New York’s Irish creatives to talk business in Limerick

Bank of Ireland’s Limerick Workbench will play host to a fireside chat with two leading New York-based Irish creatives who have carved out stellar careers at companies like Google and Ralph Lauren.

On Saturday 19 October Pat Carroll, Enterprise and Community Manager for Bank of Ireland in Munster, will interview John Paul O’Meara and Mary Leonard on the Irish experience within the New York business world and their work in creative strategy, and contemporary corporate growth and identity.

John Paul O’Meara is senior vice-president 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, Co Limerick and a graduate of University of Limerick, John Paul is also managing director at Scooty Initiatives 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.

New York’s finest

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

The fireside chat is part of the annual I.NY Festival  This is the third year of this festival celebrating the relationship between Ireland and New York ‘One Story at a Time’. Festival partners include Failte Ireland, Aer Lingus, Irish Times, University of Limerick and Limerick City Council.

Guest speakers include James P. O’Neill, NYPD Commissioner, Dr Jane O’Meara Sanders, senior advisor and wife of US Senator Bernie Sanders, Margaret Molloy, CTO Siegel & Gale NYC, author Kevin Barry and many more.

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Published: 9 October, 2019