Women in Business launch Young Women's Network with Ulster Bank

  • Women in Business NI has launched a new network for younger women in Northern Ireland, in partnership with Ulster Bank.

    The Young Women’s Network (YWN) was created to bring female business leaders aged 18-25 together to “encourage, educate and evolve” with professional tools and networking opportunities for an annual membership fee of £20.

    Head of membership at Women in Business, Clare Gallagher said: “Young people (under 25 years of age) are critical to the future economic development of our economy. Empowering young people to establish and grow their careers or set up their own business is part of the solution.”

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    Joanne Wilson, customer experience lead at Ulster Bank added: “At Ulster Bank we recognise the value in having access to strong mentorship and guidance throughout all stages of your career, however this can be especially important for graduates and new-recruits.

    “Working with the Young Women’s Network allows our colleagues to pass on their expert skills and advice and pave the way for the next generation of female business leaders to thrive. Supporting female entrepreneurship is a key priority for our teams across the business and we have introduced a series of measures to support women and their businesses through our Entrepreneur Accelerator Programme and the Back Her Business initiative.”

    23-year-olds Marguarita McNally and Francesca Morelli will lead on the initiative. Marguarita is the membership executive at Women in Business and Francesca is the co-founder of social media influencer agency, VAVA Influence.

    Francesca commented: “I am delighted to be invited as a representative of the New WIB Young Women’s Network. This is phenomenal support for young women and brilliant to have that experience, guidance and mentorship only an email intro away.”

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    The Women in Business team believe “it is never too early for young women to begin making useful connections and understand the difficulties they may face when trying to do so. The YWN will offer much needed guidance and first-hand knowledge and experience that can only motivate and turn thought into action.”

    YWN members will be able to avail of all Women in Business NI membership and will gain additional benefits from exclusive events and programmes, from mentoring opportunities to a seat at the YWN committee table.

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    For more information on joining the Young Women’s Network visit www.womeninbusinessni.com or email membership@womeninbusinessni.com

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