Lunch & Learn: Why Invest in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

  • Event: Lunch & Learn: Why Invest in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Date: 05/04/2023
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Venue: Online, Session, Via Zoom,
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Join the Irish Centre for Diversity on the 5th of April at 1pm for a lunch time webinar!

Diversity and Inclusion has become top of the agenda for businesses all across Ireland. Come along to learn how Equality, Diversity and Inclusion can benefit your business.

The webinar will explore:

  • An overview of what Equality, Diversity & Inclusion is.
  • The moral, business, and legal case for investing in diversity.
  • Practical tools and tips of how to embed Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in your workplaces.

About ICFD

The Irish Centre for Diversity is Irelands leading EDI company. We work with over 350 companies across Ireland supporting them to create more fair, equitable and inclusive workplaces.

Webinar panelists

Laura O’ Donovan 

Laura has been working in Diversity & Inclusion for the last 7 years, Starting out her career in the sector in 2017 as Director of Business Development for the Canada’s Women’s Executive Network (WXN). She holds a BA (Hons) degree in Hotel management from Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) and has gone on to study in the design, delivery and assessment of training along with holding a Diploma in Radio Production.  A notable achievement in her Career was organising and running the “Top most Powerful Women in Business Awards” for two years.  Laura then ran two programmes of ‘Mentor Leadership’ through UCD’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and went on to head the D&I Management function at Aer Lingus.

As an openly-proud Gay Woman, Laura has worked alongside LGBTQ+ organisations for over 10 years to de-stigmatise issues around sexual orientation and has delivered numerous workshops to young people in schools, as well as working alongside several community projects and not-for-profit organisations.  She is also passionate about EDI work to address physical and mental disabilities as she grew up with an amazing brother who had many complicated disabilities, so progress in this area holds a special place in her heart. Laura hopes to be part of a positive change to further Equity in society from the inside, out and is committed to the progression for underrepresented groups in the workplace.

James Cawley 

James provides guidance and support for organisations that are looking to move the needle on their D&I journey of continuous improvement. He is a proud disabled person from rural Co. Longford. He has established a high profile as one of Ireland’s leading Disabled activists and has a wealth of accomplishments in advancing D&I.

James was formerly the Policy Officer for a National Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO) which is led by and for Disabled people. He co-facilitated the disability studies certificate course at Maynooth University. He is a member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) Disability Advisory Committee and featured in their TV, Cinema and Radio campaign “All Human – All Equal”. James was appointed to many Government policy forums in the past including the Disability Stakeholder Group (DSG 6) and Taxi Advisory Committee. He was an active board member and Chairperson of the EAPN – European Anti-Poverty Network.

This session is FREE OF CHARGE, but registration is essential. 

Please book online to secure your place!

Note: the link to join online session with the Irish Center for Diversity will be sent via email 24/48 hours before event and also listed below


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