Network Ireland is delighted to be hosting a celebration of International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March 2016 at The Shelbourne Hotel, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.
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. The event will be MC'd by journalist and broadcaster, Elaine Crowley. Reception at 12.00 noon, followed by lunch.
Tickets now available, with special rates for members.
If you wish to book a table (10), please email Suzanne Healy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Shelbourne Hotel (01 663 4500):
Special room rates available only until 22 February - quote "Network Ireland" when booking.
Room only rate Eur244 per room per night.
Single / Double B&B (room rate) Eur259 / Eur274 per room per night (applicable Monday & Tuesday nights).
Buswells Hotel (01 614 6500):
Please quote "Network Ireland" when booking.
Room only rate (any room type) is Eur111 (Monday night) and Eur123 (Tuesday night)
Single B&B (room rate) Eur120 (Monday night) and Eur130 (Tuesday night)
Twin B&B (room rate) Eur129 (Monday night) and Eur139 (Tuesday night)
Triple B&B (room rate) Eur141 (Monday night) and Eur151 (Tuesday night)
Includes complimentary overnight car parking (5.30pm to 9.30am).
International Women’s Day Celebration
Tuesday 8th March 2016
“A New Age of Equality”
MC - Elaine Crowley - Broadcaster & Journalist#
Gabrielle Motola - Keynote Speaker - Media
Gabrielle Motola is an award winning American/British photographer and writer from New York, based in London and Iceland. She studied psychology, film, and photography at the University of Miami and the Spéos Institute in Paris.
She began her a career as a television editor and consultant, colourist, and later as a photographer. Her photography practice is focused on long term projects which examine a social element or issue. She guest lectures in photography and film internationally and is an Olympus Visionary and Black Magic Design Ambassador.
During the course of a portrait project she began in Iceland in 2013 she started writing extensively about her experiences. She began writing professionally and is currently developing that project as a book. She is currently living and working in Iceland during its completion. "An Equal Difference - Conversations in Iceland" is due out in August 2016. As part of this work Gabrielle has participated in a number of gender equality conferences in London and Iceland,
On Political Panel
Joan Weinman - Equal Voice - Canada
Joan has served as national director for Equal Voice for the past three years. She is deeply committed to the election of more women in this country and has spent many years promoting and working toward that cause.
Joan brings to the position of Communications Chair over 20 years’ experience as an expert communications and media relations strategist in the corporate, government, not-for-profit and political sectors. As Communications Chair, she has helped Equal Voice develop salient key messages for successful and on-going campaigns (Be Her or Supporter Her, for example), has crafted a first-ever Media and Messaging Protocol to support consistent messaging across the country, has guided the development of several key media/communications strategies for EV campaigns (Be Tough, Not Rough – an effort to introduce decorum into the House of Commons).
Her Excellency, Manuela Breazu, the Ambassador of Romania to Ireland
Aine Collins TD, Dáil Eireann - Ireland
Áine was the first female TD elected to her constituency of Cork North West and is currently running for re-election in the forthcoming General Election. Áine is an accountant and entrepreneur by profession, is a mum to three kids between the ages of seven to 25. Her focus in Dáil Eireann has been around small family businesses, rural communities and sustainable job creation. Áine has an interesting perspective on gender equality and quotas. When Áine entered politics she was very much against quotas as she didn’t want to be seen to be there “to make up numbers”. In Áine’s own words “However my attitude to quotas has changed dramatically, being one of only 27 women out of 160 elected representatives in Dáil Eireann. The culture of politics currently is not conducive to women and with just 16% female representatives I can see first hand that we need more females at the government table to affect positive change. Women generally, we don’t like the politics of politics - the “Punch and Judy”. We prefer to deal with the issues, find the solutions rather than scoring points - and this is the real opportunity for having more women in the Dáil..”
Note: Other senior ministerial panelist from Leinster House to be confirmed after General Election
Awaiting confirmation from speaker from UK for Political Panel
Lesley Kavanagh, Sotheby's Los Angeles
A native Californian, Leslie Kavanaugh began her real estate career in 1979 and joined Sotheby’s International Realty in 1998. A top-producing agent, Leslie specializes in the Westside communities of Bel Air, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Malibu and Beverly Hills.
