Accenture International Women’s Day – Creating Your Future

We just had a great morning down at the Accenture International Women’s Day event in the RDS Dublin today promoting the CoderDojo community. The event was a celebration of the role women play in an increasingly digital society and workplace and was attended by over 800 people.

After a scrumptious networking breakfast some of the most successful women in Irish business, education, the arts and technology headed into the RDS Concert hall where they were treated to some exceptional music from the Accenturephonics, Accenture’s in house choir.

Following this there was a panel discussion, Between Ourselves, where leading Irish business women, including Aideen Howard Literary Director at the Abbey Theatre, Brid Horan the Deputy CEO at ESB, Prof. Sinead Ryan, Head of Mathematics at Trinity and Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland,  discussed their experiences, challenges and successes on their paths up the career ladder. They spoke of the importance of having female mentors and role models in all careers and the significance of loving what you do for a truly successful career.

After a very stylish Desk to Dinner fashion segment from Clara Halpin of Arnotts department store there was another panel discussion, Destination Digital. This time CoderDojo’s own Bill Liao participated in the discussion as well as Ann O’Dea, CEO of Silicon Republic, Julie Cullen, EU Code Ambassador to Ireland, Marian Corcoran, Client Director at Accenture, Prof. Orla Feely of UCD and Prof. Brian MacCraith, President of DCU. The topics of this discussion revolved around methods of encouraging more young women to consider STEM based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers and college courses, working to keep parents informed in the relevant areas so that they can give adequate career guidance and access to female adult and peer mentors and role models were all discussed as well as Bill sharing the story of an 11 year old girl in the UK becoming the youngest CoderDojo Champion to date and her recent success in organising a Dojo at Natural Motion, Oxford. 

The event wrapped up after some moving stories from participants of An Cosan, an organisation who ‘use the power of Transformative Education through Learning, Leadership and Enterprise to end the injustice of poverty’, with some more networking and a very busy CoderDojo information stand. As a result of the event we are very hopeful that Dojos around the country will be receiving expressions of interest from new mentors, potential attendees and that subsequently we shall see some new Dojo’s opening up too.

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