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Arlene Foster urges businesswomen to take top seats in Northern Ireland boardrooms

By Staff Reporter

Published 10/06/2016

First Minister Arlene Foster with Ellvena Graham, chairperson of ESB and the Waterfront and Ulster Hall, Imelda McMillan, chairperson of Women in Business (WIB), and Roseann Kelly, WIB chief executive, at Titanic Belfastplans
First Minister Arlene Foster with Ellvena Graham, chairperson of ESB and the Waterfront and Ulster Hall, Imelda McMillan, chairperson of Women in Business (WIB), and Roseann Kelly, WIB chief executive, at Titanic Belfastplans

Arlene Foster has praised the contribution of women to the world of business in Northern Ireland.

The First Minister said the region's women "have a reputation for practical thinking, for working hard and achieving success locally and in the global marketplace".

But the DUP leader also used her speech at the annual Women in Business Lunch to urge more women to seek out senior roles in the boardroom.

"While there has been great progress - and you are proof - I know you will agree with me when I say that, when it comes to the levels of female leadership in business, there is always room for improvement," Mrs Foster said.

"I would like to see more women taking top seats in the boardroom.

"I firmly believe there is a vast reserve of untapped potential that could become an even more significant driver of the Northern Ireland economy."

The First Minister also urged aspiring entrepreneurs to avail of assistance from Invest NI and the Regional Start Initiative, which is delivered by Enterprise NI on the behalf of councils.

"If we can harness even a fraction of the positivity that is in this room today, it will surely open more doors for women," she said.

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