Kiltimagh native, Mary Davis, CEO Special Olympics International, will be presented with the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Recognition Award at a gala awards ceremony this evening in Powerscourt Hotel, Co. Wicklow. 

This year marks 25 years of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme in Ireland. The theme for this year’s awards is The Changemakers.

Mary leads a team of more than 200 professionals throughout the world who are addressing inactivity, injustice, intolerance, and social isolation for people with intellectual disabilities. A proud Mayo Woman she first got involved with Special Olympics as a volunteer and coach soon after she graduated from college.

She was the driving force behind the successful Special Olympics World Summer Games when they were staged in Ireland in 2003. She served as CEO of these Games, which were the first World Summer Games held outside the U.S. since Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the movement in 1968. It was the largest sporting event in the world that year.

Mary has served in a series of leadership roles including CEO of Special Olympics Ireland and Regional President of the Europe Eurasia Region of Special Olympics, from 2009 - 2016. She is currently the CEO of Special Olympics International.

The finalists across the Emerging, Established and International EY Entrepreneur Of The Year categories will also be announced this evening.

Reacting to her nomination Mary Davis says, “I am both honored to be the recipient of this Entrepreneur of the Year Special Recognition award and humbled to be listed among its prior recipients. The athletes of Special Olympics are changing the world every day to be more inclusive, to foster acceptance and to recognize difference. They are the true leaders and therefore, I celebrate this award with the 6 million athletes in our Movement. They inspire me every day.”




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