On behalf of our entire organization, we want to thank everyone that participated in our 3rd annual Conference in Boston at the weekend. Whether you joined us directly at the Seaport Hotel, engaged in our twitter conversations or got involved via Periscope, we are delighted that each one of you were part of #INUSA15!
By any measure INUSA15 was a success. Over the course of four days more than 250 Irish Network members, sponsors and friends from across the country and Ireland took part.
To our sponsors Randox, Primark, Synergy Investments, Maguire Hegarty LLC, Regional Resources, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Invest Northern Ireland, Culture Ireland, Tourism Ireland and Northern Ireland Bureau we thank you all for your generosity and support.
Thanks to Synergy Investments we welcomed our attendees to the Bostonia Public House to kick off the weekend. It was the perfect opportunity to welcome members from across the USA and Ireland to Boston.
After an early wakeup call on Friday, INUSA15 attendees were all set for a full day of guests speakers, presentations and networking opportunities all designed to connect with other members and to develop relationships that will foster success in their business, economic and social ventures.
Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Anne Anderson
A warm welcome from Anne Anderson and announcement of funding for INUSA's work and expansion set the bar high for the morning. The funding will be used to continue to grow our efforts to more fully engage the Diaspora in a "flexible and inclusive" way as we have been doing.
Our seven panels gave our audience a great insight into key trends relating to our networks including; Empowering the Future Through Global Education, A new Century in Transatlantic Business Links, The New Global Irish Diaspora, Global Irish Making an Impact, Global Irish Digital Connections, Global Irish on the Pitch and INUSA - The Future Ahead. A huge thank you to all of our panelists for providing us with great knowledge and discussion on each of these key topics addressed.
Mark Campbell, Senior Manager, Randox Laboratories
Remarks by Mark Campbell, Randox Laboratories, LLC grabbed everyone's attention on highlighting the quality of life in Donegal for high-skilled scientists. Need some encouragement on why to consider Randox in Donegal? click here
Mark Redmond, Chief Executive of The American Chamber of Commerce Ireland
Our Keynote Speaker, Chief Executive of The American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, Mark Redmond, discussed the future of business in Ireland and touched on the subject of the World of Talent in Ireland initiative designed for Ireland's Diaspora. To view Mr. Redmond's PowerPoint Presentation click here. We are honored that Mark Redmond took time out of his schedule to join us in Boston. “One of the pillars on which Irish Network USA has been built on is supporting the efforts of US companies seeking to do business in and through Ireland,” stated Steve Lenox, President, Irish Network USA, and we are delighted that Mark utilized our Conference as a way of reaching out across our members to encourage investment to Ireland.
Our networking lunch sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland, one of INUSA15's primary sponsors, gave attendees the opportunity to interact with other members and also catch up on some social media stats. Invest NI are a regional business development agency, that help grow the local economy. They aid new and existing businesses to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland. A huge thank you to Michelle Healy Serpa, Vice President of Business Development, Invest NI, who joined our Transatlantic business links panel and gave a great discussion on the trends of Irish and US companies building expansion. A special thanks to Primark our raffle sponsors which wrapped up our successful Networking Luncheon.
As the day continued, attendees heard from Jean McCluskey Golf & Group Travel Marketing Manager, Tourism Ireland and Boston College's Associate Athletic Director for Development, Steve Novak. To find out more information on the 2016 Boston College and Georgia Tech game in Dublin and accompanying events, which Novak invites members to join click here
Our final Guest Speaker, Joanna Murphy, CEO Connect Ireland, gave a great energetic pitch reporting that 52, 000 connectors are now registered with ConnectIreland. Addressing the power and impact of business referrals to Ireland, Joanna encouraged each of our members to connect today! For anyone who missed her presentation click here
A special thank you to Matt Krayton of PubliticsPR+Digital for donating his time and expertise to #INUSA15. His continuous support and help is greatly appreciated by our entire team. Matt's contributions enabled us to build great momentum for the Conference as well as allowing us to reach a wider audience than previous years. In addition we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who joined our conversation online. It was a massive achievement to have #Inusa15 trending at number 7 in Ireland and that is down to everyone's involvement. Our members sent out over 1,483 Tweets with a unique reach of 2,242,386.
This conference would not have been possible without the efforts of Deirdre Woodbyrne, Executive Director, and Sorcha Kelly, INUSA Intern. A huge thanks is also due to Sean Moynihan and Bridget Hester Fantini, Chairman and Vice Chairman of Irish Network Boston, as well as their entire Board of Directors. They certainly showed us the very best of the Boston Irish and set a standard for host cities that will be tough to match!
We sincerely hope that attendees, as well as those that participated online, enjoyed being part of INUSA15, and are now reinvigorated to be a part of Irish Network USA’s efforts to engage the Global Irish across the USA and to encourage even more investment in Ireland through business, culture, education and sport.
The planning has already started for INUSA16! To help make sure INUSA continues to grow please consider donating to our efforts today!
Please continue to watch this space for information about coverage of INUSA15 from Irish TV.
Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center
Our President Steve Lenox, Irish Network USA
Massachusetts State House....
Irish Network Boston knows who to throw a great party!
From the Irish American Police Officers Pipe and Drums to Kennedy Irish Dancers our guests were not disappointed. Entertained by Hogan's Goat and treated to samples of Irish cuisine and beverages attendees enjoyed a fantastic night in the State House.
A huge Congratulations to Sean Moynihan and his network on their 5th Anniversary Celebration and you thank all very much for a wonderful night.
Board of IN Boston
Irish Network Boston's Sponsors for 5th Anniversary Celebration in the Massachusetts Statehouse
2nd Annual Film Festival....
Dawn Morrissey, Director, Irish Film Festival Boston, and Stewart Matthews, First Secretary and Head of Administration, Northern Ireland Bureau, at the 2nd INUSA Film Festival at the Brattle Theatre.
With Saturday afternoon came one of the most anticipated parts of INUSA15, our second annual Film Festival. Dawn Morrissey, Director of the Irish Film Festival Boston and Stewart Matthews, First Secretary and Head of Administration, Northern Irish Bureau opened the event and welcomed everyone to our 2nd annual Festival.
Attendees were welcomed to the Brattle Theatre and treated to screenings of the "Brooklyn" Trailer, Short Film, "Boogaloo and Graham" and Feature Film "The Guarantee". Shortly after Director, Ian Power, joined us 3000 miles away via Skype to give us some background and insights on the impact of the film. Later Oonagh Desire, Abbey Theatre, also got involved through Skype and announced the Abbey Theatre's trip to the US.
A special thank you to Dooleys Pub for hosting Saturday evening's meet up and also Atlantic Beer Garden for hosting Sunday's Farwell Brunch.
Irish Network USA looks forward to continuing to work with our chapters, members, friends and sponsors to engage the Diaspora and bring more investment, in business, in the arts, in education and more to Ireland. "Go raibh maith agaibh le gach duine a chabhraigh"