Day 1 - Thursday, January 18 2024 - Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick

9:30am to 10:15am Registration on arrival with Tea & Coffee
10:15am to 10:30am

Welcome Address by Prof. Kerstin Mey, President, University of Limerick 

Official Conference opening by Minister of State for Skills and Further Education Minister Niall Collins

Opening Address by Mr. Bobby O'Connor, Director Human Resources, UL

10:30am to 10:45am

Start of Conference - Ms. Laura Ryan - Director of Marketing, Communications & Public Affairs, UL

10:45am to 11:35am

Ms. Gina London - Communications Specialist

Purposeful and Purpose-filled Communications

11:35am to 11:45am Break
11:45am to 12:45pm

Panel Discussion Chaired by Prof. Shane Kilcommins - Provost and Deputy President, UL.

Sustainable HR - Prioritising our People


Panelists - Ms. Gina London, Prof. Deirdre O'Shea and Ms Claire McGee, Head of Education & Innovation Policy, IBEC

12:45pm to 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Ms. Caroline Currid, Performance Psychologist

Delivering Insight into High Performing Fundamentals across Sport and Business organisations.


3:00pm to 3:45pm

Breakout sessions (See below for session content)

3:45pm to 4:00pm

Tea & Coffee

4:00pm to 4:45pm

Prof. Michael Morley - Chair in Management, KBS, UL

Back to the Future: Reassessing the HR Agenda

4:45pm to 5.00pm

Key takeaways and wrap up for Day 1 with Ms. Laura Ryan

Drinks Reception and Conference Dinner at Castletroy Park Hotel, Dublin Road, Limerick

Breakout Sessions
Speaker Theme Overview
Dr. Sarah Kieran Sustainable Leadership and the New World of Work Based on recent studies into the Future of Work and the experiences of Business Leaders across Ireland, we examine the challenge of leadership, and consider different aspects of the role Leaders’ face today, such as the changing nature of the employment relationship, hybrid work, digital transformation and the need to take a sustainable approach to all aspects of the business. Based on the experience of the Leaders interviewed, we share the skills deemed most critical to success in contemporary organisations. The emerging concept of Sustainable Leadership. where Leaders learn to sustain themselves, their peers and their teams, so that they can lead in a sustainable manner is explored and discussed.
Ms. Andrea Deverell Sustainability - Future Foresight In our journey towards a sustainable future, leadership is the key to fostering a culture of environmental, social and economic responsibility. Together we are not only shaping a brighter future for our organisation but also exemplifying the transformative power of sustainable leadership in the higher education sector. This session will discuss challenges to our dominant world views and the role of HR Management in HEIs. 
Dr. Marie Connolly & Dr Niloufar Omidi Intersectionality Intersectionality describes the ways in which systems of inequality based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, class and other forms of discrimination “intersect” to create unique dynamics and effects. This session will discuss Intersectionality in the context of HEI's and how it can be addressed to create a more equitable society.
Dr. Nuala  Ryan Unpacking Leadership and Risk  Most organisations are investing significantly to provide development opportunities to their leaders as a way of ensuring their companies longevity in today’s economy. It has been estimated that US companies alone spend between $20-40 Billion annually on leadership development (Antonakis and Day, 2017). As the contribution of leaders to organizations is undeniable the role of risk and how to overcome it in the leader development process should be considered in talent development framework. This workshop is designed to unpack the role of risk in leadership development and will consider how risk is often inherent in organisational and social environments. During our session we will discuss how leader development programs should be broadened not just to include developing the agency of the individual leader to overcome risk but to consider the importance of developing a liberating structure in which the leaders can grow.
Prof Deirdre O'Shea Understanding and Preventing Burnout This workshop will focus on developing an understanding of employee burnout and examine strategies at the organisational level to prevent it. It will guide participants through a diagnostic exercise to look at the sources of burnout evident either in their own jobs or in the design of their organisations. 
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