- On Thursday March 6th Intel, in partnership with DCU Ryan Academy, hosted the inaugural ‘Supply Connections – promoting women at the heart of economic growth’ event.
- The event, which is taking place in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, brought together more than 70 small female-led businesses who had the opportunity to find out how to do business with Irish-based multinationals and their buyers.
- The event included keynote addresses from Laura Tenison MBE, founder of International brand JoJo Maman Bébé and Joan O’Shaughnessy, Vice Chairperson and Special Advisor at ARAMARK Ireland
THURSDAY, MARCH 6TH, 2014 – Today Intel, in partnership with DCU Ryan Academy, hosted the inaugural ‘Supply Connections – promoting women at the heart of economic growth’ event. The event, which is taking place in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, brought together more than 70 small female-led businesses who had the opportunity to find out how to do business with Irish-based multinationals and their buyers.
The event began with a keynote address from one of the leading females entrepreneurs in the UK, Laura Tension MBE, who shared with the audience her inspirational business story from humble beginnings to a multi-million pound enterprise.
Laura, who is the founder of International brand JoJo Maman Bébé, which offers pregnancy, children’s wear, toys and nursery products, encouraged those assembled to think about the fact that “sometimes it is our own lack of confidence that holds us back, it’s not a glass ceiling that limits us but rather a sticky floor! We have to fight and push boundaries and prove that having women on boards can breed better business outcomes”.
Next to address the audience was Joan O’Shaughnessy, Vice Chairperson and Special Advisor at ARAMARK Ireland. During her tenure as CEO of ARAMARK Ireland, Joan developed the company to become Ireland’s largest integrated services provider supplying facilities, food services, environmental and property services. Joan, whose own career has been closely linked to the development of Intel’s main Irish Campus in Leixlip, shared her own experiences and stressed to the audience that “The balance is changing, I see smart, confident, business savvy women entering business every day and working with women simply makes good business sense”.
Attendees also heard from Intel representatives who shared in more detail how they could work together with Intel in Ireland as suppliers and why Intel values gender diversity within our supply network.
The event concluded with the opportunity for participants to learn about current procurement opportunities not only with Intel but with other companies including Merck Pharmaceuticals and Ulster Bank across the areas of HR, recruitment, legal services, catering, medical and health services, marketing, merchandising, events, PR and media. There was also the opportunity to work with WeConnect who are the leading global supplier diversity initiative spearheading the connection of women-owned business and multinational corporations.
Speaking at the event, Brendan Cannon, who is the Director Corporate Affairs at Intel Ireland and the EMEA Program owner for Women and Girls, added “At Intel, we value diversity in all that we do and we have put in place a number of programs globally that are working to close the gap for women and girls in key areas such as access to education, representation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers and the representation of female owned businesses in our supply network. We are constantly looking to develop a stronger, more innovative and more responsive supply chain for Intel that incorporates a variety of perspectives to reflect the market and female owned businesses providing are a key component of this. Diverse teams and diverse businesses producte”.
International Women’s Day takes on March 8th with thousands of events being held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.
Pictured at the event are Megan Stowe, Global Program Manager, Corporate Strategic Procurement, Intel, Laura Tenison, Founder of JoJo Maman Bebe, Joan O’Shaughnessy, Vice Chairperson and Special Advisor Arakmark Ireland and Grainne D’Arcy, IT Strategic sourcing Manager, Corporate Strategic Procurement
Laura Tenison, Founder of JoJo Maman Bebe, addresses the audience at the Supply Connections event
Keynote speaker Joan O’Shaughnessy, Vice Chairperson and Special Advisor Arakmark Ireland addresses the audience
Further images can be found here: Intel Women in Supply Chain – a set on Flickr
Female Leadership at Intel
Diversity is an integral part of Intel’s competitive strategy and vision. Studies show that employees working in a diverse environment tend to feel more fulfilled, creative and productive on the job, resulting in increased productivity, efficiency and innovation. Intel strives continuously to advance a work environment that honors, values and respects all of its employees.
As of Dec. 31, 2013, Intel had nearly 105,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide (including employees of wholly owned subsidiaries), and women made up 26 percent of its global workforce. Intel’s board of directors is also 20 percent female.
Intel continues to work on increasing the number of technical females and under-represented minorities in leadership positions, and has key initiatives designed to improve recruitment, retention and development of technical women on its leadership teams. Intel has three leadership councils made up of its most senior African-American, Hispanic and female leaders, who serve as visible role models, sponsors and passionate voices for employees at Intel. They actively engage in hiring, retaining and sponsoring Intel’s diverse talent.
About the DCU Ryan Academy
DCU Ryan Academy is a non-profit, joint venture between Dublin City University and the Ryan Family (Ryanair) that aims to be the leading supporter of entrepreneurs and innovation in Ireland. Our Vision is for an Ireland where entrepreneurship and innovation are viewed as key drivers of business success and the DCU Ryan Academy as a leading catalyst in helping to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Our Mission is to promote an entrepreneurial mindset and real innovation focus among Irish SME’s, corporates, startups and researchers through a range of training, leadership and funding initiatives.
WEConnect is a non-profit organisation that is opening doors to new supply chains. Led by corporate members, it certifies firms that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by women and connects them with the growing global demand from corporations and the public sector for diverse and innovative suppliers. The organisation partners with corporations, associations, governments, women entrepreneurs and their supporters, and is affiliated with a global certification network for women-owned enterprises.
WEConnect also facilitates the building of strong networks for women by connecting them both with procurement officers of top corporations and with other certified firms in order to enhance bidding capacity, and creates the opportunity of business to business contracting.
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