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DIT Leadership Forum Series 2013

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DIT_Rectangular_logoVarious Dates 2013 | DIT Aungier Street, Dublin

Few 'Great Workplaces' started out 'Great'. Their success has been achieved through a combination of vision, determination, consistent hard work, and leadership.

We are delighted to partner with the College of Business at DIT - the largest business school in Ireland - to deliver the Leadership Forum series, in which leaders of Ireland's Best Workplaces talk candidly about how they shaped their workplaces and about the wrong-turns and challenges they faced along the way.


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Various Dates throughout 2013
0830 to 1100
Dublin Institute of Technology
Aungier Street, Dublin 2

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The Forum is built around a simple idea - invite the leaders of the Best Workplaces in Ireland to do three things ...
  • speak candidly about their experiences of leadership
  • offer examples of how they have overcome challenges in their own organisations,  and
  • discuss how they maintain employee trust, promote engagement and increase productivity.

We ask our invited leaders to be open and candid, particularly when it comes to talking about the wrong turns and mistakes that they have made along the way - because that's where we believe the best lessons lie.

These events are of most value and interest to Senior Business Leaders, People Managers & HR Professionals who are interested in creating or maintaining their own great workplaces and we look forward to welcoming you to a future forum.

The Leadership Forum series was launched in May 2010. The sessions take place at DIT, College of Business between 0830 and 1100.Our guests enjoy candid presentations from some of Ireland's most progressive and trusted leaders with free-flowing Q&A sessions and the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals.

Upcoming Events & Guest Speakers

SESSION 2 : Thursday 18 JULY 2013
SESSION 3 : To be advised

Previous Events & Guest Speakers


31st January 2013 : Adrian Dunne, MD, Adrian Dunne Pharmacy & Peter Morris, Director of Corporate Services, BT Ireland.   

Adrian Dunne Pharmacy has successfully built high levels of trust with their teams in the last few years by improving their communication practices and enhancing their employee appreciation. They have set up a Great Place to Work team which now plays a pivotal role in encouraging employee morale and motivation.

BT Ireland are in just the second year of their Great Place to Work journey.  In this candid presentation, Peter shared the lessons they have learned and some insights into the work they have done to build higher trust workplaces. BT recognises that becoming a Great Place to Work is a key factor in driving their business growth.

Each presentation gave the attendees a great opportunity to gain insights and ask questions of two of Ireland’s emerging cadre of high trust leaders. Adrian and Peter shared inspirational perspectives & experiences about how they and their organisations have been dealing with their challenges. 

  • Jim McNeill, Managing Director, Kellogg's
  • John Moran, Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Marcus Bennett, Managing Director, Kuehne & Nagel
  • Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director Microsoft EMEA Operations Centre
  • Philip Janssen, Managing Director, Hilti Ireland
  • Paul Armstrong, Supply Chain Director for Europe, Diageo
  • Paul Campbell, VP Global Supply Chain, PepsiCo Worldwide Flavours 
  • Alan Cox, CEO, Core Media
  • John Kennedy, Managing Director, Diageo Ireland
  • Craig Skelton, General Manager, Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Operations, Abbott Ireland.
  • Cormac Tobin, CEO, Unicarepharmacy
  • Dr Neil Boyle, Managing Director, Merck Sharp & Dohme Ireland (Human Health) Ltd
  • John Atherton, Managing Director, McDonalds Ireland
  • Dave Cullen, Managing Director, Euro Car Parks
  • Danuta Gray, Chief Executive, Telefonica O2 Ireland
  • Martina Murphy, Director of Operations, Bright Horizons Family Solutions

DIT College of Business

Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

Located at the heart of the central business district in downtown Dublin, the College provides teaching and research opportunities to PhD level and currently has over five thousand registered students.

Occupying a state of the art business school facility on Aungier St, just off the corner of St Stephens Green, the twenty thousand square metre complex provides an enhanced learning and research environment with state of the art facilities and a leading edge information technology capability. The library is probably the finest business library in these islands offering staff, students, visiting researchers and business partners access to a comprehensive range of sources and databases and excellent online resources. You can read more about the College of Business here.

DIT MBA Programme

The DIT MBA programme is designed for experienced managers who want to advance into more senior roles, or perhaps run their own company. The programme offers a comprehensive grounding in core functional areas, while also focusing on a number of key themes including: leadership, entrepreneurship, management, strategy, innovation, global business operations and sustainability. You can read more about the MBA Programme here.


26 January 2012 - Bob Lee, GPTW; Jim McNeill Managing Director Kelloggs Ireland; Colin Hughes, DIT; and John Moran Managing Director, Jones Lang Lasalle



23 June 2011 - Bob Lee, Great Place to Work; Colin Hughes, DIT; Alan Cox, Core Media and Paul Campbell, Pepsico



19 August 2010 - Cormac Tobin, Unicarepharmacy; Colin Hughes, DIT; Dr Neil Boyle, Merck Sharp & Dohme


17 June 2010 - Colin Hughes, DIT; John Atherton, McDonalds; Cathal Divilly, Great Place to Work



13 May 2010 - Colin Hughes, DIT; Martina Murphy, Bright Horizons; Cathal Divilly, Great Place to Work



13 May 2010 - Martina Murphy, Bright Horizons Family Solutions

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