Network Ireland Cork's Vice-President and Awards Co-ordinator, Maria Desmond and Network Ireland Cork's president, Barbara Nugent following the announcement of the finalists for the 2021 awards. (Picture: Darragh Kane)

Network Ireland Cork has announced the finalists for the 2021 prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Awards. Twenty-five finalists are shortlisted for the awards across eight categories, which will take place virtually on 2 June.

Finalists for the Power Within Champion Award — recognising those who overcame challenges — include Miriam Bourke, Invesco; Kathy O’Dwyer, Career Training Internships; and  Diane Higgins, Diane Higgins Design. In the Solo Businesswoman category are Noreen Roche, Epona Retreat Centre; Lucie Al, Lucie Al Portraits & Lucie Al Creative; and Michelle Dinneen, Ardin Career Development.

Up for Emerging New Business are Ingrid Seim, Avenues Consultancy & Coaching; Karen Goodliffe, SurePlan Financial; and Noella Carroll, Pinnaklo Ltd. In the Established Business category are Adrianna Hegarty, Hegarty Properties; Carol Brick, HerMoney; Kathy O’Dwyer, Career Training Internships; and Liz Gavin, Eur Digital Village.

The three finalists in the Employee – Rising Star category are Ciara Keane, DePuy Synthes Johnson & Johnson; Elena Canty, Event Plan; and Kate Scannell, Grant Thornton. Up for Employee – Shining Star are Miriam Bourke, Invesco; Sinéad O’Dea, Griffith College Cork; and Konstantina Stefanidou, Depuy Synthes Johnson & Johnson.

For Creative Professional, finalists include Fiona Kennedy, Fiona Kennedy Music; Stef McSherry, Kinderama; and Monika Nowakowska, Lady of the Valley. In the STEM category are Anne Marie Butler, Edlong; Lena Angland, Wanderful; and Tara Shine, Change by Degrees.


The winners from the Network Cork Businesswoman of the Year Awards will go forward for the national Network Ireland Business Awards on 8 October in WIT Arena, Waterford.

Speaking on the Businesswoman of the Year Awards, Network Ireland Cork President, Barbara Nugent said: “In these challenging times, many business women have proved their resilience and innovation in the face of adversity and their ability to create concrete and sustainable solutions, not only for their own businesses, but also for the wider community.

“We are delighted to applaud these exceptional business women by celebrating them, and their professional achievements, on 2 June.”

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

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