NI: O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors director hosts major business diversity event

Women in Business chief executive Roseann Kelly, First Minister Arlene Foster and Imelda McMillan
Pictured (l-r): Women in Business chief executive Roseann Kelly, First Minister Arlene Foster and Imelda McMillan

Imelda McMillan, director at O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors in Belfast, hosted a major event attracting nearly 300 businesspeople who wanted to hear about inclusive growth and diversity.

Ms McMillan, also chair of the Women in Business network, yesterday hosted its inaugural Chair’s Lunch.

Women in Business is the largest local network for female business leaders and entrepreneurs with a growing membership of more than 2,500, representing all industry sectors.

First Minister Arlene Foster was among a number of special guest speakers to address around 260 delegates in Titanic Belfast.

Ms McMillan said: “The business case for gender diversity is clear.

“Companies with more women in leadership posts simply perform better. Diversity delivers more profits, better decisions and solutions, improved productivity and ultimately increased share prices.

“This is what Women in Business is about – inclusive growth, not just through gender but also cultural diversity, and creating a new economy for everyone. We do this by supporting and encouraging women to achieve their ambitions in their business and careers.”

Ms Foster added: “It is an honour to be here today to address the first Women in Business Chair’s Lunch. I am proud that Northern Ireland has more than its fair share of formidable female business leaders who are successful role models across a range of sectors.

“Northern Ireland’s business women have a reputation for a hard work ethos and are a strong voice for success both locally and in the global marketplace.

“I pay tribute to Women in Business for the role they play in inspiring women to realise their full potential. You recognise all that is good about being a woman in business in Northern Ireland and empower women to remain focused and determined to make a difference not only in the workplace but across society as a whole.”

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