Barbara Nugent - Transilient Coaching Network Cork Vice-President and Awards organiser, Sharon Corcoran, Director of Economic Development & Tourism at Cork County Council and Awards Judge, President of Network Cork Marguerite O’Sullivan, Senior Engineer Strategy Leader J&J, Vicki Crean, AIB Manager of Service and Sales, Cork City, Ernest Cantillon, Director of Electric Cork and Kinsale Spirit Company and Awards Judge and Miriam Flahive, Divisional Manager of Brown Thomas Cork at the announcement of the newly revised Network Ireland Cork Businesswoman of the Year Awards, sponsored by Brown Thomas. (Picture: Darragh Kane)

New categories have been unveiled for Network Ireland Cork’s annual prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Awards, reflecting the new realities of business life in 2020.

The Power Within Champion — recognising those who overcame challenges in business arising from Covid-19 — is one of six categories now open to members; along with the all new Online Business Transformation, Business Innovation and Transformative Employee along with the existing Emerging New Business and Solo Businesswoman.

Network Ireland Cork is a not-for-profit Cork organisation that is the largest branch of Network Ireland in the country.

Speaking on the Businesswoman of the Year Awards, Network Ireland Cork’s president, Marguerite O’Sullivan said: “We have seen great resilience and creativity across businesses in Cork in recent months, with many pivoting and adapting during these uncertain times.

“With the Power Within Champion award, we want to commend our members who have shown great strength in the past four months in the midst of a crisis. 

“My focus during this presidency is to aspire members to become leaders in their fields. This has been a year like no other, so it’s never been more important for those in the business community to showcase their excellence, resilience, strength and capability.

“I would implore our members to enter the 2020 awards, or nominate a colleague, and celebrate the innovative work they are doing.”

With the closing date for submissions on Friday, 17 July, winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on August 28 and will go forward for the Network Ireland Business Awards on 2 October.

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