Former Community Cork President encourages members to use for the 2021 awards

“I believe that’s what Community Cork is all about, you get plenty of confidence from different folks believing in you and you then lastly get a bit of little bit of your personal.” 

That’s in response to Karen Fleming, a earlier winner on the Community Eire Cork Businesswoman of the 12 months Awards and former president of the Community Eire Cork department in 2018.

Ms Fleming, who has labored at Hayfield Manor for the previous 11 years in varied totally different roles, first obtained concerned with Community Cork eight years in the past by her work.

“Hayfield Manor, to the very best of my data, has at all times been a member however after I modified from operations to gross sales and advertising in 2013 that’s when my involvement in Community Cork actually began correctly as a result of I grew to become our consultant for the resort,” she stated.

“Then Helen Wycherley, when she was the incoming president, she approached me to be on her committee as their company memberships officer, so then I obtained to comprehend it even higher as a result of once you’re behind the scenes you actually recognize all of the work that goes into this stuff.” 

Karen Fleming

Through the years Ms Fleming has served in many various committee roles, together with company membership officer, enterprise awards coordinator, vp and president of the Cork department.

“It simply confirmed collectively what girls can do after they help one another and I met plenty of improbable folks through the years which are very inspiring to spend time with and I made some actually good associates.” 

It was a busy 12 months for Ms Fleming throughout her time period as President however the dedication was one thing she was blissful to provide to an organisation she had benefited a lot from.

“I used to be president in 2018.

“That was an enormous studying curve – very nerve-racking. I used to be very nervous about taking over that duty however in equity to Hayfield, they supported me 100%, they had been wonderful for the entire 12 months when it comes to supporting me and supporting Community Cork and the occasions that we had,” she stated. 

“It’s fairly full on – you’d mainly go from occasion to occasion to occasion. You actually are busing the entire 12 months.

“You’re additionally attempting to get a mixture of audio system that can enchantment to all as a result of it’s a large sufficient membership base, like there’s a mixture of entrepreneurs, particular person enterprise house owners and there are plenty of workers like me so you must make sure that the audio system are engaging to a variety of individuals and that individuals will get one thing from the whole lot you do.

“In fact, it’s barely totally different this 12 months and final 12 months as a result of it’s all digital nevertheless it’s no much less arduous since you’re attempting to maintain folks engaged, you’re successfully working a networking organisation within the absence of networking which isn’t any imply feat.” 

Ms Fleming is a earlier winner on the Community Eire Cork Businesswoman of the 12 months Awards, an achievement which she stated helped bolster her confidence.

“The classes have modified since I gained it. Once I gained it on the time it was the Worker class.

“I, like many individuals who enter, wouldn’t have thought-about it had it not been for folks in my very own firm who believed in me and the encouragement from Community Cork.

“And I believe that’s what Community Cork is all about, you get plenty of confidence from different folks believing in you and you then lastly get a bit of little bit of your personal.” 

Ms Fleming stated she would encourage any member of Community Cork to use for the awards, even when their confidence is missing.

“My mother at all times says to me, when we face issues that daunting and out of doors of the consolation zone, her favorite phrase is ‘go for it my candy’.

“I might say to anybody to go for it my candy.

“It’s price it, it doesn’t really feel snug making use of for this stuff, it by no means does, however you recognize nice issues occur exterior the consolation zone.” 

There are two worker award classes for this 12 months’s awards.

They’re the Worker Rising Star award, sponsored by Kinsale Gin and the Worker Shining Star award, sponsored by Transilient Teaching.

The deadline to use for the Community Eire Businesswoman of the 12 months Awards is at present at 5pm.

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