Inspirefest 2017

Dr Michelle Cullen

Managing director, Accenture Ireland

Dr Michelle Cullen is managing director with Accenture’s Corporate Functions, based in Ireland. She has extensive international experience in driving large-scale transformation, innovation and organisation design. She leads a team of 500 people in hubs in Dublin and Prague. She is also the Accenture Ireland MD sponsor for inclusion and diversity.

Cullen is passionate about equality and social inclusion, and is committed to driving a culture that develops and empowers women leaders, making them visible. She is particularly interested in the ways that language and imagery used around leadership can perpetuate exclusion. She is co-founder of Accenture’s Women on Walls partnership with the Royal Irish Academy, which commissioned the first portraits of women leaders in sciences and humanities for public display in Academy House. She chairs Accenture’s International Women’s Day conference in Ireland, which brings together more than 1,500 top business leaders, scientists, academics, artists and sportspeople for a diverse and collaborative conversation about advancing gender equality in all areas of society.

Cullen holds a PhD in semiotics and communications, and regularly engages as a speaker in academic and business settings.