IIBN April Newsletter

Happy April from the IIBN New York Chapter!

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Upcoming Events

Wireless and the Fourth Industrial Revolution:

A Talk with Ronan Dunne, EVP & Group President Verizon Wireless

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018, 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Grant Thornton
757 Third Ave, between 47 and 48 St, NY,
9th floor

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RSVP for April 11th-  Wireless and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

A Talk with Ronan Dunne, EVP and President of Verizon Wireless

Join us as Ronan explores The Fourth Industrial Revolution - what to expect with innovations such as next generation wireless 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things, and how to make the most of the opportunities ahead. In a firechat, we'll do a deep dive into societal concerns - bridging the digital divide and need for STEM education. 

Networking and reception to follow. Tickets going fast

For more information & to RSVP click here.

Concern Spring Run

Date: Saturday, April 7
Location: Central Park, 102nd St & East Dr
Distance: 4 miles

Start time: 9:30 am

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A Look Back...

St. Patricks Festivities

 Ireland Day


Many of our friends and members participated in the eighth annual Ireland Day at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday March 13th.

Ireland INC, the forum connecting Irish and US business across the globe, hosted the Leadership Breakfast event. It brought together business leaders from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss ‘The Footprint & Future of Irish Investment in the United States’.Participants and Speakers included Paul Marchant (CEO Primark), Congressman Richard Neal, Congressman Brendan Boyle, Anne Heraty (CEO, Cpl and then-president of Ibec), Martin Shanahan (CEO, IDA Ireland), Terence O’Rourke (chairman, Enterprise Ireland), Mark Redmond (American Chamber of Commerce Ireland), Thomas Farley (CEO, NYSE) and US Embassy Dublin Chargé d’Affaires Reece Smyth.

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Ireland Day also saw the launch of the a new initiative, the Ireland INC Index, in association with KPMG, an annually-updated listing which will profile the top 50 Irish companies creating employment in the United States.

Ian Hyland, President of Ireland INC, said: “The footprint of Irish Business across the US is now significant and growing in all sectors. In this regard, the Ireland INC Index will create a vital and trusted source of reference to track Irish investment on a continuous basis.”

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, at the Leadership Breakfast, commented on the strong link between the United States and Ireland: “In a world of relentless change, one constant is the depth and durability of Irish-US commercial linkages. Both parties are deeply embedded in each other’s economy, creating mutual benefits for all stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic.”

The story of US investment in Ireland is one that is well told, but what is often overlooked is the two-way relationship that exists, with figures estimated for numbers employed by Irish firms in the US at 120,000. In total 227 Irish companies are based in over 2,600 locations, in all 50 states across the USA. In California alone, Irish companies account for over 25,000 jobs.
 
US Chargé d’Affaires Reece Smyth has described the relationship between the US and Ireland as, “A two-way relationship, once a country lane, US-Irish commercial activity is now a superhighway.”

Enterprise Ireland Roundtable

On St. Patrick’s Day in Washington D.C., Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, hosted a discussion that brought together top executives from Irish firms responsible for the creation of a combined 50,000 jobs in the United States. The roundtable explored business opportunities facing Irish businesses operating in the United States, how the Irish government can support investment and growth in the United States and ideas for advancing partnerships with United States business. 

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The meeting was attended by Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, the Irish government agency for international development of Irish businesses, and Sean Davis, Regional Director, North America for Enterprise Ireland.

Also in attendance was IIBN's own Courtney Sunna, Chairwoman of the Future Leaders Board & VP Sales, Allergy Standards Ltd.

Grand Slam
And last but not least, the best St. Patricks event of all.........
 

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Bank of Ireland Start Lab 2.0

Bank of Ireland startlab New York is a technology incubator setup in 2017 to help grow and scale tech startups entering North America and is the first offering of its kind from an Irish bank outside of Ireland.

Each program provides technologycompaniesthe opportunity to access free co-working space in NYC for a 12-month period. Additionally, BOI will work closely with the selected teams to help get them on their feet, making introductions to key venture capitalists, state agencies and relevant intermediaries based in the city.
 
Applications for the 2018 cohort arenowunder way. For more information, and to apply visithttps://www.f6s.com/startlabnewyork/apply. Follow on twitter @boistartups.
 
Contact Catherine.Slattery@boi.com.

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Member Spotlight


Dave Evans

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IIBN Board Member Dave Evans, is based in the New York office of Canyon CTS and is focused primarily on assisting US companies in connection with the implementation of their international expansion plans.  He has assisted various US private equity groups, venture capital firms, technology corporations, life science companies, beverage distribution groups, medical device companies and software groups in relation to their European expansion projects.  

 

Dave has over 17 years’ experience working with US based multinational organizations in relation to their European operations.   He sits on the board of New York based charity, Camp Herrlich.  Dave also sits on he board of CMRF (Children’s Medical & Research Foundation, Inc.), a pediatric cancer research charity connected to Crumlin Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.  He is a founding member and past chairman of the Emerging Leaders’ Board of the CMRF in New York.  David is also a board member of the Ireland-US Council in New York.

