International Women’s Day event to highlight equality for women

Business | Mon 15 Feb | Author – Business & Finance
International Women’s Day
Orlagh Hunt, head of HR AIB; Manuela Breazu, the Ambassador of Romania to Ireland; Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin Vickers; president of Network Ireland, Deirdre Waldron; Sandra Healy, chair of Vodafone Women’s Network.

Over 300 women and men will gather to celebrate International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8th as Network Ireland event focuses on the personal and professional development of women.

Network Ireland is expecting more than 300 women to attend an event in The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, on March 8th to mark International Women’s Day. The theme of the event ‘A New Age of Equality’ will feature a range of national and international business people, policy makers and influencers, discussing equality and diversity in decision making positions in business, politics and media.

“It’s never been a better time to be a woman ambitious for her career or her business,” Deirdre Waldron president of Network Ireland said. “We are starting to be recognised for the valuable contributions we can make in business and in our communities and at all levels of government. At this event we will be discussing how other countries are faring on equality and through this we will have a clearer understanding, learn from best international practices and reflect on how we are doing in Ireland in embracing and influencing policy to support equality and diversity.”

The event, which is open to both men and women to attend, will commence with a networking drinks reception, lunch in The Shelbourne’s iconic ‘Great Room’, followed by discussion panels on diversity and equality in politics and business. “Our panellists will share with us their experiences of equality and diversity in a wide variety of countries including the USA, Canada, Iceland, Romania and the UK. In addition,  we have influencers and senior professionals from Irish private and public organisations,” Waldron added.

Keynote speaker is American photojournalist Gabrielle Motola, who has worked across many countries and is now based in Iceland working on a project, engaging with the country’s top influencers and policy makers who have made Iceland the global leader for equality. MC for the event will be journalist and broadcaster Elaine Crowley.

Participants in the political panel discussion include Joan Weinman, co-chair of Equal Voice, a Canadian multi partisan organisation dedicated to electing more women to all levels of political office in Canada. The organisation last October celebrated Canada’s first gender balanced Federal Cabinet being sworn in. While women constitute just 26%  of Canada’s lower House, the senior leadership roles these capable and experienced women do will no doubt inspire other talented women to enter the political fray,” Weinman explained.  “A gender balanced cabinet and three very strong female Premiers is changing Canada’s political landscape for the better.” Other political panel participants are Her Excellency, Manuela Breazu, the Ambassador of Romania to Ireland and Aine Collins TD.

On the business panel are three very accomplished women including Leslie Kavanagh, one of California’s top realtors. A native Californian, Leslie  began her real estate career in 1979 in a very male dominated industry and joined Sotheby’s International Realty in 1998. She will be joined by Jessica Hayden, the Innovation Academy’s head of Programme Development; Carolanne Henry, commercial operations director, Vodafone ireland; Sarita Johnston, manager, Female Entrepreneurship Enterprise Ireland; and Orlagh Hunt, head of HR, AIB.

The charity partner for the event is White Ribbon Ireland, the national movement of the world’s largest male-led campaign to end men’s violence against women, with a presence in over 60 countries. Tickets for the event are currently on sale and are priced at €50 for members of Network Ireland or €500 for corporate table of 10 for members, €70 for non members and €700 for corporate table of 10 for non members.