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Thu 12 Sep
- 08:15

REGISTRATION & LIGHT BREAKFAST

Thu 12 Sep
- 09:15

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

Opening Remarks and Chairperson Introduction

Thu 12 Sep
- 09:30

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

Working as a United Front: The Power of Thought

Simply being exposed to diversity can change the way we think. Study after study has proven that diversity is needed to create teams capable of genuine innovation and modernisation, as it amplifies creativity, and encourages imagination and new ideas. But is there really evidence that multicultural experiences enhance creativity? And if they do, how does it happen? In today’s finance function, diversity means much more than equal opportunities, going much further than gender, ethnicity or social equality. Finance leaders need to encourage diversity of thought and be willing to have entrenched viewpoints challenged. Diversity can benefit the finance function only if the workforce is empowered to express its diversity. How do you ensure that your workforce doesn't become full of people who look different from each other, but think in the same way?

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 10:00

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

PANEL: Engaging Everyone in Diversity

Fiona Egan

Managing Director, Head of Global Corporate Clients @ Rabobank Ireland

Christina Lonergan

Head of Banking and Credit @ Barclays Private Bank

This is no simple task. How do you handle those difficult and sometimes awkward conversations with unengaged parties? Cultural change is challenging irrespective of the objective, but it is perhaps even more so when the objective is an inclusive culture. Resistance is common, especially when you are working in an industry that is rooted in traditions. So how do we do it? Is it possible to engage men as allies? Why is this conversation so low on the list of company priorities? This panel will provide solutions to the common challenges in creating an inclusive culture, and help you to get a good start on your diversity journey.

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 10:45

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

The Many Guises of Bias at Work

Perceived psychological differences between men and women are often reflected in gender stereotypes, but research has found that, in reality, men and women are more alike than we think. Simply put, gender differences are not as profound as is commonly held, and yet they have a serious impact on assessments of professional competency—at work, in business, in the media and in social discourse. In this session, we will hear about the damage that limiting beliefs on gender can have from both a managerial and operational perspective, and the benefits that can be won by encouraging a broader view on the role of men and women in the workplace.

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 11:15

COFFEE BREAK

Thu 12 Sep
- 11:45

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

How to Embrace Change Using Emotional Intelligence

Jennifer McCarthy

Vice President, Internal Audit, EMEA & LatAm @ MetLife

The ability to quickly and easily adapt to change is often a competitive advantage in leadership. However, changes at work can be emotionally intense, often sparking confusion, fear, anxiety, frustration and helplessness. Change can be physically and emotionally draining for employees, and often leads to burnout, embedding an insidious cycle that leads to even greater resistance to change. But how do we overcome this? How do you encourage adaptability in employees rather than resistance? Are you ready to embrace the change rather than brace for it?

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 12:20

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

Mistakes You Didn't Know You Were Making...

Not everybody is perfect. How likely is it that, you, as a leader, are blessed with the perfect blend of traits, experiences and skills to be the best manager and leader? Leadership is not as intuitive as we are eager to believe... Often the only way to come to the realisation that something doesn't work is by making mistakes. But, leadership isn't about avoiding every mistake in the book - that's impossible. Are you ready to get a better understanding of the common mistakes you are making? If you want to be a better leader, here is where you start.

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 12:55

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

Role Models Do Exist

Coral Taylor

Head of Inclusion and Diversity @ Amey

Research shows that role models are critical in supporting the retention and progression of women. We cannot afford to ignore half of the population. Why aren’t more women making it to the top or choosing Finance as a career and what can we do to improve things? This is a call to both individuals and organisations: we are all in a position to push for progress, and role models will play an important role in realising this goal. Discover how to identify good role models in your organisation, and introduce techniques for how to leverage them to achieve real change.

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 13:25

LUNCH

Thu 12 Sep
- 14:20

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

It's OK Not to be a Superwoman All the Time: The Realities of Returning to Work

Mary Hynes-Martin

The thought of returning to work after an extended break can be daunting - worrying about the changing team dynamic, changing home life, changing regulations... all whilst remaining calm and productive. But with a little planning, this session shows that the Returner can come back stronger, and be an even greater asset to their team, hitting the ground running, bringing a fresh perspective and bringing a renewed focus on what's important - and what's not.

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 14:55

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

Does Having it All Mean Doing it All?

