UCD Women in Leadership 2022

Be Inspired. Feel Empowered. Grow your Network.

Thank you for joining us on 22 and 23 March 2022 for the seventh UCD Women in Leadership conference.

The Arthur Cox UCD Women in Leadership conference took place on 22 and 23 March 2022, and we were thrilled to welcome back our UCD community to O’Reilly Hall and the UCD University Club and to meet our attendees at our online mentor circles on 23 March. 

Thank you so much to our inspiring speakers who took part over the two days and to our corporate sponsors – Arthur Cox, KPMG, ESB, Aldi, Jaguar Land Rover and Abbott – without whom, the conference would not be possible.

08:00 - 16:00

In Person Conference

O'Reilly Hall, UCD

Join experts in their field as they take part in discussions moderated by leading members of our UCD community. Participate in Q&A sessions after you hear them speak about connections and community, executive sponsorship, women in finance, power and performance and women in tech and business. See some of our panelists below.

Opening Address



Closing The Gap - Working Towards Equality in the Workplace

Effective sponsorship - Championing Inclusivity

Panel sponsored by Arthur Cox

Breaking Barriers - Women in Finance

Panel Sponsored by KPMG

Power and Performance - Women in Sport


Lunch - Breakouts

1 - Getting on Boards
2 - Navigating Your Career
3 - Managing Conflict between Work and at Home Responsibilities
4 - Women on the Wayside - The Importance of Intersectionality in Female Leadership
5 - Smart Working and the opportunities for Diversity in a new era


At lunch time you can choose a breakout session with a host that can support you at your stage of career. These sessions will offer practical tips on navigating your career, managing boundaries at home and in work, getting on boards and what it means to leave no woman behind. Meet our breakout hosts below.

Women at the Cutting Edge of Tech and Business

Panel sponsored by ESB

No Woman is an Island - Connections and Community


Event close
10:00 - 12:30
via Zoom

Online Mentoring Circles

These are a unique opportunity to be part of a small audience with inspiring leaders in an informal, online setting on day two of the conference.

There are 2 rounds of mentoring circles taking place at 10.00am & 11.30am. You have the option of choosing from the options below for each round! Spaces are limited, please only register for ONE session in each time slot.

Mentor Circles

23 March Online

10:00am - 12:30pm
Two rounds 10am & 11.30am

A unique opportunity to be part of a small audience with inspiring leaders in an informal, online setting on day two of the conference. Choose 1 circle from each round. Groups will be limited to 20 participants. Registration for mentoring circles will open at a later date.

Pre-conference online masterclasses

Equip yourself to deal with issues that are facing many of us in the workplace today. 

Wednesday, 2 March @ 1pm (IST) –
What it Takes to Kick Imposter Syndrome
Wednesday, 16 March @ 1pm (IST) –
What it Takes to Know Your Rights

This event is kindly supported by 

If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities to allow our students to attend the conference, please get in touch with jennie.blake@ucd.ie

Watch back the 2021 conference sessions.

In the meantime, why not enjoy the content from last year?

In 2021 we held the first (and hopefully last!) fully virtual UCD Women in Leadership conference. Check out the sessions with our inspiring speakers from last year to whet your appetite for the upcoming event. Topics such as mentorship, mental health, embracing failure, inclusion and the future of work are all covered.