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The finalists for this year's Women Mean Business Awards have been announced.

WMB says it will "shine a light on some incredible businesswoman" during their 13th annual conference & awards later this month.

More than 35 businesswomen have been nominated across five categories.

Rosemary Delaney, founder & publisher at WMB, said: “Ireland is ranked sixth in Europe when it comes to early stage female entrepreneurs and although the gap between genders in this regard is narrowing, at WMB we want to see parity when it comes to all things to do with Women Who Mean Business.

"For over a decade we have championed businesswomen and female entrepreneurs on the island of Ireland and although progress has been made, we’d like to see it happen at a faster pace."

The winners will be announced at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin on Monday 30th September.

You can see the full list of finalists below:

WMB Businesswoman Award 2019:

Deirdre Costello, Senior Director, JLL; Aisling Dodgson, Head of Treasury Products & Distribution, Investec Bank plc (Irish Branch); Sinead Fitzmaurice,CEO, TransferMate Global Payments; Edel Kinane,Commercial Director, Just Eat; Louise Li, Director & Chair (subject to Regulatory Approval), Wells Fargo Bank International UCand Joanne Morrissey, HR Director, Microsoft Ireland.

Matheson WMB Female Entrepreneur Award 2019:

Ciara Crossan, Founder & CEO, Wedding Dates; Eimer Hannon,Founder & MD, Hannon Travel; Lorraine Heskin, Founder & CEO, Gourmet Food Parlour; Carol Joyce & Anna Hosty,Founders & Directors, Yourells Hair Group; Áine Kerr Co-Founder & COO, Kinzen; Emma Lacy, Commercial Director & Partner, Horan Automation & Consulting; Laurie Mannix, Co-Founder & Director, MKC Communications and Nicola O’Neill,Managing Director, Harvest.

Newstalk WMB Female Social Entrepreneur Award 2019:

Aimée-Louise Carton, Co-Founder & CEO, KeepAppy; Alex Cooney, Co-Founder & CEO, CyberSafeIreland; Tammy Darcy, Founder & CEO, The Shona Project; Lizzy Hayashida, Co-Founder & CEO, Change Donations; Joanne Hession, Founder & CEO, LIFT Ireland and Dr. Tara Shine & Madeleine Murray,Founders, Change by Degrees.

Sodexo WMB Female Newcomer Award 2019:

Dr. Rosalind Beere, Founder & CEO, Chi Fit; Emily Brick, Founder & Director, Athena Analytics; Orlaith Ryan & Sharon Cunningham, Founders & Directors, Shorla Pharma; Síle Headen,Founder & CEO, Machado Men’s Grooming; Suzanne Moloney, Founder & CEO, HidraMed Solutions; Sonia Neary, Founder & CEO, Wellola and Hannah Wrixon, Founder & CEO, Get the Shifts.

WMB Woman in Technology Award 2019:

Jenny Armstrong, Digital Marketing Manager – Diageo Ireland Brand Homes, Diageo; Rona Bowe, Global Director of OEM Licensing & Revenue Management, Microsoft Ireland; Ena Brophy, Programme Manager, BioInnovate Ireland, NUI Galway; Rebecca Keenan, Head of Process Automation Service, Expleo Group; Lorna Martyn SVP, Head of Technology, Fidelity Investments; Karen O’Connor, Process & Technology Manager, Merck Millipore Ireland Ltd;Marguerite O’Sullivan, Senior Engineering Manager, DePuy Synthes, Johnson & Johnson and Inés Rubio, Head of Information Management & Incident Response, BSI.


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