Building Resilience: A #FinBiz2030 Series
“Equality. Diversity. Opportunity”
Thursday 3 September 17.30 BST / 18.30 SAST / 12.30 EST
Thursday 3 September 17.30 BST / 18.30 SAST / 12.30 EST
Following from the previous event, “Courage in Adversity”, we are proud to present “Equality. Diversity. Opportunity” as the next in our Building Resilience series.
There are many achievements to celebrate when it comes to equality, but we still have a long way to go.
We must not only acknowledge the hard truths, but take actions to address them. We have a responsibility to confront the systemic disadvantages experienced by individuals on the basis of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and beyond.
Join us as we learn from those who have lived those experiences, lifted others in communities who needed them, and are leveraging new innovations to architect a more inclusive world. Leave this event with the means and motivation to address inequality in your personal and professional lives.
The ‘Building Resilience’ webinar series is aimed at young finance, accountancy and business professionals, students and One Young World Ambassadors.
Every corner of the world has been touched by this pandemic unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. As it stands, the socioeconomic outlook is uncertain and the future is challenging as millions have experienced some sort of displacement in their professional and personal lives.
But as the world begins to adjust to COVID-19 and move forward, we need to ensure the world’s workforce is ready to rebuild with optimism and lead with resilience. We must work towards creating a more sustainable future, and that requires each and every one of us to play our part.
As part of the ‘Building Resilience’ Series, we will bring you insight and experience from young leaders and experts that will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to lead through this uncertain time.
Ronan Dunne is executive vice president and CEO of Verizon Consumer Group. He leads the teams responsible for providing wireline voice, data and TV products and services and wireless connected experiences to more than 100 million consumers every day. In addition, his teams are helping to build the first 5G technology network that will redefine how customers live, work and play.
Prior to this, Ronan was executive vice president and president of Verizon Wireless, responsible for all aspects of Wireless’ strategy, product development, marketing, operations, customer care and digital operations. He led the teams that provide products and communications services for consumer, business and government customers on the nation’s largest and most reliable network.
Ronan joined Verizon in 2016 as executive vice president and group president of Verizon Wireless. Under his leadership, Wireless continued its evolution and harnessed their network and competitive advantages to provide great customer experiences.
Caroline is a Chartered Accountant and Lecturer who is passionate about the role of education in transforming lives and society. Hailing from Donegal in the North West of Ireland, Caroline trained as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte. Soon after qualifying, she joined Dublin City University (DCU) as a Lecturer in Accounting in its Dublin campus.
In 2013, DCU entered a partnership with Princess Norah University (PNU), the largest women’s only university in the world. Driven by her passion for creating impact through education, Caroline jumped at the opportunity to move to Saudi Arabia to be part of this ground-breaking partnership in the education of Saudi women.
Over the last seven years, Caroline’s holistic approach has sought to create greater linkage between teaching, research, industry and society. In doing so, she has successfully aligned her work in the classroom with burgeoning global social issues such as gender equality and sustainability. Her work has been recognised at international conferences and has received several awards for excellence in teaching, innovation, and impact.
Deborah Somorin Social Entrepreneur featured on the 2020 Forbes 30 under 30 list alongside activists like Greta Thunberg.
Deborah won the JCI Dublin Ten Outstanding Young Persons award for 2018 and the JCI Ireland Ten Outstanding Young Persons award for 2018, both in the Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership category. JCI is an international network for young leaders and John F. Kennedy was a member of the Irish branch. In 2019, Deborah was awarded the Inspiration Award by Chartered Accountants Ireland. She was also awarded, one of Fire Restaurants, Women of the Year for 2019, by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring.
In 2018, Deborah founded a not for profit called Empower the Family (ETF). ETF plan to open student accommodation, in Dublin, with onsite quality childcare for single parents between 18-23 attending university. This social enterprise will support Ireland’s commitment to accomplishing 10 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Deborah’s work in this area earned her a spot on the prestigious 2020 Forbes 30 under 30 list alongside activists like Greta Thunberg. ETF was the only female-led organisation in Ireland to make the list in 2020.
Deborah Somorin is a qualified Chartered Accountant, who trained with PwC. She is currently a Consultant & Assistant Manager in PwC’s Advisory practice.
