‘Business Imagined Better Together – Inclusion, Diversity & Unconscious Bias in Business’

L-R: Niamh Brennan, Ingrid Devin, Mark Ryan, Noirin O'Sullivan, Gina Quin
L-R: Niamh Brennan, Ingrid Devin, Mark Ryan, Noirin O’Sullivan, Gina Quin (Photo Credit – Angela Halpin)

Thank you to everybody who joined the UCD Smurfit School & 30% Club Panel Discussion at The Conrad Hotel on Tuesday evening for our panel discussion.

Prof. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh opened proceedings for the evening. Our moderator Niamh Brennan and panelists Mark Ryan, Gina Quin, Noirin O’Sullivan and Ingrid Devin explored the topic – “Business Imagined Better Together – Inclusion, Diversity and Unconscious Bias in Business”.

UCD & 30% Club Panel Discussion Event 23.02.16
UCD & 30% Club Panel Discussion Event 23.02.16

The evening was a great success with a lively panel discussion, interesting Q&A session with our audience and plenty of networking. You can see highlights from the evening on our YouTube Channel, link below:

Watch highlights from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business and 30% Club Panel Discussion.

The 30% Club runs a number of very specific and targeted initiatives that look to broaden the pipeline of women at all levels, from schoolroom to boardroom. It is made up of a group of business leaders committed to achieving better gender balance at all levels of organisations. It is a global opportunity for businesses to improve the way they perform by encouraging talented females into leadership positions. The 30% club has impacted on firms around the world and engages in activities spanning the school room to the boardroom. The group aims to reach a 30% female gender balance on Irish boards and executive management level by 2020.

All photos from the event are now available to view here.


Scholarship Opportunity:

UCD Smurfit School and The 30% Club are offering a full tuition fee scholarship to one female candidate wishing to enter the Diploma in Corporate Governance commencing in September 2016. To find out more about the scholarship, please click here.

Avril Donohue ~ MBA Alumni Relations, Communications & Events


UCD Smurfit MBA Participates in Yale Global Network Immersion Week 2015


This past week (Oct 19th – 23rd) saw students from the Full-Time MBA class participate in Global Network Immersion Week (GNIW). Global Network Immersion Week gives UCD Smurfit MBA students the opportunity to pursue intensive study at another network school, in a focused mini course that leverages the perspectives, programmes, and faculty expertise of that school. Alongside their counterparts from elsewhere in the network, students attend classes, tour local businesses, and meet with experts focused on current business problems.


UCD Smurfit School welcomed students from Koç University (Istanbul, Turkey), Yale SOM (Connecticut, USA), Fudan (Shanghai, China), Egade (Santa Fe, Mexico) and Sauder School of Business UBC (Vancouver, Canada). The theme of the UCD Smurfit GNIW was ‘Executive Decision Making’ and sessions included Executive Decision Making: Art or Science?, Corporate Decision Making: Respective Roles of Boards and Management and Individual and Social Psychological Effects on Decision Making.

Along with contemplating some Decision Making conundrums in the classroom, students went on a Company Visit to Accenture where the Director of the Centre for Innovation, Dublin  discussed the decision making process around locating the new innovation centre in Dublin.


To balance the class-based learning the students took part in activities such as a Networking Event, a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, a Literary Pub Crawl and a wrap up lunch in Blackrock.

The class are just past the mid-way point in Semester 1 and having spoken to students who participated in the GNIW they viewed the week as a valuable opportunity to take stock and reflect on what has passed since the programme commenced in September and provided an opportunity through learning and social activities to energise for the remainder of the Semester.


Yvonne Harding ~ Full-Time MBA Programme Manager