ALL-STAR camogie player, Anna Geary, shared some of her top tips with the staff of Beckman Coulter this week as the company marked International Women’s Day.
The international bio-medical firm, which employs 500 people at its Tulla site, also announced the appointments of a number of women to its senior management team.
Four-time GAA All-Star, Anna, who is now a performance coach and broadcaster, delivered a talk open to all staff on the topic of Balance, resilience and Coping with Change. She also discussed the concept of Progress – not Perfection.
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is Choose to Challenge, and as part of the festivities, Beckman Coulter also published facts on the history of the annual event and the history of women’s rights and how women’s rights have evolved over the years in Ireland. Staff were also encouraged to ask children in their families about their understanding of women’s rights and equality with girls and boys between the age of four and ten participating.
Newly-appointed Denise Addie who is Senior Director Strategy and PMO said, “It’s an exciting and challenging position requiring me to work with our global leadership teams. Beckman Coulter are fantastic at celebrating IWD but what makes me proud is the diversity and inclusion journey we as an organisation have embarked on. It’s a significant part of our evolving culture.”
Director of Human Resources (European Operations and Global L&D), Karen Kelly, also newly appointed described her role as “exciting and dynamic role”. “As a female, I have seen great opportunity and career progression with the company and feel extremely fortunate to have joined such a progressive firm,” she said.
Another new appointee, Dolores Ryan, Senior Manager and Danaher Business Systems Leader said, “I’m proud to be part of a company who have taken the lead in driving diversity and inclusion efforts in the workplace, by increasing representation and serving as change agents. Through my role as DBS Leader, I choose to Challenge the Status Quo every day! I believe that “You can’t be what you can’t see”.
Commenting, Orlaith Lawler, Site Lead and Senior Director of Operations, said diversion and inclusion (D+I) are really important for the company.
“We see them as connected but not identical, and we need to work hard on both,” she said. “Diversity is the representation in the group however, inclusion is ensuring that all the voices regardless of who they come are equally listened too. Without diversity and inclusion, we are not operating to our maximum potential individually or as a team. Our focus on D+I has intensified over the past few years and we are proud of where we have come from but have a lot more to do.”