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MORNING WEBINAR 10:00 – 12:30 GMT

10:00 – Bonhill Group Welcome – Tom Wilkerson, Conference Producer, Bonhill Group plc

Co-hosts Welcome:

Breda McCague, CoFounder & Lead, Leanin Ireland

Aoife Donnelly, Managing Director, CFO & Enterprise Value Practice Lead, Accenture in Ireland 

2020 – A YEAR OF LASTING CHANGE

10:10am FIRESIDE CHAT: How has the pandemic impacted the Irish financial services industry?
  • Discussing the current market volatility being experienced across financial sectors – what have been the most significant changes?
  • How does this compare to the 2008 crisis?
    • Outlining similarities and difference
  • What do we see opportunities for companies and financial services professionals?
  • How has this experience impacted diversity and inclusion efforts?
    • Have we regressed or is there a feeling of togetherness for better?

Moderator:

Karen Cullen, Head of International Financial Services, Risk & Compliance Unit, Department of Finance Ireland

Speakers:

Suzie Nolan, Head of Property Fund Management, Aviva Ireland

Sinead BarryManaging Director, Financial Services, Accenture 

STREAM 1

2020 INVESTMENT TRENDS

10:50 PANEL: Asset allocation in 2021 – where should the money go?
  • Where are people investing now?
  • Where will there be more favourable returns?
  • Why have these companies/assets become more valuable?
  • What shift are we seeing for the future and how do we adapt to accommodate? i.e. product and company types, investor/client demographics, etc.
  • ESG – the new decision-making tool used by clients to invest in firms/assets?

Moderator:

Eve Finn, Managing Director, LGIM Ireland

Panellist:

AnneMarie Flynn, Head of Structured Investments Syndicated & International Finance, AIB

Catherine Flavin, Investment Manager, Brewin Dolphin

Orla O’Gorman, Head of Equity Listing Ireland, EURONEXT

11.35 FIRESIDE CHAT: Hastened tech adoption and rollout
  • How do we avoid making mistakes and bad investments along the way?
  • Which tech is crucial in which sectors and why?
  • How are we managing expectations of all stakeholders when it comes to implementation, training and understanding, and results?
  • In this new normal, how do we future proof with limited certainty on what 2021 will bring?

Moderator:

Richa Pathak, Innovation Catalyst, Citi Europe Plc

Speakers:

Amor Sexton, Digital Transformation – Head of Digital Experience Strategy and Head of CX & Design COE, BNP Paribas Securities Services

Lisa Silver, Head of Digital for Western European Markets, Liberty Insurance

IMPROVE YOUR VIRTUAL NETWORKING SKILLS

12:10 PRESENTATION: Networking in Virtual Realms
  • The importance of maintaining solid networking during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • How do the basic skills of face-to-face networking compare to virtual networking?
  • How can we be productive and maintain long-term relationships physically and virtually?
  • Lessons learnt – go forth and try it out now

Presenter:

Aisling McCaffrey, Associate Director, Financial Services Advisory, Grant Thornton

STREAM 2

CHANGING WORK CULTURES

10:50 PANEL: Redefined company cultures – the pandoras box of opportunities
  • Reviewing some of the persistent challenges regarding company culture and policies faced over the years i.e. flexible working, technological investment, upskilling opportunities, etc.
  • The step by step processes to achieve change – Endorsement, implementation and management
  • Have all financial services gone digital? How has each sector adapted?
  • Everyone has a part to play – how do we guarantee adoption and acceptance of these new measures (considering all circumstances)
  • What is your continuity game plan?

Moderator:

Fionnán O’Sullivan, Managing Partner – Financial Services, Barden

Panellists:

Joann Hosey, Provincial Director Dublin, Bank of Ireland

Sara Savidge, Managing Director | Wholesale Payments, J. P. Morgan

Alison ManleyDirector, Goodbody Fund Management 

11:35 FIRESIDE CHAT: 2020/2021 Leadership styles
  • Discussing the importance of resilience, adaptability and digital presence
  • How to lead remotely and in the face of adversity
  • Why are EQ, IQ and communication skills the ultimate triple threat?
  • Lessons learned – what worked and what did not?
  • What does leadership look like in 2021?

