Professor Gerardine Doyle elected to Yahoo! Finance HEROes 100 Women Future Leaders List
The HEROes Future Female Leaders 2021 list was released on September 9, 2021 and celebrates 100 inspiring women who make a significant contribution to gender diversity in the workplace.
Professor Gerardine Doyle is the first woman to serve as the director of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and the first director of the business school to be named to the elite list created by the diversity and inclusion organization INvolve with the support of Yahoo Finance UK was developed.
“It is vital that women can be successful around the world, and these role models are essential to break down barriers to advancement and create opportunities for women to be successful while being their authentic selves in the workplace,” said INvolve founder and CEO Suki Sandhu OBE. “I’m really excited to celebrate this incredible group of women and role models who are committed to inclusion and inspiring the next generation of talent.”
As Director of UCD Smurfit School and Assistant Dean of UCD College of Business, Gerardine was responsible for directing the school’s first women-only recruiting campaign in 2020, which aimed to increase the number of women in MBA and MSc finance programs increase at least 50%.
Since 2018, the average proportion of women in all MSc programs has risen from 49% to 54%.
Professor Doyle also led the development of the faculty’s new Executive MBA program, specifically designed for global leaders and women. The design of the program addresses the main barriers to entry identified by women, including flexibility, trust and cost. The school has also launched three new Women’s Scholarships and a new Justice, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Scholarship – the first of its kind at an Irish business school.
In addition, the initiative “UCD Smurfit Women, Inspiring More”, founded by Gerardine together with students and alumni, aims to raise awareness of the challenges women face in the transition from training to professional life and to create a network in which these topics can be discussed without hesitation.
“I am honored to be included on the 100 Women Future Leaders List for the first time, along with a group of inspiring and powerful champions of change and workplace integration,” said Professor Doyle. “The nomination, however, reflects the work of many colleagues, alumni and students who all work side by side to advance gender equality in business education so that everyone has a voice and can reach their full potential. This team award is a signal that we are moving in the right direction together as we continue our critical work to ensure that all of our students receive equal support to become effective business leaders. “
The nominations were reviewed by the HEROes jury, which includes Yahoo Director Lianna Brinded. The panel assessed each person for the impact of their role, their impact on women in and out of the workplace, and their business successes.
Professor Doyle joins other Irish executives including Francesca McDonagh, Group Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland and Meliosa O’Caoimh, Country Head – Ireland, Northern Trust in the 100 female executives category; and Margaret Gribben, Performance Manager, Irish Life; Lara Byrne, Director, Global Digital Commerce, Fiserv; Sinead Maxwell, EMEA Corporate Citizenship Program Manager, Fiserv; and UCD Business Alumna Olivia Maguire, Portfolio Manager, JP Morgan Asset Management in the Future Leaders Role Model category.
The full HERoes Women Future Leaders Role Model List 2021 can be found here.