Women Mean Business Magazine, WMB, held its fifth Women Mean Business Conference & Awards last week, designed to recognise the achievements of Ireland’s businesswomen and Grace App won.
The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton officially opened the event at Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel on St Stephens Green.
Five awards were presented on the day, with Mary Rose Burke, Divisional Pharmacy Manager for Boots Ireland, taking the overall WMB Businesswoman of the Year Award 2011. WMB Founder & Judge, Rosemary Delaney, says: “Each year there are fantastic, credible, candidates nominated for this award; each woman is a role model for others. Mary Rose leads the Pharmacy, Healthcare and CSR elements of Boots business in Ireland. Recent key successes have been the launch of the Emergency Hormonal Contraception without prescription, and the roll out of Winter Flu Vaccination Service delivered by pharmacists – both innovations in community pharmacy. Mary Rose has spearheaded these initiatives and manages to combine a challenging workload with a healthy work-life balance”.
Lisa Domican of Grace App Communication won the WMB Big Idea Award for her communication app that allows non-verbal people with Autism and other disabilities to communicate effectively through an affordable, accessible and adaptable medium. Joan Freeman, Pieta House, won the Newstalk WMB Social Entrepreneur of the year Award and Colette Twomey, Clonakilty Blackpudding Co. won the Cisco WMB Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The Microsoft WMB Woman in Technology Award was won by Judith Browne, Product Data Director of Dell Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) based in Dell’s Limerick Facility.