Making a difference

All our alumni share the characteristics of inspirational leadership, strategic thinking and the ability to make a real impact on businesses, employees and communities.

Tom Brennan & Patsy Carney

Tom Brennan and Patsy Carney were working at pharma company, IVAX, when they took the decision to study for an MBA. Both had considerable experience in the pharmaceutical industry, but with a broader, all-round knowledge, they were sure they could progress further in their respective careers. The two certainly achieved their goal, going on to establish a hugely successful business on the back of a plan they hatched during the entrepreneurship module in the UL MBA.
Read More

Siobhan Ryan

After six years as a stay at home mum with two kids, I was energised and ready to return to work. Unfortunately, I soon realised that in many instances, this would involve taking a pay cut compared to others who had not left the workforce – something I was not prepared to accept.
Read More

Peadar Forbes

I had been working in Analog Devices for close to 10 years when I decided to pursue an MBA. Although I loved the work I was doing as a Wireless Architect which was a deep technical engineering role, I had a keen interesting in marketing, strategy and in leading a team. I knew it would be difficult to move upward, particularly into a new field, but I was motivated to try something different and advance my career.
Read More

Eithna O'Leary

The sudden death of my husband and being a mum to five young children brought challenges to our world and I decided to set up my own veterinary regulatory affairs consultancy to do my best to combine career with family life. Two years later I decided to study for an MBA at UL which opened a new chapter and gave me the all-round business knowledge for senior business roles. The MBA also provided a network of new, stimulating and diverse classmates and class discussions and groupwork opened up new perspectives and learning.
Read More

Gerard Bracken

After moving to Stryker I began to think about my professional future and realised I wanted to move up to senior leadership roles from my position as Senior Project Manager. I soon discovered that I didn’t have the depth and breadth of business expertise or leadership skills that many of the senior managers possessed so I decided to embark on an MBA.
Read More