Cork (22 January 2016) – I WISH Conference organisers have announced that Katie Taylor, the current Irish, European, World and Olympic Champion in the 60kg division, will join delegates at this year’s event in Cork City Hall on 11 February where she will meet with Transition Year students as they explore future study and career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
I WISH expects to see over 2000 students attend a series of workshops, exhibits and meetings with female STEM role models over the two-day event. Joining the line-up of speakers, which includes CEO of Vodafone, Anne O’Leary, Katie Taylor will be interviewed on stage by Barrie O’Connell, President of Cork Chamber of Commerce.
Commenting on the announcement, Caroline O’Driscoll, I WISH Ambassador and Partner with KPMG, said: "On behalf of I WISH founders Gillian Keating, Ruth Buckley and I, we are delighted to welcome Katie Taylor to this year’s conference. Katie is highly regarded as the outstanding Irish athlete of her generation and is very much an inspiration for young Irish women as she prepares for this year’s Olympic Games in Rio. I WISH was founded to inspire, encourage and motivate young women to consider careers in STEM where there are traditionally lower levels of female participation. Katie Taylor, as an inspirational Irish woman, has excelled in a field which was traditionally dominated by men."
The I WISH conference will also feature seminars, daily keynotes and engaging talks by women who are at the top of their field in STEM including Cliona Murphy, Vice President of Technical Services at PepsiCo, Mary Moloney, CEO of CoderDojo Foundation, Aoife Caulfield from Twitter, Margie McCarthy of Science Foundation Ireland and Marie Moynihan, Vice President of Talent at Dell.
"Students at this year’s conference will now have the opportunity to hear first-hand from Katie Taylor about how she confronted her own personal challenges, including tackling female stereotypes, and it should be a memorable event for all in attendance as they meet an Olympic hero," added Caroline O’Driscoll.
About I WISH
I WISH (Inspiring Women in Stem) is a city and regional initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate young secondary school female students to pursue careers in STEM. I WISH 2016 will feature a conference and interactive exhibitions. The conference will also feature workshops, daily keynotes and engaging talks by women who are at the top of their field in STEM.
The Fit Skills Audit 2013 estimates there are 4,500 ICT job vacancies in Ireland. Forfas estimates that Irish Companies will have 44,500 ICT job openings in the next 6 years. But Ireland has a problem. We have a skills gap. There is a potential solution – why leave 50% of the talent pool behind? The levels of female participation in STEM is low, too low. In a generation, nothing has really changed. This is no longer acceptable. This is why I WISH was founded. To inspire. To encourage. To motivate young women.
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