International Women’s Day Breakfast

WITS Cork – International Women’s Day 2017
Wednesday 8th March 2017 @ Workbench, Bank of Ireland, Cork

Breda Kenny and Ita O'Sullivan

Breda Kenny and Ita O’Sullivan speaking at the IWD breakfast event

WITS Cork and The WorkBench of Bank of Ireland in Cork celebrated International Women’s Day with a breakfast on March 8, 2017. There were around 10 women and 3 men attendees.

Breda Kenny from CIT presented the importance of being ready for the change. She said that everything is changing and we need to prepare ourselves to keep us in business. She provided data relating to female entrepreneurs and self-employed. Breda stated that women do not consider themselves as entrepreneurs. She remarked on the importance of gender proofing images and messages to the younger generations. She suggested that women should not wait for female-only programs to become entrepreneurs. Breda suggested to women to use all the available help that they already have. She closed the presentation mentioning that we all can have a good idea but we should know how to incorporate the new technologies to be competitive.

Magaly Mora presented about WITS, the book Lab coats and lace and all the membership options. And she presented statistics and data relating to being a woman working in societies with cultural dimensions from GeerfHostede of masculinity (with a very high level) and long term orientation (with a short value). Magaly presented statistics of women in Engineering for Mexico (19%) and Ireland (15%). She presented some examples of the stereotypes and news that you can get from Google if you search for women + engineer + Mexico/Ireland. And shared her experiences regarding stereotypes about taking job opportunities, trainings, maternity leave and being part of women groups since University.

Ita O’Sullivan mentioned the activities in Cork around the International Women Day, and some references to check: Super-woman pose, websites and online training.

The speakers and attendees were invited to share a networking session over tea or coffee, fruits, pastries and biscuits at the beginning and at the end of the event.