How did the IIBN help you to establish relationships in New York? 

When I first moved to New York in 2006 I felt the networking opportunities offered by the IIBN were impressive and allowed me access to the Irish- American business community in New York. I had known a few of the IIBN Board Members for the past few years and have always been impressed by the group and what they achieve as a group. 

Where is your favourite place to go both during the day and at night in New York? 

That is a tough question as there is so much choice in this city, During the day I would have to say a stroll through Central Park is always welcome during the better weather. At night time I would say a walk around Soho, dinner on Spring St, followed by a night-cap one of the fantastic bars in the area. 

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IIBN March Newsletter

Happy March from the IIBN New York Chapter!

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Upcoming Events

Wireless and the Fourth Industrial Revolution:

A Talk with Ronan Dunne, EVP & Group President Verizon Wireless

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018, 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Grant Thornton
757 Third Ave, between 47 and 48 St, NY,
9th floor

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Wireless and the Fourth Industrial Revolution - This Changes Everything!

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here and transforming everything – from the way we interact with each other, to the way global economies work, to what it means to be human. With innovations like artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and the Internet of Things, we’re in the midst of a seismic shift that will shape the future of society. 

Wireless technology will truly come of age in its 5th Generation. Businesses like Verizon are not waiting for that future, they are building it. In a special keynote address, Ronan Dunne, EVP and Group President of Verizon Wireless will talk about the challenges and opportunities the corporate sector, civil society and governments are facing in this new era; and share what Verizon is doing to shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

In a follow-up fireside chat with IIBN's own Maura Kelly, Ronan will dig deeper into how wireless technology must be a force for inclusion and positive societal change. Come with your questions and join the conversation!  

Tickets are required.

For more information & to RSVP click here.

A Look Back...

Brexit’s Wild Swings and Roundabouts: IIBN Panel of the Current State-of-Play for All Ireland.”

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On February 28, 2018 at the Bank of Ireland startup lab in New York, the IIBN hosted an all-encompassing “All-Ireland Brexit Discussion.” The panel was lead by Cork native Susan Hayes-Culleton, Managing Director of the Hayes Culleton Group, who gave an up-to-date overview, and was joined by Tony Dunne, US Country Manager at Bank of Ireland and Peter Legge of Grant Thornton, Northern Ireland. As British PM Theresa May moves to extricate the UK from Europe, all the while attempting to maintain the benefits of membership, our panel comprised of a banker, an economist and a tax partner took a holistic look at the impact of Brexit on the wider island of Ireland. Click here to view the video.

A particularly prescient preamble presentation, Susan Hayes Culleton delved into the current state of play with the Draft Withdrawal Bill which had been published that very day. 

Special thanks: to our speakers: Susan Hayes Culleton, Tony Dunne and Peter Legge. Our IIBN Global Sponsor: Grant Thornton and Bank of Ireland for their hospitality.

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Member Spotlight
Cara Sloan -IIBN NY Treasurer, Head of U.S Irish Business Group New York, Grant Thornton LLP
 

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Cara joined Grant Thornton Ireland in 2009 and progressed to Associate Director in the Financial Services Advisory department. She has eight years’ experience in advising corporate clients and financial institutions, regarding complex restructuring and recovery transactions, with extensive strategic experience in the financial sector.

Cara relocated to New York in November 2017 to Grant Thornton U.S. where she joined the Transaction Services team focussing on Diligence projects. Cara leads the U.S Irish Business Group New York desk, a collaborative initiative between the U.S. and Irish member firms, whose primary purpose is to provide clients, who have operations in both the U.S. and Ireland, with fully integrated services.

Cara is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ACA) and a member of the Institute of Project Management, Ireland. Cara has a MBs in Management Consultancy from Michael Smurfit Business School and a first class honours degree in International Commerce from University College Dublin (UCD).  

What attracted you to initially joining the IIBN? 
Grant Thornton have a long history with the IIBN, both the Dublin and New York Chapter. Both my predecessors in the U.S. Irish Business Group, Dara Kelly and Frankie Cronin, sat on the New York Board and really benefitted from the experience. Since 2013 we have been able to make so many connections with the Irish diaspora in the States, and vice versa, and have built a strong client base through the IIBN. In my opinion the IIBN is an established and highly regarded network that everyone recognises. As above it has opened up so much communication and opportunities for our firm, with like-minded professionals.

How long have you been in NY?/ how much of a role has the network played in ensuring you are settled & allowing you to meet new people? 
I’m a newbie! I arrived in New York in November past (having visited briefly in July, on honeymoon, on my own, as my new husband lost his passport in Portugal at our wedding but that’s another story…) The IIBN has played a massive part in both my, and my husband’s, settling in. We have met so many inspirational Irish and Irish American people in a similar situation to us. The IIBN has unlocked a massive network to help me fulfil my role in promoting GT as a multi-service international professional firm.  
 
