Sisters launch female mentorship program in memory of their late father, Patsy Duffy

Tanya McGeehan, Lisa Duffy, Roisin Deery and Aisling Bremner have teamed up to launch a female mentorship program in memory of their late father

Four sisters from Magherafelt have teamed up to launch a female mentorship program in memory of their late father, Patsy Duffy, who died 10 years ago today (7 March 2012) of early dementia at the age of 57 years.

Coinciding with International Women’s Day which takes place tomorrow, women across Northern Ireland are invited to apply for the Patsy Duffy Mentoring Scheme.

Over the next 12 months, mentees will have the opportunity to receive expert advice and guidance in a range of specialist areas, including business strategy, finance, personal brand building, trust, communication, finance, organization and leadership.

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The program was formed by the four entrepreneurial sisters who have a combined 75 years of experience in their respective fields, including real estate, marketing, teaching, communications and management consulting.

Tanya McGeehan of MCG Investments is one of Northern Ireland’s leading female property entrepreneurs, Aisling Bremner of Aisling Bremner Marketing has held senior marketing roles for a host of local and global brands including Dale Farm, Magners and Heinz, Lisa Duffy is a trained actress, qualified teacher, communications coach and founder of a local children’s theater company, Bright Young Things and Roisin Deery have extensive experience in management consulting, recently working at a senior level within the Expo 2020 Dubai Operations Division.

During the program, which is free to apply, mentees will receive one hour of one-two-one mentoring per week for 16 weeks.

There will be two intakes with four mentees in each program.

Highlighting their willingness to help others as their parents did for them, Tanya said: “Dad always raised us to believe that our aspirations were valid and worth pursuing.

“Our parents were always a positive force in our lives with the vision that ambition and risk were things to be defended.

“Not everyone has someone with that supportive mindset, which is why we’re launching the Patsy Duffy Mentorship Program in memory of our late father.

“My sisters and I want to use our years of business experience to offer advice and guidance to women who have aspirations in their professional lives but who face barriers to opportunity.

“We want to help make a difference and be the champions and challengers in their corners like our father was to us.”

Patsy Duffy was a successful banker by profession, however, at the age of 35 with a young family, he retired from his strong stable career to pursue his self-employment and follow his entrepreneurial instincts. His real estate investment business started in the early 90s and flourished over the next 20 years.

Addressing the issue of the Covid-19 pandemic and how it has “disproportionately affected women”, Aisling added: “The program is open to all women who have a career aspiration but have a barrier that prevents them from realizing it – it could be social, health and well-being, trust or economic responsibilities.

“For example, ambitious employees who are stuck in a rut, entrepreneurs at the start of their journey and lacking confidence, graduates who need support or stay-at-home moms who need encouragement to take over work.

“Furthermore, it has been well documented that Covid-19 has disproportionately affected women and so we hope the Patsy Duffy Mentorship Program will play a role in helping women reach their full potential and become the best they can be! “

For more information or to apply by Sunday, March 27, go to www.patsyduffymentorship.com

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