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IoD NI Women’s Leadership Conference 2019 - SOLD OUT!

08 Mar 2019
Titanic Belfast, Belfast
The 2019 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 global law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills.

Start your networking early and join the conversation on Twitter #WinningEdge

N.B This event is now sold-out. Please get in touch with the Event Manager if you wish to be added to the waiting list.

Key details

Date & time: 08 Mar 2019 08:00 - 16:30
Location: Titanic Belfast, Belfast
CPD Hours: 6.0000

Prices from

95.00 GBP + VAT - Member Price
110.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Price

Event manager:
Miss Julie-Anne Clarke
Contact phone:

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’.

First time attending?  Check out our video from last year's conference


Conference Schedule

08.00am Registration in the atrium

              Coffee and networking on Level 5 in the conference suite

08.45am Welcome
              Leadership Lessons for hard times panel session

10.50am Good to great panel session

11.45am £4K Pitch Perfect

12.20pm Lunch

1.25pm The Power of Networking & Connections

2.05pm Winning Attitude Part 1 - Christina Noble, Christina Noble Foundation for Children

2.50pm Winning Attitude Part 2 – Dr Sue Black OBE

4.00pm Celebrate!

Conference Details

Pitch Perfect and WIN £4,000!

IoD Northern Ireland is excited to announce our third 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!


Dr Sue Black OBE

Recently named in the list of top 50 women in tech in Europe, Sue is one of the leading tech personalities in the UK today. An award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, and social entrepreneur Sue is well known for founding the high profile campaign to save Bletchley Park, capitalising upon social media as a fitting continuation of Bletchley’s technological legacy.

Sue is a passionate advocate for women in tech, and has spent the last 20 years campaigning for more recognition and support for women in computing. This led to her founding #techmums, a social enterprise which empowers mums and their families through technology.

Sue is also an academic with 20+ years’ experience with over 40 publications and a PhD in software engineering to her name.

In 2017 she received the Social Impact ABIE Award at the Grace Hopper Celebration, was made an OBE in the New Year Honours list 2016 and sits on the Government’s new advisory board for improving digital services.

Sophie Cornish MBE, Co-founder of

Sophie Cornish MBE co-founded in 2006.

From its initial network of 95 of Britain’s most creative small businesses, the company now works with 5,000 small business partners selling over 100,000 products and employs over 250 staff at it’s offices in Richmond, London.

The business has secured several rounds of venture capital funding and after ten years of consistently past-paced growth, achieved a turnover of £158million in 2015.

Previously both a journalist and marketer, Sophie Cornish began her career at Hearst Magazines on the staff of Cosmopolitan, then Good Housekeeping, as a beauty writer and editor.

Her marketing and advertising career, built on her fashion and beauty market experience, included creative brand development for Boots No 7 and 17 cosmetics, and the management of marketing campaigns in top ten advertising agencies.

While she continues her role at as a founder and ambassador, Sophie is now Managing Partner of Busby & Fox, her newest retail venture. She also works as an NED and advisor to a number of fast growth businesses.

Caroline Dowling, Advisor, Board member & Former Group President at Flex

Caroline Dowling is current advisor to start ups, SME & large Enterpise as well as board member in various industry sectors.  

Caroline is former business group president at Flex, a $26 billion, industry-leading, Fortune Global 500 electronics manufacturing services provider with more than 200,000 employees and operations in 30 countries. 

In this role, she led a $9Billion group, including the Communications and Enterprise Compute Business segments, comprised of an international team focused on design, manufacturing and services providing end-to-end solutions worldwide for the telecom, networking, server, storage, and converged infrastructure markets. 
She was also responsible for managing Flex’s Global Service & Solutions, a $1 billion business unit.

Christina Noble, Christina Noble Children's Foundation

A staunch unorthodox champion of children’s rights, Christina established her Foundation in Vietnam 1989 and in Mongolia 1997.  Christina and her Foundation’s efforts to highlight the plight of disadvantaged and street children has assisted in motivating social change and reform in Vietnam and Mongolia and has in turn promoted the need for cross cultural understanding, communication and shifts in individual attitudes from government representatives to street and working children. Her inspirational true story of a woman who believes that it only takes one person to make a difference was depicted in the movie NOBLE. 