And Finally, where are you favourite places in New York both during the day and at night?
Tough question given the masses of places in NYC, and the limited time I’ve been here! During the day, apart from my desk of course (!), I really loved the walk over Brooklyn bridge, the views are incredible. My ice skating skills have greatly improved also! At night, we love to eat (and have the odd beverage) around the West Village/Soho. Too many cool bars and restaurants to have a favourite!

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IIBN February Newsletter

Happy February from the IIBN New York Chapter

News & Announcements

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IIBN NY Launches LEAP Online Development Experience for Professional Women

In January 2018. a group of over 200 accomplished women professionals, with connections to Ireland, across 20 countries, were invited to participate in a structured online experience focused on professional development. Over the next six months, the group will discover high specialized content and develop key business skills together, From 'Defining Your Leadership Style' to 'Communicating With Impact', a new development topic will be introduced each month. This inaugural online group is part of IIBN's Leadership and Acceleration Program (LEAP) and hosted on the Irish Executive Mentoring Program (IEMP) platform, a joint IIBN and Irish government initiative to connect and develop members of the Irish business diaspora.
Good luck to all involved!

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Event: Paradigm Shift: All-Ireland Brexit Discussion

February 28th, Bank of Ireland startlab, NYC 6:30pm 

As Brexit talks head for a second more difficult phase, IIBN New York invites members and guests to our All-Ireland Brexit event designed to address the risks and opportunities, and discuss the future of Ireland-UK trade relations. Our esteemed speakers include IIBN Dublin board member, Susan Hayes Culleton, "The Positive Economist," Peter Legge, Tax Partner and Brexit Committee member at Grant Thornton (NI), and Tony Dunne, Bank of Ireland US Country Manager. 

For more information & to RSVP click here. 

2018 Board and Officers

IIBN-NY is pleased to announce its 2018 Board of Directors and Officers.  Congratulations to the new members of the Board— Desmond Lyons, Cara Sloane and Michelle Dervan. They join with returning Board members Kevin Elliott, Mary Ann Pierce, Maura Kelly, Dave Evans, Matt Dunn, and Susan O’Brien to form this year’s Board.  Information about the Board members can be viewed here.


Des Lyons is the 2018 President and Chairman of the Board, Cara Sloane is the Treasurer, and Matt Dunn is the Secretary.  The 2018 Board is excited about the upcoming year! 

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2018 Future Leaders Board

IIBN-NY is also pleased to announce its 2018 Future Leaders Board (“FLB”).  The Chair of the FLB for 2018, as elected by the IIBN Board, is Courtney Sunna.  Congratulations to Courtney, who was a member of the FLB in 2017. 

 The additional FLB members for 2018 are Eva Murphy Ryan, Catherine Slattery, Alison Sheehy, Amy Coughlan, Caoimhe Greene, Darragh O'Flaherty, Elaine English, Ellen Murphy, Emma Cleere, Hugh Murray, Michael O'Leary, Niall Best, Padraig Mageean, Mark Keogh, Brian O'Reilly and Brett Zych.  Information about the FLB members can be viewed at http://www.iibn.nyc/the-board/.

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Special Recognition

Two Board members who stepped down from the Board at the end of 2017 deserve special thanks and recognition—Colman Lydon and Sean Gaffey.  Their contributions to the NY Chapter of the IIBN and to the global network over the past several years are unparalleled. 

Colman has been involved in the IIBN since the NY Chapter was formed in 2008, and served as Chair and President in 2011, 2012, and 2017.  Colman has been instrumental in establishing, in partnership with Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs, two of IIBN-NY’s most important and valuable programs—the Irish Executive Mentor Program (IEMP), and the Leadership & Executive Acceleration Program (LEAP).
 
Sean Gaffey, who also was involved in the Chapter in its early days, succeeded Colman and served as Chair and President in 2013 and 2014—during which the Chapter saw its membership, prestige, and visibility expand significantly.  In 2017, Sean organized and led the first IIBN-sponsored trade mission to Dublin, Belfast, and Derry-Londonderry, involving private sector delegates from the U.S. aimed at building relationships, trade, and investment in the U.S. and Ireland.  
 
if you see them out and about, at an event or otherwise, buy them a pint.  Sláinte, Sean and Colman!

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IIBN Newsletter - November

Happy Thanksgiving from the IIBN New York Chapter!

Wishing you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for all the support this year from everyone at the IIBN.

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News & Announcements

IIBN Turkey Trot #IrishRunNY - Join Now!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Edition - In conjunction with the Future Leaders Board, the IrishRunNY makes it out every Saturday morning for a loop around the park followed by a refuel at a nearby deli. On Saturday 25th November we will be burning off the turkey for our inaugural IIBN Turkey Trot. 

If interested in upping your fitness game and meeting new people check out our Facebook page for more details. All fitness levels welcome!

Upcoming Events

IIBN Holiday Party - Wednesday 6th December 6:00pm at McGettigan's

The IIBN invites members and guests to our annual Christmas Cocktails at McGettigan's in Midtown, NYC.