Over the years, she has participated in a variety of charitable and community organizations. She is currently serving on the Boards of Jewish Big Brothers/Camp Max Straus, Virginia Robinson Gardens and AVIVA Family and Children Services. She is also involved with Los Angeles Ballet and Art of Elysium. Prior to Sotheby’s International Realty, she served as a sales associate, estates director, marketing director and training director as well as in a variety of management positions for several major real estate firms.
She has received both the California 100 and the Circle of Distinction awards, President’s Elite Circle and National President’s Circle in recognition of her sales record and extensive experience. Currently, Leslie is recognized as being a part of the top 1.8% of NRT’s 54,000 sales associates. She earned her Bachelor’s and graduate degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
Jessica Hayden, Head of Programme Development, Innovation Academy
Jessica Hayden is the Innovation Academy’s Head of Programme Development.
Jessica is Head of Programme Development at The Innovation Academy. Before joining the Academy Jessica ran the learning and development function at SoundCloud in Berlin, an internet company disrupting the music industry. Jessica has been designing learning programmes and consulting across all aspects of Human Resources for many years and has worked internationally on learning programmes in Berlin, London, New York, San Francisco and Dublin . She has a special focus on diversity and minority issues and in empowering minority groups through transformative educational experiences, self-awareness tools, coaching and mentoring, having designed and delivered workshops for Female Founders and Women in Tech.
Carolanne Henry, Commercial Operations Director - Vodafone ireland
Having joined Vodafone Ireland in 2007, Carolanne Henry has been appointed Director of Commercial Operations where she will be responsible for Service Design and Delivery, Customer Experience, management of strategic relationships with our partners and the Vodafone Digital Strategy.
Carolanne joined Vodafone Ireland in 2007 from Perlico as Head of Fixed Customer Operations and Billing when Vodafone acquired the company. In this role, Carolanne was part of the team that led the launch of Vodafone at Home and subsequently, the successful introduction of the brand to the fixed market space. In 2011 she was appointed as Head of Customer Operations where she steered an ambitious transformation programme, improving Vodafone’s support services and how they are delivered.
Carolanne has over 13 year’s operational experience, eight of which have been within the telecommunications sector, including a number of years at Dell as Operations Manager for the Nordic Region.
A Dublin native, Carolanne, holds a BA and Masters in Planning (MRUP) from University College Dublin.
Sarita Johnston, Manager Female Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Ireland
As Manager of Female Entrepreneurship, Sarita manages Enterprise Ireland’s key initiatives to support Female Entrepreneurs. These initiatives are part of a drive to boost the number of innovative, export-oriented businesses being set up and led by female entrepreneurs. Sarita has worked for Enterprise Ireland since 1995 in various roles, which include Regional Development, Commercial Evaluation and most recently as Senior Development Advisor with the High Potential Start up Team. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Hons) Degree and a MBS from Liverpool John Moores University. With circa twenty years’ experience in working with indigenous companies across multiple sectors Sarita has significant experience in strategic mentoring, financial analysis, operational strategy and business plan implementation.
Orlagh Hunt, Head of HR, AIB
Orlagh Hunt is a highly accomplished and progressive Group HR Director who has worked in a number of industry sectors including Retail, FMCG and Financial Services. She is currently Group HR Director for Allied Irish Bank (AIB) and is transforming the organisation to help it reach its goals through a focus on great people leadership, employee engagement and strategy alignment.
Previously, as the youngest female HR Director working for a FTSE 100 company, she revolutionized the culture of RSA – one of the world’s leading insurers. Under her leadership, she transformed the firm to one which achieved world-class levels of engagement and reached number 6 in the Times Top 100 best companies to work for – all in just three years.
Great results are also appearing in AIB. In 2015, AIB achieved 8 years’ worth of significant progress on employee engagement in just two years – the biggest two-year increase seen in Europe.
She is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the workplace. As the Chair of AIB’s Diversity & Inclusion Board, Orlagh is focussing first on female leaders and the pipeline of female talent in the organisation.
Orlagh is good at juggling because in addition to her professional career, she has three young children and is also a keen running enthusiast.
Pre-booked Valet Parking at the Shelbourne Hotel for Eur29 per day (or part thereof)
Also available at QPark - Schoolhouse Lane, Dawson Street or St. Stephen's Green. See www.q-park.ie