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One of US' most powerful women for Cork

Tuesday, June 03 14:13:42

One of America's most powerful businesswomen will deliver a talk on women leadership in business this Thursday 5th June, organised by the College of Business and Law at UCC.

Third-generation Irish American Kathleen Murphy is president of Personal Investing at Fidelity Investments, a global financial services group with millions of individual investors. She will also receive an honorary doctorate (DEconSc ((Degree of Doctor of Economic Science) from UCC on Friday 6th June.

Ms Murphy will speak of her experience of leadership in business with a view to discussing the issues it raises with the invited audience during a Q and A session.

Ms Murphy has repeatedly been named one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune magazine. She is in good company, with the list also boasting the likes of Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo.

Ms Murphy has also been named as one of the "Wall Street Top 50" and "Business 100" by Irish America magazine and named as one of the "25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” by US Banker, among other honours.

Ms Murphy, a 25-year industry veteran, whose father's family is from Cork and mother's family from Kerry, oversees a business with more than $1.5 trillion in client assets under administration, more than 14 million customer accounts and over 12,000 employees. Her business is America's No.1 provider of individual retirement accounts (IRAs), one of the largest brokerage businesses and one of the leading providers of college savings plans. Her role also extends to managing the firm's brand and advertising programs, online and mobile presences, amongst others. She is an occasional guest on the CNBC news channel and has previously delivered a popular and inspiring TED Talk around financial planning.