Celebrate the Christmas season with an evening of drinks, canapes and craic Numbers are limited for this event so register today for your ticket which includes 3 drinks vouchers and d'oeuvres.

The IIBN board look forward to seeing you there and don't forget to bring those business cards!

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Recent Events

IIBN Global Conference - Dublin

On 3rd November, 200 business leaders from London, New York and Dublin descended on Dublin to discuss the idea of "Connectivity" at the IIBN's 6th Annual Global Conference.  The New York Chapter of the IIBN was well represented, with New York Board members Colman Lydon, Mary Ann Pierce and Matt Dunn, as well as IIBN members Kevin FitzGerald and Desmond Lyons in attendance. 

Special guest Simon Coveney, T.D., Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade delivered the opening keynote address. Throughout the day, industry leaders from a variety of sectors presented, and several startup founders got the opportunity to deliver their "elevator' pitches to a packed room. With "Connectivity" the conference theme, there were valuable networking opportunities on the schedule. The venues - Bank of Ireland’s House of Lords Building and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland – were intimate and historic and coupled with the diverse range of attendees contributed to the great success of the conference.

The conference represented what the IIBN is all about  – quality people connecting in a stimulating and high energy environment. These sentiments were echoed by NY Board Chair Colman Lydon, who published a review of the conference entitled “Conferences are bunk.  This one wasn’t.”  Kudos to the team behind the conference, most notably Ailbhe Mullen, Conor Foley and Alison Myles, as well as the Irish Board and the sponsors.

 

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IIBN New York was happy to support long time Strategic partner, University College Dublin (UCD) at two distinct events in October:

UCD New York Alumni: Panel Discussion & Networking Reception

On Tuesday October 24th, over 70 UCD alumni, friends and IIBN members gathered at NeueHouse Madison Square in New York to participate in a panel discussion entitled "Moving at the Speed of Data: How the U.S. Marketing Landscape is Changing and Evolving." 

The panelists were (LtoR): Helma Larkin, Consultant at AdQuick & DriveOzzy, Lucy Noble Forbes, VP Brand Practice Edelman, Stephen Sharma (moderator), Christina Dunleavy, VP Discovery Communications and Anne Daly, SVP Havas Health/Health4Brands. They shared their insights and experience working in the dynamic Digital Media/ Marketing & Branding sector. A networking reception with drinks & canapes followed the panel discussion.

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The 15th Annual UCD New York Benefit Dinner

On Wednesday October 25th, several IIBN Senior Board and Future Leader Board members joined college alumni and friends at the 15th Annual UCD Business School New York Benefit Dinner at the Metropolitan in Manhattan. The honorees for the evening were Angela Moore (Macha Capital), Paul Mulligan (Coca Cola) and Brian O’Driscoll (Ex-Professional Rugby Player). Over 200 people listened to their inspiring stories and learnt how UCD contributed to their success. It was a very enjoyable night all around.

 

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Future Leaders Series: The Rise of the Gig Economy with Pete Johnston, Founder & CEO, Kalo

In collaboration with Bank of Ireland's startlab, IIBN NY kicked off its Fall keynote series with Northern Irish entrepreneur, Pete Johnston, Founder & CEO, Kalo on Wednesday, 4th October. 

The event was an excellent start to the fall series of events and provided the 80 attendees a fresh outlook on the future of the workforce. Key moments from the evening included how Pete took the steps to leave Google to securing seed investment from two Paypal founders Peter Thiel & Max Levchin and the challenges a young CEO faces. 


The top tip from the night was to Network, Network and if that does not work then Network more. 

Please Check out the livestream recording on our Facebook page here

Explore the IIBN NY

You can check out some articles and videos on our website of past events: Inspirefest NY Salon (Inspirefest, White & Williams);
our Global Mindset Transatlantic Breakfast between Dublin and New York with American Ireland Chamber of Commerce; and Tweak CEO & Design Entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly at the American Irish Historical Society. 

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IIBN Newsletter - Sept 2017

News & Announcements

IIBN Fitness #IrishRunNY - Join Now!

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In conjunction with the Future Leaders Board, the IrishRunNY Club is back pounding the pavements in Central Park after a summer hiatus! We make it out every Saturday morning for a loop around the park followed by a refuel at a nearby deli.

If interested in upping your fitness game and meeting new people check out our Facebook page for more details. All fitness levels welcome!

Upcoming Events

The Rise of the Gig Economy with Pete Johnston, Founder & CEO, Kalo

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In collaboration with Bank of Ireland's startlab, IIBN NY is kicking off its Fall keynote series with Northern Irish entrepreneur, Pete Johnston, Founder & CEO, Kalo.

Hear how Peter raised $25 million from marquee investors, including PayPal co-founders Max Levchin and Peter Thiel to become a major player in the Gig Economy. Today, Kalo provides freelancer management software solutions to big name clients such as Google, AirBnb, Expedia, The Economist, and POPSUGAR.

