Northern Ireland's economy will "lose out" if boardrooms do not have enough top businesswomen, it's been claimed.
Tina McKenzie, group managing director of recruitment firm Staffline Ireland, was speaking as she was appointed European ambassador for International Women's Entrepreneurship Day during an event at Stormont.
She was joined by some of Northern Ireland's top businesswomen, including Deloitte's Jackie Henry and Ann McGregor.
Speaking at the event, Economy Minister Simon Hamilton congratulated Ms McKenzie in her role and said it was a "tremendous honour for Northern Ireland to have one of our own chosen".
Ms McKenzie said: "Promoting women's entrepreneurship from micro-businesses to corporate boards will propel Northern Ireland's economy through uncertain times."