In a triumphant celebration of International Women’s Day, nearly 300 ladies, from across the North Coast community, took part in the empowering ‘CelebrateHER Conference’ on Friday 1 March – a day full of inspirational and rich conversations.

Organised in partnership by Enterprise Causeway & Ulster University, and hosted by the phenomenal Caroline O’Neill (founder of Digg Mama, the Digg Podcast and Digg for Success), the event explored the theme of ‘Inspire Inclusion’, with help from a host of leading inspirational keynote speakers and panellists from right across different walks of life, sharing their personal stories, experiences, and triumphs.

Integral to the day was the opportunity for meaningful networking, providing delegates with the opportunity to exchange stories, forge new connections, and amplify their collective strength.

Another interesting dimension to the day was the support & employers’ marketplace, where delegates got to engage with a wealth of exhibitors offering insights into personal development & training opportunities, apprenticeships, business and enterprise support, and live vacancies and career opportunities.

Reflecting on the turn-out and success of the day, Event Promoter, Jayne Taggart (CEO of Enterprise Causeway) noted: “We are immensely proud of what the CelebrateHER conference has achieved – gathering together such an incredible number of women from across our Borough. You got a real sense of unity and empowerment in that room, and that’s why we strive to offer events of this calibre so that diverse stories are shared, and the connections made remind us that together, we can make a difference.

“I want to say a personal word of thanks to everyone who showed up, and totally immersed themselves in the day. To our keynotes and speakers also, for taking time out to be with us and sharing their remarkable journeys and experiences, to our co-partner, Ulster University, and to our associate sponsors, Causeway Coast and Glens Labour Market Partnership and the Connecting Communities. Already counting down to what promises to be an even bigger and richer event next year!”

Ulster University Provost, Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan said: “We were thrilled to support the return of CelebrateHER on Friday, welcoming hundreds of inspirational female leaders to Ulster University in Coleraine to celebrate and champion innovation, entrepreneurship, and community spirit this International Women’s Day.

“This year, Ulster University is marking the occasion by celebrating the female thought leaders, change makers and game changers delivering impact right across Northern Ireland. The inspiring line up at the CelebrateHER conference was the perfect start to a week of inclusive events across our campuses marking International Women’s Day 2024, and we are delighted to bring so many women together to share their experiences and successes.”

This event was delivered in partnership with Enterprise Causeway and Ulster University and was supported by Causeway Coast and Glens Labour Market Partnership and the Connecting Communities project, funded by International Fund for Ireland.

Minister of Finance & MLA, Caoimhe Archibald, took time out of her busy schedule to take part in the CelebrateHER conference, joining host, Caroline O’Neill (Digg Mama) to reflect upon her incredible career. Pictured from L-R are: Caroline O’Neill, Caoimhe Archibald, and Jayne Taggart, CEO, Enterprise Causeway.

The CelebrateHER conference brought together nearly 300 women, from all walks of life, to mark International Women’s Day by reflecting upon female stories, experiences and triumphs. Pictured are the event partners and sponsors, along with some of the conference line-up – from L-R: Malachy Ó Néill, Director of Regional Engagement; Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Deputy Mayor, Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop; Caroline O’Neill, Digg Mama; keynote speaker, Ailbhe Keane, Founder and CEO, Izzy Wheels; and Jayne Taggart, CEO, Enterprise Causeway.

Annette Kelly of Little Penny Thoughts (far-right) joins a powerhouse panel at the CelebrateHER Conference, from L-R: Collette Kelly, Spokesperson, Timely Careers; Una Leonard, Co-founder, Support2gether; and Rabab Flack, Founder, Causeway Clear Ears.

International Women’s Day offers ladies the chance to come together, to highlight achievements and champion progress. The CelebrateHER conference on Friday 1st March did exactly that, featuring a host of inspirational women and providing networking opportunities for nearly 300 women, helping make new and powerful connections. The event was organised in partnership with Enterprise Causeway and Ulster University.

The stage was set for a day of empowering conversations and meaningful connections at the CelebrateHER conference on Friday 1st March at Ulster University, Coleraine.

Host Caroline O’Neill guides a powerful discussion at the CelebrateHER conference, where panel members Una Leonard, Collette Kelly, Rabab Flack, and Edel Murphy share their unique paths to success, inspiring a room full of eager delegates.

A Disney fairytale in real life – keynote speaker Ailbhe Keane, of internationally successful Izzy Wheels, gave plenty of inspiration to delegates by sharing the love for her sister Izzy, and how the Galway sisters grew their hugely successful business to include clients Disney, Barbie and Hello Kitty.

Selfie time at the International Women’s Day conference – CelebrateHER. Delegates celebrated the joy of connecting and supporting each other in a vibrant and supportive atmosphere at Ulster University on Friday 1st March as part of a Connect Bingo session.

Behind every leader is a human story – Professor Karise Hutchinson of Ulster University explores the human side of leadership at the CelebrateHER conference.