We’re excited to unveil the amazing speakers we’ve lined up for our Equal Pay Day panel discussion this Friday!
The discussion kicks off at 8.30am at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin’s Temple Bar. There are still a limited number of (free!) places available; however, advance registration is necessary. You can book your place here.
Come along to the event to hear from:
The discussion will be chaired by designer and tech entrepreneur – and the woman who brought Dress for Success to Dublin – Sonya Lennon.
Sonya has over two decades’ experience as a prominent fashion stylist, broadcaster, designer and businesswoman. She has won multiple awards for founding Dress for Success Dublin, and has also successfully launched and grown the fashion brand Lennon Courtney. She is currently working on fafinder.com, a cross-platform digital service designed to support independent fashion retailers.
Sonya will be joined for the panel discussion by fellow designer and businesswoman Chupi Sweetman.
A former Topshop designer, Chupi quit fast fashion and fell in love with sparkly things. Based in Ireland, her precious jewellery collection is stocked around the world from London to Tokyo.
Chupi is a passionate advocate for the idea of made with love: with her jewellery, she wants to create something that will last; pieces that celebrate Ireland’s design heritage and her love for wild and natural beauty.
Jamie Harrington is a youth mental health advocate and community activist from Ballymun.
He became heavily involved in his local community from an early age, volunteering with community groups in his local area. By the age of 13, he was running community clean-ups and music events in his local youth centre.
In 2013, Jamie became involved in a youth mental health charity, TeenLine Ireland, and he went on to become an ambassador for the organisation for four years. One of his proudest moments came in 2015, when he was awarded the Rotary International Young Citizen of the Year for his work on youth mental health.
He has spoken to thousands of second-level students over the past five years, from school talks in their own classrooms to audiences of over a thousand at national events such as Zeminar and the TY Expo.
Jamie has over 25,000 followers on Facebook for his comedy videos and, in the past two years, has increased his social media following amongst young people on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.
Senator Ivana Bacik
Senator Ivana Bacik is the Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin (a post previously held by Presidents Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese).
She is a qualified Barrister, and a Senior Lecturer and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (elected in 2005).
She has been spearheading the passage through the Oireachtas of the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2017, legislation that aims to close the earnings gap between men and women in Ireland. If enacted into law, this will mean medium to large-sized companies will be obliged to regularly publish wage transparency surveys highlighting any difference in pay between their male and female workers.
During Friday’s panel discussion, our guest speakers will discuss the factors contributing to Ireland’s gender pay gap and the measures that can be taken to address it. Further information is available here.