Happy March from the IIBN New York Chapter!


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


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.”


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


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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