Moderator:

Meliosa O’Caoimh, Country Head, Northern Trust, Ireland

Speakers:

Maria Mileder, Global Head of Innovation, PayPal Inc

Martina Keane, Head of Assurance, EY Financial Services Ireland

12:25 – Co-hosts closing remarks

12:30 – End of Morning sessions – join us at 14:00 BST

AFTERNOON WEBINAR 14:00 – 16:30 GMT

14:00 – Bonhill Group Welcome – Tom Wilkerson, Conference Producer, Bonhill Group

Co-hosts Welcome: 

Breda McCague, Transformation and Motivational Specialist

Aoife DonnellyManaging Director, CFO & Enterprise Value Practice Lead, Accenture in Ireland 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND SUPPORT FOR ALL

14:10 PRESENTATION: Building a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion-first Culture from the inside out
  • Looking at the make-up of the Financial Services industry and highlighting the discrepancies
  • How we approach the challenges in the journey to DEI cultures
  • Acknowledging that bias and unconscious biases are real, and whether they are changing in a covid world
  • Changing the industry – internal and external forces and the power of our cumulative actions

Presenter:

Gillian Harford, Country Executive, 30% Club Ireland

STREAM 1

THE TECHNOLOGY & BUSINESSES OF TOMORROW

14:40 FIRESIDE CHAT: FinTech’s to the rescue
  • What part have Fintech’s played prior to and during this pandemic?
  • Will / is the revolution of FinTech extending from banking innovation and take root across sectors i.e. insurance, wealth management and asset management?
  • How do we mitigate the risk of losing the vibrant ecosystem of start-ups, scaleups and high growth in the economic downturn?
    • What is needed to support Irish Fintechs?
    • Are we offering all entrepreneurs a fair and equal opportunity?

Moderator:

Hesus Inoma, Head of Digital & FinTech, Financial Services Advisory, Grant Thornton

Speakers:

Alison Harwood, Head of London Branch, Varengold Bank

Gillian DoyleCEO, Cerebreon 

15:20 PRESENTATION: The future in payments
  • What has the pandemic done in the shift towards a digital wallet?
  • What are the organisational impacts of making payments digital?
  • What are the societal risks and challenges of a cashless world?
  • How do we make it accessible and user friendly?

Presenter:

Grace Hayes, Senior Vice President, Mastercard Europe

TACKLING 2021 WITH A FRESH MINDSET

15:50 PRESENTATION: Overcoming the pandemic together
  • Don’t underestimate your power and ability to adapt and grow
  • Be aware of your mindset and check yourself
  • Take this opportunity to evaluate what you want and how you want to achieve your balance
  • Be mindful and conscious of others – send the elevator down

Presenter:

Breda McCague, CoFounder & Lead, Leanin Ireland

16:10 SUMMIT ROUND-UP
  • Discussing the key takeaways from this inaugural summit
    • What actionable takeaway will you do first?
  • What topics would you like to hear about at WIT Ireland 2021?
  • Tweet your pledge: Making your pledge for change
    • Given the content and insights shared, attendees are asked to pledge an act for greater change

Co-hosts:

Breda McCague, Transformation and Motivational Specialist

Aoife Donnelly, Managing Director, CFO & Enterprise Value Practice Lead, Accenture in Ireland 

Tom WilkersonConference Producer, Bonhill Group plc 

STREAM 2

SUPPORTING ALL OUR EMPLOYEES 

14:40 FIRESIDE CHAT: Intersectionality – considering all the elements that make us who we are
  • The need to look beyond gender
  • Are we doing better on gender equality than LGBTQ+ representation?
  • Where is the race conversation now, and where does it need to go?
  • Work is needed across the board, so how do we spread the effort to be intersectional?

Moderator:

Deborah Somorin, Consultant & Assistant Manager | Advisory Practise, PwC Ireland

Speakers:

Sandra Healy, Director, Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion, Dublin City University

Noel Gavin, Senior Vice President, Global Head – Corporate & Institutional Services Learning, Northern Trust

15:20 CASE STUDY: Diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives you can drive

Examples of company and employee lead DEI efforts that have begun and/or developed regardless of a world in crisis.

 

  • What has made this possible?
  • Why is this important to the business?
  • How can all professionals in each firm support these efforts?
  • How can you and your D&I/HR team do the same?

Presenters:

Olivia Case, Co-Chair Bank of Ireland Gender Balance Committee, Bank of Ireland

Michael McLoughlin, Co-Chair Bank of Ireland Gender Balance Committee, Bank of Ireland

16:30 – End of Women in Finance Virtual Summit – See you next year!