On Friday, 8th March 2019, we’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) 2019, with our sixth annual IWD campaign. We’re inviting you to join us in celebrating the achievements of women and supporting our vital work with women across the country. The campaign will also help bring Ireland one step closer to full workplace equality. Last year, we had over 55 workplaces supporting our campaign, ranging from SMEs to state agencies and multinationals. Let’s look back at some of the event highlights from our 2018 supporters for a little inspo!
eir’s Special Recording of The Women’s Podcast by The Irish Times
In 2018 we collaborated with our headlines sponsor, eir and held a very special lunchtime recording of The Women’s Podcast from the Irish Times. The event was panel discussion for invited industry and media guests, and featured our founder Sonya Lennon; Carolan Lennon, then, newly appointed CEO of eir; and Gillian Harford, Head of Diversity & Inclusion with AIB.
The irrepressible Kathy Sheridan, Irish Times columnist, moderated the lively discussion. Panellists drew on their personal experiences, as well as research and highlighted the steps companies can take to make Ireland a fairer place to work.
You can listen to the podcast here
permanent tsb’s ‘Breakfast in the Boardroom’ Panel Discussion
Last year permanent tsb held a breakfast event and panel discussion on the morning of the 8th March, featuring Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee; Sorcha Pollack, journalist with The Irish Times; Julie O’Neill, ptsb Board Member; and Breege Timoney, ptsb MPRG Director. The discussion was moderated by Sonya Lennon and touched on topics such as the gender pay gap, the glass ceiling, unconscious bias and how we can move towards workplace equality, both on an individual and societal level. It was a great discussion, with lots of viewpoints and practical solutions on offer.
Alongside this, permanent tsb also ran a clothing drive, and the vast resulting donation was presented at the breakfast event. We needed a bigger car leaving!
AIB’s ‘Dressing for Success’ Masterclass
Last year, AIB hosted a number of activities throughout the day in support of our campaign and celebrating the women on their staff. They invited Sonya Lennon to run a masterclass with their employees on “Photographing Confidently and Dressing for Success”, followed by corporate headshot sittings for attendees. AIB also very generously ran a clothing collection, set up in their Ballsbridge HQ alongside an information stand with Dress for Success Dublin representatives on hand to inform staff about our work.
Codec’s Morning Celebrating Women
Last 8th March, Codec brought together a diverse of group speakers, their customers and staff to the luxurious surrounds of the RDS, to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 in support of Dress for Success Dublin. Hosted by Fiona Daly, Director of Legal and Finance, speakers included some of Ireland’s most respected female leaders, who work across the political, fashion and technology sectors.
On the panel was our founder Sonya Lennon; Aisling Curtis, Commercial Director, Microsoft; Senator Joan Freeman, Founder and Former CEO, Pieta House; and Author and Broadcaster Andrea Hayes. The panel spoke about their journey at work and beyond, sharing insights from their professional and personal experiences.
Get in touch about International Women’s Day 2019!
Thursday, 8th March 2018 was packed with fun, poignant and progressive events. As well as the above, there were makeover events, coffee mornings, book clubs and book swaps. It was amazing to have so many incredible organisations come together to celebrate women in Ireland and support our charity. This year, we’re looking forward to joining with even more companies, working together for a fairer society and to help us support women on their journey to employment.
If you have been inspired for your International Women’s Day 2019 event, get in touch with Darragh@alicepr.com! We can’t wait to hear from you.