Our November evening meeting on November 9 at the Bank of Ireland NYC Hub was another great success, with members gathering to live out our motto and "Network, Communicate, Reciprocate!" The highlight of the evening was our featured speaker, Andrea Haughian, the Executive Vice President and Head of Americas at Invest NI, Northern Ireland’s Economic Development Agency, who was interviewed in a fireside chat by Alison Metcalfe, Executive Vice President, North America & Australia, Tourism Ireland.
There were introductory remarks from Paul Finnegan, who spoke about our upcoming 50th-anniversary celebrations and the board that has started planning for it. He thanked our sponsors, the Bank of Ireland NYC Hub, Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, Integrated Printing and Graphics, and the Emigrant Support Programme of Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs. There was business to attend to: the vote on the three proposed changes to the bylaws. Past president John Lee announced the 2023 board: President Paul Finnegan, First Vice President Sean O'Dowd, Second Vice President Maura Clare, Treasurer Maria Smith, Secretary Colleen Berry Conway, Communications Director Noreen Bowden, and Membership Director Peter O'Neill. Jane McCooey spent a few minutes speaking about Women with Ambition, a network for Irish- and Irish-American women to come together to learn skills for success in business. Among the guests was Denis Brownlee, the founder and president of the African American Irish Diaspora Network.
The members were treated to a fascinating discussion between two of the most prominent women working for the island of Ireland in America, and afterward mingled and enjoyed refreshments and some lively interaction.
If you missed it, catch up with the video on our Facebook page!