Lift the lid on equality! Exploring Careers in Leadership for Under-Represented Groups - 06 April 2022

21 Mar, 2022

Save Wednesday, 6th April from 10 to 13.00 in your diary for the leadership event of the year, jointly hosted by TU Dublin and WIT Career Development Centres.

Are you a student or graduate of a college/university on the island of Ireland, and from at least ONE of the following groups: 

  • Female? 
  • LGBTIA? 
  • Minority race? 
  • Have a disability/are a DARE student? 
  • ACCESS student/from a socio-economically disadvantaged area? 
  • Mature student? 
  • Minority religion? 
  • Ethnic minority?... 

and aspire to a career as a leader? Then this event is for YOU. 

Our aim is to educate, motivate and inspire all those attending towards the contemplation of leadership and achieving a more equal, diverse and inclusive society. 

We have an amazing lineup of leaders in a wide range of fields, from business, to politics, to the arts, alongside experts and influencers in the realm of equality, diversity and inclusion, including: 

  • Caroline Casey, CEO & Founder - The Valuable 500 
  • Dragon's Den 'Winner', CEO & Founder of Peachylean - Sharon Keegan 
  • Jools Hamilton, CEO & Co-Founder - The Good Summit, & Methodist Chaplain TCD 
  • Orla O'Connor, Director - National Women's Council of Ireland 
  • Owen Hurcum, Mayor of Bangor, Wales & world's first non-binary Mayor 
  • Niah Covell, EDI Lead - IDA Ireland 
  • Yvonne Galligan, Director, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, TU Dublin 
  • Niamh Malone, CEO & Founder - Ailím Healing Centre 
  • Lynn Ruane, Senator – Seanad Eireann 
  • Bernard Joyce, CEO - Irish Traveller Movement 
  • Conor Hickey, CEO - CrossCare 
  • Leon Diop, Co-Founder & CEO - Black and Irish 
  • Femi Bankole, Manager, Technology Risk Business Consulting – EY 
  • Dara Ryder, CEO - AHEAD Ireland 
  • Barry Walsh, Founder & Content Developer - & Employment Officer – AsIAm 


The motivational Joanne Hession - LIFT Ireland will deliver an uplifting half time session: 'Everyone can be a Leader'. A lucky participant will also win two tickets for Mark Smith’s ‘Making a Mark’ Tour 2022! 

Register for tickets here

Whilst we will prioritise places for students from under-represented groups, pending demand, all are welcome to apply for tickets. Please only register if all other things are equal; you are sure that you will take your place on the day. #liftthelidonequality

Whilst there is no charge, if you are one of the lucky ones that secure a place, you'll be invited to donate whatever you can afford to the Ukraine fund.

Save the date - you won't want to miss this!

For further information, please email