Following the recent AGM of Network Ireland, Kildare businesswoman Emma Early Murphy has taken up the role of National President for 2023, succeeding Galway’s Noreen McKenzie on this milestone year for the organisation, as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.
An experienced entrepreneur, Emma has more than 20 years experience in corporate sales, marketing and leadership roles across telecoms, retail and hospitality. Her passion lies in working with people to help make a difference.
Vice president of Network Ireland last year and president of the Kildare branch in 2019, Emma is now looking forward to working with Network Ireland’s 1,200 members across 17 branches nationwide. Choosing ‘Celebrating Success’ as the theme for her presidency, she says it’s an important message, particularly as Network Ireland celebrates 40 years since its establishment.
“Over the last few years, Network Ireland has called on members to find the power within and believe in their abilities so I think it’s important for us now to celebrate all of our successes, big and small. We’ve been through a very difficult period due to Covid and the economic downturn and we’re not out of the woods just yet, so I want women across all professions to look at what they’ve achieved and how far they’ve come and to celebrate these wins,” she said.
“It’s a big year for Network Ireland as we mark our 40th anniversary and this year will be about celebrating this milestone and the benefits of networking in business. Network Ireland is here to support members on that journey.”
Emma is supporting two charities close to her heart during her term as president of Network Ireland – Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) and St Brigid’s Hospice in The Curragh, Co. Kildare.
Paying tribute to outgoing president Noreen McKenzie, Emma said that her priorities for 2023 are to focus on the national membership of Network Ireland through collaborations, workshops, corporate and educational partnerships, youth programmes and ultimately encourage more women to join the organisation. As an experienced business coach and mentor, Emma is hoping she can inspire other women to follow their dreams if they’ve been holding back in the past.
Network Ireland is also proud to confirm its partnership with AIB is set to continue through 2023.
“AIB is delighted to continue as the official national partner of Network Ireland, especially in such a momentous year,” Lorraine Greene, AIB’s Head of SME Market Engagement said.
“It is an incredible achievement for this important business group to reach its 40th anniversary and we celebrate the difference it has made to the lives of so many women in Ireland. Business in Ireland has evolved so much over the 40 years and we look forward to working with Network Ireland and Emma as they continue to support women in business in 2023.”