First Irish chapter of Leading Executives Advancing Diversity (LEAD) network launched
LEAD’s new Ireland chapter committee involves representatives from across the industry including Kellanova, Musgraves, Lidl, Unilever, P&G, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle, Kraft Heinz, Bank of Ireland, Haleon, Danone and Valeo Foods
2 November 2023
For the first time, industry leaders and competitors alike across the retail and FMCG sector have come together to launch the first Ireland chapter of the Leading Executives Advancing Diversity (LEAD) network.
Coming to Irish shores for the first time, LEAD’s goal is to attract, retain and advance women in the retail and consumer goods industry through education, leadership and male allyship.
Since originally being established in 2011, LEAD has grown astronomically to more than 18,000 members, 10 country chapters, with 200+ manufacturers and 100+ retailers all working to bring about gender equality at all levels of the industry.
Membership to LEAD is free and members are invited to join a host of events, networking opportunities and best practise sharing designed to support peer to peer learning as well as ultimately achieve gender balance in the sector.
LEAD’s new Ireland chapter committee involves representatives from across the industry including Kellanova, Musgraves, Lidl, Unilever, P&G, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle, Kraft Heinz, Bank of Ireland, Haleon, Danone and Valeo Foods.
The LEAD Ireland chapter launch event will take place on 14 November from 2pm – 4pm hosted by LinkedIn and will include key speakers including Grainne Seoige, Allyson Zimmerman (CEO, LEAD), Deborah Somorin (People & Experience lead, EY), Nelofar Pazira (journalist and filmmaker) and David McRedmond (CEO, An Post).
“The LEAD Network organisation has had an incredible impact across Europe so far, and I’m excited about the prospect of building upon the wonderful work that is already in place in Ireland. I know that together we can continue to serve as the voice of the industry and achieve our vision of a gender-equal future,” said Allyson Zimmerman, CEO from LEAD.
LEAD Ireland is co-chaired by Sarah Ferguson, head of Kellanova Ireland, and Jane McEvoy, multichannel manager, Musgrave.