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.


When: Friday, Nov 3rd, 2017
Where: 6 Kildare St., Dublin, Ireland

Tickets are now available, reserve below.

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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.


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


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