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Thursdays Workshops

The following two workshops are running as part of the Virtual Global Leadership Conference 2020.  These workshops will take place on Thursday 24th September from 2.30pm-3.15pm.

Baker Tilly Mooney Moore - The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be - Looking Beyond COVID To A New Normal
Engage Executive Talent - No Time To Diversify
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The COVID-19 pandemic has generated unique challenges, forcing organisations to respond to unprecedented events at previously unknown speed. Many organisations are currently focused on short-term survival, responding to ever shifting events and trying to pivot home based operations, re-configure workplaces and keep operating effectively.

But we have reached the point where leaders now need to look ‘over the hill’ beyond the current challenges of near-term survival and start to plan for the new ‘normal’.

Whilst we can’t predict exactly what the immediate future holds, we believe the situation will never fully return to business as we knew it before the pandemic, and perhaps that is a good thing.

This workshop will explore a number of themes and reflections on future organisations and workplaces which are emerging from the COVID-19 crisis. We will explore emerging hybrid organisational models; the rise of the remote homeworker; the arrival of permanent flexibility; the acceleration of digital transformation and the emergence of new working practices.

This workshop takes a step into a transformed workplace…. A re-imagined place because as we emerge from an era-defining period of disruption, our focus is gradually shifting from crisis management to developing the organisations of a new working world.

‘There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.’ attributed to Vladimir Ilyich Lenin





Donal Laverty

Donal Laverty is Consulting Partner at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore and he leads the HR/OD Consulting Group for Baker Tilly International. An Organisation Design and Development specialist in essence, Donal’s range of skills and experience lie in assisting organisations transform their structure, their performance and their people.

Donal is the immediate past Chair of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, teaches at two universities and is a regular contributor to thought leadership around organisations, change and management.





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Engage Executive Talent - No Time To Diversify

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 As a board member or chief officer, the organisation you lead has had an eventful year.  You’ve dealt with the usual pressures that it has faced in raising core and project funding, recovering from political discontinuity at Stormont, and Brexit planning.  
Then came the spectre of Covid-19.  Your board had to get on top of the rapid decision-making needed to reconfigure services to meet the needs of its beneficiaries and its staff during lockdown, social distancing and the new Age of Zoom.  
Issues like board diversity and its effective representation of your service users took a back seat while everyone was legitimately firefighting and reorganising.  
But how effective was your board during this crunch period?  Did you have the range of skills needed to make fast, effective decisions to support staff and clients?  And how much did your board members’ lived experience help inform those decisions? 
Facilitated by Engage Director Patrick Minne, this 45-minute session will explore the advantages to organisations, and to their mission, of authentic diversity on boards. We’ll discuss the practical obstacles on the road to board diversity, and suggest how these might be overcome.  

Joining Patrick to share their ideas are: 




Conor Curran – Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Queen’s University Belfast

Conor is a qualified employment lawyer and HR professional with 15 years’ experience of embedding effective D&I strategies in large complex organisations, having previously worked in the policing, justice and health sectors.
In his current role as Head of Diversity & Inclusion, he has helped Queen’s University Belfast develop a reputation as leader in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion best practice, both locally and nationally. 
A Russell Group University, with a workforce of 4,000 staff and 27,000 students from almost 100 different countries, Queen’s is also widely recognised as Northern Ireland’s top university and one of the country’s most diverse organisations.





Judith Gillespie CBE – JKG Strategies LTD

Judith has served as a member of the Equality Commission for NI, on the probation board and on the Garda policing authority. She has chaired the world’s third largest global athletics event and the Marie Curie Brain Game Fundraising Committee.
Judith was the first ever woman to reach chief officer rank in policing in Northern Ireland before ultimately being promoted to deputy chief constable and acting chief constable, and was Diversity Champion for the PSNI, leading on the organisation’s Gender Action Plan.
A visiting professor at UU, she also has an honorary doctorate from QUB.




Michael Holden – Chair of the Centre for Independent Living

Michael is an accredited member of the Chartered Management Institute and holds a PGC in Social Science Research. He has been involved in numerous projects to help assist people living with disabilities including the launch of his website tripability.net. His activities have also involved working in the education sector to advance disability awareness training and addressing conferences to highlight the challenges people with disabilities can face in relation to finding employment.






Roseann Kelly - Chief Executive Women in Business Northern Ireland

Women in Business NI (WIBNI) is the largest and fastest growing business network for female entrepreneurs and senior business leaders in Northern Ireland with over 4,000 members spread throughout all industry sectors. Roseann joined Women in Business NI soon after the organisation was formed in 2002 as a voluntary Director. She also served as its Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Company Secretary.  She is a recent winner of the CO3 Entrepreneur of the Year award.
A Vice Chair of Women’s Tec NI and past board member of both WINET and the Women’s Fund for NI, she was invited onto the Advisory Board of the SME Development Institute at Ulster Business School. She has won the Services to Enterprise Award and was included in the Belfast Business TOP 50.




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