There is a harsh reality behind the myth of having it all. Even in organisations whose policies support women, prevailing discriminatory attitudes and unrelenting job pressures can undermine such efforts. Women’s lives have expanded, but the grudging attitudes of most corporate cultures can weigh down and constrain what individual women feel is possible. No matter how hard some of us try, work/life balance always seems like a destination that we have yet to reach. How can you create a harmonious work/life environment? Is adaptation the way forward? Will flexible working become the norm? And will we, as both men and women, ever accept our imperfections?

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 15:30

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

Female Entrepreneurs: Why YOU Should Invest

Women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs; women-led businesses are outperforming their male peers in many VC portfolios, and racially diverse companies outperform industry norms by 35%. And yet, despite the hype around data-driven investment decision-making and pattern-matching algorithms that find successful founders, investors are failing to seize this opportunity. What are the main considerations for investors looking to expand their portfolios? Why are these excluding women? And what can be done about it?

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 16:00

COFFEE BREAK

Thu 12 Sep
- 16:30

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

Are We Really Glassed In?

Financial services faces challenges from every direction, with change desperately needed to improve its image and culture, and the efficacy of gender and diversity initiatives, and policies. The next 10 years will be key to transforming the industry, but how can the required change be delivered? We have reached a stage at which we must take responsibility for the change needed and make our own impact, rather than waiting for others to do so. Which issues need to be prioritised? What are the benefits of Brexit? What areas aren't receiving enough attention? Are you ready to get out of your comfort zone and make an impact?

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 17:00 - 18:00

NETWORKING DRINKS

Thu 12 Sep
- 11:40

Track 1: The Drive to Digital

Chairperson Introduction

Thu 12 Sep
- 11:45

Track 1: The Drive to Digital

Memo to the CFO: Digital Transformation is Happening

Companies are still in the early stages of applying digital technologies to financial processes in ways that will create greater efficiency, insight and value over the long term. How can the CFO lead the way? The possibilities far outweigh the obstacles at this point, and the mandate is clear: CFOs must develop and share with other senior leaders a vision for a digital finance function. Do they have a clear opportunity to shape the evolution of their companies? And who among you will take the first step?

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 12:20

Track 1: The Drive to Digital

The Irish Fintech Revolution

Ireland is Europe's FinTech powerhouse, with 10 of the world's top "born on the internet" companies calling Ireland their European HQ. From regtech to payments and authentication, Irish companies are solving some of the industry's most complex challenges with collaboration and innovation. Ireland is showing itself to be a key industry hub in the wake of Brexit, with favourable government initiatives and strategies, a large network of powerful accelerators and the all-important convergence of banks and disruptors to aid its financial dominance. So what is next? How will Ireland maintain this explosive growth in the FinTech arena?

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 12:55

Track 1: The Drive to Digital

Bridging the Gap between Blockchain and Legacy Financial Systems

There are many factors that the financial services industry needs to be aware of if they intend to bridge the legacy payments gap with blockchain. Despite its growing popularity, the blockchain isn’t a magical solution that can solve all of a bank’s problems. There are challenges associated with upgrading any technology suite, but especially those that involve updating an outdated legacy system. Do all processes and systems have a clear purpose and definition? What processes or inputs need to be automated to work on the blockchain? What needs to be done to ensure the new system is compliant? Are you ready to bridge the legacy gap?

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 14:20

Track 1: The Drive to Digital

Dare to be a Digital Pioneer: Digital Transformation and Diversity

Darina Barrett

Partner, Audit Financial Services @ KPMG

In recent years, leaders have been challenged significantly to maintain their company’s relevance in the tough, rapidly changing and exponentially growing business world. Two of the main challenges they've had to face are those of D&I and digital transformation. While on the surface, you may assume that challenges around the products or services of a company take precedence over all others, a strong strategy on diversity and inclusion can often have a positive impact on efforts to keep products competitive in a rapidly changing external environment. What is needed to both survive and succeed? How can agile talent help to fuel digital transformation? And can we solely rely on our CIOs?

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 14:55

Track 1: The Drive to Digital

How is Payments Changing?

The payments industry has become incredibly diverse in its approach, with new Fintechs popping-up to solve the payments challenges of individuals, segments of industries and corporates in a way that banks just haven’t managed to move fast enough to solve until now. However, behind every Fintech, there still needs to be a banking partner providing access to all the in-country rails and global payments systems. With new technologies changing the way people make purchases and conduct basic banking tasks, this is a space that deserves a closer look. How do the banks become more fintech-esque in their approach? How can the finance sector deliver user experiences that can rival the digital services created by the tech giants?

