Wednesday 18 October 2023

Australia – Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Reception 2023

Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Reception 2023

Our Women in Leadership group came together on Wednesday 18 October 2023, hosted by Lion to enjoy an engaging and informative conversation led by the wonderful Helen Waldron of AI Group with the inspiring Sarah O’Carroll, Editor in Chief at Forbes Australia. We felt so privileged to have the opportunity to learn from such an incredibly successful business leader, thank your Sarah for sharing your story with such humility, humour and positivity.

Thank you to Lion who hosted us at their offices, a perfect venue for the night – the room was full of friendship, laughter and energy with a lot of new connections made. Thank you to all that attended including our hosts David Smith CEO of Lion, Lorraine Healy – Deputy Consul General, Anna Cleary, Lydia Rogers, Director Enterprise Ireland Director, Trina Jones, NSW Rental Commissioner. And of course, our Treasurer Patrick Tuttle, Director John Gallagher our Chair Yvonne Le Bas and Teresa Keating our Executive Director and many of our Young Leaders Chaired by Toni O’Neill. Wonderful also to have representatives from the Lansdowne Club, Irish Support Agency, Ireland Calling Radio, The Irish Film Festival, the Gaelic Club and the Irish Chartered Accountants Association

We heard from our Chair Yvonne Le Bas who updated us on the incredible work of The Ireland Funds here in Australia having donated over $17million, 260+ grants to projects in Ireland North and South and projects of education and community development here in Australia too.

We are excited about growing this initiative and the opportunity we have to continue to build this network that can empower, inspire, and give whilst we share and connect. 100% of all funds raised through this initiative will be donated to the projects we chose, and regular updates will be provided. We have received donation and pledges of $22k since May this year and we look forward to working out what are the most relevant projects for us to support.


Lisa-Maree Masterson

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