Bespoke development programme in Ireland to strengthen representation of Women in Leadership

Pictured at the launch of the programme in Dublin were (l-r): Caitriona Coffey, Commercial Director, Aon Ireland; Rachael Ingle, CEO, Aon Ireland; and Fiona Buckley, Programme Director, Irish Management Institute.

by HRHQ Editorial Team

Aon Ireland, a leading global professional services firm, recently announced a new programme dedicated to supporting the development of future women leaders and enhancing gender balance within the firm.

Aon, an accredited gold standard investor in diversity from the Irish Centre for Diversity, employs over 750 colleagues in Ireland with offices in Ireland. The new Accelerate Programme is designed and delivered in collaboration with the Irish Management Institute and focuses on equipping women colleagues from across the firm with the necessary skills and opportunities to achieve their full potential at Aon.

The programme features a series of workshops, projects, psychometric testing and mentoring support being delivered this year. It will enable the participants to develop their leadership style and to become role models for others within the workplace. The new programme complements other initiatives by the Aon Ireland Inclusion Council to increase representation at the leadership level within the firm.

Rachael Ingle, CEO of Aon Ireland, said: “The Accelerate Programme is no longer a ‘nice to have’ but a ‘must have’ to ensure we deliver better outcomes for our colleagues, clients and communities. It is one of many initiatives aimed at driving an increase in women leader representation in our firm. We believe that businesses thrive when the communities they serve and the people they employ also flourish.”

Triona Geraghty, HR Director at Aon Ireland, commented: “We are delighted to launch Accelerate, a programme that signals another milestone in our inclusion and diversity evolution. We firmly believe in strategically designing for diversity and recognise the opportunity to further strengthen the pipeline for women representation, particularly at senior levels within the firm.”

Shane O’Sullivan, interim CEO, Irish Management Institute, said: “The Irish Management Institute is delighted to work with Aon Ireland on this bespoke programme created to empower the firm’s women employees on their career journey, and therefore, help improve the diversity of its future leaders.

“As the first programme of its kind for Aon Ireland, we’re looking forward to working with them to see the impact this initiative has on participants and, ultimately, how it helps to support the firm’s diversity and inclusion goals.”