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IoD NI Women’s Leadership Conference 2018 - SOLD OUT!

09 Mar 2018
Crowne Plaza Belfast, Belfast

The 2018 IoD Women's Leadership Conference will be a celebration of success - of women in leadership roles and of the conference itself.  Thanks to our headline sponsor and leading law firm, Arthur Cox.

*Please note that this event is now sold out! To be added to the waiting list please get in touch with Event Manager, Julie-Anne Clarke. 

Key details

Date & time: 09 Mar 2018 08:00 - 17:00
Location: Crowne Plaza Belfast, Belfast
CPD Hours: 6.0000

Prices from

95.00 GBP + VAT - Member
120.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member

Event manager:
Miss Julie-Anne Clarke
Contact phone:

This year's conference take a theme of ‘innovation’, something for which our key note speaker Liz Earle is synonymous. The conference will also feature CEO of Flybe, Christine Ourmières-Widener, a range of panel sessions focused on innovation, the language of leadership and emotional intelligence. And, of course, the opportunity to engage with delegates from across a diverse range of sectors.

Men Welcome!

Although the day will have a particular focus on women as leaders, the emphasis is on Leadership and men are welcomed and encouraged to attend to build their leadership ‘toolkit’.

Conference Schedule

08.00am Registration & Goodie Bag Marketplace

08.45am Welcome
In Conversation with Christine Ourmières-Widener of Flybe
Language of leadership and Emotional Intelligence

11.00am Leading Innovators
£4k Pitch Perfect

12.30pm Power Lunch or Recharge your batteries

2.00pm Trail Blazers

3.00pm Liz Earle MBE – Keynote address

4.00pm After conference drinks

Conference Details

In conversation with Christine Ourmières-Widener

A personal journey for Aeronautical engineer to CEO of Europe’s largest regional airline.

Language of leadership and Emotional Intellingence Panel Discussion

Wonder what it takes to elevate your leadership? Are you aware of the language of leadership as a strategy for moving ahead? What path can advance your career and bring others along with you as well? We will be joined by a panel of executive leaders from business and academia who will share their perspectives and experiences of how top leaders use the art of language and emotional intelligence to get ahead.
Panellists: Rosemary Steen of SONI, Paula Clarke of Clarke Griffin Associates, Emer Hinphey of Thinkpeople Consulting.

Leading Innovators

Business innovation is fundamental to economic prosperity. Businesses that create new products, processes and technologies become more productive, challenge existing business models, and grow quickly. Our Leading Innovators panel will bring together expertise from a broad cross-section including technology, non-profit and manufacturing to outline why economies and companies of all sizes and disciplines need to focus on innovation.
Panellists: Aishling Keegan of Dell, Alice Charles of World Economic Forum, Ciara Donlon of Theya Healthcare

Pitch Perfect and WIN £4,000!

IoD Northern Ireland is excited to announce our second Pitch Competition at The Women’s Leadership Conference, offering the unique opportunity for five aspiring leaders to go head to head to win £4,000 for their business. Each participant will have 60 seconds to convince the audience why they should have the £4k cash injection. You will decide by voting who will be awarded the cash price!

Power Lunch or Recharge your batteries!

Over lunch you have the option to socialise with your new connections, visit our Goodie bags marketplace or why not have a power lunch with some of the leading women in Northern Ireland.

A conversation with Trailblazers

Want to hear from the real Wonder Women? Be inspired by our panel speakers who are trailblazers and breaking glass ceilings in the construction sector and public sector. In ways big and small, these women have moved the needle on gender equality by being activists, role models or simply taking a stand. They will share their lessons for thriving in male-dominated industries.
Panellists: Marie Macklin CBE, Jill Minne of NI Civil Service, Carmel McKinney of NI Fire & Rescue Service.

Liz Earle MBE - My Story

Liz Earle MBE is the writer, broadcaster and award-winning entrepreneur who co-founded the botanical skincare company, Liz Earle Beauty Co. Her new venture, Liz Earle Wellbeing highlights the importance of food issues for eating well and she has also started her own charity LiveTwice. Liz will share her experiences and impart knowledge that delegates can apply in their own careers.

After conference drinks

Celebrate another successful conference in style with our Prosecco Reception and mingle with your new connections and conference speakers.


Liz Earle MBE

Liz Earle MBE is a writer, broadcaster and award-winning entrepreneur. Her latest business ventures include Liz Earle Wellbeing, a high-quarterly quarterly magazine focused on food and living well, and Liz Earle Fair and Fine, an award-winning range of ethically sourced Fairtrade gold and silver botanical jewellery. Liz co-founded, but is no longer connected to, the Liz Earle Beauty Company.  In her keynote speech, Liz will share her experiences and impart knowledge that delegates can apply in their own careers.

Christine Ourmières-Widener, CEO of Flybe

Christine joined Flybe as Chief Executive Officer on 16th January 2017. With extensive international experience across the aviation and travel sectors, immediately prior to joining the airline, she was Chief Global Sales Officer for American Express Global Business Travel, responsible for developing the company’s strategy and driving business growth in major markets across North America, Europe and Asia with a strong focus on improving the customer experience.

Aisling Keegan, Dell EMC Ireland

Aisling is Vice President and General Manager for Dell EMC Ireland and is responsible for driving the company’s commercial business on the island of Ireland. This involves delivering a wide range of services, solutions and products to a diverse group of customers in the public and private sector. Aisling joined Dell EMC in 2000 and during her seventeen year tenure with the company has held a number of key leadership positions across the small, medium and large enterprise customer segments.

