UCD Women in Leadership 2021

Be Inspired. Feel Empowered. Grow your Network.

Thank you for joining us on 24 and 25 February for the sixth UCD Women in Leadership conference.

It was a pleasure to host UCD alumni, students, staff and corporate partners at our first virtual conference. We were thrilled that our attendees engaged so wholeheartedly with the inspiring discussions, mentoring circles and networking. Speakers discussed the Importance of Mentorship, the Power to Change, Mental Health, Gaining Equal Footing and the Future of Work. Mentoring circles offered our participants a chance to have valuable face-time in small groups with inspiring leaders.

This event was organised by UCD Alumni Relations and UCD Societies Council and was kindly supported by Arthur Cox, Aldi, Skoda and Abbott.

To revisit the five inspiring sessions from 24 February, you can watch them back on the UCD Alumni Network. If you don’t have an account already, you can join the online platform for our alumni, students and corporate contacts. 

You can also continue to network with attendees from the conference by joining the UCD Women in Leadership Networking Group. 


*If you are not a graduate or student with UCD, you can still access the resources, once you are approved in the background (which won’t take long at all!)

We hosted two bonus pre-conference Masterclasses – one on Personal Branding with Carol O’Kelly of Redstorm Communications and one on Negotiation Skills with Stephen Boyle. 



To remind yourself of the key sessions, the line-up is listed below

9:00am - 1:00pm

Inspiring Conversations

Speakers will discuss being a leader, embracing failure, mental health, gaining equal footing and the future of work.

Session 1

Leadership: Moving from Mentee to Mentor, supported by Aldi

Session 2

The Power to Change

Session 3

Mental Health: Powering through a Pandemic

Session 4

Diversity & Inclusion: From Policy to Action

Session 5

The Future of Work

9:00am - 1:00pm

Mentoring Circles

Spend valuable time with some of our speakers and other leaders in the UCD community. Join a room and ask questions you might have about their career journey.

Mentoring Circles 1

Choose One

Group Conversations
Mentoring Circles 2

Choose One

Group Conversations
Mentoring Circles 3

Choose One

Group Conversations

What it Takes | Free Pre-conference Events

In the lead up to the main event, we have programmed two free career-building masterclasses to help you prepare to make the most of the conference opportunities.

Business, Negotiation

Wednesday, 3 February @ 6.00pm learn from UCD Smurfit lecturer and negotiator Stephen Boyle who will host What it Takes to negotiate effectively.

Personal Branding

Wednesday, 17 February @ 1.00pm join alumna Carol O’Kelly, CEO of Redstorm Communications Ltd, who will give  deep dive into What it Takes to master personal branding.

In the interest of connecting with allies, we encourage you to bring along a colleague who wouldn’t usually attend this type of event.

We look forward to welcoming you back this year for what will be a different experience. But what we are lacking in physical interaction will be made up by great talks, genuine online connections for our global audience and evergreen content.

UCD feels strongly about helping the wider community – if you are currently out of work as a result of the recent pandemic please email womeninleadership@ucd.ie and we will endeavour to work with those affected to ensure they are able to attend this event.


This event is kindly supported by Arthur Cox, Aldi & Abbott.

To see last year’s photos, visit the UCD Women in Leadership Facebook page.

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