3rd Annual Female Entrepreneurs Conference 2019

***Registration has now closed as the event has reached full capacity, please email Grainne@womeninbusinessni.com to be added to the waiting list to avail of any cancellations***

The Female Entrepreneurs Conference will be a day of inspiration, networking and learning, with thought-provoking insights, and honest advice to help your business grow and thrive!

We are delighted to announce our three keynote speakers:



Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt
Unstoppable Tracy is a #1 International Speaker who has shared the stage with a-listers Jane Fonda, John Travolta, Mel Gibson, Mark Wahlberg and many more. Her mind blowing story always gets standing ovations and pushes audiences out of their comfort zones! She is the winner of the 2017 Robert W. Jackson Award (Founder of the Canadian Paralympics) and 2018 Women of Essence Global Award Nominee. 
Josephine Fairley
Jo Fairley is co-founder of Green & Black’s. She and her entrepreneur husband set out to market the world’s first organic chocolate, deciding on ‘green’ to represent their environmental ethos and ‘black’ to reflect particularly high-quality cocoa beans. Jo was among the first to highlight the social responsibility of food producers. Green & Black’s immediately picked up awards for entrepreneurial and ethical achievement, and the fortunes of the Maya Indians in Belize who grow the cocoa have been transformed. Jo tells how 20,000 young people carrying flaming torches lobbied supermarkets to stock Maya Gold - generating valuable news coverage. But they also had plenty of white knuckle moments. What happens when cocoa beans are stuck in a volatile tropical country, the port blockaded, and your major retailer is threatening de-listing unless the consignment is delivered on time?
Jo’s presentations show the determination needed and the risks involved in building a business and exploiting a niche market. She also demonstrates the power of branding, how business can be both ethical and highly successful, and why you should never underestimate the intelligence of the  consumer. Jo Fairley is author of more than a dozen books, including the Green Beauty Bible. She has also been Contributing Editor on YOU Magazine and chair of a Soil Association committee. She now runs an organic bakery and a health centre.
Chanelle, Lady McCoy
Chanelle, Lady McCoy is one of Ireland’s most successful businesswomen, winner of the All-Ireland Business Champion Award(2018) and recently ranked no 23 in the ’50 incredible people shaping modern Ireland’. Chanelle co-founded Chanelle Medical, part of the multi-million pound global company Chanelle Pharmaceutical Group based in Galway. Chanelle is the newest dragon on the TV series Dragon’s Den in Ireland and is also married to horseracing legend Sir AP McCoy.
Chanelle Medical & Chanelle Veterinary develop and manufacture generic (copycat) drugs, holding more than 3,000 medical product licenses in over 96 countries. They have won many awards, including the Life Science Award at the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards 2017, Exporter of the Year 2016, Life Sciences Exporter of the Year 2016, Export Innovation of the Year 2016, Winner of ‘Project of the Year’ at the Pharma Industry Awards 2016 and the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award 2015.
Chanelle is a popular business, leadership & motivational speaker due to her experience of co-heading up Ireland’s largest indigenous pharmaceutical company, being responsible for over 500 people and turning-over in excess of €115m. She is also a huge supporter of women in business and mentoring young entrepreneurs. The 42 year-old is married to Sir AP McCoy OBE, Champion Jump Jockey for 20 consecutive years, voted BBC Sports Personality of the year in 2010. When he retired in 2015, AP was awarded with the BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was knighted by the Queen for his Services to Horseracing. Chanelle and AP have 2 children. Chanelle co-presents for a number of TV stations and is also an Ambassador for race days and for the charity Tiny Tickers.
Chanelle’s love for business has also seen her branch out into the fashion industry.  In 2014 Chanelle and 5 partners opened the doors of Mojo & McCoy, a successful boutique in Berkshire.

During the conference we will also be joined by leading female entrepreneurs for a panel discussion which will include:


Caroline O’Neill, Digg Childrenswear
Jennifer McKeever, Airporter
Frances Lundy, Riada Resourcing
Kate Burns, Islander Kelp
Linzi Rooney, Studio Souk



The conference will also be made up of two breakout sessions which all attendees will take part in, these will be delivered by:



Samantha Kelly, Tweeting Goddess
Why Twitter for Business?

Sam Kelly is an internationally-recognised Twitter Exper, Social Media Strategist, Author and Speaker. KNow as the "Tweeting Goddess", she is also founder of the Women's Inspire Network - a gloabl support network for female-led businesses, with a social media following of over 13k. 


Naomh McElhatton, SMART Global
Sell You - You are Your Business

Naomh has been highlighted as one of Northern Ireland’s most energetic entrepreneurs. As founder of the She Said Club, SMART NI and Northern Irelands DANI Awards, Naomh is well known for hosting conferences, leading digital transformation training and marketing consultancy around the globe. Being heavily involved within the digital and creative industries, Naomh sits on the board of the Digital Catapult and recently delivered her TEDx Talk in Stormont highlighting our online addictions.




Accommodation Offer:

Superior Guestrooms B&B £185.00 Per Room, Per Night reduced from £245.00
Deluxe Guestrooms B&B £215.00 Per Room, Per Night reduced from £280.00
Incl. All rates include Full Irish Breakfast & Access to Thermal Spa Village
NB: All rooms are subject to availability at the time of booking & cannot be guaranteed. Guests to quote ‘Women in Business Conference’


The full agenda for this year’s conference will be announced on Thursday 20 February. 

Book your place today | £55 + VAT per person


Kindly sponsored by



March 08 2019
3rd Annual Female Entrepreneurs Conference 2019

08.30 - 16.00


Members: £55 +vat
Non members: £55 +vat


Galgorm Resort & Spa

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