The Business SummitComing Backfrom the BrinkWednesday, 2nd November9.30am to 1.00pm“The hall is rented, the orchestra engaged. It’s now time to see if you can dance”
Conference AgendaChanging or developing your business in acompetitive landscape can be one of the 9.30am Welcomegreatest uphill struggles of your life, Ireland Michael P. Kelly CEO, Carlow County Enterprise Boardhas been to the Brink and now it’s time to comeback. Over 97% of business operating in Ireland Conference Chairperson: Blaise Brosnantoday are “small” businesses, and you have arole to play in Coming Back from The Brink. 9.45am Enter the Dragon, The Roadmap to Business SuccessComing Back from the Brink: Gavin DuffyBusiness Summit 10.15am Product Development for SME’s Noel Joyce, Design HubbThis unique business event puts leading businesspeople in the same room where you can gain valuable 10.15am Coming Back from the Brinkinsights on: Seán O’Brien• Developing Strategies for Personal & 10.45am Coffee & Networking Business Development• How to Develop New Products for Your Business 11.05am To Fix Your Business You Must First Fix You• How to Draw up a Roadmap for Success Confronting the Fear of Failure• Connecting with like-minded business people George Mordaunt to create opportunities 11.25am Learning to Grow...This limited attendance event is being held in Self Development for Business SucessVISUAL - Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Dr Tony HumphreysBernard Shaw Theatre in Carlow Town onWednesday 2nd November from 9.30am-1.00pm 12.30pm Panel Discussion 1.00pm Closing Words Ashling Ward Network Manager, Carlow-Kilkenny Skillnets 1.00pm CloseHow To Book: TrainTickets for this business opportunity event cost €45.00 Railway Road Dublin/Waterford ad Ro inBooking is Essential. To book a place bl Du d Entranceat this business summit please contact: OlSouthern Tipperary Skillnet CollJackie Ryan e ge SNetwork Manager tree t treeSouthern Tipperary Skillnet t lin Sc/o Clonmel Chamber Dub8 Sarsfield StreetClonmel Dublin ad RoT: 052 612 6500 in bl Tullow Street Wexford DuM: 086 firstname.lastname@example.org Kilkenny/ Waterfordwww.clonmelchamber.com/trainingTickets can also be booked fromVisual Box Office - 059 917 2400
Noel Joyce Seán O’BrienNoel Joyce is a Dyson award Winning Seán O’Brien is a professional rugbyIndustrial Design Graduate from player with Leinster and Ireland.IT Carlow who recently formed a He has won 9 caps for Ireland sincecompany called Design Hub. making his debut against Fiji inDesign Hub is an amalgamation of November 2009. He has played fora group of young and innovative Leinster 56 times, scoring 11 tries.designers from varied designdisciplines - Graphic Design, Product The Tullow native was part of theDesign, Interior Design and Multimedia. Leinster squad that won the 2009 Heineken Cup and this year he played a huge role in the team’s re-capturing ofDesignhub offers innovative design solutions that can that trophy. He is the current ERC European Player of thehelp businesses and individuals with ideas stand out from Year.their competitors. Our objective is to utilize design as aproblem solving activity for businesses or an instrument Sean, who is 24 years old, looks set to play a major part into help bring innovative ideas or products to market. the future of Irish rugby.Dr. Tony Humphreys George MordauntDr. Tony Humphreys is a Consultant George Mordaunt is the ManagingClinical Psychologist, Author and Director of the Mordaunt Group, aNational and International Speaker. family business based in Clonmel,He began his career as a Clinical Co. Tipperary. He is married withPsychologist in State Psychiatric and two children. In late 2010, GeorgePsychological Services in England Mordaunt’s Chamber of Commerceand Ireland and since 1990 has been conference speech to politicians andworking in private practice in Ireland.He has become Ireland’s most influential psychologist, Irish company chiefs brought the conference room toworking with individuals, couples, families, schools, tears and sparked this story of how bust businesses canlocal communities and the business community. He is the lift themselves out of the mire and recover.Director of three National University of Ireland courseswhich are run in University College Cork and All Hallows Ireland is insolvent because of mismanagement, corruptionCollege, Drumcondra, Dublin. and greed. We have been bombarded with and infuriated by reports of self-serving bankers, developers andHe is regularly sought for his expertise and views on radio government ministers. To date, the general public hasand television shows and writes a weekly column for one not had an account of the devastating effect of this crisisof Ireland’s primary newspapers, the Irish Examiner and on Irish-owned business as it tries to pick up the pieces.has had his own radio programmes on RTE national radio. Irish businesses are trying to cope with insolvency, arrears, liquidation - the rate of suicide among the self-He is the author of many best-selling books, the most employed in Ireland has trebled in the last 3 years. Georgerecent being The Compassionate Intentions of Illness. Mordaunt believes that many Irish businesses are now dysfunctional not because of the recession but becauseHis varied earlier careers encompassing theology, of the reaction of business owners to the recession - andeducation and business adds breadth and depth to his specifically their reaction to their banks. With raw honesty unique understanding of human behaviour. His ideas are he outlines the effect this reaction has had on himself, hischallenging, sometimes controversial, yet they are always young family, his marriage and his business. He sharespresented in the safety of understanding and compassion. his most private moments of despair and fear yetIt is indicative of the ethos he creates that he is in constant demonstrates how business owners can salvage theirdemand for lectures, workshops, seminars, conferences businesses and that we now have a core responsibility tofrom a very wide range of audiences that cross different get back to basics in all levels of Irish life.social strata, different age groups and different social sectors.He is amusing and entertaining in his presentationswithout diluting the meaning and depth of the messageshe wishes to convey. He writes and speaks in a languagethat is easy and accessible.
Conference Chairperson: Gavin DuffyBlaise Brosnan has a unique blend Carlow County Enterprise Board andof practical top management Carlow-Kilkenny Skillnet are delightedexperience gained over 25 years in his to present “Dragon” Gavin Duffy,capacity as Chief Executive of a well Ireland’s leading communicationsknown National business and later skills consultant. Gavin will give aas business adviser to a range of Irish hugely entertaining and enlighteningbusiness types. In addition to this, talk to your delegates touching on thehe has gained further National and following topics.International experience, having successfully completed • How to deliver knockout presentations every timea range of projects in Ireland, US, Turkmenistan, Ukraineand in Russia. • How to always get your way at meetings • How to put your message across on the mediaTo underpin this “cutting edge” experience, he studied • How to work a room and networkand graduated from TCD in 1989 with a M.Sc.Mgmt.The strategic orientation of this programme was the Gavin Duffy has recently appeared on RTE’s Dragons’ Denperfect complement to the analytical nature of his and is a regular columnist on business and the economyprimary Economics Degree. The combination of practice for the Sunday Independent. Bill Cullen of The Apprenticeand theory coupled with a pair of trained objective eyes, on TV3 sought Gavin’s assistance to help him select theears and hands equip him to make meaningful interven- final candidates by giving them ‘the interview from hell’. tions for clients. He does this by facilitating his clients tostrategically reposition their businesses, so they can gain A veteran of 3,000 coaching sessions for executivesleverage in their changing environments. wishing to improve their performance in presentations, meetings, networking or appearing on the media, he isHe is Strategy Senior Specialist within the Management a guaranteed, top-drawer conference speaker who willResource Institute, working with Boards and senior deliver every time. He will get you the positive feedbackmanagement to stand back from their businesses and you want from your event, with delegates impressed byformulate and agree their future strategic reposition- the relevance, practicality and entertainment value of theing. He then works with the team to bring that strategic session.thinking and vision down through their organisations, sothat they are all “singing from the same hymn sheet”. He Gavin’s career in the media started in the 80s, working onachieves this through a combination of direct facilitation Radio One’s “Morning Ireland” and presenting RTE’s first and focused training. TV Business programme “Marketplace”. He left RTE to set up local radio station, LMFM, and then in the 90s setHe is also founder Director of International Dispute up his Management and Communications Consultancy,Resolution (Ireland) Ltd, which specialises in providing which services Ireland’s top indigenous and multinationaldisputants with an alternative to the normal litigation corporations.routes, to solve their commercial disputes. In additionto this he is a Director of a number of commercial Gavin has proven ability in to enliven, entertain andbusinesses, three of which he is currently chairman. enlighten any conference. Amongst the organisations that Gavin has spoken for are The Chamber of Commerce and The Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland. Southern Tipperary Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills