Chief Executive, Belfast City Council
Suzanne took up the post of Chief Executive of Belfast City Council in 2014. During her time, she has built strong relationships with the private and public sector – pitching Belfast globally as a great place to live, work, visit and invest! Suzanne has led the creation of the city’s 20 year strategy, The Belfast Agenda - a shared vision with long-term ambitions for the city which include job creation, inward investment, and investment in neighbourhoods & skills.
Through the Digital Innovation Partnership, Suzanne is committed to weaving digital innovation into all aspects of Belfast city’s economy, infrastructure and healthcare services. Having led the Council in its city leadership role during the Pandemic, Suzanne has started the careful planning for recovery with elected representatives and key stakeholders. In February 2022, after 33 years of service at Belfast City Council, Suzanne will take up the post of Chief Executive and Head of Public Service in the Jersey Government!
Co-Founder of Lean-In Ireland
Breda McCague is an ex-Military Officer, Co-Founder of Lean-In Ireland, and an accredited Emotional Intelligence coach. As a massive advocate for inclusion across women's work and personal lives, Breda is on a mission to inspire everyone to understand themselves better and to live conscious empowered lives, that make notable positive impacts in the world around them!
CEO and Co-Founder of iRelaunch
Carol Fishman Cohen is the CEO and Co-founder of career re-entry consulting, training and events company iRelaunch. iRelaunch has worked globally with over 200 clients on return to work programs and leads a community of nearly 100,000 "relaunchers." Carol’s TED talk "How to get back to work after a career break" has over 3.6 million views and she is the author of the Harvard Business Review Magazine article "The 40-Year-Old Intern,”. Carol is a relauncher herself; her return to work as a financial analyst at Bain Capital after an 11-year career break. Her goal is to normalise a career path that includes a career break across America and the rest of the world!
CEO and Co-Founder, Women Returners
Julianne Miles is CEO and Co-Founder of Women Returners, a purpose-led consulting, coaching and network organisation which works with individuals and organisations to enable professionals to return to work after an extended career break. Julianne is a Chartered Psychologist who took her own parental career break after a first career in business. Her mission is to normalise supported routes back to work for returning professionals, making career breaks – for whatever reason - a normal part of a 40-to-50 year career!
Founder of genconnectU
Nancy Spears founded genconnectU to advance the careers of women around the world. The edTech company engages and educates global audiences by sharing the wisdom of world-class experts through learning experiences. As an author, Nancy’s background also includes marketing and digital media, with past clients such as Johnson & Johnson and Nike. She has also served on a variety of boards and non-profit organizations, including the Children’s Health Foundation.
Vice President, Allstate NI
Keith Lippert has 30 years of experience in financial services and is currently Vice President and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for the Allstate Corporation. As Allstate’s first security officer outside the United States, Keith brings an important global lens to cybersecurity issues. He is responsible for establishing and driving individualized information security strategy and programs for each of the major Allstate business lines and leads the Identity Access Management team. Keith partners with business and technology executives to increase security awareness and strengthen security across the Allstate enterprise and Family of Companies. Keith joined Women in Business as a board member in 2019 to support diversity in the technology sector.
Interim Head of Business, Diversity Mark NI
Described by the Irish times as “one of the next generation of female business leaders in the North.” Nuala Murphy is a multi award winning professional marketer and entrepreneur and a community builder and connector by nature. As President of the lean in network Belfast Nuala has led and scaled the Lean In movement across Ireland over the past nearly 8 years.. As a director at tWIRPS, the Women’s investor ready project Nuala along with 3 successful entrepreneurs started a community interest group focusing on changing the stat of investment to women entrepreneurs, regionally. and finally as interim head of business at Diversity Mark, Nuala is channelling her expertise, leadership and passion into building a more equal and inclusive society working with Companies from all sectors across Ireland and the UK. Recent accolades: Top 30 global #FemTech influencers 2019, RBS Ones to watch, Top 100 Startup UK list 2018 Sunday Times Maserati 100 2018 Digital DNA Entrepreneur of the year 2018.
Director Strategic Projects, Sainsbury’s Bank
Maeve McMahon is the Director of Strategic Projects for Sainsburys Bank, leading several key strategic initiatives for the bank at a pivotal time for the bank’s transformation. Maeve joined the bank in July 2020 as the interim Customer Director for Argos Financial Services, responsible for driving the customer and commercial strategy for AFS, working alongside the Argos Group. Maeve sits on the Sainsbury’s Bank Executive Committee and reports into the bank’s Chief Executive. A Certified Director from the Institute of Directors (IoD), Maeve holds a degree in Business & French from University of Limerick, Ireland and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK. Maeve is a busy mum of two children and lives a full and integrated life. In her spare time during lockdown, she co-founded a social enterprise called ShareJoy with some friends, which sells pre-loved fashion to raise funds for youth mental health. Outside of work she spends time with her family in Dublin, she enjoys keeping fit and is a weekend golfer.
Head of AllBright Ireland
With over 16 years' experience at Condé Nast in London, working across British GQ, WIRED Media Group, Ars Technica and Vogue.com, Rachel is a well networked and commercially aware individual able to successfully lead consumer brands to achieve maximum performance & results across all platforms such as digital, video, social, podcast, print, consulting and events (both in real life and virtual). Having recently returned to Dublin following 20 years in London, Rachel launched R2 Communications and now works with a range of clients including AllBright, where she is currently responsible for launching the brand into Ireland. AllBright is the leading career network for women globally, offering an inspiring platform to connect, upskill and supercharge their careers - to ultimately change the narrative for women at work. Through her company, Rachel has a mission to work with brands who are changing the world for the better!