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It really is a privilege for me to take over as president of BPW Galway. This is a role I will take great pride in and I will endeavour to bring my best for BPW Galway.

I am very conscious of the fantastic work that has been done by presidents before me, there are big shoes to fill but I am hopeful and optimistic that I will carry on the great work of my predecessors and help to ensure that BPW Galway has an enduring voice.

I believe that we as women need to use our experience and knowledge to promote the worth of women. We need to use our strengths to move forward. As we climb the ladder we need to reach down and give the woman next to us a hand up. We need to embrace our moto which is to “share, educate and have a voice”. We can achieve all of this and more if we work together as a team.

One of my goals for 2017 is to bring more of a business focus to the club. While the club continues to go from strength to strength I shall be looking to develop a new member programme to encourage some of our lapsed members to re-join us and encourage new members to join us. During the year we shall be continuing the preparation for European Conference 2019 to be held here in Galway.

If anyone has and suggestions regarding any events and anything that they feel will move the club forward I would be more than delighted to receive them.
Dates for your diary for 2017 are listed on the Programme of Events which is available here on the website, and for information about joining BPW Galway please email

I am really looking forward to my time as president for 2017 and I hope that I can continue to represent the club as competently and skilfully as it has been represented by those who have gone before me.

Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.

Valerie Murphy
President BPW Galway