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 15:30

Track 1: The Drive to Digital

Brexit and Financial Services: What Next?

Anne Keys

Joint Managing Partner & Brexit Lead @ The Panel

Irish business is entering a new era. No country would suffer more from a hard border with Northern Ireland in a no-deal scenario. Yet optimists see Ireland’s “Brexit dividend” coming into view. How can we prepare for the post-Brexit era, and what are the implications for the Irish financial services industry in the event of a no deal?

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 11:45 - 12:40

Workshop 1: Be the CEO of Your Career Workshop 2: Business Commitment and Success

Overcoming Bias & Creating Courageous Conversations

Why do people struggle to communicate authentically across difference? The fact is that talking about our differences can be difficult. Small behavioural traits are often the only way we have of detecting unconscious bias, these seemingly small and insignificant behaviours that build up to a feeling of lack of belonging and question our 'fit'. How do we spot these behaviours? What do we do to stop them happening through positive action? How do we overcome the common roadblocks associated with communicating across difference? Let's explore together in this interactive workshop.

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 12:40 - 13:25

Workshop 1: Be the CEO of Your Career Workshop 2: Business Commitment and Success

Power in Personal Branding!

Once you understand personal branding is the marketing strategy for your business-of-one, you can start to build a plan to achieve bigger, better career goals! This workshop will answer the following questions: What is personal branding? How do you craft your personal brand using your strengths? How do you become intentional with personal branding? How do you repair personal brand damage?

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 14:20 - 15:15

Workshop 1: Be the CEO of Your Career Workshop 2: Business Commitment and Success

How to Network Successfully Internally & Externally

Claire Dunwoody

Associate Director, Compliance, Funds & Operations @ Robert Walters

For many, effective networking has become essential both within their own organisation (to get things done, for career advancement) and with external organisations and individuals (for business development, client relationship management and stakeholder engagement). This can be a daunting prospect. For many of us, the idea of building relationships at a networking event can be stressful. This seminar is designed to give you the practical skills to develop effective personal and business relationships by networking with confidence and integrity.

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 15:15 - 16:00

Workshop 1: Be the CEO of Your Career Workshop 2: Business Commitment and Success

Mapping Your Next Move

In this session, analyse your current levels of commitment, capability and confidence in achieving career progression. This workshop will enable you to take stock of your career to date, assess your current strengths and achievements, and create a targeted action plan for career advancement.

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 11:45 - 12:40

Taking Responsibility for Your Actions

Are you struggling with a project at work, waiting on someone else to take initiative to get things moving? Are you in a broken professional relationship — with a manager, coworker, or employee — hoping the other person assumes blame and fixes the issue? Are you looking for an easy way to get focused or improve your productivity — a silver bullet from an unexpected source? Why are you not taking responsibility? This workshop will help you to develop a belief that you, as an individual, are accountable for the quality and timeliness of an outcome, even when you are working with others.

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 12:40 - 13:25

Sexual Harassment at Work: How to Report it and Knowing Your Rights

As it stands now, a vast majority of women are unaware of what ‘sexual harassment’ really means and what they can do if they fall victim of it. The few who do hesitate to come forth and bring the matter to public light or seek legal help. So how are you supposed to handle it? What do you do, as a manager, if someone comes forward with an allegation? This workshop will help you to deal with this serious issue as professionally as possible.

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 14:20 - 15:15

Mental Health: Getting Rid of the Mask

Organisations often forget one very important aspect of diversity - their employees' minds. As you start to climb the ladder of success, the pressure slowly increases alongside the stress, anxiety and lack of sleep. In this session, we will explore effective ways to encourage your workforce to look after their mental health, open up to one another and ultimately help to create a mentally healthy office.

 

Thu 12 Sep
- 15:15 - 16:00

Mentorship & Sponsorship - The Power of Support

It is well known that mentors and sponsors often play critical roles in the development of the careers of successful business people. How can you identify, cultivate and leverage these relationships successfully throughout your career? This session will run through practical advice in relation to how to identify and build relationships with potential mentors and sponsors, at all levels. We will cover the key differences between mentors and sponsors, and how relationships with each can and should be cultivated over time. What is the difference between a mentor, sponsor and a manager? Which of these three is really the most relevant to a successful career?