Deborah completed a degree in Accounting and Finance at DCU in 2014. She then went on to complete a Masters in Accounting in DCU in 2015 which helped earn her a place at PwC. She received two scholarships while at university to enable her to complete her studies.
Deborah also currently sits on the board of directors for Chartered Accountants Support (which supports members and students of Chartered Accountants Ireland) and the Chartered Accountants Ireland Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
In her spare time, Deborah enjoys playing video games with her son Liam, reading books and writing articles on Inclusion and Social Entrepreneurship.
Listed as one of the UK’s Top Most Influential Women in Tech & an international multi-award winner for her services to Diversity & Inclusion in industry, Sheree (@nirushika) is a Global Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Peakon; Board-Appointed Global Ambassador, Women Who Code; Contributor, Forbes. Currently, she is writing a book for Kogan Page on Diversity and Inclusion, to be released Spring 2021.
Sheree is a global Diversity & Inclusion leader, having worked in many regions providing leadership and training to C-suite/Executive leadership to develop fully formed focused diversity and inclusion strategies.
As a passionate advocate for gaining/retaining women in the industry, she launched & led the award-winning U.K. expansion of Women Who Code (womenwhocode.com), since 2013. As an industry leader, she has spoken at many global events, conferences and leadership sessions and is regularly profiled for her work. Sheree & her work have been featured in many publications, such as Forbes, FastCompany, Evening Standard, HuffPost, Business Post, Marie Claire, Wired, ComputerWeekly, The Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Newsletter & many more.
The aim of her career is ensuring people are aware of the fantastic opportunities the industry has to offer & make certain that all humans are able to benefit from these & reach their full career potential.
Barry Dempsey is Chief Executive of Chartered Accountants Ireland, having taken over the position in August 2017. Barry has wide experience acting in Chief Executive roles both in the commercial private sector and in voluntary organisations with extensive executive leadership experience. Prior to joining the Institute, Barry held the position of Chief Executive of the Irish Heart Foundation. Before this, Barry was Managing Director of Peter Mark and Chief Executive of the Irish Cancer Society. He has also served as Chairman of the Council of the Irish Management Institute. Barry holds an MBA from Trinity College, Dublin.
Kate served as Chairman of the Havas group from 2006 to 2015 and as Global President from 2013. Working mainly in global roles, Kate became convinced of the importance of the roles of global institutions and global businesses in the certainty that what unites people is greater than geographical distance and national distinctions.
Having grown up in apartheid South Africa, Kate’s world view is defined by having witnessed the creation of its new way of life. Awed by the leadership of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kate believes in the limitless possibilities a sense of shared humanity can create.
Inspired by her love for the Olympic movement and its values, One Young World should, in Kate’s vision, give young leaders a chance to meet their counterparts from every country in the world and resolve to make the world a better place.
Sinead is a Law graduate and qualified Chartered Accountant with a strong passion for people and education. She has enjoyed a diverse career spanning varied Finance, Recruitment and Consulting positions. Her day job now is with Chartered Accountants Ireland where she promotes Chartered Accountancy and the wider profession (including its accessibility) along with developing training openings with employers helping create more quality opportunities for the next generations coming through.
Sinead has a long history of organising events and initiatives aimed at inspiring, connecting and educating young talented future leaders. She was noted in Northern Ireland’s ‘Top 40 under 40’ and ‘Top 20 Inspiring Women’ listings and was also recognised for her ‘Services to Accounting and Finance’ in the Northern Ireland Women’s Awards. In 2017 she was the winner of Chartered Accountants Ireland ‘Chartered Star’ competition and attended the One Young World Summit in Bogota, Colombia as part of the Chartered Accountants Worldwide delegation.
Michael qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2011. He trained with KPMG Belfast and has worked in industry for the past seven years. His most recent role saw him become Finance Director with UrbanVolt, a role which he has stepped down from to set up Dappr, and focus on digital finance transformation.
During 2018, Michael was selected as Chartered Accountants Ireland’s “Young Chartered Star” and represented the profession at the One Young World conference. He has also contributed to Accountancy Ireland magazine, writing articles on technology and the future of work.