Women in Leadership – International Women’s Day

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Event Details:

Date: Friday 8th of March 2024

Time: 9:30am – 1:30pm

Cost: €325

Location: Fallon and Byrne 

About our event:

PAI are delighted to announce our Women in Leadership Workshop 2024, taking place in-person on Friday the 8th of March in the beautiful setting of Fallon and Byrne.

Join us for an inspiring and thought-provoking event as we celebrate International Women’s Day 2024 in style. This event will spotlight the remarkable progress made by women within the Public Sector and Civil Service.

Building on the success of our 2023 event in the Gibson Hotel, where we welcomed a full house of professionals representing organisations nationwide – this year’s event will continue that conversation, offer new insights for 2024.

PAI look forward to welcoming a new panel of excellent speakers’ who will share their experiences and expertise, shedding light on innovative strategies to address current issues and empower women to overcome barriers in achieving equality.

This event will focus on current day topics relevant to professionals working within the Public and Civil Service.

Our Lead Trainer

Ashley Hughes is a training and development specialist with over fifteen years’ experience working in both academic education and management development arenas. Her work reflects her ongoing interest and enthusiasm for supporting organisational participants in their quest for excellence in managing people. Working across public and private sectors, Ashley has designed and delivered bespoke management development training for a range of organisations operating in Ireland and across Europe.

During our 2023 Women In Leadership event, Ashley played a key role in establishing a secure and empowering environment for open discussions on the challenges and barriers to equality that women encounter in their professional life. She skilfully guided attendees into a supportive space where conversation thrived, and participants embraced valuable connections. Here at PAI we aim to build on this foundation at our 2024 Women In Leadership event.


Our Panel of Speakers

Sinéad Brady is a mother and a partner, a sister, and a daughter, and a friend, and a professional and a lifelong learner, and a deep thinker. Her career is made up of a list of ‘and’s’. When asked what she would be when she was finished school, her family often joked she would be 40… They were wrong… By age 40 she had developed in her career three times. Sinead is an organisational psychologist specializing in career and coaching psychology. Founder of A Career to Love, a research led practice that understands the challenges that people face in the modern workplace and offer a range of services to help them navigate these challenges. Sinead is also an author and recently published her latest book, Total Reset – which explores how we can quit living to work, and start working to live.

Andrea Dermody has over twenty years’ experience working across the Global Financial Services marketplace. With experience in Talent Management, Learning & Development and Diversity & Inclusion, most recently Andrea led inclusion and diversity for State Street in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) with responsibility for fourteen European locations, 12,000 employees and 50+ Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). She is now managing director of her own consulting practice, Dermody, working with clients across healthcare, technology, engineering, financial services, aviation, and semi-state environments.

Gillian Harford is a senior HR Executive who works directly with client organizations focusing on diversity and workplace change. Sponsored by Matheson LLP she also operates as the Country Executive for the 30% Club, a global campaign supported by Chairs and CEOs driving gender balance on Boards and at cSuite. Gillian is the former Head of HR Strategy & Planning with AIB where, with a career spanning almost 40 years, she has been responsible for significant people change with particular focus on Culture, Career, Diversity and Agile Work. Gillian holds a BA, an MBA from Michael Smurfit Business School UCD, and the Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance, UCD.

Louise Masterson is a Procurement leader who is responsible for setting a transformative procurement strategy and leading a core team across a wide spectrum of categories, working in close collaboration with business units to implement scouring strategies that deliver greatest value. A natural ‘Champion of Change’ with Strategic and pragmatic commercial awareness.

Cathy Madden has recently been appointed as Head of a new Climate Programmes Unit at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, having previously worked for a number of years as the Department’s Head of Corporate Communications. Before that she worked in the private sector as Director of Public Affairs for Teneo, developing and implementing strategies to meet the corporate and public affairs needs of both public and private sector clients. Prior to that she served as Deputy Government Press Secretary in the Fine Gael/Labour Government between 2011 and 2014. She began her career as a broadcast journalist, which culminated in her working as a News Correspondent for Newstalk 106-108fm.

Noelle O Connell was appointed CEO of European Movement Ireland in April 2011. Noelle is also Vice President of European Movement International which encompasses European Movement councils in 34 countries. As CEO, Noelle is the public spokesperson for the organisation and regularly makes appearances on national and international media to give commentary on the latest developments across the EU and in Ireland. Prior to this, Noelle provided business development training, education, and public affairs consultancy to a variety of private and public sector clients. She has extensive experience working in the third-level sector and managed significant national and international funding projects (e.g. Interreg, Skillnets, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens etc.) Noelle was a voluntary Director of the board of Alliance Française Irlande, and was awarded the French Chévalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite. In 2019, she was appointed an International Leadership Fellow of Society of Leadership Fellows, St. George’s House. She is a member of the Institute of Directors, the CIPD, and is a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development.

 Who should attend?

This half day event will be of interest to a wide and diverse group of professionals invested in promoting positive change and breaking down barriers for women in leadership roles.

PAI look forward to welcoming professionals working within – gender, diversity and equality roles, female leaders, and managers, aspiring female leaders, human resource personnel, senior executives and decision managers, mentors and advocates, young professionals, and representatives from employee resource groups.

Join us for an enlightening event that honours the accomplishments of women in the public sector and civil service, while also igniting conversations and fostering strategies to propel gender equality and create inclusive leadership opportunities. Together, lets empower women to shape a more equitable and progressive future.



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