Pictured: Emma Early Murphy, National President of Network Ireland
Multi-business owner Emma Early Murphy is the 2023 National President of female-led business Network Ireland. Murphy is the co-founder of the event design agency Balloon HQ, in which she acts as creative designer.
At Network Ireland, she uses her over 20 years of experience in corporate & SME Sales, customer service, marketing, change management, leadership & business development, to lead a team of 1,200 people across 17 national branches.
Independently, Murphy founded The Power of U, Business Coaching and Mentoring last year, with the hopes of spreading her extensive knowledge of the business world.
What was your first job?
My first job was footing turf in the bog. My dad came from a big family and we spent long hours in the summers in the bogs. I have lovely memories of the laughs we had but also my tears due to my fear of frogs! My first time getting a job of my own was when I was appointed sales assistant in Prepys fashion accessory and jewellery store, owned by Erin Keogan and which is one of the few remaining independent stores from its time.
What pushed you to pursue a career in this field?
I have more than 20 years of experience in Corporate & SME Sales, Customer Service, Marketing, Change Management, Leadership & Business Development working with a range of cross-functional teams and businesses across a number of industries. With all my experience, I knew I wanted to set up my own business and I love organising events so an event design agency seemed like the perfect match for what I was looking for. I also wanted to use my experience to help others which is why I set up my business mentoring and coaching company last year.
What would you regard as your greatest achievement to date?
Being able to manage two businesses while raising my two beautiful children. I’m also extremely proud to be this year’s National President of Network Ireland, an organisation that helps and supports many incredible women nationwide. It’s been an honour to work with them all so far.
Career wise, would you do anything differently?
Not a thing! I don’t believe in regrets. Every step of the way has been a learning curve. I firmly believe that everyone makes mistakes along the way, I know I have, but it’s how you overcome these and move on that makes you a stronger person.
In one sentence, how would you define success?
Being able to follow your dreams and to be happy while doing so
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Go for it! It’s your life, don’t live someone else’s. Create your own legacy and be fearless.
How do you motivate yourself and your staff?
I always try to keep busy and I always have several projects on the go at the same time. With my team, I always try to listen to what they’re saying and support them with actions, not just words. I think trust and a genuine understanding of your team, and showing them that you support them in achieving their goals, will motivate them to work to the best of their ability.
How do you handle adversity?
I don’t believe in hiding away. It doesn’t achieve anything. I always try to talk things out in a calm and rational manner.
How do you relax?
Getting out in the fresh air every day, spending time with my family and friends having fun walks in the bog, and visiting the beautiful hills of Donegal
What are your aspirations for the future of the business?
I will continue to inspire, support, motivate and lead the way for business owners nationwide to achieve their personal and professional goals.I want to educate and encourage students to understand the importance of building a solid professional network to strengthen their career progression. I want to continue to drive forward and continue to create and ensure fair and equal opportunities for all on their journeys toward success. Never give up.
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