Date: Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Venue: Bank of Ireland startlab, 140 East 45th St, New York, NY 10017

Time: 6:30 – 9:00pm

Tickets: $15 for non-IIBN members, free for IIBN members. Wine, beer and nibbles will be served.

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UCD New York Alumni: Panel Discussion & Networking Reception

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UCD are hosting an evening of learning, discussion & networking on Tuesday October 24th. A panel of New York based alumni will share their insights, experience and expertise on the dynamic themes of Digital Media/Marketing & Branding. This event promises insight, thought provoking discussion and a wonderful opportunity to connect and reconnect with fellow UCD alumni and with your Alma Mater over drinks & canapès.                             

Date: Tuesday, October 24th 2017

Venue: The Library Room at NeueHouse Madison Square, New York, NY10022

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Dress: Business Attire

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IIBN Global Conference

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, the IIBN is delighted to announce the 6th IIBN Global Conference taking place on Friday 3rd November, 2017 at the iconic venue, No. 6 Kildare St Dublin, Ireland. The day long conference will be preceded by a welcome & networking reception on evening of the 2nd November.

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When: Friday, Nov 3rd, 2017
Where: 6 Kildare St., Dublin, Ireland
Contact: info@iibn.com

Tickets are now available, reserve below. 

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IIBN DELEGATION CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL IRELAND TRADE MISSION

IIBN DELEGATION CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL IRELAND TRADE MISSION

Sean Gaffey, Board Member of the Irish International Business Network (IIBN) in New York City, led a trade mission to Dublin, Belfast, and Derry-Londonderry last week with a group of private-sector delegates aimed at building relationships, trade, and investment the U.S. and Ireland.

Along with Sean, the delegation comprised of Jack Cline, Director of Federal Relations for the University of Kansas, Colin Cuneo, Partner, Cuneo and Co., David Evans, Managing Director of Canyon CTS, Donard Gaynor, Senior Executive, Consultant, and Non-Executive Director for multiple companies including Glanbia and H&K International, Robin Shapiro, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Get STiKi, and Courtney Sunna, VP of Sales for Allergy Standards Ltd. and IIBN Future Leaders Board Member.  The mission had a remarkable blend of business, philanthropic site visits and of course a good bit of craic!

DUBLIN

The trade mission kicked off in Dublin with the delegates being kindly hosted for breakfast at the offices of Davy’s by John Lydon, Director of Corporate Finance and joined by Chief Economist, Conall MacCoille and Michael Lee from the ISIF, Ireland’s €8 billion sovereign wealth fund. 

 L ocation: Breakfast meeting for an economic overview at Davy’s, Ireland’s leading provider of wealth management, asset management, capital markets and financial advisory services.

Location: Breakfast meeting for an economic overview at Davy’s, Ireland’s leading provider of wealth management, asset management, capital markets and financial advisory services.

Following breakfast, the delegates were treated to a tour of Trinity College Dublin included a visit the Old Library and Book of Kells, the Center for the Sciences & Innovation, as well as meetings with top officials and from there the delegates had a roundtable lunch at the offices of Grant Thornton for an in depth Brexit briefing and incredible views from Grant Thornton’s boardroom.   Dara Kelly, former IIBN NY Board Member and current Partner of Grant Thornton’s Limerick office, was pivotal in putting together and the ties between the IIBN and Grant Thornton were strengthened even further as a result of this meeting.

Following lunch, the delegates were treated to a meeting with top researchers for the Children’s Medical Research Foundation (CMRF) at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin.  The researchers focused on their amazing work on pediatric cancer and obesity which was truly cutting edge.

Following this meeting the group enjoyed some downtime with a tour of the Kilmainham Gaol Museum before heading off to dinner.

The night concluded with a tour and private dinner at the Guinness Storehouse with Senator Mark Daly, author of “Brexit and the Future of Ireland, Uniting Ireland and its People in Peace and Prosperity.”

Senator Daly spoke to the delegates about the impact Brexit will have on Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with his recommendations for the future. Joining the group for dinner was Dr. John McKeon and Dr. John Ryan, CEO and CSO respectively, of Allergy Standards Ltd., an Irish company which tests and certifies various consumer products to be asthma & allergy friendly®.  Also joining the dinner was Senator and former track and field star Eamonn Coghlan who has been a long-time support of CMRF.

   (L to R): Dr. John Ryan, Dr. John McKeon, Guinness Storehouse Host, Sean Gaffey, Senator Mark Daly, Jack Cline, Courtney Sunna, David Evans, Robin Shapiro, Liam Cuneo, Donard Gaynor, Colin Cuneo at a private dinner in the Guinness Storehouse

(L to R): Dr. John Ryan, Dr. John McKeon, Guinness Storehouse Host, Sean Gaffey, Senator Mark Daly, Jack Cline, Courtney Sunna, David Evans, Robin Shapiro, Liam Cuneo, Donard Gaynor, Colin Cuneo at a private dinner in the Guinness Storehouse

BELFAST

Once in Belfast, the delegation was guided on a cultural tour of the city led by guide David McAnirn before heading to City Hall.

