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Eighty women from across DIT gathered for the inaugural Women Leaders in Higher Education workshop

Posted: 16 December, 2016

Eighty women from across DIT came together on 14 December for the inaugural Women Leaders in Higher Education (WLHE) workshop in DIT Aungier Street.

The participants were drawn from a range of academic, administrative and service roles, gathering for an afternoon of networking and professional development.

The event was facilitated by Dr Sheila Flanagan, ‎Head of Academic Policy and Planning, DIT who began by inviting Dr Jan Guerin of the WLHE organising team to articulate the goals of the group. The network has been set up to support, encourage and advocate for women in career development, advancement and promotion in DIT.

President Norton stated at the beginning of the event that the goal of higher education is to fulfil potential and he asked the WLHE to help challenge DIT as an organisation to enable all of its staff and students, across both genders, to develop their full potential.

Keynote speakers were Mary Kennedy, Broadcaster and Writer, RTÉ and Professor Sarah Moore, Associate Vice President Academic, University of Limerick and Chair of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

Mary provided a very inspirational start to the talks, describing some of the key events that helped to shape her career and some of the important decisions that she made and their impacts. She encouraged women to take more risks, be more confident and to acknowledge and celebrate their successes more.

Sarah’s thought-provoking “advice to her younger self” included that you are not responsible for perfection; success, but not at any cost; and the glass ceiling is more of a “foggy labyrinth”.

Both women advised everyone to follow their hearts as it will lead to success and to not be afraid of failure but to use it as a stepping stone for advancement.

The afternoon included opportunities for networking and making connections with colleagues, along with breakout sessions where participants explored what matters to them in their current roles, their values in life, and identified key enablers and barriers to future success.

The WLHE organising team will be communicating the outcomes of the workshop to the DIT community, including details on how this network will build and how people can become more involved.

For those who were not able to attend the event, you can follow it here on Storify thanks to Dr Claire McDonnell.