TBA’s continuing commitment to enrich the TCD community through support of student-run events, as well as alumni participation in networking and mentoring opportunities, has made a great difference this term!
TBA sponsored the Student Monetary Fund’s ‘Women in Business’ Conference, which was held during November in the TCD Dining Hall. This conference, the first student-organised conference focusing on women in business held in Ireland, was a huge success, and allowed for prominent members of the business community to discuss gender equality issues with current students. 500+ attendees, comprised of students, graduates, academics, media, etc., had the opportunity to hear what the expert panel had to say on a variety of issues including work-life balance, risk-taking in business, workplace policies in support of women, engaging with diversity, building confidence and leadership. The conference began with a lively address from session chair Dearbhail McDonald (Group Business Editor, Irish Independent), which was followed by a discussion by the panelists. A Q&A session rounded out the event, which was followed by a wine reception in the Atrium, allowing for the audience to interact with both the panelists and themselves!
Another student-run event that was sponsored by TBA last term was the 2016 DUBES Budget Analysis. Held annually, this event brings together experts from a variety of backgrounds to discuss the government’s proposed annual budget. This year, the panel included Shane Collins (President, Graduate Students’ Union), Andrew Fahey (Investec), Professor Jim Stewart (TCD), John Paul Phelan (TD) and Senator Gerry Horkan and was chaired by Professor and former Senator Sean Barrett. The panellists were invited to share their expert opinions on the 2016/17 state budget, and were posed questions by the audience.
The Women in Business Conference, along with the DUBES Budget Analysis 2016, facilitated student engagement with prominent members of both the Irish (and international) business community. Alumni participation and attendance at the events themselves, as well as the networking receptions that followed, allowed for students to practice their networking skills, and to make connections within a welcoming and informal environment. As TBA members are a valuable source of information, inspiration and experience for current students, it was amazing to see so much involvement this term!
Events were also held throughout the term that allowed for TBA members to network. The London Alumni Drinks Reception was held in October, and offered an opportunity for newly arrived Trinity graduates to connect with more established graduates based in the London area. More than 80 graduates attended, mingled over wine and canapés, and had the opportunity to hear an address from both Tom McAlesee, TBA President, as well as the Provost of TCD, Dr Patrick Prendergast. The TBA Christmas Drinks allowed for TBA members based in Dublin to meet up before the holidays and reconnect. This year, students had become such a part of the TBA community that an invitation to the Christmas Drinks was extended to all business students! Both undergraduate and postgraduate students attended, and were seen chatting with prominent members of the Irish business community.
On behalf of the TBA Committee, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all TBA members that participated in events this past term – whether as a mentor, a panellist, or simply as an attendee chatting with students over a glass of wine!