ESB Innovation Celebrates International Women’s Day

On Friday 11th March ESB Innovation celebrated International Women’s Day 2016 by hosting an event in ESB International’s Head Office at Stephen Court.  The event, opened up by Paul Mulvaney, Executive Director, ESB Innovation, was a celebration of the ‘Inspiring and Empowering Our Female Talent Programme’, a programme that was ran in ESB Innovation throughout 2015, designed to inspire and encourage all women from ESB Innovation.

The  event hosted by Joyce Farrell, HR Manager, ESB Innovation.  Joyce was joined by Carina Furlong, Executive Coach, Talking Talent who helped deliver the ‘Inspiring and Empowering Our Female Talent Programme’  shared her top ten findings from the programme. 

Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Anne Sinnott, Executive Dean, DCU Business School.  Anne spoke briefly about own career journey but mainly focused on the current four year partnership, signed in 2012, between DCU Business School and Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University  (PNU) in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  PNU is the world’s largest women-only university, with over 60,000 students.  DCU@PNU welcomed the first intake of students in September 2013. Over the initial four years of the partnership almost 600 Saudi female students will participate in the programme.  In a society where the education of women at third level is a relatively recent phenomenon, the impact of obtaining a DCU degree on the lives of these young women is likely to be very significant. DCU has committed to as part of the project to transfer their skills to the PNU staff so that they can deliver programmes of high quality without external support.


International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900's and annually on March 8th, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and to celebrate their achievements.