Leadership Forum

The Leadership Forum was set up in 2006 to help  people develop their leadership talents to the full, and to create a network to provide mutual support in the context of business development. An all-Ireland initiative, its 40 daylong seminars to date have been attended by some 400 business people, with a high level of participation from Northern Ireland. Professional integrity and ethics play a vital role in the ethos of the Forum.


Sponsor for 2017:

Creagh Concrete

Creagh Concrete Products, Antrim


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Next Module

Module 3: Friday 29 September 2017, 09:30 to 19:00

Ethical leadership: working to transform an organisation
and enrich the lives of others

Professor Carlos Rodríguez-Lluesma works in the Department of Managing People in Organizations at IESE Business School in Spain. He has held various teaching and research positions at Stanford University, where he obtained his second PhD. Earlier he completed a Masters and a PhD in philosophy at the University of Glasgow and at the University of Navarre respectively. He has considerable hands-on experience as a freelance consultant in industries such as financial services, biotechnology, consumer goods and management consulting. He also serves as an advisor to a political consulting start-up in Silicon Valley. IESE, which was ranked first in the world for executive education by the Financial Times in May 2016 for the second year in a row, is delivering the Leadership for Growth programme for Enterprise Ireland in 2017.

 Case study:  Bob Knowlton at Simmons Securities

Speaker: John Carr, Vice President – Supply Chain Solutions, Flex International (https://flex.com/), an American multinational technological manufacturer, with 200,000 employees in 30 countries. Prior to joining Flex, he held senior management positions with Digital Equipment, EMC, AST and Irish Express Cargo. He holds a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering, an MBA, and is completing a Doctorate in Supply Chain.

For programme details and background see: Leadership Forum Details

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Previous Modules



Friday 26 May 2017, 09:30 to 19:00

The second module of a six-module programme  during 2017-2018.
 Modules can be attended individually.


Are there truly ethical companies with social goals?
 Yes, let’s investigate one of them!

Enrique Aznar

Enrique Aznar is Group Chief Values & Culture Transformation Officer with VimpelCom at their headquarters in Amsterdam. It is the world’s 6th largest mobile network operator by subscribers (214 million) with over 60,000 employees and annual revenues of $23bn, and is listed as an ADS on the New York Stock Exchange. Before joining VimpelCom, he was Chief Integrity Officer with Millicom International Cellular, a telecommunications group operating in Latin America and Africa. Earlier, he was Nokia Siemens Networks’ Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, based in Finland. From 2005 to 2009 he was Deputy General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Tyco International. Earlier, he worked with Dell Inc, Freshfields, PwC and Arthur Andersen. A qualified lawyer in Spain, England, and Wales, he earned an MA in International & Comparative Business Law in London in 1993, and completed a Business Management Programme at IESE Business School in 2002. 


Case study

Brunello Cucinelli – an Italian fashion house operating in what it calls the “absolute luxury goods sector,” specializing in cashmere. It has become one of the most exclusive brands in the international informal luxury prêt-à-porter sector. The company, founded in 1978 by the stylist and philanthropist Brunello Cucinelli, employs 1,200 people and reported €456 million in revenue in 2016.


Entrepreneurship and ethics


Brian KeeganBrian keegan founded 360 group (http://360-group.comin london in 1998. it has grown to become an international outsourcing consultancy, providing payroll, employment, immigration and compliance services to global companies engaging contract workers worldwide, with offices in london, dublin and bangalore. earlier he worked in london for gan, a french insurance company, spent a year in new york, and also a short stint in the family business in ireland. he is the founding president of entrepreneurs organisation (eo) ireland, a voluntary organisation run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs with over 10,000 members globally. educated in newbridge, county kildare, he completed the entrepreneurial masters programme (emp) at the massachusetts institute of technology (mit). he is married to kerry, who is also involved in 360 group, and they have four children. in his spare time, he tries to keep up with his children on horseback.


Module 4: Friday 9 March 2018, 09:30 to 19:00

Real leadership – Changing both hearts and minds

Dr Richard Keegan is Manager of the Competitiveness Department at Enterprise Ireland, and an international specialist in Lean/World Class Business, Benchmarking and Sustainability, advising major companies across Europe. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Business School at Trinity College Dublin.

Module 5: Friday 25 May 2018, 09:30 to 19:00
Theme and professor be confirmed

Module 6: Friday 28 September 2018, 09:30 to 19:00
Theme and professor be confirmed

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Module 1 was held on Friday 10 March 2017


Developing leadership in the workplace and beyond:

A whole-person approach

Michelle Hammond adjDr Michelle Hammond teaches organisational behaviour and work psychology at the University of Limerick, and earned her PhD at Pennsylvania State University. Growing up in the US, she realized that she had an interest in making workplaces better in her first job in an ice cream shop at age 15. She noticed that even a few simple changes could make the working experience so much better for staff. She has always been fascinated with understanding the different ways people think. This lead her to study psychology, move and work abroad, marry an engineer, and raise three very different little personalities. She is particularly attracted to exploring life’s interesting paradoxes, such as when holding leadership positions doesn’t always equate to feeling like a leader, being involved in family and community is both wonderfully enriching and sometimes depleting, and sometimes needing to take a few steps back to move forward. She has co-authored an award-winning book on leader development, published widely in academic journals, and is a registered psychologist in Ireland.


Dr Rachel Clapp-SmithDr Rachel Clapp-Smith has always been fascinated by the topic of leadership, but her concept of leadership was truly broadened when a year studying abroad in Munich, Germany morphed into a 5-year stint managing multi-cultural teams in the IT industry. She discovered that IT was not her passion, but global leadership is. She quickly put herself in a situation where she could explore global leadership development in detail: academia. Since then, Rachel has persistently tested her cultural frames of leadership by traveling internationally when possible and exposing her two small children to multiple cultures. Rachel has coached managers enrolled in the EMBA at Purdue University Northwest and found that coaching can benefit managers at any stage of their career.

 Case study: Conor the Inspired – Making Sense of Leadership Challenges




For more information and details on previous modules see pages below...



Mission Statement

Our mission statement is to help people develop their leadership skills, with a particular focus in the areas of professional integrity and ethics in business.

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