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LiveWIRe Women In Rugby Conference

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Herbert Park Hotel

Ballsbridge

Dublin 4

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The IRFU hosts the inaugural Women in Rugby event to coincide with International Women's Day - Leadership Journeys of Women in Rugby.

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LiveWIRe: Women In Rugby Conference is coming to Dublin in 2020.Sunday March 8th is the date for the inaugural event to coincide with International Women’s Day and the Women’s 6 Nations meeting of Ireland and Italy at Energia Park. The conference is free to attend and includes entry to Ireland v Italy. Tickets are strictly limited and can only be obtained by registering on the conference’s event registration page. The theme for this year’s event will be ‘Leadership Journeys of Women In Rugby’.

Women who have officiated, played and coached at the highest levels will be asked to share their leadership journeys from their very first involvement at grassroots level. The Key Note Speaker is Karen Brown – an Olympic medal winning field hockey player and coach who will talk about her transition into leadership in conversation with IRFU Committee Member Su Carty.

09:30 – 10:00 Registration (Tea & Coffee Served)

10:00 – 10:05 Opening Remarks from Mary Quinn, IRFU Committee 2019/2020

10.05 - 10.15 Leadership Goals Chair of Sport Ireland's Women In Sport committee Lynne Cantwell will outline Sport Ireland’s progress towards greater gender balance in Board membership of funded bodies and pathways for women aspiring to become leaders of funded bodies.

10:15 – 11:00 Panel : Seeing A Leader, Being A Leader “Being the first always creates a pressure that you don’t want to be the last.”

More women are making breakthroughs into leadership roles in rugby, but it’s not always easy to be the first. Broadcaster Gráinne McElwain will MC a panel discussion about navigating a journey of leadership. Conference attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and share their own stories of how they are leading in their respective fields. Speakers: Fiona Steed (Broadcaster, Columnist and Rugby Volunteer), Joy Neville (Elite IRFU Rugby Referee), Meadhbh Lewis (IRFU Youth Council Chair).

11.00 – 11.10 Break

11:10 – 11:55 Growing As A Leader Karen Brown is a veteran of six Olympic games as both player and coach in field hockey. She was Assistant Coach to Team GB’s Olympic gold winning side of 2016. In conversation with Su Carty, Karen will discuss the importance of people development skills and how she transitioned from being a leader on the pitch to being a leader off the pitch. Su Carty was World Rugby’s first Women’s Development Manager. She is a current member of the IRFU Union Committee.

11:55 – 12:05 Becoming A Leader

IRFU Spirit Of Rugby Manager Anne Marie Hughes will outline upcoming leadership development opportunities in Irish Rugby.

12:05 - 12:10 Closing Remarks from Mary Quinn

12:10 - 12:30 Networking and Light Refreshment

12:30 Depart For Energia Park* and 13.00 KO Ireland v Italy, Women’s 6 Nations. *All conference attendees also receive one ticket to Ireland v Italy, Women’s 6 Nations, Energia Park

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