Susan HayesCulleton - Host

Susan is Managing Director of HayesCulleton and a professional speaker to audiences all over the world. Susan co-authored of “Positive Economics”, a Leaving Certificate Economics textbook and published “The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Financial Freedom” and “The Savvy Guide to Making More Money” with Penguin Ireland. 

Hayes Culleton Ltd delivers financial markets, economics and entrepreneurship education to corporate audiences and organisations in Ireland, Malta, UK and the US. Susan is co-founder of #SavvyTeenAcademy, a Summer Camp for people going into 5th & 6th Year with a focus on careers, communication and confidence. She regularly contributes to the national and international media including The Sunday Times (Malta), Irish Post (UK), RTE, TV3, Newstalk and Today FM (Ireland), as “The Positive Economist” on matters relating to economics, the stock market and entrepreneurship.

Clare Guinness, CEO, Warrenpoint Port

Clare was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Warrenpoint Port in January 2018.

A banking and finance graduate from Loughborough University, Clare spent 17 years in Corporate and Business Banking in Bank of Ireland, working in Belfast, London and Dublin.  Clare then joined the Agri – Food Sector working for Fane Valley Group as Director for Corporate Services.

Clare is an active IOD member and completed the IOD Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction in 2016. Clare holds the record as the first female chief of a port on the Island of Ireland.

Libby Jackson - Global Head of Practice, Alternative Legal Services, Herbert Smith Freehills

As Global Head, Libby leads the strategic part of the firm's business to ensure it delivers new ideas and excellent value to clients, as well as access to an expert team of lawyers and technologists around the world, who together form a vibrant, diverse and high-performing team.

Libby was Director of the pioneering Belfast office when it opened in 2011 – the first UK-based near-shore legal operation to be set up by an international law firm. The office began life with 19 fee earners and has since expanded to a team of over 240.

Deb Lange - Board Member, Belfast Harbour Commissioners

Deb was Head of Global Tax for Oracle Corporation for almost 20 years during a time when revenue and profit growth often exceeded 100% per year and in one 18 month period Oracle acquired companies worth more than $20 billion.  Oracle always challenged, no day ever went as planned, but it had energy and excitement.

In the book “Multipliers – How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter” by Liz Wiseman one person described working with Deb  as “….like an intense workout.  It was exhausting but totally exhilarating.”  Deb believes in being a Multiplier – expecting great things and driving people to achieve extraordinary results.

Deb worked in London; Portland, Oregon; Hong Kong; and Silicon Valley and travelled the world discussing and negotiating tax policy, for high technology companies, with governments.  Travel and working in different environments gave her insight into the business and cultural environments of many countries.

Hilary McGrady - Director General, National Trust

Hilary became Director-General of the National Trust in 2018. She's worked for the Trust since 2006 since joining as regional director for Northern Ireland. Hilary later became regional director for Wales and the London and South East region and in 2014 was appointed chief operating officer, leading the operations and consultancy teams.

Originally trained in graphic design, Hilary’s career path started in the drinks industry in brand and marketing. In 1998 she moved to become director of a national arts charity and was seconded in 2002 to become CEO of Belfast’s bid to become European Capital of Culture.

Lisa McLaughlin - Director of Alternative Legal Services business in the UK, US & EMEA, Herbert Smith Freehills

Lisa was instrumental in the establishment of Herbert Smith Freehills' Belfast office in 2011 – the first UK-based, near-shore operation to be launched by an international law firm. Under Lisa's leadership, the Belfast office has expanded rapidly from 19 fee earners in April 2011 to over 240 lawyers, technologists and legal analysts in 2017. Herbert Smith Freehills is now one of the largest legal employers in Northern Ireland.

Lisa works closely with her team in Belfast, the wider Alternative Legal Services team, clients and stakeholders across the firm to develop new product offerings and evolve existing services in response to client demand.


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