Limerick, Ireland | 1st - 6th December 2020

Irish Creatives in New York: Business Innovation

Date : Saturday October 19
Venue : Workbench, Bank of Ireland
Time: 1 – 2:30pm
Tickets: Free

I.NY welcomes two leading young Irish creatives abroad, John Paul O’Meara and Mary Leonard, for a conversation on the Irish experience within New York business and their work in creative strategy, and contemporary corporate growth and identity.

John Paul O’Meara is SVP for Corporate Strategy at Ralph Lauren in Manhattan, having spent 12 years with Adidas in Germany working in strategy and long-term business development. A native of Kilteely, and a graduate of University of Limerick, John Paul is also Managing Director at Scooty Initatives and an Advisory Board Member at Kemmy Business School.

Mary Leonard is an award-winning multidisciplinary designer and art director. Formerly Design Lead at Google Creative Lab EMEA, and Senior Designer at Construct London, she recently founded an independent design and art practice. Here she aims to use her skills to empower individuals and causes to have more positive impacts on the world by exploring the intersection between creativity and technology.

Pat Carroll is Enterprise & Community Manager with Bank of Ireland, Munster, and founding director of Startup Grind Limerick, regional adviser Tech Ireland, member Global Limerick Network and former board member Irish International Business Network.

John Paul and Mary will join Pat for a conversation at the Bank of Ireland Workbench. Tickets are free, but registration is required.

The Annie Moore Talks series is named for the 17-year old girl from Cork who was the first immigrant through Ellis Island when it opened on New Year’s Day in 1892. Immortalised on both Ellis Island and in Cobh, Co Cork, where bronze statues of her and her brothers look across the Atlantic to their future in New York and back to their past in Ireland, her story in America is now one of mystery and sometime controversy.

Adopting her name for the I.NY talks series places her as the first of tens of thousands of Irish immigrants to pass through that unique building and onto the streets of New York. Her name opens the series up to all of their stories – from art to politics, crime to religion, success and failure, life and death.

The 2019 Annie Moore Talks welcome speakers and panellists from Ireland and New York discussing music, heritage, literature, politics, sport, film and more.