Maria Desmond, President, Network Cork with Prof. Carol Linehan, Prof. John O’Halloran, President of UCC and Dr Linda Murphy ahead of Network Cork’s next event which will be held at Cork University Business School, Lapps Quay on 2 February. Photo: Darragh Kane

Faking it or feeling it?

An event taking place next month will look at how to explore emotions and develope resilience in the workplace.

It’s the second event of 2022 from the Network Ireland Cork branch called Faking it or feeling it?: Exploring emotion and resilience at work.

It’ll take place in person at Cork University Business School on Lapps Quay, with President of UCC, Professor John O’Halloran set to deliver the opening address.

He said: “I look forward to welcoming Network Cork to our beautiful building on Lapps Quay and delighted that women in business are engaging with our university team. UCC has a long standing tradition of engaging with groups within our community.”

The event takes place on 2 February and will also feature two guest speakers from the university, Professor Carol Linehan and Dr Linda Murphy.

Professor Linehan is Head of the School of Applied Psychology at UCC and a chartered psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland, with her key research interests relating to work psychology.

She said: “As a work psychologist, I am delighted to have the opportunity to share research-based insights on the experience of emotion at work with Network Cork.”

Dr Linda Murphy is a lecturer in management at Cork University Business School, University College Cork. Her research interests include careers in family firms, socioemotional wealth, sustainability of family firms and organisational resilience. At the event, Linda will discuss how an organisation's emotional capability can enhance resiliency in organisations.

She said: “Organisational resilience is an emotional response, as well as a process and an outcome. As a management researcher interested in the sustainability of SMEs and family firms, I look forward to sharing some highlights on my research into organisational resilience.”

President of Network Cork Maria Desmond, a masters graduate of UCC’s Commerce Department, said she was delighted to be returning to her alma mater in the company of so many of Cork’s finest businesswomen.

“I really appreciate the university’s engagement with Network Cork members and look forward to learning from our guest speakers,” she added.

MC for the event will be Barbara Nugent, ex officio of Network Cork and founder of Barbara is an accredited emotional intelligence and resilience trainer and coach. She works with leaders at all levels to improve their knowledge and awareness and helps them to lead with greater impact.

She said: “I am delighted to hear such esteemed speakers acknowledge the importance of what is often referred to as soft skills, when in fact they have a very real and tangible impact on the success of business and leadership.”


Network Ireland West Cork

Meanwhile Network Ireland West Cork (NIWC) will host its 2022 Network Ireland Branch Awards Launch on Wednesday 2 February at 7.30pm.

Sponsored by AIB Network Ireland, the virtual event called Putting Your Best Foot Forward will feature a panel of winners and judges from the 2021 Businesswoman of the Year Awards, sharing insider tips on how winning and even just applying can boost your visibility and help you grow your business or career.

The keynote speaker will be Colette Twomey, award winning entrepreneur and owner of Clonakilty Black Pudding Company.

Panelists include:

• Panel MC: AnneMarie Kingston Branch VP

• Shelley Kingston Branch finalist Employee Rising Star Category

• Yvonne Cahalane Branch Winner Power within Category

• Louise Bunyan Branch Winner and Highly Commended in the National Final Shining Star Category

• Sean Mahon Southern Star Judge for the 2021 Branch awards

Brief soap box presentations will include Maura O'Connell, West Cork Casting, and dating coach Jeanne Sullivan Billeci, The Soul Mate Coach.

Tickets are free for both members and non-members. Get your tickets on Eventbrite.