A discussion of city support looking toward the future and community development was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Nuala McAllister, who said her theme for the year ahead would be “Global Belfast.” Other Belfast City Council guests including Lisa Toland, Head of Service, Colin McCabrey, Economic Development Manager, Nuala Gallagher, Director of City Centre Development, and Laura Leonard, EU & International Relations Manager attended the lunch in the Lord Mayor’s Parlor in Belfast City Hall.

  (L to R): Robin Shapiro, Liam Cuneo, Colin Cuneo, Sean Gaffey, the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Courtney Sunna, Donard Gaynor, Jack Cline, and U.S. Consul General Dan Lawton at Belfast City Hall

(L to R): Robin Shapiro, Liam Cuneo, Colin Cuneo, Sean Gaffey, the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Courtney Sunna, Donard Gaynor, Jack Cline, and U.S. Consul General Dan Lawton at Belfast City Hall

A visit to Invest NI included an economic briefing and an overview of investment opportunities in Northern Ireland hosted by Steve Harper, Executive Director of International Business, Invest NI, and Christopher Morrow, Head of Communications & Policy, Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Later, Jack Cline visited Queens University Belfast to discuss international collaboration and student exchange programs while the other delegates met Lynsey Cunningham, Regional Director at Entrepreneurial Spark Belfast, the world’s largest free business accelerator program designed to give business support to startup companies. The delegates listened to funding pitches from a variety of local startup companies.

Afterwards, the delegation arrived at The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) for a meeting with David Crozier, Technical Marketing Manager, and Judith Millar, Business Development Manager. The CSIT is an innovation and knowledge center based at Queen’s University of Belfast which specializes in developing security systems and intelligent surveillance technology.

A warm welcome and Reception was hosted by Dan Lawton, US Consul General, at his private residence, Ardnavalley, where the delegates were able to meet with various City Council officials, local stakeholders, and businesspeople.

  (L to R): Sean Gaffey, Liam Cuneo, Colin Cuneo, US Consul General Dan Lawton, Courtney Sunna, Robin Shapiro, Donard Gaynor, Jack Cline

(L to R): Sean Gaffey, Liam Cuneo, Colin Cuneo, US Consul General Dan Lawton, Courtney Sunna, Robin Shapiro, Donard Gaynor, Jack Cline

DERRY-LONDONDERRY

Once in Derry-Londonderry, the delegation was greeted at the Mayor’s Parlour for a roundtable discussion hosted by the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council with the Unity of Purpose group, comprising elected representatives and public officials. The Unity of Purpose group established to facilitate dialogue across the community and various business sectors, who often have diametrically opposing views, to best serve the interests of the city and its people.

  Location: Roundtable discussion at the Mayor’s Parlour with the Derry City and Strabane District Council and delegates

Location: Roundtable discussion at the Mayor’s Parlour with the Derry City and Strabane District Council and delegates

Ros Young, of Derry City & Strabane District Council, then presented an investment proposition to the delegates with a discussion on the planned investment and reconstruction of Belfast’s waterfront and downtown areas.

A networking lunch was held at the Walled City Brewery, where the delegates met with local young companies over a beer tasting reception. Each company was able to discuss their business plans with the delegation and receive advice and support.

Afterwards, a Tour of Intelligent Systems Research Centre and overview of CARL (Cognitive Analytics Research Lab) was held at the University of Ulster and showcased their robotics laboratory and advanced data analytics lab.

The delegation was then greeted at the First Derry Presbyterian Church to meet with young project leaders involved with Amazing the Space, a peacebuilding initiative facilitated by Cooperation Ireland.

Dr. Eamonn O Ciardha, Irish historian and writer, gave the delegates a tour of the City Walls and Bogside with an incredibly impressive overview of the history of the area looking hundreds of years into the past, covering the conflicts through present day.

  (Above: Dr. Eamonn O Ciardha giving a tour of the city walls)

(Above: Dr. Eamonn O Ciardha giving a tour of the city walls)

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, along with other business leaders and council officials, hosted a dinner for the delegation at the Beech Hill Country House, an elegant country house with a dramatic history.

  Above: The delegation and Derry-Londonderry officials in front of the Beech Hill Country House

Above: The delegation and Derry-Londonderry officials in front of the Beech Hill Country House

STRENGTHENING TIES

Upon conclusion of the Trade Mission, the delegates returned to Dublin before departing back to New York City. Bernadette Roberts, Political and Economic Officer with the U.S. Consulate General in Belfast, was instrumental in organizing this delegation along with Sean Gaffey, organizer and first vice president of the Gaffey Mellody Group at Merrill Lynch in New York City. Appreciation also belongs to Jim Roddy, Chief Executive at the City Centre Initiative in Derry-Londonderry for his support of this year’s IIBN Trade Mission.

