2018 Irish America Power Women Celebrate with WearingIrish (Photos + Video)

The 2018 Irish America Power Women with Irish America editor-in-chief Patricia Harty at the WearingIrish / Power Women Showcase breakfast May 17 at the Bank of Ireland Startlab in New York City. Left to right: Patricia harty, Lafayette 148's Deirdre Quinn, American Express Travel's Audrey Hendley, Bloomingdale's Anne Keating, Forbes's Jennifer Rooney, New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, and Bloomberg TV's Vonnie Quinn. (Photo: Adam Farley / Irish America)

By Adam Farley, Deputy Editor
May 18, 2018

Irish America celebrated its 2018 Power Women in New York this week with the induction of six phenomenal leaders of business, journalism, and politics.

Irish America magazine inducted six industry leaders to the 2018 Power Women at an electric breakfast at the Bank of Ireland Startlab in Manhattan on May 17. The inductees included New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Bloomberg TV’s Vonnie Quinn, American Express Travel’s Audrey Hendley, Bloomingdale’s special advisor Anne Keating, Lafayette 148 CEO and co-founder Deirdre Quinn, and Forbes CMO Network editor Jennifer Rooney, who all spoke candidly on the influence of their Irish heritage. (See videos below.)

The event was part of a two-day showcase of Irish designers hosted by WearingIrish, a movement that champions Irish design and seeks to bring Irish creativity to the world stage. The showcase highlighted the work of 10 winning designers out of a pool of over 170 applicants, including Alison Conneely, known for her modern designs with traditional Irish fabrics like Donegal tweed and Connemara lace.

WearingIrish was founded in 2016 by inaugural Top 50 Power Women honoree Margaret Molloy, who sought to create a social media hashtag that would promote Irish designers during the month of March. Since then, the modest hashtag has grown into a movement that diligently works to connect budding Irish designers with American entrepreneurs, clients, and potential partners.

“I’m a marketer. What do marketers do? We tell the stories of makers. Two years ago, I discovered an untold story. Designers across the island of Ireland are producing world-class fashion, yet few people outside Ireland can name an Ireland-based designer. WearingIrish was created to change that,” Molloy said at the event.

“Integral to the marketing profession is the notion of branding. And what does the brand Ireland stand for? And I’d like to offer as a brand marketer a suggestion this morning. I very truly believe that when we promote our designers, that’s the message. Every designer wins, every business person wins, every Irish person wins. Because when we promote Ireland as a nation of makers, the positive economic externalities that accrue to the entire economy are tremendous.”

Other designers at the showcase included Bláithín Ennis, known for her unconventional jewelry that combines metalwork with fine nylon to create unique accessories, and De Bruir, a leather designer from Ireland’s horse country who combines traditional materials with modern detailing in leather goods and apparel.

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To read more about the designers and WearingIrish, click here.

Scroll down to watch the inductee speeches.















Click here to view the inaugural Irish America Top 50 Power Women. 

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