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Pictured (LR): Lewize McCauley Crothers, CEO and Founder, Exit Entry; Sonya Lennon, facilitator, entrepreneur and founder of WorkEqual; David Monaghan, Associate Editor, Business and finance

WorkEqual is set to explore a wide range of perspectives on ending gender bias in the workplace at an event on March 8. Speakers at the event range from CEOs to activists who will join the online event to mark International Women’s Day.


Business and finance is delighted to partner with Irish charity WorkEqual for their online event, ‘Examining Bias — Perspectives on Progress’, on Tuesday, March 8 at 11:00.

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The event is being held to mark International Women’s Day 2022 and will feature contributions from a a diverse range of speakers on tackling bias in the workplace and beyond. Speakers range from CEOs, Founders and Broadcasters to High School Students and Activists.

WorkEqual is calling on businesses across Ireland to join the event to help deepen the conversation around gender and intersectional biases, with a focus on developing solutions to drive progress for everyone.

Examine biases intersectionally

Commenting on the announcement of the event today, Angela Smith, CEO of WorkEqual, said: “For International Women’s Day this year, we invite businesses across Ireland to join us in learning from and celebrate a wide variety of perspectives on ending gender bias in the workplace.

“Gender bias is one of the top five areas we work to tackle, and it promises to be very inclusive look at how we do it – as companies, as teams and as individuals. Our panel will not be look at the field of bias only from a gender perspective, but in an intersectional way, looking how prejudices held by society as a whole interact – one form of prejudice aggravating another.

“What we participants take away from this event are inspired but practical steps that can be taken in combat prejudice in all contexts.

“I invite any company that wishes to join us for this event to get in touch and find out how they can take action and create an impact on this International Women’s Day. It’s a great way to businesses to advance their diversity and inclusion programs and help us provide our services to women across Ireland thanks to their support.

Event programming

The event, produced in partnership with Business & Finance and sponsored by One4all — will be hosted by presenter, entrepreneur and founder of WorkEqual, Sonya Lennon.

The panels that will share experiences and solutions to gender bias are:

Panel 1 — Examining biases: Perspectives on power, influence and change:

  • Lewize McCauley Crothers: CEO and Founder, Exit Entry
  • Moira Aston: CEO, Canoeing Ireland
  • Catherine Guy: CEO, NiftiBuinsess and NED of FAI and Children’s Health Ireland

Panel 2 — Next generation perspectives, talent pool, equality and change at all levels — leaving no one behind:

  • David Monaghan: Associate Editor, Business and finance
  • Ola Majekodunmi: irish journalist, Co-Founder Beyond Representation
  • Emer Neville : Uachtarán/President, Irish Second-Level Students’ Union
  • Senator Eileen Flynn: Senator and activist

There will also be special contributions from Angela Smith, CEO of WorkEqual, and Jock Jordan, National Vice President of One4all.

Further information on campaign and partnership packages can be found at:

https://workequal.ie/iwd2022/

Being committed to diversity and inclusion not only opens up a wider pool of talent to organizations, but really shows teams that companies already have, that they are part of something that represents values, cares about culture , diversity and community.

In numerous studies and surveys on employee satisfaction and engagement, it is repeatedly noted that belonging, support, autonomy and opportunity are the pillars of a solid retention and development strategy. . Equality and inclusion programs offer the opportunity to address all of these issues.

A culture of inclusion helps people feel supported, included, safe, which enriches the environment to express themselves and enjoy high performance. Inviting people to engage in cross-functional committees and projects provides internal opportunities for advancement in roles, helps people step out of the box we are often placed in as employees to show and demonstrate diversity of skills. And of course, employee well-being, mental well-being, and feelings of worth, potential, and succession or development all contribute to improved productivity, brand equity, and therefore growth, customer excellence and increased performance.

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