Attending the Villiers School Breakfast Conference in Celebration of International Womens Day were Villiers School students Jessica Egbulan, Transition Year, Aoife McNulty, 5th Year, Colette Cowan, CEO UL Hospitals Group, Vita Soldatkina, Transition Year, Emma Gordon, 5th Year, and Jill Storey, Villiers School Headmistress.
Villiers School Breakfast Conference in Celebration of International Womens Day
Villiers School, located on the North Circular Road, Limerick, held a Villiers School Breakfast Conference on March 8 in celebration of International Women’s Day.
The Villiers School Breakfast Conference, which was themed Be Bold For Change, featured A series of presentations given by inspirational female leaders from the Limerick region in the areas of business, health, academia and the arts. On International Women’s Day, Villiers School welcomed Professor Colette Cowan, CEO UL Hospital Group, Ms Rose Hynes, CEO Shannon Group, Ms Judi Curtin, Author, and Dr Wynette Redington, UL Governing Authority, who spoke to the students on the day as a part of their breakfast event.
Professor Colette Cowan who Chief Executive Officer of UL Hospitals Group in November 2014 spoke to students on the day. As an empowering female figure, Professor Cowan leads an organisation providing services to some 400,000 people in the Mid-West and with a workforce of approximately 3,500 staff spread across six sites in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary. She addressed the pupils and staff on the day, following with the theme of the Villiers School Breakfast Conference was Be Bold For Change and she encouraged them to be bold when choosing a career. Colette, who brings to the role 29 years of experience in the health services and is an adjunct professor of nursing and midwifery at NUI Galway, was certainly bold in her career choices. With an MSc in Business and Management at the Institute of Public Administration, there would be no better choice of inspirational women to address young and aspiring students at the Villiers School International Womens Day Conference.
Speaking at the event, Collette said “I was delighted to be invited to speak at Villiers School today to celebrate International Women’s Day with the staff and lovely pupils of the school. The theme for International Women’s Day this year is ‘Be bold for change’, I would certainly encourage all young girls to be bold, have the courage of their convictions and to look inward and see what it is they really want to do when choosing a career. It is so important to enjoy what you do in life and to try and make a difference. Also, strength has no gender, I believe men and women need to work together to drive things forward which is what we strive to do every day at UL Hospitals Group.”
Between Villiers School hosting a number of powerful women at their breakfast conference, Chez Le Fab’s ‘She Means Business’, and the Dell EMC International Women’s Day collaboration with the University of Limerick, the 2017 International Women’s Day has been a thoroughly successful event for Limerick.
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