RSM Celebrates International Women's Day

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8th March 2018, 5pm - 7.30pm

In partnership with McDowell Purcell, we are celebrating International Women’s Day. This evening event will include a presentation from Dr. Maureen Gaffney on Gender Intelligence: Developing a skill for a happier and more successful life. This will be followed by a reception.dub_image_2.jpg

Dr. Maureen Gaffney is a psychologist, broadcaster and author. Her book “Flourishing” is a number 1 bestseller. She has a long-term interest in diversity and gender issues, and is a member of the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board.


Evening Overview


Thursday 8th March 2018


5 - 7.30pm


The Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin


Dr. Maureen Gaffney

Dr.Maureen Gaffney  has a long-term interest in diversity and gender issues, and is a member of the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at University College Cork, her M.A. in Behavioural Sciences at the University of Chicago and her PhD at Trinity College Dublin. She has completed Executive Education Programmes on leadership and governance in the Harvard Kennedy School, the University of Chicago Business School, and the Kellogg School of Management.

She has consulted and worked with a wide range of multi-national companies and her clients include the Intel organisation in Ireland and the US; Boston Scientific; Amazon; Google; Hewlett Packard, and Microsoft; as well as the banking and financial services sector in Ireland and the UK, and the educational sector in Australia.

She has served in a number of state and private boards, including Executive Chair of the National Economic and Social Forum (NESF); Chair of Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development Programme; Chair of the Board of the Insurance Ombudsman of Ireland; as a board member of the HSE; and a Council member of the ESRI; and served two-terms as a Law Reform Commissioner

Maureen Gaffney is a much sought after speaker and is a well-know writer and broadcaster. Her book “Flourishing” is a number 1 bestseller.


Keynote Speech - Gender Intelligence: Developing a skill for a happier and more successful life

We are at an inflection point when it comes to gender on many fronts.  The mounting evidence on the economic and social benefits of gender diversity is making an unanswerable case to move forward. So too are the public controversies erupting about what happens when women are subject to bias, harassment, and worse.

Yet the progress in gender equality is running up against not just resistance in some quarters, but a certain lack of gender intelligence. Gender intelligence now needs to added to the portfolio of competencies necessary for individual and business success.

Poor gender intelligence can create chronic misunderstandings in the way men women relate in their personal and work lives. It can result in unhappy relationships and non-optimum recruitment and promotion practices, resulting in the underuse of women’s strengths and talents, particularly at senior level. It also deprives organisations of the critical competitive advantage that gender intelligence confers.


International Women's Day 2018

Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There's a call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900's, the first International Women's Day was celebrated in 1911. International Women's Day belongs to all communities everywhere - governments, companies, charities, educational institutions, networks, associations, the media and more. Whether through a global conference, community gathering, classroom lesson or dinner table conversation - everyone can play a purposeful part in pressing for gender parity.