Supporting the female leaders of tomorrow
On 24 March 2023, the inaugural SistersIN celebration event will take place at ICC Belfast.
The SistersIN Leadership Programme was borne out of Assumption Grammar School under the leadership of Peter Dobbin, Principal, in 2018. The initial programme pilot in 2019 proved to be so successful that it inspired the foundation of a charity to help ‘enable, empower and develop’ young girls in education and inspire them to become the leaders of tomorrow.
The concept of SistersIN is simple but powerful and has the potential to become a positive influence on the lives of so many aspiring female leaders of the future.
Peter Dobbin, Principal of Assumption Grammar School
Did you know that only 8% of women in the UK have leadership positions?
It’s a staggering statistic especially when a recent study found that female leaders are highly assertive, strong-willed, and persuasive. Women are also deemed to be more reflective and analytical, often with better listening skills and favour a collaborative leadership style which is crucial to the smooth running of any team.
Despite the value of diversity being widely recognised within most businesses, we are still far from experiencing gender inclusivity.
With young girls’ futures at the centre of the SistersIn programme, schools, leaders, and businesses from across Northern Ireland are coming together to create practical, real-world experiences for all students, regardless of socio-economic background or religion.
The SistersIN Ecosystem
The SistersIN programme is creating an ecosystem where schools, businesses and leaders are helping female students unlock a world of potential and develop the leadership skills needed to succeed in tomorrow's workplace. This signature SistersIN Leadership Programme, which is an 8-month development journey for sixth-form girls, helps build confidence, broaden career perspectives, deliver leadership training as well as mentorship from local female business leaders.
I’m inspired by the vision and ambition of SistersIN to make a real difference in showing our girls that anything is possible and to play our part in enabling a greater representation of women into senior roles across diverse businesses and boards.
Aisling Press, Managing Director of Personal Banking, Danske Bank
SistersIN celebration event
The countdown begins now for the celebration event which has been planned by the SistersIN student cohort from schools across Northern Ireland.
The event is proudly supported by leading organisations from across Northern Ireland including Danske Bank, ICC Belfast, Queen’s University Belfast, The James Kane Foundation and The Education Authority Northern Ireland who have come together to support advancing diversity and female empowerment in the workplace.
To register your interest in attending the celebration event, please do so by filling out this form here.
To host an exhibition stand at the event, sign up here.