Diversity – The secret weapon of success

Start Date: 06/06/2019

Duration: 8.30am - Registration/Breakfast
9.00am - Start
10.00am - Close

Location: Clayton Hotel, Cardiff Lane, Dublin 2

Full Fees: Free

Network Members Fee: Free of Charge

Programme overview

Please note that this event is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to a wait list  please contact Claire.madigan@ibec.ie

In a recent survey by Ernst &Young 98% of business leaders agreed with the statement

‘Inclusive environment is vital for business performance’

There are many reasons for this, from employee engagement to better governance. But perhaps the most pressing is access to a largely untapped pool of talent.

According to the ESRI, current levels of underemployment are now close to those of the pre-crisis period. With the unemployment rate forecast to average 5.1% this year, the war for talent is once again being fought by most organisations.

However, employers prepared to focus on attracting and maintaining a diverse pool of talent will gain a competitive edge; for example, 71% of people with disabilities in Ireland are not currently employed.

A diverse workforce also improves innovation; it makes sense that the people who design and market your products, should reflect your diverse customer base.

Learning outcomes


On conclusion of this briefing, participants should have an enhanced appreciation of:

  • Why diversity is essential to the future success of Irish business
  • How to develop diversity strategy that works for your organisation

In addition to an opportunity to ask questions and address concerns.


Who should attend

Personnel responsible for diversity planning, HR, Talent management and management of people within their organisation

Course Outline

Key Topics

  • Why is diversity a business imperative?
  • Who are diverse groups?
  • Common pitfalls
  • How to design a diversity programme
  • Benchmarking and measuring success

Trainer:  Dawn Leane

Passionate about the need for greater diversity at senior levels, Dawn established Leane Leaders to support individuals and organisations on their diversity journey. She has a particular interest in contemporary women’s leadership issues and is a regular contributor to professional journals on the topic.