3 April 2017
By David O’Sullivan
March’s ‘Cork Person of the Month’ title has been awarded to three businesswomen and social entrepreneurs: Gillian Keating, Ruth Buckley and Caroline O’Driscoll. The women founded ‘I wish’ in 2014. Gillian Keating is a partner at Ronan Daly Jermyn Solicitors, Ruth Buckley is Head of ICT & Business Services at Cork City Council, and Caroline O’Driscoll is a partner at KPMG.
‘I wish’ focusses on inspiring and encouraging young female students to prusue careers in STEM-related fields. More than 7,000 students have participated in I Wish events in Cork and Dublin.
The events combine talks and interaction with female role models and mentors, where industry experts engage directly with the students opening up a world of opportunities to them.
Ms Keating, Ms Buckley and Ms O’Driscoll are now in with a 1/12 chance of collecting the overall Cork Person of the Year 2017 title which will be presented at a gala lunch in in January 2018.
Manus O’Callaghan, organiser of the Cork Person of the Year awards, said:
“I’m delighted to announce that Ruth, Gillian and Caroline have been acknowledged for their vision in setting up the I Wish initiative and their dedication to encouraging young female students to consider a career in a STEM.
“Despite having extremely demanding careers themselves, these three business leaders and social entrepreneurs are committed to shaping and nurturing the next generation of highly educated, highly motivated, young women.”Follow TheCork.ie (The Online Newspaper for Cork, Ireland) on social media