Marie O’Connor

As the first woman to become a partner at PwC in Ireland, 30 years ago, Marie has promoted, sponsored and supported hundreds of women in their careers since. She leads PwC’s Asset Management sector, with over 50% of the partners in that area being women.  Externally, over the last three years, Marie has lead the 30% Club in Ireland; a group of Chairs and CEO’s who are committed to accelerating gender balance in their organisations through voluntary action.   They are an active part of the Global 30% Club, with 170 CEO/ Chair supporters from leading business in public, private and multinationals in Ireland.  Their activities include information sharing on best practices, research on Women in Management, cross company personal mentoring, and scholarships to promote further education. They are complementary to individual company programmes and other networks, adding to these through support and the development of targeted programmes where gaps exist. Marie received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Ireland-US Council in June 2016, and was honoured by Irish America Magazine as one of its Inaugural Top 50 Women in July 2016. She was also an honouree of University College Dublin at their Alumni Dinner in New York.

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