Brenda Romero is an award winning game designer, Fullbright scholar, entrepreneur, artist, writer and creative director who entered the game industry in 1981. She won a BAFTA special award in April 2017. Romero is best known for her work on the Wizardy series of role playing video games and, more recently, the non-digital series The Mechanic is the Message.
Brenda Romero served as Chair of the Savannah College of Art and Designs Interactive Design and Game Development department until November 2009. She moved to San Francisco to consult as Creative Director for social media company Slide Inc and then became Creative Director of social gaming company Lolapps, She co-founded the social game company Loot Drop with John Romero in November 2010, then left Lolapps and joined Loot Drop in February 2011.In 2013, Brenda Romero became the first game designer in residence at the Games and Playable Media Program of the University of California at Santa Cruz. She also served as the program’s director. Brenda is currently the Program Director of the MSc program in Game Design and Development at the University of Limerick.
Noelle is an Associate Manager for the Biomaterials Research & Development Team in Stryker. In this position in the Craniomaxillofacial (CMF) division, Noelle is responsible for leading a team of scientists in the launch of new biomaterial products, sustaining products currently in the biomaterial portfolio as well as also being involved in the biomaterial product pipeline development for CMF. Noelle has over 12 years’ experience in the agrichemical, pharmaceutical and medical device industries in both Ireland and Australia in various capacities including scientist and project/people management roles. Noelle studied Pharmaceutical and Forensic Analysis at Limerick Institute of Technology and is currently completing an Executive Masters in Business Administration at the University of Limerick
Tricia Smyth is Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) for Dell Technologies in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). At Dell Technologies, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) is more than what we do – it’s who we are. Having full leadership buy-in is critical when creating real change within organisations and as part of her role, Tricia works with business leadership teams to drive a business driven culture of diversity inclusion, and to ensure Dell remains an employer of choice for all. Tricia is also responsible for driving leadership commitment, engagement of customers and team members in the D&I agenda, and promoting partnerships and engagements with global companies and advocates. Based in Cork, Ireland, Tricia brings a wealth of international experience across her +15 years’ of passionately driving D&I initiatives and employee engagement in her previous roles.
Paula Kirk recently transferred to Dublin from our London office where she led Arup’s Cities and Climate Change Consulting Group. She is widely experienced in developing practical solutions to climate change and advising on resilience and sustainable strategies. She is looking forward to explaining to the students at I Wish that a career in STEM offers the chance to shape the world and make a difference.
Kathy Chou is VP of Research & Development Operations and Central Services for VMware. Chou has more than 25 years of operations and management experience in the high-tech industry.Previously, she has served as SVP of Sales Strategy and Operations for Informatica, VP of Sales Operations and Strategy at Intuit and spent 18 years at HP in various management roles. While at HP, Chou led the team that won the 2009 Franz Edelman award for outstanding achievement in applied operations research, awarded by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.
Chou holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in manufacturing systems engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
She most recently served on the Stanford Presidential Search Committee, has chaired the Stanford Alumni Committee on Trustee Nominations and served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is currently a director for the Stanford Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRISS) and a director for the Asian Pacific Fund. Chou lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and four sons.
Medb Corcoran is the lead for ‘Accenture Labs’ in Ireland, one of Accenture’s seven key research hubs around the world. Based in Accenture’s The Dock, Medb incubates and prototypes new concepts through applied R&D projects that are expected to have a significant strategic impact on Accenture and its clients. Medb also drives the Artificial Intelligence R&D work for Accenture Labs in Ireland. This involves exploring new ways of addressing critical business problems by applying leading-edge AI techniques, including machine learning, natural language processing, knowledge representation and reasoning.
With a background in mathematics, finance, data science and AI, Medb has held a number of roles leading highly skilled, quantitative teams in consulting, industry and R&D. She bridges the business and technical/quantitative worlds – translating business requirements into innovative analytical and AI solutions, and also researching how technological innovations today will answer the business questions of tomorrow.
Passionate about education and skills, Medb has extensive involvement in the local ecosystem. She works closely with a number of third level institutions in Ireland to help shape degrees in AI and Data Science. She also has a keen interest in promoting STEM in first and second level institutions – she is on the Smart Futures Advisory Board and a member of Smart Futures Women in STEM network group.
Medb has a background in Maths with a BSc in Maths from Oxford University and an MSc in Applied Maths from Dublin City University.
Gillian is a partner with Ronan Daly Jermyn Solicitors.
Gillian is passionate about ensuring that the next generation of women know all about the opportunities in STEM. Gillian wants girls to be fully informed on how STEM changes lives, improves our environment and solves world problems so no young woman ever says “I wish I knew… I could have been…”!!
A key element to Ireland’s success on the world stage is and will continue to be the availability of a strong talent pool to meet the requirements of multinational and indigenous companies. Ireland will be best placed to maintain a strong talent pool by harnessing the power of the next generation of young women and Gillian is determined that I Wish will make this happen.
Caroline is a tax partner with Deloitte Ireland focused on the technology, life science, pharma and food/drinks sectors. She has a passion for all things tech, and was previously the chairperson of it@cork in a voluntary capacity. She is a regular speaker at conferences from West Cork to Web Summit and everything in between. This passion led her to I Wish to resolve the low participation of girls in STEM. The rest as they say is history. Caroline is a winner of the national Boots WMB Empowering Women Award 2015, was awarded one of Irelands Top Ten Outstanding Young People 2016 and was honoured to be awarded the UCC Alumni Award 2017 with her fellow Co-founders for their work on I Wish. Caroline is also a regional advisor to Tech Ireland.