Connecting Business – Growing Opportunities

Empowering Women Leaders



Causeway Young Professionals Committee is hosting an online networking event to celebrate the successful women - from across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland - in our network.

This follows the success of our previous IWD events which have taken place the last couple of years, with a panel of inspiring speakers describing their careers, and breakout rooms for networking. Free to attend, we welcome both members and non-members to what will be an inspiring session!

The theme of the 2023 International Women's Day is #EmbraceEquity. Many embrace equality, but a focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society's DNA.

The event will be hosted by Young Professional Megan Harkins from Forth Point, and she will be joined by Causeway Co-Chairs Brigid Whoriskey and Judith O'Leary.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Jenny Quinn, Vice-Consul General of Ireland in Scotland
  • Ciara Gilvarry, Joint Head, British Irish Council Secretariat 

  • Rebecca Connor, Apprentice Civil Engineer, FK Lowry

  • Chupi Sweetman, CEO of Chupi


Jenny Quinn


Jenny Quinn took up her assignment as Vice Consul General of Ireland in Scotland in August 2021. Prior to taking up duty in Scotland, Jenny served as Consul at the Embassy of Ireland in Ankara, Turkey (May 2018 - Aug 2021) and as Desk Officer in the Disarmament & Non-Proliferation Unit in the Department’s Political Division (July 2016 - May 2018). Jenny holds a BA in International Relations (Dublin City University) and an MA in American Studies (University College Dublin).

Chupi Sweetman


After a decade of working in the giants of commercial fashion, Chupi founded her eponymous jewellery line in 2013. Her creative and strategic vision has scaled Chupi to a luxury jewellery brand selling in 70+ countries. Part of the coveted EY EOY Alumni and a Lead Entrepreneur on the KPMG Enterprise Ireland backed Going for Growth program, Chupi is one of Ireland’s leading female founders and is regularly featured in the press. Chupi designs timeless pieces to mark life’s most precious moments. Her award-winning jewellery is destined to become your future heirloom.

Ciara Gilvarry


Ciara Gilvarry is the Government of Ireland appointed Joint Head of the British-Irish Council Secretariat, taking up the role in August 2020. Ciara joined the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in 2012 and has held various positions in subject areas including West Africa, Consular Affairs and Conflict Resolution. She most recently served abroad as Ireland’s Deputy Consul General in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 2015-2017. She studied Law and French at University College Cork, and has previously lived in Edinburgh, completing a Master’s degree in International Law at the University of Edinburgh. Ciara is delighted to be back living in Edinburgh, now joined by her husband and daughter.

Rebecca Connor


Rebecca Connor is an Apprentice Civil Engineer with FK Lowry Piling, (Part of Lagan Specialist Contracting Group). Rebecca has been studying Civil Engineering, part-time for the past 3 years at Ulster University as part of her Level 7 Higher Level Apprenticeship Programme. Shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year at the CEF Awards 2022 and the Causeway Business Exchange “Rising Star Award”, Rebecca undertakes Contracts Management of numerous Piling & Ground Engineering Projects throughout the UK & Ireland.

Date & Time

Tue, 07 March 2023

16:30 - 18:00

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