International Women’s Day on the MBA

On Monday 8 March, UCD Smurfit will celebrate International Women’s Day with a variety of events–and you’re invited!

Poster advertising the MBA Entrepreneurship Club's Women's Day Speaker Session, on the topic 'Evolve to Revolve, Women in Industry', 8 March at 11 a.m.

At 11 a.m., you can join the UCD Smurfit MBA Entrepreneurship Club for a panel discussion on the topic ‘Evolve to Revolve, Women in Industry.’ You can register for the event via this link.

A poster advertising Dress for Success Dublin's International Women's Day webinar on Monday, 8 March at 3:00 p.m.

The next event will take place at 3 p.m., thanks to a partnership between Business & Finance and Dress for Success Dublin in honour of the day.

Sonya Lennon, Founder of Dress for Success Dublin will host a Pecha Kucha style presentation discussing the theme “Choose to Challenge”. Our panelists will discuss how things are progressing and changing for gender equality from a personal, professional and societal context with actionable tips, and a positive outlook. You can register here to attend.

Following the panel discussion, David McRedmond, CEO of An Post will join our host to consider the business benefits, and share practical company experiences of making change in An Post.

Plus we will hear from special guests including Margot Slattery, Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Sodexo, Deirdre Mortell, CEO of Rethink Ireland, Mairín NiBheachain, Stylist and Enterpreneur at MoStyle & Mise Collars, and Dress for Success Dublin Mentor Vanessa O’Mahony.

Donate Your Commute

Dress for Success Dublin is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the economic independence of women in Ireland by providing job search supports and career development services to women seeking to (re)enter the workforce. This International Women’s Day we ask that you #Donateyourcommute to support the invaluable services Dress for Success provide.

Poster advertising the 'International Women's Day Panel Discussion: Throwing out the rulebook: Leadership in Times of Crisis' presented by Gender Equity on the MBA and UCD Smurfit Women, Inspiring More.

At 6:30 Monday evening, you are invited to the UCD Smurfit Women, Inspiring More/GEMBA’s International Women’s Day Event: “Throwing out the rulebook: Leadership in times of crisis.” You can register for the event here.

Following on from our January launch, we hope to continue to form a network to discuss obstacles faced by women in the professional world to prepare both women and men for the transition to the workforce. 

This month’s event will feature a panel discussion with Mark Ryan, former Country Managing Director of Accenture and a Non-Executive Director of Wells Fargo Bank International, Publicis, PwC and DCC. A long time advocate of gender balance in business, during his time in Accenture, Mark created the successful Accent on Women (AoW) programme designed to develop a clear career path for women in business. We will also be joined by Sharon Cunningham, a UCD Smurfit MBA alumna and CEO & Co-Founder at Shorla Pharma, a female-led healthcare company focusing on the development of innovative drugs for women’s and paediatric cancer. Sharon was named Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2019 and recognised as one of the 100 most influential CEOs in Ireland by Business & Finance Media Group 2020.

The discussion will be moderated by Caitlin McBride, current MBA student and author of “The Day That Changed My Life: Inspirational Stories from Ireland’s Women.” 
Date:              Monday, 8th March, 2021
Time:              6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:        Virtual event | Dublin, Ireland
Registration Link:

Last but not least: If you’re interested in pursuing an MBA and weren’t able to make the Women on the MBA panel discussion on 24 February, you can watch a recoding of the event here.