JOANNE CUMMINS, HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING, PWC
PwC is one of the world’s most powerful brands and leading professional services brand.
Joanne says, “Belief in yourself will be constantly tested throughout your career. I strongly believe that not trying is significantly worse than failing. If you fail, take the lessons you learned and move forward. My top tip to anyone starting out in business, is don’t be limited by your fears. Work hard. Be aware of the world around you. Be accountable, focus on delivering results and surround yourself with great people.”
JIM MURPHY, CEO, PREM GROUP
PREM Group is an international hotel and hospitality company operating in Ireland, the UK and continental Europe.
Jim’s advice is, “Don’t be afraid to surround yourself with the best people you can hire. Listen to them even if you sometimes you may not agree with what they say! Define your own identity in your workplace and don’t compare yourself to others.”
CHUPI SWEETMAN, CHUPI
Chupi is a multi award-winning jewellery brand founded by former Topshop designer. Chupi Sweetman. Chupi herself won IMAGE Young Businesswoman of the Year 2015.
She says, “What are you waiting for? Don’t wait. It’s easy to put things off until tomorrow. Don’t put it off. If you have a burning dream, start making it real today”.
MARK FLOOD, CO-FOUNDER, RENATUS
Renatus provides human, intellectual, operational and private equity capital to medium-sized Irish SMEs. It helps ambitious management teams to realise their growth potential.
Mark’s advice is, “It’s absolutely critical to really get underneath and understand the dynamics of the business. You need to be always on. Be supportive. Be challenging. And of course, stay sound!”
KARL DALY, DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER METIS IRELAND
Metis Ireland is focused on providing honest and experienced financial planning advice to private individuals and business owners.
Karl’s advice is, “Be determined and focused in everything you do. Make sure you’re taken seriously in your role. Always earn and then demand respect. I’m from the old-fashioned school where charm is a huge factor – you ladies have it in abundance! Don’t be afraid to use it and never underestimate its power.”
GILLIAN HORAN, CEO, THE PUDDING
The Pudding is a creative and commercial brand agency helping companies leverage their brand to drive growth.
Gillian says, “One of my mentors, Breege O’Donoghue, former Primark Board member, recently shared this quote with me. It eloquently articulates what I would recommend: ‘Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it onto future generations (GB Shaw)’. So, do something that you love, really go for it and make it bigger than you.”