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 are delighted to host successful author and actor Amy Huberman.
Real stories: hear from our people
Our people tell their stories, highlighting the achievements of women across the firm, their diverse interests, and personal and professional goals.
Executive Speakers Series
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, broadcasters Miriam O’Callaghan and Kathryn Thomas, Samantha Barry Editor in Chief, Glamour Magazine, Aimee Connolly, Make-Up Artist & Entrepreneur, Maria Walsh, MEP & Former Rose of Tralee, Leona Maguire, Golfer & KPMG Ambassador, Norah Patten, Aeronautical Engineer & STEM Advocate and Joanne O’Riordan, Journalist and Disability Activist.
IOD (NI) Women's Leadership Conference
The KPMG sponsored Institute of Directors (NI) Women’s Leadership Conference takes place over two afternoons, at 1.00pm – 4.00pm on 9 March and 11 March.
Guest speakers include; Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, Khalida Popal, Former Captain of the Afghanistan women’s soccer team & Founder of the Girl Power Organisation, Dame Inga Beale, The First Female CEO of Lloyds of London, Anne Sheehan, General Manager, Microsoft Ireland, plus many more. Check out the full line-up here.
UCD Women in Leadership Conference
KPMG are Gold sponsors of the UCD Women in Leadership conference, taking place on 22 March 2022 in O’Reilly Hall from 7.30am – 4pm. Keynote speakers include Noeline Blackwell, CEO of Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, the first major company in the state to report a zero gender pay gap, plus more to be announced.
Supporting female entrepreneurship
Going for Growth
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.
Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football
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.
Instilling female role models
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.
Gender balance on boards
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 more about the initiative here.