PwC: Winning the fight for female talent

Members News - Apr 05, 2017

To mark international’s Women’s Day, PwC published a report following a major international piece of research amongst nearly 4,000 professionals (women and men) in 70 countries including Ireland entitled “Winning the fight for female talent”. The report found that opportunities for career progression is among the top three most attractive employer traits for both women and men.  According to the survey over three-quarters of employers have incorporated diversity and inclusion into their employer brands while over two-thirds of women said that positive role models are important when deciding to accept a job offer.  The report can be found here

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PwC also rang the Bell for Gender Equality on 8 March at the Irish Stock Exchange.  Pictured is Marie Coady, PwC EMEA ETF Leader,  PwC; Deirdre Somers, Chief Executive, Irish Stock Exchange and Tara O’Reilly, Partner, William Fry. The Women in Exchange Traded Funds (WE) ‘Rang the Bell for Gender Equality’ as part of a global collaboration across 44 stock exchanges around the world to celebrate international Women’s Day.  The initiative aimed to raise awareness about the business case for women’s economic empowerment and the opportunities for the private sector to advance gender equality and sustainable development.

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Elsewhere, PwC offices in the South-East hosted lunches on the day attended by  clients and local business women in Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny to celebrate the many achievements of women and reflected upon the progress that has been made towards gender equality.

Meanwhile, PwC Partner Marie O’Connor, who leads The 30% Club in Ireland,  was guest speaker at the ACCA Women’s Day Breakfast.

Finally, in their Spencer Dock offices in Dublin, a “Be Bold for Change” seminar was held for PwC people.  As sponsor of the Women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA) the event featured speakers from the WGPA sharing their experiences on how sport has influenced their professional careers.  A key aim of PwC’s sponsorship is to develop members in both their sporting and professional lives.  Speakers included:

  • Aoife Lane, Founder and chair of WGPA and Head of Department of Sport and Health Science in Athlone IT who spoke on the topic of “Making Things Better – changing the game for women in sport”
  • Anna Geary, camogie player, Cork and All-Star award winner, who spoke on the topic of “Corporate success – moving off the field and up the ladder”, and
  • Aisling Holton, All-Ireland winning Kildare captain and current Intermediate player of the year, who spoke on “High Performance Women- transferable leadership skills and personal development”.

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