• Paul Fingleton

I Wish 2018 continues to encourage young women in STEM studies and careers

I Wish 2018 to Encourage More Young Women to Pursue a Career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths

Dell EMC and VMWare have been announced as the anchor sponsors of I Wish 2018, the fourth consecutive year of their involvement. The initiative was developed to encourage more young women to choose science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and courses.


“We believe organisations must harness the power of human difference to build a community that is inclusive and collaborative, and through our diversity and inclusion initiatives, we have made great strides in making our own workforce more diverse. However, there is much still to be done to maximise the potential of young women, and equip them with the skills to succeed in tomorrow’s digital economy. VMware is committed to helping nurture and grow Ireland’s strong pool of technological talent, regardless of gender, and is proud to offer its continued support for I Wish to help young women pursue careers in STEM. We are excited to demonstrate to attendees that the technology sector has the power to shape our future, and look forward to showing young women how they can be part of that vision.”

- John Dolan, vice president of Global Technical Support at VMware,


I Wish 2018 is a series of events planned for students in Transition Year and will be held in Cork on January 25-26 and in Dublin on January 29-30. In Transition Year students make the most choices that will impact their future study options and their careers. At the events next year, talks, demonstrations and interactive hubs where students can meet and engage with inspiring women working in a variety of STEM roles.

As well as supporting I Wish for the fourth consecutive year, VMware runs ‘power of difference’ communities to promote diversity and inclusion, and hosts regular activities dedicated to gender diversity and culture. Supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace also requires organisations to look at the untapped talent available within today’s economy. VMware works closely with Software Skillnet in Ireland to run a number of programmes which re-train jobseekers – including graduates and ex-IT professionals – with the skills required for a career in the tech sector. The Back 2 IT and Kickstart programmes are but two examples of a series of VMware-backed initiatives designed to help women and men from all walks of life pursue a career in STEM.

I Wish 2018, supported by Dell EMC and VMware, is an award-winning partnership between Science Foundation Ireland – Smart Futures, Cork City Council, Cork Chamber, it@cork, Cork County Council, Dublin City Council, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, UCC, CIT, American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, ARUP and many more. More information is available at www.iwish.ie.