‘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


Smurfit Business School & The 30% Club Panel Discussion – Business Imagined Better Together


UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, in conjunction with The 30% Club, will host a panel discussion in The Conrad Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday, 23rd February 2016.

Professor Niamh Brennan will moderate the discussion while panellists Mark Ryan (former CMD Accenture), Ingrid Devin (Dell) and Gina Quinn (Dublin Chamber of Commerce) will discuss the topic: “Business Imagined Better Together – Inclusion, Diversity and Unconscious Bias in Business”.

The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Ciarán Ó’hÓgartaigh, Dean of UCD College of Business.

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, 23rd February 2016
Venue: The Conrad Hotel, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
Drinks Reception: 6pm (drinks and canapes served throughout the event)
Dress Code:
Business Attire

Click here to REGISTER for the event

Keynote Speaker: Professor Ciarán Ó’hÓgartaigh,  Dean of UCD College of Business

Ciarán was appointed Dean in June 2011, having joined UCD in 2008 from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is a BComm graduate of NUI Galway, qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen (Dublin) and holds a PhD in Accounting from the University of Leeds. A former Fullbright Fellow at Northeastern University (Boston), he has published widely on financial reporting and on accounting history in international peer-reviewed publications.

Moderator: Professor Niamh Brennan, University College Dublin

Professor Niamh Brennan qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG, holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and is a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors (London). Having established the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance in 2002, Niamh plays a leading role in the public discourse in Ireland and internationally on corporate governance. The Centre has provided executive and professional training to thousands of Irish company directors.

Panelist: Mark Ryan, former CMD Accenture

Mark retired from Accenture in 2014. He was Country Managing Director (CMD) of Accenture in Ireland since 2005. Mark spent his career with Accenture in Ireland, the US and UK. Mark was also Head of Accenture’s Financial Services Practice in Ireland. He was heavily involved with the Accenture Corporate Citizenship Programme in Ireland working directly with numerous local community organisations. He also drove major Diversity programmes within Accenture. Mark sits on the Genovate (Gender Diversity) Group in UCC and is also on the Sub-Committee tasked with addressing Gender Diversity at the Abbey Theatre.

Panelist: Ingrid Devin, Dell

With 10 years of regional and global experience Ingrid is responsible for driving Dell’s diversity & inclusion strategy across Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). She provides subject matter expertise on all areas of diversity and works closely with the EMEA leadership team and HR to implement a strategy focused on leadership and accountability, inclusive culture, and external brand.

Panelist: Gina Quin, Dublin Chamber of Commerce

Gina is CEO of the Dublin Chamber, ensuring it meets its strategic objectives of being the voice of business, Dublin’s best network and inspiring learning and leadership. Working closely with the President and Council, she leads the Chamber team with a clear focus on delivering for member companies. Prior to this role, Gina ran Gandon Enterprises, worked for the Irish Trade Board and Lansdowne Market Research.

Click here to REGISTER for the event

Avril Donohue ~ MBA Alumni Relations, Marketing & Events