 

Fri 13 Sep
- 08:15

REGISTRATION & LIGHT BREAKFAST

Fri 13 Sep
- 09:15

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

Opening Remarks and Chairperson Introduction

Fri 13 Sep
- 09:30

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

Dare to Be Bad and Rock the Boat

Andrea Dermody

Global Inclusion and Diversity Lead EMEA @ State Street International Ireland

The banking and finance sector, for all of our advances over the past 20 years, has a long way to go to combat systemic inequality. The entire culture is based on men putting each other first when it comes to leadership opportunities. The situation we are currently facing is that Ireland's banking, finance and insurance industries are still male-dominated environments. So, what are we going to do about it? What can we do to challenge the status quo? How are we going to rock it and stand out from the crowd?

 

Fri 13 Sep
- 10:00

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

The Power of Parity: A View from the Top

There is a stark gap in the number of men and women at the upper echelons of the financial services sector. Fact. By no means will this come as a shock to women, but it still demonstrates that, despite a fairly significant focus on gender and diversity issues and a willingness to change, the pace of that change is painfully slow. Why are there only 13% women at the chief executive level? Is the pipeline balanced all the way up? Do quotas need to be drawn up in order to provide a clear path for greater gender parity at senior levels?

 

Fri 13 Sep
- 10:35

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

Intersectionality: The Human Perspective

Simone Macleod-Nairn

Chief People Officer & Group Head of Corporate Resources @ Irish Life

This session will explore the topic of intersectionality across diversity strands and how gender diversity is not the only dilemma we are facing within the finance profession. We may define our identities in different ways at points in time over our careers, and aspects of our identity may present different challenges for us in the workplace. What can the financial services industry do to improve diversity in a more holistic way rather than addressing one strand at a time?

 

Fri 13 Sep
- 11:05

COFFEE BREAK

Fri 13 Sep
- 11:35

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

Is Your Culture Customer-Focused?

Without a customer-focused culture, organisations can never truly achieve a strong customer experience. It’s often the missing component for companies that continue to miss the mark on customer experience. A customer-focused culture puts the customer as the centre point of everything the company does. More than profits, shareholder expectations, or growth, the main goal of these companies is customer satisfaction. Instead of relying solely on a strong product, a customer-focused model is much more sustainable because it is built to move with the changes and trends of the customers. How do organisations go about shaping a customer-focused culture? Do we need to be putting ourselves in the customer's shoes? And why is empathy critical?

 

Fri 13 Sep
- 12:10

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

PANEL: Women's Leadership in Sustainable Finance

Laura Heuston

Director @ SustainabilityWorks

Lisa Kealy

Partner @ EY

Description coming soon...

 

Fri 13 Sep
- 13:10

LUNCH

Fri 13 Sep
- 14:10

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

You Got This! How to Radiate Confidence and Boost Others

Confidence is something a lot of women seem to lack as they make their way up the ladder. Let's take a look at how confidence impacts on your work and that of others... Most of us will meet challenges at some point, but how we handle them is what makes us stronger as individuals. There is still an unconscious bias of the superiority of men which is often reaffirmed by the lack of confidence of women - why is this? Why are we not supporting each other, lifting each other up and overcoming our internal doubts?

 

Fri 13 Sep
- 14:40

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

Fireside Chat: The Next Generation - Don't Pull the Ladder Up

You’ve smashed the glass ceiling (or are well on your way) but what can you do to help those coming up behind you? From mentoring to outreach, networking to peer support – how can you pave the way to the next generation? We will show you not only how to spot the opportunities but how your career can often be the unexpected beneficiary of giving back.

 

Fri 13 Sep
- 15:10

Main Plenary: The Future of Finance

Closing Address: Inspiring Ourselves to Push for Progress

As an industry, banking and finance needs to be bold for change. It is all about the next generation and the need to inspire them. It is up to us, those who are currently shaping the future of work, to revolutionize the industry and fight to press for progress. Join this session to hear the importance of motivating yourself and colleagues, not just for the present, but for the future.

 

Fri 13 Sep
- 15:30

CLOSE OF CONFERENCE

Fri 13 Sep
- 11:30

Track 1: The Drive to Digital

Chairperson Introduction

Fri 13 Sep
- 11:35

Track 1: The Drive to Digital

Blurred Lines: Humans vs. Robots

It seems like machines are taking all the jobs... or are they? The World Economic Forum says more than 7 million jobs are at risk from advances in technology in the world’s largest economies over the next five years. So what can we do? The one area where human beings still maintain a major advantage over machine behaviour is the role of creator. Career-oriented people in any industry should focus on performing high-value–added tasks and developing creativity-oriented skills that computers cannot currently perform well in order to secure a spot in the global economy. The lesson is to use technology to automate menial tasks in order to free up time and resources to support creative pursuits. So let’s learn to nurture our ‘soft skills’ and keep people one step ahead.

