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"
#INUSA is underway in Boston, MA. We've had a great lineup of speakers so far and will have a number more before the day is out. Whether you are able to attend or not, we're putting our keynote and feature speakers on Periscope live and for view later. Be sure to sign up for email updates from Irish Network USA.
Below you fill find links to our speakers:
Irish Network USA is excited to announce that in addition to following the #INUSA15 conversation on Twitter, you can watch live video at Persicope! If any of our followers are unable to attend this year's annual Conference in Boston you will have the opportunity to follow along and get involved via Periscope.
Periscope works through Twitter and will enable us to broadcast live video footage of the Conference to anywhere in the world. When we go live it will instantly notify our followers to join. Viewers are able to influence the broadcaster by sending messages, and expressing their love by tapping the screen to send hearts.
On Friday the 6th of November we are inviting listeners to check-in and start 'Scoping' at 8:50 a.m (EST time) and get involved with the guest speakers as follows:
8:55 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
The opening of the Conference through the Ambassador Anne Anderson
10:55 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.
Remarks by Mark Campbell, Randox Laboratories, LLC
11:10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Keynote Address and Q&A by Mark Redmond, Chief ExecutiveThe American Chamber of Commerce Ireland
4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Joanna Murphy, CEO Connect Ireland Presentation
To Download the iOS App and start getting involved click here and when you're on Periscope please follow Irish Network USA here. If you want to watch on your desktop or laptop follow our Twitter account and click the Periscope link.
Please feel free to share this message with friends that are unable to attend in Boston and join into the INUSA '15 conversation by checking out #INUSA15 on Twitter and following IrishNetworkUSA on Facebook here.
See you in Boston!
Irish Network USA is proud to announce that Mark Redmond, the Chief Executive of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, will be a keynote speaker at their third annual National Conference to be held November 5-8 in Boston, MA. Mr. Redmond will address delegates during the plenary session on Friday, November 6, on the continued efforts to drive trade and investment between Ireland and the US in both directions. Mr. Redmond will also formally introduce Irish Network USA to the American Chamber’s “World of Talent in Ireland” initiative and participate in a Q&A with those in attendance.
The conference will be the third hosted by INUSA, with the first two being held in Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas respectively. These conferences provide an opportunity for INUSA members to hear from a variety of speakers on topics related to INUSA’s mission of encouraging “investment” in Ireland. Other speakers confirmed for this year’s conference include Ambassador Anne Anderson, Christina Noble, Founder, The Noble Foundation, and Joe O’Brien, Project Manager, Crosscare Migrant Project.
“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. “Within our ranks we have countless members with the education, skills and desire to fill many of the roles that are being created in Ireland by American Chamber member companies. It is fitting that we would work with the American Chamber to achieve this goal, and we are honored that Mark Redmond would take time out of his schedule to join us at what we know will be a memorable conference.”
The American Chamber is the leading international business organization in Ireland. It represents the interests of the 700 US companies in Ireland who employ 140,000 people. In May the Chamber in partnership with IDA Ireland launched the World of Talent in Ireland campaign. The initiative promotes strength of the career opportunities that now exist in Ireland, targeting third level graduates of Irish universities.
Speaking about the event Mr. Redmond said “I am delighted to be participating in this great initiative. The key to the strength of Ireland’s relationship with the United States is the enduring commitment of leaders from business and cultural communities. IN USA is a great example of this commitment, I am looking forward to addressing the delegates on how to grow the relationship now and into the future.”
“Irish Network Boston is looking forward to welcoming INUSA members from across the country to our city in November” stated Sean Moynihan, President, IN Boston. “Many Boston companies have chosen Ireland as their European HQ, and the work of the American Chamber to make them feel right at home have led hugely to the success of their efforts. It is an honor for us locally to welcome Mark!”
With 20 chapters across the United States, and local efforts underway in an additional 7 cities/regions, Irish Network USA has the broad mission of connecting members of the “Global Irish” living in the United States by bolstering business opportunities and economic development between the United States and Ireland; supporting and encouraging Irish Arts and Culture through film, literature, theater, dance and language; encouraging and promoting the mission and expansion of Irish sports, throughout the United States; supporting the efforts of local Irish organizations and associations; and serving as a conduit between newly arrived Irish immigrants and their communities in Member cities and states.
“For our members ‘investing in Ireland’ means a lot of different things”, stated Deirdre Woodbyrne, Executive Director, Irish Network USA. “Whether it’s business, culture, education, sport, or anything else that drives one to want to connect with Ireland, we aim to provide that vehicle. In essence, we are a one stop shop for the ‘Global Irish’ to connect with Ireland in a tangible way.”
We are excited to announce Irish Network USA's National Conference 2015. This year the conference will be held from November 5th - 8th in Boston, Massachusetts at the Seaport Boston Hotel.
Last year's conference in Austin, Texas featured presentations on a variety of topics important to the Diaspora and our members across the United States. We were grateful to have Ambassador Anne Anderson join us last fall to kick off the conference. The four day conference featured a welcome reception, full day of panel discussions and presentations, a boat cruise in Austin, an exhibition of GAA games hosted by the Celtic Cowboys, the 1st Annual INUSA Film Festival, and a farewell brunch. This year's conference will build upon what we accomplished in Austin. We are looking forward to an even bigger conference with more cities and states being represented.
Please stay tuned over the next couple of months as we announce conference details, participants and sponsors. Sponsorships are available, please inquire directly to the link below. A very special thank you to Irish Network Boston for being the host chapter of this year's conference!
You can register for the conference and reserve your room at the Boston Seaport Hotel by clicking the link below. The special rate of $219 per night has been reserved for INUSA conference attendees.
Register for Conference 2015. Registration for the conference is free: