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UCD Women in Leadership Conference 2018

Thursday , 08 February 2018 -


On Thursday 8 February 2018, UCD will host the third annual Arthur Cox UCD Women in Leadership Conference in O'Reilly Hall. Be inspired by leaders who have excelled in their field, grow your professional network and learn more about key topics facing women today.


Conference Running Order

07:30      Breakfast and Networking

08:30      Opening: Professor Imelda Maher

09:00      Panel: Women In The Arts

09:45      Panel: Stand Up Be Heard: Difficult Conversations in the Workplace

10:30      Break

11:00      Keynote: Breege O'Donoghue

11:45      Panel: Navigating Your Career

12:30     Lunch

13:45     Keynote: Anne Anderson

14:30     Panel: Striving for Change: Female Policy Influencers

15:15     Break

15:45     Keynote: Mark Fenton

16:30     Closing: Eimear O'Flynn


Speaker Details:


Anne Anderson, Former Irish Ambassador to the United States

Mark Fenton, Founder and CEO of MASF Consulting

Breege O'Donoghue,Former Board Member of Primark,

Opening Address by Professor Imelda Maher, Dean of UCD School of Law.


Women in the Arts:

Sarah Glennie, Director, NCAD
Kim MacKenzie-Doyle, President, Institute of Designers in Ireland
Annie Atkins, Renowned Graphic Designer for Film
Grainne Humphreys, Director, Audi Dublin International Film Festival
Facilitator: Simon O'Connor, Director, The Ulysses Centre


Striving For Change: Female Policy Influencers:

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Human Rights Barrister
Dr Aideen Hayden, Chair of Threshold Housing Charity
Dr Grainne Healy, Leader in Social Justice Sector
Senator Alice Mary Higgins, Social and Economic Equality Advocate
Facilitator: Martina Fitzgerald, Political Correspondent, RTÉ


Navigating Your Career
Joan McGrath, Head of HR, Davy
Laura Harper, Buying Director, Aldi
Margaret Morrissey, County HR Director, Abbott
Mark Fenton, CEO and Founder MASF Consulting

Facilitator: Simon Hannigan, Partner, Arthur Cox


Speak Up, Be Heard: Difficult conversations in the workplace
Marie Moynihan, VP Talent Acquisition, Dell
Orla O’Connor, Partner, Arthur Cox
Catherine Vaughan, Global Compliance Leader, Ernst & Young

Facilitator: Linda McLoughlin, Founder, LeadershipWorks


This one-day event is open to students, alumni and friends of UCD. The conference aims to empower attendees though networking opportunities, inspire through leadership lectures and panels, foster growth in their careers and help break the glass ceiling that still exists in Ireland today. 


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Non-card bookings can be made by emailing
UCD Staff can book tickets internally using the cost code 7114-80601

Student tickets can be purchased on eventbrite with a valid student ID

Standard Ticket€75Book
UCD Alumni & Staff€55Book