We are excited about the great response we have received for INUSA ’16 in San Francisco, September 15-18.

Those in attendance will have the chance to interact with high-level speakers from every segment of the “Global Irish” community, including business, government, education and the arts, and experience the very best of San Francisco through the hospitality of our hosts IN Bay Area.

Most importantly, INUSA ’16 will have an even greater focus than ever before on peer to peer networking. However, we don’t want to wait until September to start the introductions!

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We are pleased to introduce you to just a few of the attendees that will be joining us in San Francisco:

Aly Gardner-Shelby



Aly Gardner-Shelby is from Phibsborough, Dublin, and moved to the Seattle area about 20 years ago. Although she holds an M.A. in Ancient History & Archaeology, Aly is a long-time Program Manager in Microsoft engineering. She has also helped build start-ups and has served in the non-profit sector – mostly while taking a career break that ended up being very active! She got involved with the Irish Network when looking for more ways to connect, and to give back, and found IN a great way to do both. Aly recently became President of Irish Network-Seattle.

Mark Owens


Mark Owens is the Director of Marketing for the Skylight Financial Group. Originally from Derry City, Mark relocated to Cleveland in 1998 where he was offered a Business Studies scholarship. Mark is a founding member of IN Cleveland and has been instrumental in the success of our chapter there.  He continuously encourages efforts to engage the “Global Irish” in the Northeast.

Ciara Hickey



Ciara Hickey is the global commercialization manager for Simplify Commerce by MasterCard. Ciara recently relocated from MasterCard’s operations and technology headquarters in St Louis to San Francisco. Originally from Cork, Ciara is a chartered accountant and has worked across the globe in Europe, Asia and North America. Ciara is looking forward to meeting the Irish community in the Bay Area!

Dr. Rory Murphy


Rory Murphy is a functional neurosurgeon from Cork pursuing basic and clinical research to aid diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and spinal cord injuries. He completed his residency in Washington University in St Louis and is now in UCSF. His main focus are wireless bioelectronics including bioresorbable wireless sensors and wireless implants that can aid spine healing.

Jessica Houghton


Originally from County Down, Jessica Houghton graduated from Queen’s University Belfast before she moved to Atlanta GA in 2012. She is currently a successful real estate agent with Coldwell Banker where she sells property in the Atlanta Metro area. Jessica was involved early on in the formation of Irish Network Atlanta working alongside President Brian Boland. She is Vice President of IN-ATL and coordinates communications and social media for the network since their official launch earlier this year. Jessica is also a recipient of the Irish Echo’s Irish Top 40 Under 40 award for 2016.

Rory O’Connor


Rory O’Connor came to Kansas City in 1978 on a J1 visa. After getting married in CA in 1986 he convinced his 5th generation Californian and Marin County wife to move to Kansas City in 1986 and they have lived there since. They have 4 children ages 20 to 27 who are scattered around the states. Rory has an undergraduate Civil Engineering degree from UMKC, a Masters in Civil Engineering from Stanford University started his own Construction Company in 2011. He was on the Board of the Kansas City Irish Fest for 5 years retiring as its then President in 2010. He continues to be very active in the Irish community and is helping lead efforts to launch an Irish Network in Kansas City.



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Irish Network USA continues to play a leading role in engaging the “Global Irish” in cities across the US, helping our members “invest” in Ireland through business, culture, education and sports.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of what is sure to be the best “Global Irish” networking opportunity of 2016! Register today for INUSA16!

For information sponsorship opportunities and packages please contact: Steve@irishnetwork-usa.org

Join in the discussion now on Facebook and Twitter at #INUSA16

See you in San Francisco!

Steve Lenox – Irish Network USA