International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We are proud to lead and support a wide range of women’s initiatives which advocate for gender parity and to support the next generation of women leaders.
Diversity and Inclusion are at the heart of KPMG and each year we celebrate IWD with numerous activities including our Executive Speakers Series, where we invite inspirational women to speak about their achievements to our people. This year, we were delighted to host Samantha Barry, Editor-In-Chief of Glamour (U.S. Edition). Samantha, born and raised in Co. Cork has held this role since 2018, when she became the eighth editor of the magazine since it was founded in 1939. Under her leadership, Glamour ceased to be a monthly print publication, now working under a digital-first model.
"You are in the room for a reason. Don't apologise for it", speaking at our event, Samantha discussed various topics regarding women in the workplace – including women being unnecessarily over-apologetic, suffering from imposter syndrome, and succeeding in a remote-work environment.
We promote inclusion and diversity in our workplace through dedicated events with inspirational speakers as part of the KPMG Executive Speaker Series. Previous speakers include Former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, Lady Chanelle McCoy, co-founder of Chanelle Medical; Marissa Carter, founder of Cocoa Brown; Margot Slattery, Country President of Sodexo Ireland, Olympian and Entrepreneur, Derval O’Rourke and broadcasters Miriam O’Callaghan and Kathryn Thomas.
Supported by KPMG, the initiative encourages Irish women to grow their business and offers a highly successful mentoring programme. The campaign, which began in 2007, is designed to support female business owners in Ireland. All of the past participants have reported a considerable growth in their businesses and many credit Going for Growth for their success.
KPMG is proud to sponsor the Institute of Directors (NI) Women’s Leadership Conference which takes place on 5 March and 12 March. Guest speakers include; activist Erin Brockovich; Great British Bake-Off winner, author and presenter Nadiya Hussein MBE plus a number of our home-grown female leaders; Dr Dennise Broderick, MD of Galen Pharmaceuticals and Dr Jayne Brady MBE, Belfast Digital Innovation Commissioner.
This International Women’s Day we will host our first Inclusion Influencers virtual meet up. This platform is for our people to share their recommendations on media they have consumed that send a message of inclusivity. To celebrate International Women’s Day, a panel of individuals from KPMG will talk about female focused books, podcasts, series and media they have enjoyed and learned from.
20x20, a KPMG supported national movement to champion girls and women in sport is the first initiative of its kind in Ireland. 20x20 was created by Along Came A Spider and presented by The Federation of Irish Sport with the active support of Ireland’s national sporting governing bodies. The result? A 17% increase in participation, 34% in attendances, 50% in media coverage. in women’s sport by the end of 2020. Find out more here.
We’re proud supporters of the Dublin Senior Ladies Gaelic football team. Our investment will help fund the development and progress of Dublin Ladies Gaelic football – already one of the great sporting success stories in the country. The Dublin Senior Ladies Gaelic Football team are reigning All-Ireland Champions and our KPMG colleague Sinéad Aherne is the current team captain. Read about our involvement with Dublin Senior Ladies Gaelic football here.
We are proud to support Irish golfer Leona Maguire on her quest for success on the LPGA Tour. KPMG are committed to investing in young Irish talent in a range of areas and encouraging exceptional people to fulfil their potential. The KPMG women’s golf programme saw an uptake of 96 Irish staff participants in 2019 including 84 beginners who completed 60 weeks of lessons in total.
KPMG are partnered with Children’s Books Ireland to support their BOLD GIRLS Initiative, creating innovative workshops based on women who changed history thus encouraging young girls to achieve their ambitions. The BOLD GIRLS workshops aim to break down societal barriers and to instil confidence in girls by showing them female characters in children’s books with passion, power and opinions.
We are a founding member of the 30% Club in Ireland, an initiative focused on achieving a minimum of 30% female participation at board level. Gender balance on boards not only encourages better leadership and governance - diversity further contributes to better all-round board performance, and ultimately increased corporate performance for both companies and their shareholders. Learn moe about the initiative here.