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Today’s Women In Grocery Announces Speaker Line-Up For 2024 Fundraiser

By Sarah O'Sullivan
Today’s Women In Grocery Announces Speaker Line-Up For 2024 Fundraiser

The panel has been revealed for Today’s Women in Grocery’s (TWIG) networking fundraiser event on Friday 3 May.

The panel will include head of Ireland at Unilever Mandy Hennebry and the chief executive of Lily O’Brien’s, Michelle Vance.

The networking fundraiser, now in its eighth year, will take place at the Dublin Royal Convention Centre.

TWIG is a subcommittee of the Irish Grocers’ Benevolent Fund (IGBF). The event promises to connect professionals in the grocery, food and retail sector.

Sonya Lennon returns as emcee and to host a discussion addressing key figures in the sector.


Rounding out the panel are entrepreneur and co-founder of Ella & Jo Cosmetics Charlene Flanagan, chief people officer at Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland Maeve McCleane, and presenter, entrepreneur and co-founder of Lennon Courtney Brendan Courtney.

‘Defining You’

The theme of ‘Defining You’ invites members of the panel to share their journeys to success in the industry.

It will dive into experiences and decisions that have contributed to panellists’ individual and professional growth.

The panel aims to offer candid insights into the industry.

Chair of the IGBF and TWIG committee member Frances Higgins expressed her delight at the panel.


Higgins said, “This year’s theme – ‘Defining You’ – is a great opportunity to discuss how some of our greatest challenges can play an important role in our personal and professional growth.”

‘Empowering Women In The Grocery Industry’

Speaking ahead of the event, the new chairperson of TWIG, Mary McBride, said, “Our annual networking event provides a great opportunity to bring women in our sector together, to not only build their connections, but to learn about and share insights into various aspects of our industry.

“My predecessors have been key in advancing this organisation, and I look forward to leading TWIG further in its mission of empowering women in the grocery industry.”

McBride succeeds Sharon Yourell Lawlor and Michelle Darlington. She aims to persist with TWIG’s mission to promote diversity, empowerment, and professional development in the grocery and retail sector.

All funds raised at the now sold-out TWIG luncheon will go to the IGBF.


They will enable the organisation to continue its support for colleagues across the industry experiencing loss or unexpected difficulties.

Read More: TWIG Raises Funds For Those In Need Across Ireland’s Retail Sector

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