19th July, 2016

New York Women’s Group Leadership Forum 2016

On July 19th, The American Ireland Fund hosted its second New York Women’s Group event of 2016.  The event was crowned by the participation of Former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson.   Consul General Barbara Jones kindly hosted the event and welcomed President Robinson speaking of her many achievements as Ireland’s first female President and UN Commissioner of Human Rights. President Robinson then spoke passionately to those gathered about climate change and the importance of building a sustainable world for future generations.

The event then moved into a panel discussion which was moderated by Kristen Shaughnessy of NY1.  The discussion focused on engaging and empowering women. The panel comprised of Susan Davis, Chairman of Susan Davis International; Kara Ross, Founder, Diamonds Unleashed; Aine Brazil, Vice Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti and Magee Hickey Journalist, PIX11.  The conversation highlighted the challenges facing women seeking to progress their careers; advice on how to overcome these challenges and what role Women’s Groups can have in helping advance women into leadership positions.

The evening was attended by over fifty influential women from a variety of industries including finance, healthcare, tourism and the arts. Many thanks to all who attended, the panelists, moderator, Consul General Barbara Jones for hosting the evening and of course, President Robinson for taking the time to attend and address the group.