Belfast Telegraph

International Business Women's Conference: Female high-fliers jet in to Belfast from the world's boardrooms

By Clare Weir

Over 500 delegates from home and abroad are in Belfast this week from as far away as the USA, Canada, Europe and the United Arab Emirates for the first International Business Women's Conference to take place in Ireland.

The event, at the Waterfront Hall, is aimed at forging international connections and driving economic growth, and to showcase the women who are coming to the fore of international business.

Evelyn Collins, chief executive of the Equality Commission Northern Ireland, joined Women in Business NI's call for more women to be present in the upper echelons of Northern Ireland companies.

Ms Collins said that there also needed to be more focus on encouraging women into the creative industries and into careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and that a lack of technical and computing skills was impeding many women.

Colette Fitzgerald, head of the European Commission office in Northern Ireland, warned that businesses in Northern Ireland have not yet taken enough advantage of opportunities to network in Europe.

Today's events will include masterclasses, keynote addresses and debates involving prominent female business leaders such as Nadine Halabi of Dubai Business Women's Council, Kathleen Mitchell, of jewellery company Stella & Dot and Helena Morrissey, founder of the Thirty Percent Club. Tomorrow, there will be a networking walk and and women in philanthropy breakfast at Stormont Estate.

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