The Trade Mission was an important way to strengthen ties between U.S. corporations, Irish-Americans, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland that may unlock possibilities of trading, partnerships, and new markets.

July IIBN Newsletter

News & Announcements

IIBN Trade Mission To Ireland

Sean Gaffey, Board Member of the Irish International Business Network (IIBN) in New York City, led a trade mission to Dublin, Belfast, and Derry-Londonderry in June with a group of private-sector delegates aimed at building relationships, trade, and investment across the U.S. and Ireland.

Along with Sean, the delegation comprised of Jack Cline (Director of Federal Relations for the University of Kansas), Colin Cuneo (Partner, Cuneo and Co.), David Evans (Managing Director of Canyon CTS), Donard Gaynor (Senior Executive, Consultant, and Non-Executive Director for multiple companies including Glanbia and H&K International), Robin Shapiro (serial entrepreneur and CEO of Get STiKi), and Courtney Sunna (VP of Sales for Allergy Standards Ltd. and IIBN Future Leaders Board Member).  The mission had a remarkable blend of business, philanthropic site visits and of course a good bit of craic!

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Upcoming Events

IIBN Global Conference

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, the IIBN is delighted to announce the 6th IIBN Global Conference taking place on Friday 3rd November, 2017 at the iconic venue, No. 6 Kildare St Dublin, Ireland. The day long conference will be preceded by a welcome & networking reception on evening of the 2nd November.

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When: Friday, Nov 3rd, 2017
Where: 6 Kildare St., Dublin, Ireland
Contact: info@iibn.com

Tickets are now available, reserve below.

Information and Tickets

LEAP Application Now Open!

The second annual LEAP program for Irish and Irish American women is now accepting applications for their 2017 New York program, looking for applicants from the Greater New York/Tri-State area.

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Standing for Leadership and Executive Acceleration Program, LEAP was founded last year by Mary McEvoy (Senior Director, Global Procurement at PepsiCo) and Susan O’Brien (Founder & CEO of Smigin), in order to encourage and support the advancement of Irish and Irish American women in their careers through workshops, mentoring, and community-focused projects.

The second year of the 6-month program launched earlier this year with the application process recently opening for a start date of October 1. Potential participants will have until August 15 to submit their application.

Recent Events

INSPIREFEST In Dublin

Susan O'Brien, Mary Ann Pierce and Maura Kelly recently attended the popular Inspirefest tech, science and arts conference at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin. Susan O'Brien was a featured speaker and presented a Ted-style Talk on survival tips for entrepreneurs. The festival of ideas promotes diversity and inclusion in STEM and the arts. IIBN representatives from London and Dublin participated and networked with speakers and attendees. Highlights included inspiring talks from Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and Tànaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Frances Fitzgerald.

  Inspirefest founder Ann O'Dea and Tànaiste Frances Fitzgerald launch Inspirefest at The Marker Hotel

Inspirefest founder Ann O'Dea and Tànaiste Frances Fitzgerald launch Inspirefest at The Marker Hotel

IIBN NY Newsletter - May 2017

News & Announcements

IIBN Trade Mission 2017

Two spaces have opened on the IIBN 100, a new Patron Program of the IIBN NY, which will lead Executives and Entrepreneurs from Corporate America on a five day Trade Mission scheduled in Ireland the week of June 11, 2017. In conjunction with the local partners the delegates will go from Dublin, to Belfast, to Derry and enjoy an all access trip to Ireland. At a time when there are so many questions the trade mission serves to reinforce Ireland’s strong trade channel and stimulate business connections with the United States.

Executives from the Financial Services, Legal Services, Tech as well as other Senior Leaders from the private sector will be invited to join the delegation that will be given an insight into Brexit, investment opportunities, the ever evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem, the ongoing peace process and of course a bit of craic with some golf at Royal Portrush. 

Along the way the delegation will meet with business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, and representatives from academia in Dublin, Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, and will also experience some of Northern Ireland’s top tourist attractions.

For further information and details on the trade mission and the new Patron program please contact: Sean Gaffey, Managing Director, IIBN 100 and IIBN Senior Board Member.

Upcoming Events

An Evening with Joe Schmidt, Head Coach of the Irish Rugby Team

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Ahead of Ireland’s rugby test matches in the United States and Japan this summer, head coach Joe Schmidt will be joining The Children's Medical Research Fund (CMRF) with members of the Irish rugby squad for one evening in New York to raise funds towards global pediatric healthcare.

The CMRF is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and their families affected by childhood illness and disease. A non-profit organization, the Foundation is based in NYC and is affiliated with the Children’s Medical & Research Foundation in Crumlin, Ireland.


