[Sold Out] GirlCrew Pro: Advance Your Career, Create Your Dream Job

Thursday 29 October August, 6.30pm, The Irish Times Building, Dublin, €20 including booking fee.
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*This event is now sold out*

On October 29th, join us for an evening of advice and inspiration from some of Ireland’s leading ladies.

Learn from those who’ve climbed the career ladder and learned a lot along the way that they want to share with you and those who’ve gone out on their own to create their own dream business.

Keynote Speakers

1. Yvonne Tiernan: Yvonne worked at the infamous Factory Studios in Ringsend during its time as a rehearsal and recording home to U2, The Hothouse Flowers, Bob Dylan, David Bowie and many others. She then joined Warner Music Ireland where she worked in admin & A&R. Her first appearance on TV was as presenter of the first series of RTÉ travel Show ‘No Frontiers’. Later, Yvonne opened her own office at The Factory studios managing and promoting numerous acts including Altan, Paul Brady and The Screaming Orphans. At the same time, she also worked as a Talent Scout for BMG Records Label and as the Music Editor at VIP Magazine. For over 10 years, Yvonne also managed her husband, stand-up comedian Tommy Tiernan, and was the executive producer of his DVDs ‘Cracked’, ‘Loose’, ‘Jokerman’, ‘Okay Baby’, ‘Something Mental’, ‘Bovinity’, ‘Crooked Man’ and ‘Stray Sod. She still works as a Director of Mabinóg Ltd. the company which produces  Already a fully-qualified Life Coach, Yvonne began studying for a degree in Psychology with The Open University in 2015 and this month, will also launch a new interview TV series, The Couch’, exclusively for RTE Player!

2. Avril Copeland, CEO of Tickerfit: An adventure racer and chartered physiotherapist, and has been a high sports achiever from a young age, representing Ireland in hockey as a teen. When Ireland missed out on a spot in the Sydney Olympics, she decided four years was too long to wait, so retired her international hockey career and headed for Nashville to pursue her dreams of working in the country music business. While in Nashville, Avril discovered adventure racing. Since then, she has raced in over ten expedition length races, 5 Eco Primal Quests and a few 48 hour and 24 hour races. She has represented Ireland in four expedition adventure racing World Championships. Avril has kayaked across both Lake Michigan in the USA and Loch Ness in Scotland. She has also run the Dublin, Chicago, Boston and Nashville marathons as well as ultra-distance trail races which are up to 50km in length! The self-proclaimed ‘black sheep of the family’, Avril deviated from the family traditions of a career in the suit-and-tie business – her dad is tailor Louise Copeland – to pursue a career in physiotherapy. After graduating from Belmont University and the Royal College of Surgeons, she worked for several years in Beamount Hospital. She founded TickerFit with technologist Greg Balmer in 2011. It’s a unique cloud based application which empowers health professionals to prescribe and deliver personalised lifestyle interventions to patients who are currently living with a chronic condition or at risk thereof.


1. Kathy Foley, Content Marketing Manager at Twitter: A specialist in brand language, content strategy and managing content production projects, Kathy has worked extensively in corporate and brand communications since 2007 and took on the role of content marketing manager for Twitter earlier this year. She previously worked as a lecturer at Dublin City University, teaching the Journalism Skills module to students on the MA in International Journalism, the MSc in Science Communication and the MA in Political and Public Communication courses.  After joining the Sunday Times as a property and money reporter, she worked as a TV critic, radio critic and news columnist for the newspaper, before being promoted to personal finance editor. She has also written for The Guardian, The Observer, The Irish Examiner and Irish Tatler, and spent three years as the editor of Nua.  She worked as the operations manager for Clear Ink for almost three years and also set up her own company – Hyphen.

2. Hazel Chu: A qualified barrister, Hazel Chu was the first Chinese individual to be called to the Irish Bar, however now spends her time looking after the brand and reputation of Diageo, as their head of corporate and trade communications. Her career to date spans across music to FMCG, start-up to multinational, non-profits to government and public sector to private sector. She was campaign manager for Patrick Costello, a first time candidate in the 2014 elections for local council. He topped the polls and got elected. She previously worked as director of communications for the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) and as a US marketing and communications consultant for Bord Bia. Hazel spent 4 ½ years as the artist communication and production manager for arts-and-music festival Electric Picnic. She was awarded a UCD Smurfit Fellowship in 2010, a fully paid scholarship to complete a masters in marketing practice at the Smurfit School of Business. And she received a commendation from then President of Ireland Mary McAleese in 2004 and another commendation from then President of Supreme Court Justice John Murray in 2006.

3. Sarah O’Connor: Sarah is a member of the World Economic Forum global shapers community, along with being the deputy curator of the group’s Dublin hub, and was previously a member of Sandbox, the foremost global community of young achievers and innovators under 30. She graduated from University College Cork with a first class honours degree in Commerce and started her career in the marketing department of Ernst & Young, working her way up to her current position as manager of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme for Ireland. Sarah works with entrepreneurs from Ireland and across the world and has developed CEO retreats for entrepreneurs in Brazil, China, India and the United States. But she’s an entrepreneur herself too, as co-founder of The Cool Bean Company along with Isolde Johnson. The company makes super healthy and convenient meals in a pot.

4. Ciara Donlon, Theya Lingerie: Ciara graduated in 1999 from TCD and DIT with a degree in Management and an Advanced Diploma in Marketing Techniques. She previously worked in online sales and marketing roles in companies including Vodafone, RBS and Irish Life and Permanent. Ciara entered the world of lingerie when she set up her own boutique in 2010. After learning the business inside out and researching the gap in the post surgery lingerie market, THEYA was created in 2014. The company was originally called ISIS Rose, from Isis – the Egyptian goddess – and Rose, her beloved grandmother, who had survived a double mastectomy. When ISIS began to hit the headlines for their war in Iraq and Syria, Donlon had already set up her website name and email signatures, she realised that she was going to have to make a last minute change to the name of the business as it was becoming an issue with prospective buyers!  Theya is inspiring as they make lingerie for women who have undergone cancer surgery or are having treatment. Ciara had seen that these needs weren’t being met with products she would be happy selling to customer. They’re also now expanding and developing medical device products for the same market. Thank you Ciara on behalf of many many women.x

Previous speakers have included 

  • Fionnuala Meehan, Google’s managing director of SME sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa
  • Una Mullally, journalist, broadcaster, author and LGBT rights campaigner
  • Deanna O’Connor, Editor at Xpose Magazine
  • Anna Scally, tax partner at KPMG
  • As well as Sinead Burke, Avril Mulcahy, Ciara O’Toole, Keren Jackson and more.

Our previous two events have sold out so make *sure* to grab a ticket as soon as you can to ensure a place.

Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be provided on arrival. There will also be another ‘mini pitch’ competition. Keep an eye on the event page for full details and further announcements.

Tickets: This event is now sold out. Keep an eye on GirlCrew HQ on Facebook for future events or send an email to info@girlcrew.com to be kept in the loop.