Ciara Donlon, Theya Healthcare

Ciara is CEO & Founder of Theya Helathecare.  She began her career in marketing with over 15 years' experience in large corporates including RBS, Irish Life & Permanent and Vodafone as Head of the Online Channel. The idea for THEYA Healthcare came about in 2012, when Ciara was running her own successful lingerie shop in Dublin. Breast cancer survivors regularly came in looking for post surgery bras but unable to find a product that really met their needs.  With the input of 80 breast cancer survivors in Ireland and the UK, as well as advice from healthcare professionals, Ciara developed an innovative range of post surgery lingerie.

Alice Charles, World Economic Forum

Alice Charles leads all Cities and Urban Development work at the World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland. This includes developing the Forum's Fourth Industrial Revolution City Preparedness Protocol, managing the Future of Urban Development and Services Initiative, its Steering and Advisory Committee, the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, the production of all city and urban development related content and cities and urban development events at World Economic Forum Summits (including Davos). She is also an External Board Member of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), Ireland.

Marie Macklin CBE, Macklin Partnerships

Marie is Executive Chair of Macklin Enterprise Partnerships, which she established in 2015. The organisation seeks to invest in entrepreneurs and their businesses, they take direct stakes in selected businesses or invests through special-purpose funds created and managed with like-minded third parties. Marie takes the lead in identifying potential partners and providing start-up and management advice to selected entrepreneurs.  In 2003, before establishing the business, Marie had transformed a construction business, founded by her father, into an entrepreneurial company engaged in economic and social transformation in Scotland.

Rosemary Steen, SONI (EirGrid Group)

Rosemary Steen was appointed Director of External Affairs in July 2015 having previously held the position of Director of Public Affairs since joining EirGrid Group in 2014. Rosemary also serves on the board of the European Movement and on the Council of the Dublin Chamber. Rosemary has extensive Corporate Affairs, Government Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility experience from the Telecommunications, Utilities and Business Industry Body sectors. She has previously held senior positions in Vodafone, Shell and IBEC. Rosemary has a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, an MBS in Logistics and Manufacturing from University College Dublin and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies from Dublin Institute of Technology.

Carmel McKinney OBE, NI Fire & Rescue Service

Carmel McKinney OBE has extensive experience both as a strategic and operational leader. A former school principal she went on to chair two large public sector bodies within the Education sector and in 2015 transferred her competences and skills set to become the first female Chairperson of the NI Fire and Rescue Service. She is currently the sole female within the Boardroom setting and in the top tier of the organisation. She is a diversity champion and part of her role has been to encourage more young women to consider a career in the Fire Service as well as promote aspiring leaders to compete for non executive directors positions. Carmel was runner up in the prestigious Guardian Public Service Awards for Leadership Excellence being the only person from Northern Ireland to make the national shortlist.

Jill Minne, HR NICS

Jill joined the NI Civil Service at the end of April 2017 as Strategic HR Director. She leads NICSHR, a relatively new organisation in the NI Civil Service providing retained HR services and strategic HR advice to all NI Civil Service departments to support a well led, high performing, outcome focussed NI Civil Service of the future.

She has been involved in human resources and change management for about 27 years, including more than two decades at Belfast City Council where she was Assistant Chief Executive and strategic director responsible for organisational transformation, HR, internal and external communications, diversity and inclusion, and management of the Lord Mayor’s Unit.

Jill is delighted to be joint Diversity Champion in the NI Civil Service alongside Peter May, Permanent Secretary for the Department of Infrastructure.

Emer Hinphey, Thinkpeople Consulting

Emer is Managing Partner and Co-founder of HR and People Development Consultancy, Think People Consulting Ltd. With over 20 years of experience in business management, leadership and organisation development, and consultancy, Emer leads the OD and People Development Division. Previous senior roles included HR in AIB International Financial Services and a start-up Technology and Telco company.  In her consulting career Emer has worked with an enviable list of organisations spanning global Plc’s, SME’s including Start Up’s, public sector and local government, and 3rd sector organisations across the Island of Ireland, England and the US.

Susan Hayes Culleton, Hayes Culleton

Susan Hayes is Managing Director of Hayes Culleton and co-author of the very recently published “Positive Economics”, a Leaving Certificate Economics textbook and “The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Financial Freedom” with Penguin Ireland. Hayes Culleton Ltd is an international financial training company that specializes in eLearning development and delivery. Susan introduced the company to the international markets in 2011 and was nominated for the Enterprise Europe Network Rising Star Awards last year. In 2008, she wrote a digitised module called “Introducing Wall Street to the Classroom” to make the stock market approachable and accessible for second level students. Susan regularly contributes to the national and international media including The Sunday Times (Malta), Irish Post (UK), RTE, Newstalk and Today FM (Ireland), as “The Positive Economist” on matters relating to economics, the stock market and entrepreneurship.

Paula Clarke, Clarke Griffin Associates

Paula is a highly skilled professional working in the area of People & Organizational Development and Change Management. Her outgoing and memorable style is highly impactful and centre’s around developing client and team accountability and their potential to deliver on both personal and organizational goals which can lead to creating positive change.For over 20 years Paula has specialized in assisting organizations and the individuals to reach their highest potential. Paula is a Licensed Practitioner for Insights Discovery, An NLP Practitioner, Executive Coach, and A Qualified Practitioner for Six Seconds, (a global organisation specializing in the assessment of emotional intelligence /EI). She has recently delivered a TedX Talk in Galway “Your Forensic Mirror”.


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Prices from

95.00 GBP + VAT - Member
120.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member


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