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Local Business Woman Part Of International Leadership Delegation

 Captioned left to right: Tara Gilvar, Susan P. Ascher, Karolina Dehnhard, Anne O’Leary, CEO of Vodafone, Linda Wellbrock, Caroline Gosselin and Alec Zetlin.

-Think Shark Tank With An Irish Flavor-

ROSELAND, NJ -- Susan P. Ascher, Founder, President and CEO of, The Ascher Group and The Sphere of Excellence in Communication ™, was one of eight business women from the United States selected to be part of an elite group of entrepreneurs as an Ambassador with Leading Women Entrepreneurs International Retreat to The Emerald Isle.

The focus of this mission was Thought Leadership: Being the Best You Can Be.  Cork Foundation, headquartered in Ireland, created this networking event as part of their unique initiative that focuses on stimulating job creation and developing Cork as a pivotal location to start, locate and grow a business. During the morning session, 10 candidates out of 100 female entrepreneurs from the Cork region of Ireland were invited to present their business ideas to the American delegates who then, Shark Tank style, picked the winner. The panel included Susan P. Ascher, CEO of the Ascher Group, Linda Wellbrock, CEO, Leading Women Entrepreneurs, Karolina Dehnhard, Attorney at Law, Budd Larner, PC, Caroline Gosselin, The Gosselin Group/ Prominent Properties Sotheby’s Real Estate, Elizabeth Swinicki, CEO, Pravda Consulting, Alexandra Zetlin, CEO, Zetlin Strategies Communications, Terry Tateossian, CEO of Socialfix Media, and Tara Gilvar, CEO of B.I.G. 

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One home-based entrepreneur was selected to travel to New York in December where she will have the opportunity to meet with key individuals that can assist in the development of her company within the US market.  Dee O’Leary, president and founder of iDME was chosen to come to the United States.    

iDME is Dee’s response to the hugely stressful scenario that involves children being separated from their caregivers without any form of identification. The wristbands provide contact details for immediate recovery, as well as profile a child's medical requirements. The next generation of Dee’s product will be chip technology designed for autistic children  and Alzheimer’s patients. Dee will represent Ireland as a winner at this year’s Leading Women Entrepreneurs event to be held at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster Township on December 4, 2014.

 Irish attendees included Executive Director Collette O’Connor and CEO Heather McGuire of The Cork Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting local enterprise and communities and driving job creation and developing Cork as the best region in Ireland to start, locate and grow a business. Also in attendance was Siobhan Finn, Project Director of Cork Innovates, whose mission is to bring together and educate Cork entrepreneurs and businesses.


Susan P. Ascher helps her clients differentiate themselves to stand out in business and in life.  She speaks to business executives, business owners and professionals in career transition on how to best showcase their skills and the proven value of networking through golf. 

Susan is the author of Dude, Seriously, It's NOT All About You!, (published 7/11), her rant on protocol and  communications in the 24/7 nanosecond New Millennium. Her newest book,

Dude, Seriously, Get Your ASK in Gear!, was just published (August 2014) and is a compilation of chapters on what we as leaders need to ask ourselves to succeed and stay relevant in The Digital Age.   

 A sought after national media resource, she has been interviewed on Bloomberg, ABC, NBC, CNBC, News 12 NJ, News 12 NY and My9TV and is a frequent commentator on TV 8 in Vail, Colorado. Susan presents workshops at universities throughout the country such as Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, Colorado, William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey and Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey. She has been published in Forbes magazine, Crain’s New York Business, The Star-Ledger, NJBIZ and New Jersey & Company magazine.

Susan is a recipient of numerous awards from the Inc. 500, to Small Business Person of the Year, toErnst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year  as a four time finalist. Most recently, she was named a Leading Woman Entrepreneur and Business Owner of New Jersey

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