March Diversity in Tech - The Cork IT Network

March Diversity in Tech

We are very excited to launch our Diversity in Tech series for 2018 (formally branded as Women in Tech).

We have a superb line up of events and speakers this year, starting with a lunch time speaking event led by Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director Microsoft Ireland – read her very impressive profile below.

Based on your feedback from last year, we will be encouraging more interaction at the event, including asking each table to put forward their ‘burning question’ for Cathriona and also introducing a key topic for discussion over lunch, with a rating card to complete.

Please note that the format has changed, whereby Cathriona will speak BEFORE lunch (with Q&A after lunch),  so it is important to be at the event on time.

Sponsorship opportunities now available. Contact:  Sarah Walsh at for additional information.


Note: 48 hour cancellation policy applies 


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Cathriona Hallahan

Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland

Cathriona Hallahan is Managing Director for Microsoft in Ireland, responsible for driving Microsoft’s commercial and consumer business on the island of Ireland.

In addition to managing the continued growth and expansion of the business, Cathriona also represents the Company in Ireland on all strategic policy, corporate affairs and communications issues including overseeing a number of community, education and innovation programmes.

Cathriona joined Microsoft in 1986 and over the past 31 years has held a variety of senior roles in both Finance and Operations. She has managed large teams with regional and global responsibilities across a range of functions including global responsibilities for Microsoft Business Services and Enterprise Services, as well as directing Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Customer Care and IT & Financial support for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

In addition to her Microsoft responsibilities Cathriona also sits on the boards of Solas, the Children’s Hospital Group Board, IBEC Board, IBEC National Council, UCD Advisory Board to the President of the College, National Competitiveness Council and the DanceSport Federation Board of Ireland. Cathriona is also Chair of IBEC’s Innovation, Science and Technology Policy Committee. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, Institute of Directors, Institute of Accounting Technicians (IATI) and is a fellow of ACCA.

Cathriona is a qualified Executive Coach, and is passionate about Change Management and Leadership Development. In June 2015 the Women’s Executive Network inducted her into its Hall of Fame following three successive years of recognition as one of Ireland’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women. She was awarded CEO Businesswoman of the Year 2014 by Image Magazine: 2009 O2 WMB Businesswoman of the Year, Business & Finance Person of the Month during 2013, and honoured with the Praeses Elit Award from Trinity College Dublin 2017.