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TWIG Announces Speaker Panel For 2023 Annual Networking Lunch

By Donna Ahern
TWIG Announces Speaker Panel For 2023 Annual Networking Lunch

Today’s Women in Grocery (TWIG) – a subcommittee of the Irish Grocers’ Benevolent Fund (IGBF) – has announced the speaker line-up for its seventh annual networking luncheon.

Industry-leading speakers will address a gathering of prominent figures from Ireland’s grocery, food and retail sectors at TWIG’s 2023 luncheon event, which will be held in the Dublin Royal Convention Centre, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8, on Friday 5 May.

Since it first launched, TWIG has consistently been a key part of the fundraising efforts of the IGBF charity.

‘Power of Positive’

In fitting reflection of the difficult two years faced with the pandemic, the ‘Power of Positivity’ theme for 2023 sets the scene for what will be an afternoon of inspiring contributions from an inspiring panel of business leaders from the FMCG sector and beyond, the group noted.


Michelle Darlington, chairperson of TWIG, feels that the ‘Power of Positive’ theme is more important than ever for people, in terms of their own personal mindset and on how they can have a positive impact within their organisations and local communities in this fast-paced world. 

“This year, we are excited to launch our first TWIG Person of the Year 2023, Power of Positive Award, proudly sponsored by CPM,” Darlington said.

“This prestigious award aims to recognise someone in the retail industry that lives and breathes our TWIG ethos and has used their ‘Positive Power’ to great impact in their organisation, local community, or beyond.”

Panel Of Speakers

The event will be chaired by Sonya Lennon and includes the following speakers:


  •  Natasha Adams, CEO, Tesco Ireland
  •  Sarah Ferguson, general manager, Kellogg’s Ireland
  •  Sharon Walsh, managing director, Heineken Ireland 
  •  Betty Quigley, global chief commercial officer, L’Oréal
  •  Sharon Keegan, entrepreneur and founder, Peachylean
  •  Niamh Briggs, former Irish rugby player and member of An Garda Síochána
  •  Fiona Parfrey, entrepreneur and founder, Riley
  •  Rachel Hennessy, entrepreneur and founder, Happy Days Fashion Retail

Sixtieth Birthday 

Frances Higgins, chair of the IGBF and a TWIG committee member, added, “This year is the IGBF’s 60th birthday, and on this milestone year, we are very much looking forward to another successful fundraising year for the charity, with TWIG being a firm anchor and major contributor to our fundraising endeavours.

“Events like TWIG enable us to continue to raise awareness of the charity and its ability to support our fellow colleagues who fall on hard times for whatever reason.”

This year’s lunch will be kindly sponsored by Musgrave, Diageo, CPM and Suntory Beverage and Food Ireland.

All funds raised from the TWIG luncheon will enable the IGBF to continue supporting its colleagues across the trade who have fallen on hard times.

© 2023 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Donna Ahern. For more retail news, click here. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition.

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