Women in Sport Conference 2021

The 2021 Sport for Business Women in Sport Conference will take place in a virtual setting on the morning of Thursday, March 25th.

We are excited to announce that two of our keynote speakers will be Lynne Cantwell, Chair of the Sport Ireland Women in Sport Committee and recently appointed Head of Performance for South Africa Women’s rugby; and Sue Anstiss MBE, one of the UK’s most prominent advocates for Women in Sport and CEO of Fearless Women.

These two powerful leaders will share the perspective on where Women’s sport stands as we emerge from the grip of the global pandemic and seek to maintain, or perhaps regain, the momentum that was evident before the world changed.

We will also be looking at a number of important areas in terms of Women’s representation in coaching and media coverage, and posing the question of what is next after the strong gains enabled here by the 20×20 Campaign.

This is a forum where everyone who has an interest in the advance of equal respect, recognition and involvement of Women in sport will find something to awake and inspire them.

Attendance is free for all paid members of the Sport for Business community, there is a small charge for non-members to attend.

Among the 300+ attendees registered so far are representatives of:

Bank of Ireland, Electric Ireland, Mark Pollock trust, Lidl, Liberty Insurance, RTÉ, Core Sponsorship, Sport Ireland, Sport England, Cricket Ireland, the GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football Association, Camogie Association, Women’s Sport Collective, West Ham United, Fearless Women, Swim Ireland, Swim England, Olympic Federation of Ireland, Team GB, European Tour, Allianz, TG4, Special Olympics Ireland, Golf Ireland, SSE Airtricity, Musgrave, Cullen Communications, Teneo, TU Dublin, PwC, Gaelic Players Association, FAI, Legacy Communications, William Fry, Mason, Hayes and Curran, Liverpool FC, Sports Tours International, Trinity College Dublin, Sheffield Hallam University, Ulster University, Student Sport Ireland, Scottish Student Sport, M&C Saatchi and many more…

Register today, log in details will be sent to you in advance of the conference.



0915 Doors Open

0930 Opening Comments from Rob Hartnett and our partners for the event RTÉ

0940 The Leadership Equation 

We are joined by Lisa Clancy and Sarah O’Shea who have delivered a Leadership Programme for over 100 women working in and around sport over the past year.  What have they learned and how close are we to having equality of opportunity in achieving positions of leadership?

1000 First Keynote: Lynne Cantwell, Chair Sport Ireland Women in Sport Committee, Head of Performance, SA Women’s Rugby

1020 What next after 2020?

We will highlight a number of initiatives that will be valuable in advancing the area of equal respect

1045 Break Out rooms for participants to meet and talk

1100 Second Keynote – Sue Anstiss, CEO Fearless Women

1120 How Far have we come in Media Equality?

Findings of new research on content balance in Irish sports media.

We look at the latest guidelines from the European Broadcasting Union on how equality can be made reality in broadcast coverage.

1140 Third Keynote Interview 

Sporting star to be revealed this week.

1200 Close and option of a return to break out rooms for discussion.


Sport for Business Partners


Mar 25 2021


9:15 am - 12:30 am

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