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 September 14th-17th



 September 14th-17th


Join us for the Irish Network USA 5th 

Annual National Conference at the 

Drake Hotel in Chicago. 


High Impact Networking

Network with INUSA Members from across the US.


Engaging Panels and Speakers

Speakers and panels on topics ranging from business, to arts and culture.

Social Events

Partake in social events including a river cruise, the INUSA Film Festival and a Networking Dinner


INUSA '17 Sponsors


Global Irish Partner


Global Irish Friend

INUSA '17 Conference Sponsor

INUSA '17 Conference Supporter

Beverage Sponsor

Opening Night Reception Host

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New agenda items will be added as they are confirmed.   


Thursday, September 14th

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Hosted by Deborah Ryder and Simon and Rachel McCormac

Location Given Upon Registration

Welcome Comments By James Sheehan, President, IN Chicago




Friday September 15th

8:15 a.m. 

INUSA17 Conference Registration & Networking Drake Hotel

140 East Walton Place

8:45 a.m. 

INUSA '17 Welcome and Kickoff  

Welcome to Chicago

Welcome from Consul General Brian O'Brien

9:15 a.m. - Keynote Address

Ambassador Dan Mulhall

9:50 a.m. - Special Presentation

"Who is Irish America?" Featuring:

Liam Kennedy Director Clinton School for American Studies at UCD

Ted Smyth

Former Irish Diplomat, Communications Strategist

10:20 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. - Networking Break

10:35 a.m. - Late Morning Sessions

Business After Brexit

Alison Metcalfe, Head of North America, Tourism Ireland

Norman Houston, Director, Northern Ireland Bureau

Andrea Haughian, International Business Development, Invest Northern Ireland

Eoin Motherway, Head of Operations, The Asset Management Exchange, Willis Towers Watson, Deputy President, Cork Chamber of Commerce

A Discussion with the Diaspora’s Senator

Senator Billy Lawless

Introduced by Fiona McEntee

Global Irish Success Story

Remarks from Sean Conlon

Founder, Conlon and Company

Host, The Deed, CNBC

12:25 p.m. -  1:25 p.m. - Networking Lunch Featuring Keynote by Lord Mayor of Belfast Nuala McAllister

1:25 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - INUSA Work Sessions

Following lunch INUSA will host a series of interactive work sessions designed through member feedback to strengthen the INUSA network and the role of our chapters and members in growing engagement with the “Global Irish” community.

Work session speakers include:

Senator Joan Freeman, Founder, Pieta House

Helen Flynn, CTO, Konnect Again

Oonagh Desire, Director of Public Affairs and Advancement, Abbey Theatre

Matthew Krayton, Founder, Publitics

4:30 p.m. - From Global Network to Global Brand

Remarks From Vinny Warren, Executive Creative Director & Founder, The Escape Pod

5:00 p.m. - Wrap Up

7:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m

Irish Network USA Social River Cruise Aboard the Ft. Dearborn

Departing promptly at 7 p.m. from River East Plaza at North Pier Docks.  Please aim to arrive a few minutes early. 


Saturday September 16th

12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

INUSA Mini Film Festival at the Drake Hotel Co-Hosted by Chicago Irish Film Festival


Preview- John Hume in America

Short Film-  Life Is Short

Feature Film-  A Date For Mad Mary



Sunday September, 17th

8:45 a.m. -   INUSA 17 Farewell Brunch & All Ireland Viewing

Farmhouse | 228 W Chicago Ave

Doors Open - 8:45 a.m.

Match Kick Off- 9:30 a.m.