity and is organised by a committee of club members.  With a business focus this event features a guest speaker each year who in the past have included, Ruth Curran Merc International, Breege Donoghue Primark, Chanelle, Lady McCoy Chanelle Pharmaceuticals, Deirdre Somers Irish Stock Exchange and Francis Brennan Hotelier to name just a few. 

 

In addition to these flagship events the club holds a variety of smaller events throughout the year for both members and non members with varying themes from health to finance, fashion to fitness and everything in between. Some key events include International Women’s Day activities in March and The Schools Public Speaking Competition in November of each year.

 

With the global pandemic shifting many of the goalposts for the club, all events are now held online including monthly webinars and coffee catch-ups as well as general meetings with fun guest speakers and activities for members and the wider community. It is expected that we will continue to deliver our activities online for at least the first few months of 2021.

 

Our members include women of all ages  from a wide range of businesses and professions and we are always looking to welcome new members to the club so if you are seeking  the opportunity to further your own personal and professional development all whilst building connections, friendships and supporting other women, then please do get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.

 

Stay Safe 

 

Joanne 

 

President BPW Galway 

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