24% of senior leadership roles are occupied by women, compared with 76% of men. Susan Dwyer, founder of Rise Up, wants to buck this trend.
A private membership network has grown to more than 10,000 emerging and existing women leaders working at some of the fastest growing companies across Ireland.
Led by Susan Dwyer Rise Up is focused on revolutionising the way women approach their careers, with a mission to help them find fulfilling work and achieve their full potential.
“We work closely with employers who are looking to improve inclusion, retain top talent and create impactful initiatives to accelerate gender equality in the workplace”
Dwyer, a passionate advocate for supporting women on their leadership journey, the network has quickly become the go-to destination for women looking to network and take control of their careers.
Supporting women in the workplace
Rise Up provide consulting and advisory services to companies looking to improve gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Rise Up offers a range of resources, such as inclusion strategy design, career development workshops and programmes as well as 1:1 career planning and mentorship support. All initiatives are aimed at supporting women in the workplace and accelerating gender diversity. The network also provides an inclusive community for women to connect and support each other as they navigate the challenges of the working world.
Speaking ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March, Dwyer explained: “Rise Up is a private membership network focused on connecting and supporting women leaders from all backgrounds. Our membership consists of 10,000+ emerging and existing female leaders working at some of the fastest growing companies across Ireland. We pride ourselves on creating safe spaces for women to come together to connect, learn and grow.”
Working in the global recruitment and talent solutions space for more than seven years, Dwyer found herself in daily conversations with female leaders about why they wanted to leave their current employers. The same answers kept on coming up time and time again. Overworked, underappreciated, burnt out, lack of flexibility and overall a lack of commitment to wellbeing and diversity, equity and inclusion.
“I really wanted to create a space where women could come together to share knowledge, experiences, and advice on how to thrive in their careers,” says Dwyer. “Women face unique obstacles in the workplace, from pay disparities to unconscious bias, and I wanted to create a platform and network that would help them overcome those challenges.
“We work closely with employers who are looking to improve inclusion, retain top talent and create impactful initiatives to accelerate gender equality in the workplace.”
Rise Up event for International Women’s Day
Rise Up hosts a variety of inspiring events, career development workshops and mentorship programmes covering topics such as self advocacy and leadership as well their own podcast where Susan interviews a mix of diverse entrepreneurs, thought leaders and industry experts each week.
To celebrate International Women’s Day Rise Up is hosting an event in Dublin 2 entitled Rise Up Together:
- When: Fri, 3 March 2023, 14:00 – 16:00
- Where: The Space Between, 28 Fenian Street, D02 CY50, Dublin 2
- What to expect: Rise Up alongside Hostelworld are hosting a one-of-a-kind lunchtime event. Expect an inspiring panel of trailblazing women (Dr. Andrea C. Johnson is the Vice President of Global Business Systems at Workhuman, Dr. Celine Mullins is a psychologist and Dr. Caoimhe Hartley is a GP, Menopause Specialist, and founder of the Menopause Health Clinic) executive coach and founder and CEO of Adaptas Ltd. to discuss the theme of embracing equity.
- Where they’ll tackle questions like how can we as women navigate our careers with more ease? What do organisations need to do to empower female leaders? Where and how does women’s health fit into the workplace?
- Tickets can be ordered here
Main image at top: Susan Dwyer, founder of Rise Up