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Date(s) - 29/01/2021 - 30/01/2021
10:00 am - 8:00 pm



The Union of Students in Ireland invites you to Women Lead 2021.  

Women Lead is an event which aims to empower, encourage, inspire and motivate self-identifying women to put themselves forward for leadership positions in their Students’ Union, clubs and societies on campus or any other positions of influence.  

This two-day event will include discussions and presentations by inspirational women on everything from running a campaign to what it’s like to be a CEO! 

As a participant you will have the opportunity to engage with empowering panel discussions, motivational talks and learn invaluable skills that will help you running for election. This event is open to all students and Students’ Union officers who are currently studying in USI affiliated colleges 

This event will run over 2 days – Friday January 29th (4.00pm to 8.00pm) and 30th (10am – 2.30pm) , 2021.  

Registration is free, but you must book your spot to get the link! 

This event will take place online.

Women Lead will run over 2 days, January 29th and 30th. Women Lead will kick off on Friday at 4pm until 8pm and Saturday, Jan 30th from 10am to 2:30pm.

Thursday, January 28th  

Women Lead 2021 Meet & Greet  

5:30-6:30pm Introductions and Ice breaker session  


Title: Let’s hear from the Leading Women… 

FridayJanuary 29th 

4:00-4:15 Introduction  

Lorna Fitzpatrick
President, Union of Students in Ireland 
Clare Austick
Vice President for Welfare, Union of Students in Ireland
Marie Lyons
Vice President for Equality and Citizenship, Union of Students in Ireland

4:15 – 5:00pm – Women through the decades  

  • Trish Hegarty
  • Síona Cahill  
  • Chair: Lorna Fitzpatrick  

5:00-6:00pm – Let’s talk leadership 

  • Senator Annie Hoey 
  • Laura Harmon 

5:50-6pm break  

6:00-7:00 What it’s like at the top 

Moninne Griffith 

7:00-8:00 Leading Women panel discussion  

  • Chair: Ailbhe Smyth 
  • Senator Ivana Bacik  
  • Kate McGrew 
  • Aoife Price 
  • Tara Flynn  
  • Orla O’Connor 
  • Aoife Martin  
  • Cllr. Darcy Lonergan  

8:8:30 pm Phenomenal Woman with Ciara Ní É  

Let’s talk running an election…. 

Saturday, January 30th  

10-11am Women Leading the Student Movement  

  • Dajana Sinik
    PresidentNational College of Ireland Students’ Union 
  • Áine Daly
    PresidentAthlone IT Students’ Union 
  • Collette Cassidy
    President Ulster University Students’ Union 
  • Petrina Comerford
    President, Munster Technological University Kerry Students’ Union 

Chair: Ellen Fearon
PresidentNUS USI President  

11-11:40 Campaigning 101 

Amy Kelly  

11:40-12pm – Running an online election  

Lorna Fitzpatrick 

12-12:15 break  

12:15-1pm Keepin’ It Social  

Katie Deegan  

1pm – 1:45pm – Setting and Reaching Your Goal 

Kate Acheson 

1:45-2:15 – break 

2:15-3:15pm Reflection and Learning 

 Claire Faithhorn 

3:15-3:30 Close  

Clare Austick
Vice President for Welfare, Union of Students in Ireland 
Marie Lyons,
Vice President for Equality and Citizenship, Union of Students in Ireland 


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact: 

Marie, USI Vice President for Equality and Citizenship on  

Clare, USI Vice President for Welfare on 


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