Role Models

Why Choose STEM

83% of Girls believe that Role Models are important when choosing STEM. Here at I Wish we couldn't agree more. Women are at the coalface of some of the solutions being developed for real world problems. It is important that the next generation is fully enabled to contribute in even greater numbers. See below a selection of our I Wish Role Models and watch back our I Wish 2021 Virtual Event.

I Wish 2021 Virtual Event
Session A

This session includes an introduction from An Taoiseach, trailblazing women in STEM from ARUP, Dell Technologies, Vodafone and Colgate Palmolive.  Plus, a special appearance from Ireland’s first female president, Mary Robinson.

Remember, this is a recording so unfortunately you can’t enter the competitions or take part in the polls.  Just sit back and enjoy! 

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I Wish 2021 Virtual Event
Session B

This session includes an introduction from Gillian Keating, I Wish Co-Founder, and even more trailblazing women in STEM from Merck Millipore, Stryker, Vodafone, Dornan Engineering.  Our special guests in this session are three incredible teenagers who developed an app to help people with dementia.

Remember, this is a recording so unfortunately you can’t enter the competitions or take part in the polls.  Just sit back and enjoy!

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Caroline O'Driscoll
I Wish Co-Founder

I Wish Co- Founder & Partner Deloitte

Corporate & international tax partner for Deloitte. Within Deloitte, Caroline provides corporate and international tax advice to Tech Companies particularly on inward and outward investment,

Caroline is a Co-Founder of I Wish and embarked on this journey as she could see the opportunity in STEM, but with less than 25% of the STEM workforce in Ireland being women Caroline realised that there was a risk that her own daughter would not participate in the jobs of tomorrow, all she wants for her is equal opportunity of choice.


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Gillian Keating
I Wish Co Founder

I Wish Co-Founder & Partner Ronan Daly Jermyn

Gillian Keating leads Ronan Daly Jermyn’s Corporate and Commercial Department and the firm’s Technology and Life Sciences Groups.

Gillian is a Co-founder of I WISH and is passionate about the next generation of young females. Gillian is very focused on how we as a society need to fully enable young women to participate in the economy of the future.

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Dr Pixie McKenna

Doctor & Celebrity

Pixie graduated from University College Cork Medical School in 1995.

She is best known for her role in Channel 4’s primetime, BAFTA-winning medical series ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ and Channel 4’s ‘Food Hospital’.

Pixie comes from a family background of medicine, being the third generation of doctors in her family, but only the first female medic!




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Claire FitzGerald

Senior Consultant in Arup’s Advanced Digital Engineering team.

Claire is an expert in geospatial data analytics, i.e. turning data into meaningful insights that people working in government and businesses use to inform decision making.

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Paula Kirk

Director and Climate & Resilience Consultant, Arup

Paula Kirk recently transferred to Dublin from Arup’s 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. In her video Paula explains to the students at I Wish that a career in STEM offers the chance to shape the world and make a difference.

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Noelle Maguire

Associate Manager for Biomaterials Research & Development Team

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 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

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Brenda Romero
Romero Games

Gamer & Designer

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

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Tricia Smith
Dell Technologies

Head of Diversity & Inclusion Dell Technologies

Tricia Smyth is Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) for Dell Technologies in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). 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.

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Jacqueline Elebert


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Kathy Chou

Vice President of Research & Development Operations & Central Services VMware

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. 

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Commandant Gillian Collins
Defence Forces

Gender Equality and Diversity Advisor with the Irish Defence Forces.

Commandant Collins enlisted in the Defence Forces in 2003 and was commissioned to the Cavalry Corps in 2005. Since then she has been employed in a wide range of appointments at various levels of the organisation including three years as a staff officer with Defence Forces Headquarters Human Resources Branch.

Commandant Collins is a graduate of the University of Limerick, holds a Higher Diploma in Leadership and Defence Studies from Maynooth University and is currently undergoing a Masters in Peace and Conflict with University College Dublin.


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Medb Corcoran

Lead for Accenture Labs

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.   

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