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Women Leaders in Higher Education - Workshop on preparing for opportunities

Posted: 11 December, 2017

The DIT Women Leaders in Higher Education (WLHE) network will host a workshop this Wednesday 13 December on being ready to grasp opportunities, with guest speaker and global business leader, Dr Anita Sands (Sands Point Consulting).

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The workshop will allow women from across DIT to reflect on how to prepare for opportunities – 'those you are working towards and those that come your way when you least expect them’. The event will include a talk from thought-provoking and inspirational guest speaker Dr Anita Sands, who will share her personal career journey - how she made herself ready to take opportunities and what influenced these choices on her impressive career journey.

Dr Sands is an advocate for the advancement of women I would say to all women, at any age or stage, be willing to invest in yourself "(Silicon Republic interview).

Following Dr Sands presentation, participants will collaboratively explore the theme of Being Ready for Opportunities: identifying opportunities envisioned for yourself and the barriers or impediments and solutions to your fulfilment of those opportunities. In addition, the workshop will allow time to network and share experiences and insights with other participants.

The event is being organised by the Women Leaders in Higher Education (WLHE) Network who formed in DIT in 2014 to support, encourage and advocate for women in career advancement and promotion across the Institute. The WLHE aims to be inclusive of women in academic, administration, research and technical roles at all levels and stages in DIT. 

The event is supported by DIT Staff Development. 

For more information on the WLHE Network, visit here and here


A Workshop on Being Ready for Opportunities

Wednesday, December 13th 2017 10:00 am to 12:15 pm
(Please be in attendance at 9.45 am for registration)

The Courtyard, Ground Floor, DIT Aungier Street

Facilitated by Mary P Corcoran, Professor of Sociology and Head of Department. 

Associate Dean Faculty of Social Science, Maynooth University.

Dr Anita Sands is a global business leader and public speaker who has been honoured on many occasions for her contribution to technology leadership and the advancement of women. Dr Sands currently serves as an Independent Board Director for three Silicon Valley public companies - Symantec Corporation, Service Now, and Pure Storage, where she is a member of the Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees. She is also an advisor at Grand Central Tech, a leading NYC technology incubator and a member of the Digital Advisory Board at Box.

Her firm, Sands Point Consulting, acts as an active angel investor and advisor to various start-ups, as well as providing strategic advice to enterprises on how to execute broad organizational transformation and respond to the threats and opportunities of the digital era.

She earned both her Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics and bachelor's degree in Physics & Applied Math from Queen's University Belfast, and her Masters in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

Prior to her latest career pivot into technology, Dr Sands spent a decade in the financial services sector, specializing in enterprise transformation and technology led innovation. She was the youngest ever-Senior Vice President at the Royal Bank of Canada where she served as the Head of Innovation and Process Design. At the age of 33, she was appointed as Chief Operating Officer, and subsequently as Head of Change Leadership, for UBS Wealth Management Americas, responsible for technology, operations and corporate services.