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Top female directors for Women's Conference

25 February 2014

Womens Conference

Two top Northern Ireland-born female directors will headline a prominent conference in Belfast on the importance of advancing and developing women in leadership.

The Women’s Leadership Conference organised by the Institute of Directors in partnership with the Chief Executives’ Forum will take place on 7 March 2014 in the Ramada Plaza Hotel, where hundreds of local female business leaders will come together in one of the largest women’s networking opportunities in the province. 

This year the theme of this highly regarded conference is ‘Leading with confidence’ and delegates will be addressed by Belfast-born founder and president of globally renowned cosmetic retailer Space NK, Nicky
Kinnaird MBE. 

Joining the line-up is Helen Kirkpatrick, Non-Executive Director of UTV Media plc and Kingspan plc. Helen, who was the resounding winner of the 2013 IoD Lunn’s Award of Excellence, was recently named as the UK’s Non-Executive Director of the Year.

“The aim of this conference is to inspire women through high achieving role models and to provide lessons for success in leadership positions,” said Linda Brown, Director of IoD Northern Ireland.

“Nicky Kinnaird is an international success story. When you think that Space NK started out from one small shop in London, to now having 62 stores in the UK and 23 in the USA, her story and business journey is remarkable. 

“At last year’s conference, nearly 70% of the 300 delegates voted against the compulsory imposition of quotas for the percentage of women on boards.

“That demonstrates to us that women want to be appointed on merit and the value they can add to a company, and not simply because businesses ought to have more female representation.

“We want delegates to come away feeling encouraged and inspired by hearing from these leading directors in the private, public and third sectors.”

Attendees will also take part in workshops where they will get a hands-on opportunity to develop their skills, as well as receiving motivational guidance on how to be a confident, effective leader.

The conference, supported by Translink, Vodafone, Danske Bank, KPMG and Invest Northern Ireland, will be hosted by actress Nuala McKeever, who will also present the ‘Finding your voice’ workshop.

For more information, or to book a place at the conference at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast, visit www.iodni.com or Twitter @IoDNI

Launching the event was Helen Kirkpatrick; Roisin McDonough from the Chief Executives’ Forum; Linda Brown, Director of IoD Northern Ireland and Managing Director of Legal-Island, Jayne Finlay.

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