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85% 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 to watch our I Wish Virtual Events from 2021 and 2022 and a selection of our I Wish Role Models.

I Wish 2022 Virtual Event
Session A

I Wish 2022 Session A is opened by An Taoiseach followed by inspiring Women in STEM from Deloitte, ARUP, and Stryker.  You will learn all about “Making an Impact” with PepsiCo and our I Wish Ambassador in this session is Mairead McGuinness.

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 2022 Virtual Event
Session B

In Session B you will hear incredible Women in STEM from Merck, Deloitte, and Amazon.  Learn what “Life at Stripe” is like and all about “Career Journeys” in ARUP. We were honoured with some wise and touching words from the former president of Ireland and prominent climate action campaigner 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 2022 Virtual Event
Session C

Anna hill of River Cycleway Europe is our wonderful I Wish Ambassador in Session C. You will also hear from women in STEM from Johnson & Johnson and Stryker, “Where it all Began” for Stripe, and find out why Dell Technologies is a “Great Place to Work”!

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 2022 Virtual Event
Session D

Session D features Johnson & Johnson’s TY Pilot programme and a chance to meet some of the girls on our Deloitte Mentorship programme.  We also showcase amazing women in STEM from Dell Technologies, Coillte, Qualcomm, Linesight, and Dassault, along with our own inspiring I Wish Co-founders.

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 2022 Virtual Event
Session E

Welcome to the I Wish 2022 International Session which includes a wonderful introduction from Mayor London Breed of San Francisco and contributions from our twinning schools in Cork, San Francisco, Donegal and Pennsylvania.

We also saw trailblazing women in STEM from PepsiCo, Stryker, Johnson & Johnson, plus inspiring I Wish Alumnae thanks to Merck.

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 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 trailblazing women in STEM from Merck Millipore, Stryker, Vodafone, and Dornan Engineering.  Our special guests in this session are three incredible teenagers who developed an app to help people with dementia. It closes with inspiration from I Wish Co-Founder Caroline O ‘Driscoll.

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 C

This session includes a panel of graduates working in J&J,  and food for thought from our founder Gillian Keating.  You’ll hear from inspiring women in STEM from Guidewire, Jacobs, Vodafone, Google, Gas Networks, Irish Water, Qualcomm and Stryker. Our special guest is the award winning game designer and all round legend, Brenda Romero.

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 D

This session includes a live demo from Stryker and a wonderful chat with Jacqui Hurley, Kate Mulhall (Irish Women’s Rugby) and an under 14s girls rugby player.  You will also get to meet some I Wish Alumnae who are now studying STEM at third level, and Women in STEM from Facebook, VMware, Accenture, and Teamwork.  You will hear from Amanda Adewole a Creative Director, Podcast Host and Digital Content Creator who also happens to be a Researcher and Scientist!

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 E

The International Session is opened by London N Breed, Mayor of San Francisco.

Our trailblazing women in STEM come from Google, Facebook, Guidewire, Arup and J&J and the guest speaker is Marion Buchet a French Fighter Pilot and Flying Instructor.

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
Arup

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
Arup

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
Stryker

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
VMWare

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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