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Kelly McDonald

Kelly is a member of the Irish Life Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group, and provides consultation support to D&I groups from two lines of business. She launched ‘Live your Life’ policies for all staff, with a focus on new parents, maternity and paternity leave, and adoption and surrogacy policies. She helped to develop various D&I training programs for leadership teams, and set up a partnership with DCU to study the impact of D&I interventions at Irish Life. Kelly is also a mentor on IBM’s P-TECH program, a public education reform initiative that combines secondary school with elements of third-level education and work experience for underprivileged children.

Kelly McDonald

At National Australia Bank (NAB), Kelly supported the African Inclusion Program, by providing work placement opportunities for people with African heritage (often refugees) offering meaningful work and enabling a number of participants to attain permanent roles. Kelly has always been passionate about diverse recruitment and has supported graduates from ethnic minority backgrounds through career guidance and sponsorship into new roles. Also at NAB, Kelly developed a program leveraging her internal network to support girls from minority backgrounds into higher education. She has acted as a mentor to women from ethnic minority backgrounds, providing them with support as they set up a not for profit business to drive social inclusion. Last year, Kelly took a central leadership role in the D&I programme at Irish Life Group, supporting key initiatives to build greater inclusivity at Irish Life. This included the roll out of unconscious bias training for all employees, LGBTQ inclusion and improving the visibility of mental health and wellbeing. Kelly will be supporting the partnership between Irish Life and P-Tech, acting as a mentor and assisting in finding workplace experience for underprivileged children. She is currently connecting with the 30% Club Ireland, which focuses on gender balance (in Financial Services) to introduce an ethnic minority focus.