IWD 2015: Accenture celebrates Irish women’s achievements

8 Mar 2015

Alastair Blair, country managing director for Accenture Ireland

For 11 years now, Accenture has been running a major International Women’s Day (IWD) event in Dublin, with this year’s edition in the Convention Centre a resounding success.

Alastair Blair, country managing director for Accenture Ireland, spoke to Silicon Republic about the importance of female influence in the Irish business scene.

“This is a celebration of women’s achievements in Ireland,” says Alastair, whose company has developed quite a name for it’s impressive gender balance employment figures.

Indeed an acknowledgement of trying to sustain female employment right through the career chain seems to heavily influence Accenture, which announced 250 new jobs a few weeks back for its Irish operations.

“If you’re going to have a balanced workforce you are going to need a flow of graduates and a flow of people trained in the tech industry, and we don’t have that. We need to develop a much greater focus on that.”

Women Invent Tomorrow is Silicon Republic’s campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. It has been running since March 2013, and is kindly supported by Accenture Ireland, Intel, the Irish Research Council, ESB, Twitter, CoderDojo and Science Foundation Ireland.

Inspire 2015 is Silicon Republic’s international event running 18-19 June in Dublin, connecting sci-tech professionals passionate about the future of STEM with fresh perspectives on leadership, innovation and diversity. Buy your early bird tickets now

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic