Belfast Telegraph

Women point to mentors leading the way for success and growth

A MENTOR could be the key to business success, the fifth Women's Leadership Conference has heard.

Around 300 of Northern Ireland's female leaders from private, public and third sector organisations gathered at the La Mon Hotel and Country Club near Belfast for the event to mark International Women's Day.

The Leading In Changing Times conference was supported by Vodafone and organised by the Institute of Directors and Women in Business NI.

Angela Hoban of event management Purple Penguin said her mentor of 10 years, Ronnie Foreman from Foreman Consultants, had been of great assistance to her.

Angela said: "Ronnie has provided a sounding board when conditions change and I am unsure of my next steps.

"As an experienced businessman who has set up and sold his own business and who now acts as a consultant to other companies, Ronnie has helped me avoid many pitfalls that could have slowed down my business growth.

"He has a tremendous network of contacts that he has shared with me."

Ronnie Foreman said he believes a mentor must have no vested interest in the business being mentored.

He added: "Angela's business has grown to a turnover of more than €500,000 (£410,000). I am proud to have been able to help."

Pauline Quigley, head of Vodafone Northern Ireland, said the annual conference has gone from strength to strength over the last five years and continues to be one of the most important events in the calendar of local business women.