Post by Annette O’Sullivan
As Christmas draws nearer, we find ourselves reflecting on all that has happened over the last 12 months. No one can deny the turbulent political events that have dominated news headlines and had disastrous consequences but, for Girls in Tech Dublin, 2018 will always be special. This is the year that we really came into our own, found our stride, grew our network and made our mark. It’s hard to believe we only celebrated our first birthday back in March!
We’re already so excited about what’s to come but, before all that, here are our highlights for 2018.
Launching our Stepping Up mentorship programme
Mentorship is important for women as a means of building confidence and sharing skills and knowledge – particularly as research shows females are less likely to have access to mentors than their male counterparts. For this reason, we were delighted to launch our Stepping Up mentorship programme at Fenergo back in September. Designed to support and empower women in the local community, our programme gives women access to some of Dublin’s best mentors with expertise in a broad range of sectors. After two extremely successful events, we can’t wait to kick off our mentorship calendar for 2019. The first event will take place on Thursday 31st January – register your spot now!
Partnering with Paddy Power Betfair
Working with compatible companies that promote gender equality and foster innovation is one of Girls in Tech Dublin’s goals. This helps to extend the reach of our work and means we can empower even more women in and outside of the workplace. In November, we were thrilled to welcome Paddy Power Betfair on board as our first corporate sponsor. Leaders from the organisation, such as Head of Engagement Cathal O’Riain, have already supported our mentorship events and we can’t wait to see what we achieve together in the near future.
Expanding our network and team
What a year it’s been for us in terms of numbers! Our membership base has expanded to over 5,000, indicating the strong appetite for the work we do here in Dublin. It’s been fantastic meeting so many inspirational women, and men too, and sharing our insights and frustrations. Our Board of Directors, specialising in areas such as marketing, programming, business development and law, also grew. We’re have a lot of fun getting to know each other and collaborating on events and campaigns. If you’re interested in joining the team, you can make an application here.
Meeting the President!
Another one for the memory books – back in July, our Managing Director Coral Movasseli was humbled to meet President Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina Coyne and their gorgeous dog at Áras an Uachtaráin. Michael D has been a long-term advocate for women’s rights in Ireland, promoting diversity and equality in politics, education and business for decades. It was great to get his seal of approval and share details of the work we’re doing to help girls and women succeed in STEM.
Receiving three nominations at the Women in Tech Awards
We love an awards ceremony as much as the next person but it’s even better when we’re nominated! On November 22nd, Coral and Content Director Talita Holzer were shortlisted in the prestigious Women in Tech Awards, which aims to promote the success of female influencers in the tech industry and inspire younger generations. Coral was nominated for her trailblazing work establishing the Girls in Tech Dublin Chapter, while Talita walked away with the Rising Star Award for her startup waytob.com. Our Advisory Board Member Ruth Fletcher also snagged the Fintech Leader of the Year Award. A massive congratulations and well done to all nominees and winners.
Attending AWS re:invent in Las Vegas
Trend Micro are long-term supporters of the work we do and always passionate about closing the gender gap in the tech industry. Thanks to our partnership with Trend Micro, Girls in Tech Directors from all around the world were able to attend this year’s AWS re:invent in Las Vegas. This was an incredible opportunity for Coral and Director of Business Development Vivian Zeng, providing access to leading industry practitioners, inspirational talks and the latest technologies. We definitely would not have been able to attend without the support of Trend Micro, and for that we are so grateful.
With lots coming down the pipeline, we suspect 2019 will be an even bigger year for Girls in Tech Dublin. We hope you can join us on our journey – sign up to be a member or register for our next event now. And, most importantly, a very merry Christmas from all the Girls in Tech Dublin team!