The Cork business woman of the year has been announced

Network Ireland Cork branch has announced the winner of their Businesswoman of the Year awards at an online ceremony
The Cork business woman of the year has been announced

Tara Shine from Change by Degrees who won the STEM category and was the Overall Winner at Network Cork's Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2021. Picture Darragh Kane

Dr Tara Shine, Co-Founder of the social enterprise that inspires people to live and work more sustainably, Change by Degrees, has been named as the overall Network Ireland Cork Businesswoman of the Year. 

Dr Shine, who has spent 20 years as a climate change negotiator and adviser on environmental policy at the international level, was announced as the 2021 winner at a virtual awards ceremony tonight, Wednesday, June 2.

President of Network Cork Barbara Nugent with Tara Shine from Change by Degrees who won the STEM category and was the Overall Winner at Network Cork's Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2021. Picture Darragh Kane
President of Network Cork Barbara Nugent with Tara Shine from Change by Degrees who won the STEM category and was the Overall Winner at Network Cork's Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2021. Picture Darragh Kane

She also scooped the award for STEM Businesswoman, with seven further award winners also celebrated at the Businesswoman of the Year Awards.

Miriam Bourke from Invesco Limited who won the Power Within Champion category at Network Cork's Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2021 Picture Darragh Kane
Miriam Bourke from Invesco Limited who won the Power Within Champion category at Network Cork's Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2021 Picture Darragh Kane

They included the winner of the Power Within Champion Award, Miriam Bourke, the Corporate Lead in Invesco Cork who works primarily in a consultancy role for multinational pension schemes.

Ingrid Seim from Avenues Consultancy & Coaching who was the winner of the Emerging New Business category at the Network Cork's Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2021. Picture: Darragh Kane
Ingrid Seim from Avenues Consultancy & Coaching who was the winner of the Emerging New Business category at the Network Cork's Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2021. Picture: Darragh Kane

Solo Businesswoman is Learning & Development Consultant and Owner of Ardin Career Development, Michelle Dinneen; while Emerging New Business was won by Ingrid Seim, an accredited Psychological Coach and the Founder of Avenues Consultancy & Coaching.

Michelle Dinneen from Adrin Career Development who won the best Solo Businesswoman category at the Network Cork's Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2021. PIC Darragh Kane
Michelle Dinneen from Adrin Career Development who won the best Solo Businesswoman category at the Network Cork's Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2021. PIC Darragh Kane

The award for Established Business went to Carol Brick, HerMoney, who opened her business in 2016 to assist professional women in all areas of financial planning.

Fiona Kennedy of Fiona Kennedy Music who won the Creative Professional category at Network Cork's Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2021. Picture Darragh Kane
Fiona Kennedy of Fiona Kennedy Music who won the Creative Professional category at Network Cork's Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2021. Picture Darragh Kane

Creative Professional went to singer, guitarist, songwriter and recording artist Fiona Kennedy of Fiona Kennedy Music.

Elena Canty, Communications Executive with Event Plan scooped Rising Star Employee for her role in social media management, digital marketing, and communications activities within the company and Shining Star Employee went to Konstantina Stefanidou, a Senior Engineering Materials Leader with Depuy Synthes, Johnson & Johnson.

Carol Brick from HerMoney who won the Established Business category at the Network Cork's Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2021. Picture: Darragh Kane
Carol Brick from HerMoney who won the Established Business category at the Network Cork's Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2021. Picture: Darragh Kane

Judges included former Tánaiste Mary Harney; Sharon Corcoran, Director of Economic Development & Tourism at Cork County Council; and Vicki Crean, AIB Manager of Service and Sales, Cork City. 

The category sponsors are DePuy Synthes, Grant Thornton, HerMoney, Kinsale Gin, Lady of the Valley, O'Flynn Exhams, Partnership International and Transilient Coaching. The virtual event was compered by Cork's 96fm presenter Keith Cunningham and guest speaker was Christine Armstrong, author of The Mother Of All Jobs.

The winners across all categories will go forward for the national Network Ireland Business Awards on 8 October in WIT Arena, Waterford.

Elena Cantry from Event Plan who won the Rising Star Employee at the Network Cork's Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2021. Picture: Darragh Kane
Elena Cantry from Event Plan who won the Rising Star Employee at the Network Cork's Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2021. Picture: Darragh Kane

Speaking on the winners, Network Ireland Cork’s president, Barbara Nugent said: “The 2021 winners of the Network Ireland Cork Businesswoman of the Year Awards are hugely different, all operating across diverse fields, but are intrinsically linked through their exceptional leadership, creativity and resilience through crisis and uncertainty. They have used their knowledge, expertise and influence to shape their companies, and in some cases, the wider community for the better.  Each woman is a truly deserving winner. We look forward to them representing Cork at the national finals in October.” 

 The organisation’s Vice-President and Awards Co-ordinator, Maria Desmond expressed her appreciation to the judging panel for their work in selecting the winners. 

“Thank you to Mary, Sharon and Vicki for what was surely a mammoth task of selecting just eight winners, and an overall winner, from an impressive list of nominees. The Network would also like to express our sincere thanks to all our category sponsors; our Network Cork sponsor, LEO; and our official Network Ireland partner, AIB for their support in the promotion of female business leadership.” 

 Vicki Crean, AIB Manager of Service and Sales, Cork City added: “AIB have been the official National partner of Network Ireland since 2013, and we are delighted to continue our longstanding partnership with an organisation dedicated to supporting and empowering women to succeed in their business, and personal lives. I was delighted to have been asked to judge this year’s awards and, similar to previous years, the standard of applications was exceptionally strong and I congratulate each and every one of the nominees.” 

Network Ireland Cork is a not-for-profit Cork organisation that is the largest branch of Network Ireland in the country.

For more information see www.networkireland.ie/cork

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