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.
Partake in social events including a river cruise, the INUSA Film Festival and a Networking Dinner
Global Irish Partner
Global Irish Friend
INUSA '17 Conference Sponsor
INUSA '17 Conference Supporter
Opening Night Reception Host
New agenda items will be added as they are confirmed.
Thursday, September 14th
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hosted by Deborah Ryder and Simon and Rachel McCormac
Location Given Upon Registration
Welcome Comments By James Sheehan, President, IN Chicago
Friday September 15th
INUSA17 Conference Registration & Networking Drake Hotel
140 East Walton Place
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
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.