The Women in Business programme is a unique platform that provides support to aspiring female leaders and professionals from all degree backgrounds through a wide range of events and activities. As a newly formed division within the society, WIB hopes to enable UCD students achieve their personal and professional goals through mentoring, soft skills workshops, social events and networking opportunities – helping them put their best foot forward as they enter the world of work.
Lean In Circles
We are proud to be the first Irish University to set up a Lean In Circle. The ‘Lean In’ movement has been developed and championed by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook to encourage women to seek out their full potential and strive for equality in today’s workplace. Through our Circle, we hope to empower women to aim high and tackle the complex challenges that they face in the modern world– from the stigma often associated with powerful women to building self-confidence, and from developing a work/life balance to climbing the corporate ladder.
Our Circle will meet every fortnight to discuss topical issues in leadership and management, offer advice on how to develop skills for success and support each other with these issues.
Aspire to Inspire
This event will bring leading female professionals together to give insights in to their experience in the workplace and to offer advice to aspiring businesswomen. We will have speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds, with jobs that our members would like to see themselves in in the next 10 to 20 years. We hope that this event will help students gain a better understanding of various industries and enable them to leverage the experiences of others to define their own career path.
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is on Friday the 8th of March, which falls just before the reading break in Semester 2. The WIB committee is excited to celebrate this, so keep your eyes peeled for our plan for the week which will be announced soon!
When? Thursday 18th October (Speakers announced each Wednesday)
Where? Q006, Quinn School of Business.
We are bringing together some of Ireland’s high flyers to tell their stories so that you can get confidence boosting tips from the best in the biz - speakers will include Lorna Conn, CFO of Cpl; Breda McCague, Founder of Lean In Ireland; Martin Tormey, Director of Strategic Business Development at Goodbody’s and Julie O’Neill, ex-Secretary General of the Department of Transport.
For our first #WomenInBusinessWednesday we are delighted to introduce Lorna Conn, who, at only 38, is CFO and Board Director of Cpl Resources plc, married with 3 small children and in our view, the definition of an all-round inspiring woman! A past BComm. student who went on to do her Masters of Accounting in Smurfit, Lorna will be coming in to speak at an upcoming WIB event and share her tips for leadership and life on the 18th of October – make sure to save the date!
We are delighted to introduce @Breda McCague, who is the CoFounder of Lean In Ireland, an organisation dedicated to empowering women to achieve their full potential. She represents Ireland on the global stage across a 1.2million strong network. Breda will be joining our panel at our upcoming WIB event to share her tips for boosting confidence on the 18th of October – make sure to save the date!
This #WomenInBusinessWednesday we are delighted to introduce Julie O’Neill, another former BComm. student who went on to manage a budget of €2 billion per annum as Secretary General of the Deptartment of Transport from 2002 to 2009.
She now serves as a Non-Executive Director of Ryanair and Permanent TSB and is Chairperson of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Julie will be speaking at our WIB event on Thursday to share her tips on seizing opportunities and having confidence in yourself – looking forward to seeing you all there