When and where is it on?

March 26th – Cork International Hotel – in the Cork airport business park

How many years has it been going?

In 2014, we launched our “Women in Tech” programme (now branded as Diversity in Tech) to support diversity and inclusion in the technology sector. One of the features of this programme has been our lunchtime series, aimed at bringing women together to network and hear from female role models who have blazed their own trail in this sector. The series was very well received among the technology community and most women leave the events feeling positive and empowered.

The aim of the series is to support women who are in the earlier stages of their management journey, with ambitions to leadership by listening to role models who have been there done that.  The idea is that these events will not only inspire us to Stay at work, but also equip us with tools to both Advance and Lead in our professions and bust a view myths along the way. No two stories are ever the same, yet all speakers have inspired in their own way

What was the inspiration to start it?

Feedback from women within our member companies who felt that there were very few events that focused on Diversity in the tech sector in Cork, or forums where people could hear from female role models

What exciting things can people look forward to?

Attendees will have access to women who come from a variety of backgrounds, and hence provide a wealth of learning experiences – from the VP of Disney Ireland, to the MD of Dell EMC, to a Life coaching session as one of the events on this year’s schedule

What opportunities are on offer for those attending?

As per the above – plus the Life coaching session will help attendees get a clearer view on defining their life goals and setting specific steps towards those goals.

In addition, the lunchtime part of the session can be used for networking

Who will be speaking?

2018 agenda – March: Cathriona Hallahan MD Microsoft Ireland. June: Carol Andrews Founder 30% club Ireland  September: Maeve Lankford, Life coach. November: Nuala Murphy, CEO Moment Health (Entrepreneur) 

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

Come with an open mind, listen to what the speakers have to  say, think of a ‘burning question’ you might have for the speaker. Use the lunchtime period for network and get engaged with the lunchtime survey discussion

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

Online via the [email protected] website and bundled tickets can be purchased by email to [email protected] – the events often sell out within a few weeks of each event.

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