The San Francisco Women in Leadership Luncheon (virtual edition) was a special celebration of The Ireland Funds community of friends and family, providing an opportunity to hear from one of the most successful women in the world.
Lorraine Twohill, Chief Marketing Officer at Google was honored at the Luncheon and joined journalist Janet Reilly in conversation about her accomplished career as Ireland’s most successful female executive global leader. As Google’s CMO, Lorraine manages a global team responsible for telling the evolving story of Google’s brand, driving revenue growth, and helping billions of users discover and make the most of Google’s products every day. A native of Co. Carlow and a graduate of Dublin City University (DCU), Lorraine was included in Forbes Top 10 list of the World’s CMOs in 2020.
Marjorie Muldowney, Vice President at The Ireland Funds welcomed everyone to this unique virtual gathering that included inspirational words from the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, Liam Neeson, The Edge, and Marie Heaney. Musical performance was provided by Music Generation, an outstanding program funded by The Ireland Funds.
Most importantly, the impact and messages of gratitude from projects on the frontlines in Ireland, were shared.
Thanks to our friends and donors, we reached an ambitious target of $2 million from our virtual galas in New York, Boston, Chicago and the Luncheon in San Francisco. This magnificent result is testament to the strength of our community and friends who year after year, have stood by The Ireland Funds even in the most challenging of times. In doing so, our donors truly strengthened The Ireland Funds’ work in 2020, delivering critical services to communities in need across the island of Ireland.
This special virtual forum would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors. We’re especially grateful to Colin Ryan of Goldman Sachs, Bill McMorrow and Mary Ricks of Kennedy Wilson and Lorraine & Pete Davis. Special thanks to Essence Global, Jeannie Sangiacomo and Board Director EJ Tracy along with Ernst & Young (EY), First Republic Bank, Eamonn & Silvia Fitzgerald at Arrowmac and Board Director Bart Murphy & Eileen Moore, and to all our wonderful supporters whose steadfast commitment and dedication to our mission ensured the success of our first ever virtual Women in Leadership Luncheon.