Ulster Bank Celebrates International Women’s Day with a Be One Inspire One Event #IWD2018


Ulster Bank Celebrates International Women’s Day with a Be One Inspire One Event #IWD2018

Ulster Bank kicked off International Women’s Day earlier today with an inspiring breakfast seminar event, “Be One Inspire One” for their colleagues.

The event had a lively panel of inspiring and accomplished female business leaders from within Ulster Bank itself and from the wider business world in Ireland too.

The panellists were Lynne Rennie-Smith, HR Director, Ulster Bank, Elizabeth Arnett, Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications, Ulster Bank,  Jules Fallon, MD, 1st Option and Ros Walshe, Creative Director, Avoca

The event was facilitated by Joyce Walsh, Head of Leadership and Talent in Ulster Bank and hosted the impressive panel of leaders. Joyce led the personal and compelling panel discussion with the talented female leaders, who shared their own stories of career, leadership and life to help inspire others to achieve their full potential.

Joyce is a strong advocate for learning, development and coaching within Ulster Bank, championing the power of unlocking potential and the importance of developing talent in all organisations.

She has also been recognised by the industry for her contribution to learning and development in the Irish Institute of Learning and Development Awards 2018 in the Outstanding Contribution Category.

We caught up with Joyce at the event, on International Women’s Day and got her thoughts on the value and impact of celebrating this day.

Why do we celebrate International Women’s Day?

We celebrate International Women’s Day because full Gender Equality for Women has yet to be realised. On IWD we celebrate the achievements of Women whilst also recognising the inequalities that still exist across the world. We all assumed (wrongly) that progress in relation to Gender equality would come with time but given the data and stats that we are seeing, it is clear that more is needed. IWD provides the platform to encourage the vocal fight for equality.

What are Ulster Bank doing to celebrate it?

Our theme for today is “Be One Inspire One” and we have a panel of 4 inspirational female leaders who are going to share their career stories with us. “Be One Inspire One” is based on the concept that Women can inspire Women regardless of age, sector, skillset or rank. Given that we are a nation of story tellers this format really lends itself to an open, honest & inspiring discussion including both the panel and the audience. The panel is made up of 2 external speakers – Jules Fallon MD 1st Option and Ros Walshe – Creative Director Avoca. We also have 2 internal Ulster Bank speakers Lynne Rennie-Smith HR Director and Elizabeth Arnett –Head of Corporate affairs and Communications.  We have also been running a series of events this week to support Women in the lead up to IWD.

Finally, congratulations on your recent industry recognition, you have been shortlisted in the Irish Institute of Training and Development Awards – how do you feel about that ?

It is a real honour for me to be shortlisted in the Category “Outstanding Contribution to L&D”. I am in a very privileged position to work with an amazing team of L&D professionals who bring out the very best in me every day and for an organisation that really values and champions the work of L&D. I am also very fortunate to love the work that I do, so when all of these supports are in place you cant help but shine and bring your very best self to work every day.

We wish Joyce every success in the IITD Awards next month when the winners are announced at the awards ceremony on the 20th of April.


Comments 1

Tara De Buitlear on Thursday, 08 March 2018 16:18

An impressive event & inspiring morning !

An impressive event & inspiring morning !
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