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Ireland’s First National Diversity and Inclusion Conference to be held this September

Ireland’s first National Diversity and Inclusion Conference for thought leaders, practitioners and professionals will take place in The Helix, DCU, on Wednesday 4th September.

The one day event will feature high-profile keynote speakers from Google, Bloomberg, and Sodexo and will be hosted by Donna De Berry, a global diversity and inclusion thought leader who has led change for brands from Starbucks to Nike, who will be travelling from Texas to lead this inaugural event and to inspire change across Irish businesses.

With 20 years of experience in the field of inclusion and diversity, De Barry has successfully provided transformational strategies for some of the largest Fortune 500 companies in the world, as well as high profile leaders and celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey.

The event will be hosted by the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and The Irish Centre for Diversity; both leaders in the sector in Ireland.

A speaker at the event, Rosarii Mannion, National HR Director, HSE said,

A diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial for organisations that want to attract & retain talent. People are at the heart of every organisation and workplaces are stronger through diversity of thought for innovation. At the end of the day, having a diverse workplace is good for the bottom line.


Wednesday 4th September, 8.30a.m. – 4.30p.m.


The Helix, DCU, Dublin.


Speakers at the event will include:

  • Margot Slattery – Country President, Sodexo Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • Mickael Melaye – Managing Director, Airbus HIS
  • Rosarii Mannion – National HR Director,  HSE
  • Andrea Clarkson – EMEA Diversity Programme Manager – Google
  • Vasileios Madouros – Director of Financial Stability – Central Bank of Ireland
  • Manisha Mehrotra –  Head of Diversity and Inclusion Europe, Middle East and Africa, Bloomberg LLP
  • Kara McGann – Senior Labour Market Policy Executive, IBEC
  • Andrea Dermody – Global Inclusion and Diversity Lead, EMEA, State Street.

The Pitch:

The conference, for which the theme is ‘Inclusion Works’, promises to explore “trusted and proven approaches that can secure the best talent globally”. It will also examine how attracting and retaining talent, brand reputation and mitigating risk are the key drivers of delivery and implementation in diversity and inclusion programmes.

Sandra Healy, Director of the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion said,

Diversity and Inclusion is an increasing priority for most organisations today. Hearing and engaging with academic experts and global leaders in this space will help shift the dial and take diversity and inclusion interventions to the next level. Building inclusive workplaces enables organisations to attract and retain top talent, foster creativity and innovation and increase employee productivity.

More info:

Tickets for the event are €475 plus VAT, including all refreshments and lunch, as well as a post-conference networking drinks reception, and are available from

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