A Woman’s World? The challenges and rewards facing women in business.
“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” So said Madeleine Albright. But being a female in business involves a lot more than help; we also need focus, aptitude, ability, time management, qualifications and the impossible art of (at least) bilocation.
Things have moved so far forward in recent times, but is society still out of kilter with our professional aspirations? Are we doomed before we start?
Join IMAGE editor-in-chief Melanie Morris for a morning of inspiration as we learn how some of Ireland’s most established businesswomen achieved their professional goals. Also, learn how to sharpen your own career path, for greater happiness and success.
Where The Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Dock
When 7.30am Friday, May 22
Meet the speakers
Lucy Gaffney Chairperson, Communicorp Group Limited A graduate of the College of Marketing and Design, Lucy joined Esat Digifone as an advisor in its bid and subsequent launch as Ireland’s second GSM mobile phone operator. She served in a number of senior positions within the company, including managing director, Esat Clear; director of marketing of Esat Telecom Group; and chief operating officer. Lucy is chairperson of Communicorp Group Limited, which owns and operates radio stations across Ireland, the UK and Europe, including Today FM and Newstalk 106-108 FM. She is a founding director of Digicel Group since its launch in Jamaica in 2001 and was appointed to the board of Independent News & Media as a non-executive director in 2009.
Anne O’Leary Chief executive officer, Vodafone Ireland O’Leary was appointed CEO of Vodafone Ireland in February 2013, having joined the company five years earlier. She spearheaded the expansion of the company’s product offering to Irish businesses and oversaw its acquisition of Interfusion Networks and Complete Telecom. Most recently, Anne has led Vodafone’s joint venture agreement with the ESB. Anne has driven the creation of the Women’s Network at Vodafone Ireland with the goal of enhancing diversity and attracting and retaining top talent. She’s an elected member of the board of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and serves on the foundation board of UCC.