THE GLOSS Magazine in association with Investec, presented Look The Business “If She Can’t See It, She Can’t Be It” Investment Dinner at The Merrion last night…
At our Look The Business Investment Dinner in association with Investec at The Garden Room at The Merrion last night, we explored the importance of strong female role models, in business, at work, and in sport and enjoyed an evening of business inspiration, networking and a Fashion Investment presentation by Christian Louboutin.
We are all influenced by role models, extraordinary women we admire from afar or those women in our own lives who have helped shaped who we are – our mothers, sisters, friends. Outside our personal sphere, having real-life role models at work is essential for women in all professions and in all walks of life.
The Gloss Magazine Publisher Jane McDonnell welcomed guests and introduced the theme: “If She Can’t See It, She Can’t Be It”. Whether in business or in sport, in law technology or the creative world, she said, role models remind us of what we can be and of how much we can achieve.
Investec’s Aisling Dodgson explained how Investec is engaging with #20×20, a new initiative for women in sport which seeks to encourage, via strong, visible female role models, more participation by girls in sport, and aims to achieve 20 per cent more media coverage of women in sport by the end of 2020.
She then introduced introduced professional golfer and Investec ambassador Stephanie Meadow, the only female Irish golfer on the LPGA. Describing the encouragement and support she received from older female golfers, among them Michelle Wie, Meadow says she’s privileged to be a role model for younger women coming up the ranks behind her. At the tender age of 24, she’s an impressive and accomplished woman, who describes herself as a businesswoman, and her own “accountant, executive assistant and social media manager”, all part of being a modern professional golfer.
Trustee and Guardian of the Castle Leslie Estate in Co Monaghan, Samantha Leslie, spoke with candour and humour about her role models, from brave pioneers campaigning for the end of violence to women, to women who battle illness with grace and good humour, to her own sporting heroines.
After dinner, Sarah McDonnell, Editor of The Gloss Magazine, was joined in conversation with The Irish Times Fashion Editor, Deirdre McQuillan, to discuss the world of French shoe designer Christian Louboutin – his life, his talent, his limitless creativity, his expansion into handbags and beauty. A fashion presentation, with clothes from Brown Thomas, featured the current collection, from patent high-heeled pumps to exquisite velvet flats and chic ankle boots featuring signature Louboutin design details.
See all the guests who attended in the social gallery below:
Photographs by Conor Healy
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