Over 50 women gathered for the inaugural Women in PR NI event in Belfast city centre on Thursday 26th April.
The women, from all communications disciplines, came together for an evening workshop to identify the barriers they face and to work together to begin to identify solutions.
Women in PR NI is a new programme launched by Michelle Canning, Head of PR with the Housing Executive and Sara McCracken, Head of Marketing, Research and Communication with the Controlled Schools Support Council.
The not for profit programme aims to ensure there are no barriers to women participating in a year-long calendar of events focussing on issues including leadership, confidence and resilience among others.
Michelle, who is a steering group member of the NI Public Sector Communications Forum and chairs the Leadership Group, said,“It’s both inspiring and humbling that what started out as an idea has resulted in a phenomenal response. We have over 120 women expressing an interest in the programme.
“It all started when Sara asked me to sit on a panel to discuss issues around Women in PR in October last year. It was clear at the end of that evening and in the days afterwards that there was more to say and lots to do.
“And so I decided that something should be done. I approached Sara, who organised that panel event, to see if we could get together and do something about it. And so womeninpr was created.
“We are committed to working together to equip and enable women to fulfil their potential. And we have a team of women, all leaders in their fields, who – without hesitation – have volunteered of their own time, without charge, to provide a tailored programme for myself and Sara.”
If you would like to know more about Women in PR NI then you can find them on Twitter @womeninprni where all forthcoming events will be promoted, or join their mailing list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also hear Sara McCracken speak at a panel discussion at the Forum’s Academy on the 17th May.