When: Wednesday, June 7th 2017
Where: The Water Club, 500 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016
Time: 6:30pm -10:00pm

New York-New Belfast Conference

 On June 15 and 16, 2017, the eighth annual  New York-New Belfast  conference will take place at Pier A Harbor House, NY. IIBN   Board members, Sean Gaffey and Maura Kelly are Honorary Chairs. The conference will highlight the bridges being built between New York and Belfast. Leaders and delegates will discuss innovation and investment in business, arts and culture, and ways they can work together for mutual benefit. The US-Ireland Top 50 Companies Luncheon will be held on June 16th.  Board member Mary Ann Pierce will moderate a special session on Innovation in Tourism. Maura Kelly will moderate a Creative Ireland session titled, Fostering the Creative Gene: New Industries, Innovation and Imagining a bright future.      When:  Thursday and Friday, June 15th -16th 2017  Where:  Pier A Harbour House, 22 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004

On June 15 and 16, 2017, the eighth annual New York-New Belfast conference will take place at Pier A Harbor House, NY. IIBN Board members, Sean Gaffey and Maura Kelly are Honorary Chairs. The conference will highlight the bridges being built between New York and Belfast. Leaders and delegates will discuss innovation and investment in business, arts and culture, and ways they can work together for mutual benefit. The US-Ireland Top 50 Companies Luncheon will be held on June 16th.

Board member Mary Ann Pierce will moderate a special session on Innovation in Tourism. Maura Kelly will moderate a Creative Ireland session titled, Fostering the Creative Gene: New Industries, Innovation and Imagining a bright future. 


When: Thursday and Friday, June 15th -16th 2017
Where: Pier A Harbour House, 22 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004

On June 15 and 16, 2017, the eighth annual New York-New Belfast conference will take place at Pier A Harbor House, NY. IIBN Board members, Sean Gaffey and Maura Kelly are Honorary Chairs. The conference will highlight the bridges being built between New York and Belfast. Leaders and delegates will discuss innovation and investment in business, arts and culture, and ways they can work together for mutual benefit. The US-Ireland Top 50 Companies Luncheon will be held on June 16th.

Board member Mary Ann Pierce will moderate a special session on Innovation in Tourism. Maura Kelly will moderate a Creative Ireland session titled, Fostering the Creative Gene: New Industries, Innovation and Imagining a bright future.


When: Thursday and Friday, June 15th -16th 2017
Where: Pier A Harbour House, 22 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10004

IIBN Summer Social

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It's time for our summer catch up! Come to Annie Moore's NYC on Thursday, June 22nd, for some finger food and an opportunity to mingle with new and old IIBN members alike. 


When: Thursday, June 22nd 2017
Where: 22 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017
Time: 6:30pm

Recent Events

Insights from IIBN presents Inspirefest NY Salon & LEAP Launch

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After sell-out Munich, Paris and London salons, Europe's leading sci-tech event, Inspirefest, partnered with the IIBN and White & Williams LLP to host their first U.S event April 27th, in New York City. This was a collaboration involving IIBN's hyper-connected network,  and as Irish Central highlights a network that celebrates Irish Women and inspiring ideas.

Attendees also celebrated the launch of the 2017 Leadership & Executive Acceleration Program (LEAP)™, a professional development and leadership program designed for Irish and Irish-American women living in the Greater New York/Tri-State area. LEAP was also excited to announce its expansion into Ireland this year. Our very own senior board member, Maura Kelly, led a panel discussion with Susan O'Brien, and LEAP participants Roisin Mullins, Intuition Publishing Ltd, and Julie Currid, Initiafy.

Check out key insights from the night as told our IIBN members and be sure to check out the IIBN's new YouTube channel which features video footage from the night.

Highlights Video

Insights from the Night

The Global Mindset: A Transatlantic Conversation Between Dublin and New York
 

 On Friday May 5th, a Transatlantic Conversation was simulcast between Dublin, from Accenture's Innovation Hub, and New York, from White & Williams LLP Times Square offices. The discussion focused on defining the concept of a Global Mindset and demonstrating why leaders who have a high level of Global Mindset are more likely to succeed in working with people from other cultures.  Together with the American Chambers of Commerce we discussed what it takes to be able to have a global mindset in business with a panel of distinguished business leaders by live video conference in both Dublin and New York.  The panel comprised of Mary McEvoy, Senior Director of Global Procurement PepsiCo; Brian Maloney, CEO and Founder of Silvergrove Advisor; and Nicole Sullivan, Partner at White and Williams LLP. The discussion was moderated by Mark Redmond, CEO American Ireland Chamber of Commerce.

On Friday May 5th, a Transatlantic Conversation was simulcast between Dublin, from Accenture's Innovation Hub, and New York, from White & Williams LLP Times Square offices. The discussion focused on defining the concept of a Global Mindset and demonstrating why leaders who have a high level of Global Mindset are more likely to succeed in working with people from other cultures.

Together with the American Chambers of Commerce we discussed what it takes to be able to have a global mindset in business with a panel of distinguished business leaders by live video conference in both Dublin and New York.

The panel comprised of Mary McEvoy, Senior Director of Global Procurement PepsiCo; Brian Maloney, CEO and Founder of Silvergrove Advisor; and Nicole Sullivan, Partner at White and Williams LLP. The discussion was moderated by Mark Redmond, CEO American Ireland Chamber of Commerce.