MEET OUR fantastic mentors!

We would like to sincerely thank all our 2017 Women Who Wow Mentors for volunteering their time, experience and knowledge to help more young women pursue opportunities in the startup industry, and feel empowered to get where they want to go.



Dorothy Murphy, Brand Management


Dorothy looks after Brand Management at Chupi. Chupi is a multi-award winning jewellery brand, handmade here in Dublin and inspired by wild and natural things. In three short years, Dorothy has helped Chupi become the leading Irish Jewellery Brand. She has always been passionate about the art of communication and storytelling, capturing those special moments and adding a touch of magic is what She does best. Thriving on creativity and innovation, She is highly experienced and commercially minded. She curates every aspect of the Chupi brand from creating a world class brand experience to developing and delivering brand communication and engagement strategies. Creating amazing brand identities that spark excitement is what She loves, and She adores nothing more than making sure every tiny sparkly detail is perfect.


Catherine Downes, Co-Founder


Catherine studied her undergraduate degree at Trinity in Business Studies and Political Science, having spent her 3rd year on Erasmus at the Institut Politiques Etrangeres in Strasbourg. After, she completed a Masters in Human Rights and Criminology Justice at Queens University Belfast and worked in research in this area for a few years on notable projects at the University of Melbourne and at King’s College London. Then she joined Google in January 2008 and spent almost 7 years there, across different product groups (AdWords, User Operations and AdSense) and mainly in marketing and sales partnerships roles. Her final role at Google saw her lead the global Google AdSense Certified Partner program which she worked on since inception and grew for almost 2 years. The program was rebranded and relaunched as the Google Publishing Partner Program in 2015. In this role, she had a special focus on Europe and Asia. Catherine co-founded usheru with Ollie Fegan and Andres Macias in late 2014 with the intention to connect movie marketing to the box office. They operate across the UK and Ireland, with technology products for both consumer and business customers including Universal Pictures. Catherine’s areas of interest lie in product development, data and partnerships primarily and she is very always excited to share what she has learnt with others.


Rachel Wright, Policy and communications manager


Rachel has been working in the NGO sector for the last 11 years on communications and advocacy campaigns. In that time She has worked on a variety of social justice and public health issues including mental health discrimination, health sector reform, suicide reduction and health inequalities. She is currently Policy & Communications Officer with Samaritans Ireland where She is responsible for raising awareness of the importance of help-seeking and campaigning for policy actions to reduce suicide.