Microsoft MD Cathriona Hallahan granted inaugural Women Of Concern Award
The managing director of Microsoft Ireland, Cathriona Hallahan, has been granted the inaugural Women of Concern award.
Launched by Concern Worldwide, the new award was created to recognise those who are leaders in driving gender equality.
Concern Worldwide CEO Dominic MacSorley said the Dublin woman was "immediately the person who came to mind".
"Cathriona has been a shining light for women in leadership positions in Ireland and has clearly championed gender equality and led diversity and inclusion at Microsoft for many years," he said.
"Concern is committed to promoting innovation and gender equality and we can see that projects such as Microsoft’s #MakeWhatsNext, Girls in ICT and DreamSpace are inspiring girls and young women to take up STEM subjects and become the leaders of tomorrow."
This will be the first year that the Women of Concern Awards will be held in Ireland, having been hosted in the US for the past 16 years.
Past honourees include actress Toni Collette, former US Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and world-renowned Irish architect Aine Brazil.
Cathriona, who joined Microsoft in 1986, took over the position as MD for the company's Dublin-based EMEA Operations Centre before being appointed MD of Microsoft Ireland in 2013.
"Concern Worldwide has a long and impressive history of advocating for gender equality across the globe and that is a mission that is very much shared by Microsoft. I look forward to travelling overseas in the coming months to visit Concern’s programmes and see firsthand the incredible work that is being done in these communities," she said.
The honour will be presented to her at a special luncheon at The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on Friday, October 19.