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Women in Business Q4 2023

Empowering women in business: a unifying movement

Happy working mother and her small son embracing at home.
Happy working mother and her small son embracing at home.
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Leona Burton

CEO, Mums in Business International

In Ireland and Northern Ireland, a dynamic movement is gaining momentum — driven by the resilience of female entrepreneurs committed to growth, inclusivity and social impact.

Mums in Business (MIB) International is at the forefront of this transformative journey. Our united vision aims to amplify the voices of female business leaders, foster collaborative networks and make a tangible difference in the lives of others. Our mission is to provide safe spaces for all women in business to learn, grow and evolve through our unique child-friendly events and training supports.

Network empowering women

Recognising a lack of child-friendly networking opportunities in my local area six years ago, I initiated MIB International. What began as a community project rapidly expanded. Today, our female empowerment network serves over 300,000 members globally.

Our mission goes beyond personal success; we inspire women to embrace their entrepreneurial aspirations and navigate the path to success. Believing in the power of community, collaboration and relationship-building, we understand the multifaceted roles women play — as career professionals, mothers, grandmothers, wives, partners, sisters, friends and entrepreneurs. We acknowledge the challenges of this balancing act.

As we grow, we invite women to join our vibrant online community for free. We are also seeking ambitious individuals who share our passion for hosting local in-person communities, fostering collaboration and positive societal impacts.

Mums in Business (MIB) International is at the forefront of this transformative journey.

Supporting causes for women

Committed to social responsibility, we proudly partner with Hopefull Handbags Global, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering survivors of domestic violence. Through this collaboration, we have provided support to those affected — by collecting, cleaning filling and distributing 394 Hopefull Handbags across eight Irish Domestic Violence Services.

Aisling Owens Nash, leading both MIB International and Hopefull Handbags Global Ireland Community, spearheads these initiatives. In celebration of International Women’s Day in March 2024, we are hosting special events to showcase the achievements of female entrepreneurs and raise awareness for domestic violence support initiatives.

Join us on this extraordinary journey of empowerment, collaboration and impact. Together, we can create a world where women’s voices are amplified, their businesses thrive and their contributions to society are celebrated.

To learn more, visit or connect with Aisling Owens Nash on LinkedIn or other social media platforms. Together, we are stronger.

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