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12:30 pm


Same day

03:30 pm

Event type:

Face to face

Titanic Belfast

Ticket Price:

Member - £70.00 (+VAT)

Non-member - £90.00 (+VAT)

At a glance…

Join the WiB Group as we gather to celebrate the anniversary of Women in Business at our annual Chair’s Lunch - celebrating 21 years of inclusive impact.

The Chair's Lunch hosts over 400 business leaders and owners from all sectors across Northern Ireland. The experience is more than just a networking event; it's a space for meaningful conversations and connections. Engage in forward thinking discussions, exchange ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration on the mission of the WiB Group – to help create a prosperous, inclusive economy for Northern Ireland.

As we reflect on years gone by since the network was established in October 2002, we will hear from our Chair, Nichola Robinson who will inspire us to look towards the future of the WiB Group and Northern Ireland over the next 21 years. During the event we shall also highlight the impact that the group has made and how this will set the standards to be used as the building blocks of a new economy - join us to be part of the change we all wish to see.

Who is it for?

Whether you are a Women in Business corporate, individual or Young Women's Network member, a Diversity Mark signatory or a Timely Careers founding partner, you are part of this Group and have helped us to grow. With single tickets and table booking options, all are very welcome to come along and celebrate the visionary leaders, dedicated members and cherished supporters who have been the foundation of our success.

The 2023 Chair’s Lunch is sponsored by Department for the Economy, Allstate Northern Ireland and Queen’s University Belfast.
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The WiB Group

Women in Business is an integral part of the WiB Group, an umbrella group of social enterprises that are dedicated to helping create a prosperous and inclusive economy in Northern Ireland. Through the Women in Business NetworkDiversity Mark, Centre of Learning and Timely Careers, the WiB Group is committed to driving positive change through networking, accreditation, skills development and employment opportunities. Join us in our mission to help create a prosperous and inclusive economy, where the collective power of everyone’s contributions propels us towards a brighter, more equitable future for all.

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Who you will hear from...

Jane D. Hartley

Jane D. Hartley

US Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Jane was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on May 27, 2022. She served as Ambassador to the French Republic and the Principality of Monaco from 2014-2017. Hartley was Chief Executive Officer of Observatory Group, an international economic and political advisory firm. Before founding the Observatory Group, she was Chief Executive Officer of the G7 Group, a premier research firm providing macroeconomic and political analysis to global clients. Hartley currently serves as a member of the Visiting Committee of the Kennedy School at Harvard University, as well as the Executive Committee and the Dean’s Council of the Kennedy School. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and is a member of the Board of Overseers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sesame Workshop (Sesame Street). Hartley is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, Hartley was a Member of the Board of Trustees of Heidrick & Struggles and a Presidential appointee to the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. She was Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Economics Club of New York and held positions as Vice President at both Universal (MCA) and Westinghouse Broadcasting. Hartley also served at the White House in the Carter Administration. She earned a B.A. at Boston College (Newton College).

Nichola Robinson | Chair of the WiB Group

Nichola Robinson | Chair of the WiB Group

Strategic Sourcing Director, Spirit AeroSystems

With over 30 years’ experience in Aerospace Supply Chain Nichola is currently is a member of the leadership team at Spirit AeroSystems Belfast. Nichola leads a team of sourcing professionals with responsibility for the planning and execution of global sourcing strategies, managing the introduction of new programmes and developing supply chain solutions for customers. Her leadership responsibilities also include continuous improvement within supply chain, Spirit Belfast, where she leads a team of engineering and sourcing professionals who develop and implement innovative concepts. A graduate in Management Operations from University of Jordanstown, she also has a professional coaching qualification, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

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