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Hopper Local / Dublin

February 27, 2019 · 7:30 am - 7:00 pm PST



Hopper Local / Dublin is a one-day locally organized conference modeled after our Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). This immersive event brings together women technologists at all levels – along with leading companies from industry, academia, and research – to build relationships, learn, and advance their careers. Hopper Local / Dublin is the inaugural event and will launch an AnitaB.org Local Community in Ireland.

General Registration – 100.00 EUR / all-day event

Registration is closed.

Sponsored by:

Allstate Northern Ireland Google
Mastercard Microsoft SAP
Science Foundation Ireland Stripe


Notable Speakers

Dearbhail McDonald, Group Business Editor of Independent Newspapers
A global Eisenhower Fellow, the award winning journalist, author, and broadcaster is a recipient of the Mary Cummins Award for Women of Outstanding Achievement in Media. A director and trustee of the St Stephen’s Green Trust, the Newry native is a member of the board of Fighting Words, Ireland’s national creative writing center for children and young adults, and serves on the strategy committee of the Centre Cultuerel Irlandais in Paris. Dearbhail has also served on the External Advisory Board of Maynooth University Department of Law. Dearbhail received an inaugural Dublin City University Special Alumni Achievement award for her contribution to public affairs journalism, and is an Irish Tatler Media Woman of the Year.


Opening & WelcomeCathriona Hallahan, Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland
As Managing Director for Microsoft in Ireland, Cathriona is responsible for driving Microsoft’s commercial business on the island of Ireland.  In addition to managing the continued growth and expansion of the business, Cathriona also represents the Company in Ireland on all strategic policy, corporate affairs and communications issues including overseeing a number of community, education and innovation programs.

Brenda Darden Wilkerson, AnitaB.org President & CEO
Brenda Darden Wilkerson is an advocate for access, opportunity, and social justice for underrepresented communities in technology. She currently serves as the President and CEO of AnitaB.org, an organization working to shape public opinion about issues of critical importance to women technologists in academia, industry, and government. She founded the original Computer Science for All program, building computer science classes into the curriculum for every student in the Chicago Public Schools, and serving as the inspiration for the Obama administration’s national CS4All initiatives.


Official Opening

Josepha Madigan, Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht
Josepha Madigan was appointed as Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht on November 30, 2017. Josepha is the sole Fine Gael T.D. for Dublin Rathdown. Following her election to the Dáil for the first time in 2016, Josepha was appointed to the Fine Gael Government Formation negotiation team by former Taoiseach Enda Kenny.


Keynote Address
Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Business Development Microsoft
As executive vice president of business development, Peggy Johnson is responsible for driving strategic partnerships and transactions to accelerate growth for Microsoft and its customers. Johnson works with external partners around the world, ranging from start-ups to large-scale enterprises, to identify areas of collaboration, drive innovation and unlock shared value. In this capacity, she also manages Microsoft’s relationship with the venture capital community and oversees strategic investments through the company’s corporate venture fund, M12.


Featured Panel
Leadership Panel – Q&A on Inclusion/ Balance for Better
Charlotte Yarkoni, Corporate Vice President, Cloud + AI Division Microsoft, Tara Roth, Corporate Vice President, Customer Success Engineering (CSE) Microsoft, Helen Tynan, Director of People Operations Google,  Colm Buckley, Engineering Director, Google Ireland


Program agenda subject to change.



Please send your questions and other inquiries to the following email address: HopperDublin@AnitaB.org


February 27, 2019
7:30 am - 7:00 pm
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One Microsoft Place
South County Business Park, Leopardstown
Dublin 18, Ireland
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