Roundtable: Women tech leaders on the talent imperative and encouraging girls into technology careers (video)
(Left to right) Louise Phelan, PayPal; Julie Spillane, Accenture; John Kennedy,; Maeve McConnan, IDA; and Rosemaree Dannaher, IBM

Roundtable: Women tech leaders on the talent imperative and encouraging girls into technology careers (video)

5 Sep 2013

It may just be a sign of the changing times, that many of the leaders that gathered for Friday’s third meeting of the Multinational Technology Forum were women. On the fringes of the forum, editor John Kennedy chaired a panel discussion with some of those tech leaders to discuss the talent challenge, and women in technology.

The Multinational Technology Forum was established in early 2013, and is a voluntary industry-led forum of business leaders from multinational technology companies with significant operations in Ireland. Its stated objective is to “develop the vision and then positively influence the development of the overall multinational technology industry in Ireland, leveraging the thought leadership of this uniquely positioned group”.

We got some of those leaders together for a panel discussion, chaired by Kennedy:

  • Louise Phelan, PayPal
  • Julie Spillane, Accenture
  • Rosemaree Dannaher, IBM
  • Maeve McConnan, IDA

Future Human

Watch the videos below for their take on the Multinational Technology Forum, the challenge for all in the industry when it comes to accessing talent and, of course, a key element in this challenge – ensuring we encourage more girls and women into the technology industry.

Part 1 – The Multinational Technology Forum and what Ireland should be doing to ensure a greater supply of talent for the technology sector:

Part 2 – What more we could be doing to ensure girls and women study STEM and aspire to careers in technology:

Women Invent Tomorrow is Silicon Republic’s year-long campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology,engineering and maths

Ann O’Dea
By Ann O’Dea

Ann O’Dea is CEO and co-founder of Silicon Republic, an online source of science and technology news since 2001. She was also the founder and curator of Inspirefest, a unique international sci-tech event that aimed to disrupt the traditionally homogenous tech conference calendar. Today, that event has evolved into Future Human to showcase the leaders building the products and services for a new tomorrow. Ann is a fellow of the Irish Computer Society and the Institute of Art, Design & Technology. She received a Net Visionary award from the Irish Internet Association in 2015 for her work on ensuring the visibility of women role models in her industry, and was named Media Woman of the Year at the 2014 Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards. In 2015, she was the first woman to be inducted into the Irish Internet Association’s Hall of Fame. Ann sits on the advisory board of TeenTurn, which provides teenage girls with experience in STEM.

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