 

Fri 13 Sep
- 12:10

Track 1: The Drive to Digital

Is RegTech the New FinTech?

Like Financial Services + Technology = FinTech, so too is Regulation advancing via the rapid adoption of technology. Again like the term Fintech, RegTech might appear to be a newly coined buzzword, but in fact, has been around for quite some time. So why could this be a catalyst for innovation? Will Dublin become Europe's Regulatory Technology hub after Brexit?

 

Fri 13 Sep
- 12:40

Track 1: The Drive to Digital

Embracing Uncertainty and Change

We are now at the beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Technological advances, along with socio-economic and demographic developments, will continue to impact society in the next decade—causing changes in business models and workplace arrangements. Are professionals and employers ready for the challenge of developing the new skills this future will demand?

 

Fri 13 Sep
- 10:35 - 11:05

Workshop 1: Be the CEO of Your Career Workshop 2: Business Commitment and Success

You are Not an Imposter!

Do you ever fear that you only got to where you are today because of luck? This psychological phenomenon, known as imposter syndrome, reflects a belief that you’re an inadequate and incompetent failure despite evidence that indicates you’re skilled and quite successful. This session will help you to overcome those feelings. We need to own our talents so use this seminar as your opportunity to start accepting and embracing your capabilities.

 

Fri 13 Sep
- 11:35 - 12:20

Workshop 1: Be the CEO of Your Career Workshop 2: Business Commitment and Success

Stand Up, Stand Out

Few people enjoy being interrupted during group discussions, and for good reason. Beyond feeling frustrating or demoralising, the experience of colleagues chronically cutting you off in meetings may damage your career advancement. Are you ready to stand up for yourself and stand out from the crowd? In this session, you will learn tips and tricks that you can put into play before, during, and after meetings if regular interruptions are getting you down.

 

Fri 13 Sep
- 12:20 - 13:10

Workshop 1: Be the CEO of Your Career Workshop 2: Business Commitment and Success

Take Charge of Your Career

This session focuses on the top two career advancement strategies measured to have the highest payoff for female professionals: (1) building mutually-beneficial relationships with influential colleagues and (2) making achievements visible in ways that benefit the individual and organisation. Engaging for both men and women, attendees will walk away with fresh insights about how to accelerate their careers and gain the tools and plan to make it happen. During this fun and fast-paced session, you will reflect on your career advancement strategies, identify your growth opportunities, and strength skills that will enable you to take charge of your career.

 

Fri 13 Sep
- 10:35 - 11:05

Appreciation: How it Can Change Everyone's Career

Take the first step in creating a culture in which sharing appreciation and gratitude in the moment is as natural as showing up for meetings or checking emails. Businesses don't realise how much their people care deeply about doing well... This seminar will explore the benefits of gratitude and appreciation for one another and how to stop shying away from it.

 

Fri 13 Sep
- 11:35 - 12:20

Own your Space in a Finance World - Engage with Presence

Olivia MacDonnell

Founder @ ConfidentSpeak

Whether you need to speak with key stakeholders, C level or to influence your team in a confident, credible manner, this session will give you the confidence to enjoy doing so. Imagine yourself instantly improving and transforming your speaking style - simply by controlling your voice and body. Do you wish to stand-out with confidence & credibility among today’s busy decision makers? What would this mean to your career? What would this mean personally? This session is practical, but grounded in relevance for finance executives and there is always a little fun along away! You will be on your feet, using techniques honed in the performing arts to make your communication style more compelling!

 

Fri 13 Sep
- 12:20 - 13:10

Fostering a More Inclusive Workplace

The world in which we live and work today commonly contains bias, racism, and discrimination because of fears over people being different, of not being “like us.” People are discounted, excluded, and marginalised because of their differences, not embraced or valued for them. Tangible differences—such as ethnicity—and the intangible—such as diversity of thought—between us have led to a working environment that is conducive to stereotyping and a lack of inclusion. The business case is clear. What makes the workplace inclusive, and how can you recognise and combat exclusionary behaviour?