Women in Leadership Conference

Women in Leadership Conference

Pictured at the Women in Leadership Conference are, L-R: Judith Gillespie, Deputy Chief Constable, PSNI; Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Peter Gregson; and Chair of the QGI Executive Committee Sheila Fleming-Mitchell

Delegates at a flagship conference at Queen’s have heard how challenging times create exciting opportunities.

Organised by Queen’s Gender Initiative (QGI) and Queen’s University Management School’s Leadership Institute, the Women in Leadership Conference brought together leaders in public, professional, corporate and academic life to share their leadership experiences.

The keynote speakers were: Judith Gillespie, Deputy Chief Constable, PSNI; Professor Maire O’Neill from the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director, Portia Ltd; and Jill Garrett from LT Consulting Ltd. They all spoke from personal knowledge of turning challenging times into creative, exciting opportunities for themselves and their enterprises.

Director of Queen’s Gender Initiative, Professor Yvonne Galligan, said: “At Queen’s we are committed to enhancing women’s leadership capacities. We know the importance of women contributing at the highest level in all sectors in Northern Ireland. It makes for better decision-making, more profitable enterprises, and more inclusive workplaces.

“This conference highlighted the important role women can play, especially in the current economic climate, when society must call on every resource and talent available to find creative and innovative solutions.”

Almost 100 delegates attended the conference which was opened by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Peter Gregson and chaired by Sheila Fleming-Mitchell, Chair of the QGI Executive Committee. 

Delegates included staff from Queen’s as well as women from organisations such as Translink, the US Consulate and BT.  Places on the conference for Queen’s staff were funded by the Staff Training and Development Unit.

Dr Karola Dillenburger from the School of Education, who attended the conference, said: “This conference offered a great opportunity to meet women from right across Queen’s and the community, including industry, the voluntary sector and the arts, who are interested in leadership in their chosen field. I enjoyed the conversations and networking opportunities, some of which, I hope, will lead to further collaborations.

“The keynote speakers were truly inspiring. It was great to hear from women in public service, industry, research, and teaching who have found leadership positions in their areas locally, nationally, as well as internationally. Their advice and enthusiasm offered great motivation for delegates.”

The conference took place in the newly refurbished Riddel Hall which is home to Queen’s University Management School and its Leadership Institute.

Director of the Leadership Institute, Professor Richard Harrison, said: “The Leadership Institute’s mission is to improve the leadership capabilities and potential of individuals and organisations across all sections of the economy in Northern Ireland and wider afield. We are delighted that the Women in Leadership Conference was one of the first functions to be held in the refurbished Riddel Hall.”

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