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What is Influence?

Unseen, yet powerful, influence can be the force behind momentous change ...

Influence is a new, one day leadership conference that will see hundreds of leaders and change-makers like you gather to answer the question; what next? In an era of unprecedented flux, Influence will, shed light and deliver insights about what you can do today to position you and your organisation to harness the latest in disruptive technologies.

Inspirational and thought-provoking sessions will include a Davos speaker who is the ‘go to’ thinker on global restructuring and organisational transformation, the CFO of a $100 Billion US Tech giant on AI and robotics, an Irish networking guru on diversifying your network and an Australian martial artist and TED speaker who will show how with ‘10 seconds of courage’ you can overcome the impossible.

But Influence is about more than the exciting panel of International and national speakers on stage, it’s also about the enduring connections and peer networks formed in the room and around the event.

Join us at Influence to be energised, empowered and equipped for the changes ahead.

Presentation slides from the conference

Thursday 9 May 2019

See Practice Forum agenda 2019

19:00 - Late
5 star BBQ at the Lyrath
The Seven Deadly Sins, according to Revenue
Influence – the leadership conference for our profession Welcomes from President Feargal McCormack & MC/Interviewer - Caitriona Perry (RTÉ)
Transforming the way we work – AI and Robotics are already here – now what? Presentations and interviews with keynote speakers Ravin Jesuthasan, John Murphy and Amy Ball
Mid–morning break with a selection of refreshments
NED Talk – How to become a successful non-executive director Presentation by David Duffy and panel discussion with Loretta Dignam and Dermot Hanley
How to survive and thrive in a changed world through networking Presented by Kingsley Aikins, Founder and CEO of the Networking Institute
Lunch at The Lyrath - 3 course buffet lunch
The Intelligence Revolution – How workers need to evolve Presentation by Valarie Daunt and panel discussion with Ravin Jesuthasan
Change Takes Courage - How to find your 10 seconds of courage Life Lessons from a Fighter, Nadine Champion

Meet some of our speakers

Francesca McDonagh-min
Francesca McDonagh Group Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Ireland Group Opening Speaker - The evolution of banking – today and beyond
  • Francesca was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer in October 2017. Bank of Ireland is a diversified financial services group established in 1783 and is one of the largest financial services groups in Ireland.
  • Francesca joined Bank of Ireland from the HSBC Group, where she held a number of key senior management roles over a twenty year period including Regional Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, UK and Europe; Regional Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Middle East and North Africa; and Head of Personal Financial Services, Hong Kong.
  • Francesca is a member of the PRA Practitioner Panel. She has previously served on the Board of the British Bankers’ Association (BBA), where she was Deputy Chair and on the Board of the National Centre for Universities and Business in the UK. Francesca has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.
Ravin Jesuthasan-min
Ravin Jesuthasan Author and Managing Director, Willis Towers Watson Keynote 1
  • Top 25 most influential consultants in the world by Consulting Magazine
  • Author of "Transformative HR and Lead The Work" and speaker at Davos
  • Global leader of numerous large-scale, global restructuring and transformation engagements for companies around the world
John Murphy-min
John Murphy Executive VP and Global CFO, Adobe Systems Keynote 2 Youtube 
  • Leading Adobe's worldwide Finance & Operations team
  • Champion for growth and innovation by leading initiatives, help the company scale the organisation and re-imagine its processes with cutting-edge technologies
  • Former CAO and Global Controller at Qualcomm
Amy Ball-min
Amy Ball FCA Partner, Finance Consulting, PwC Dublin Keynote 3
  • Heads up the Finance Consulting Practice in PWC Dublin. Advises clients on finance transformation initiatives
  • Speciality is shaping clients’ "finance function of the future", this can involve operating model design, process and system optimisation, to leveraging robotics and AI
David W Duffy-min
David W Duffy FCA Author and CEO, The Governance Company Speaker Youtube 
  • Founder of The Governance Company
  • Extensive experience in advising on corporate governance for public, private and not for profit sectors
  • Author of “A Practical Guide to Corporate Governance” and “A Practical Guide for Company Directors”
Loretta Dignam-min
Loretta Dignam Non-Executive Director and CEO, Founder, The Menopause Hub Panellist 1
  • Experienced CEO and Award winning Marketer of the Year
  • Current member of the Abbey Theatre board, chairing their Gender Equality committee
  • Independent consultant, working across a variety of B2B and B2C clients
Dermot Hanley-min
Dermot Hanley Non-Executive Director, Founder Nusli Panellist 2
  • Appointed to the board of a regulated international CLO investment fund (ICAV/AIF), and a board member for numerous Private Equity investor backed companies
  • Experience working with global firms - JP Morgan Canada, Deutsche Bank (US & Canada)
  • Was Co-Head of Coverage for Barclays
Kingsley Aikens-min
Kingsley Aikens Founder and CEO, The Networking Institute Speaker
  • Recognised expert on Networking. Written and spoken extensively on the benefits of Networking, including a TEDTalk
  • Has trained over 10,000 people in more than 100 organisations in 22 countries
  • Awarded a CBE for his work on British – Irish relations
Valarie Daunt-min
Valarie Daunt Partner, Human Capital Practice, Deloitte Speaker
  • Experienced Human Capital advisor and specialises in advising clients on their HR and Talent strategies
  • Led a wide of range of Human Capital projects across private and public sectors
  • Acting as a lead for a number of global HR, Talent and Organisation Transformation initiatives
Nadine Champion-min
Nadine Champion Martial artist Speaker
  • 30 years' martial art experience and an undefeated full-contact fighter
  • Key note speaker at the World Congress of Accountants in Sydney 2018 and received a standing ovation for her TEDx speech in Sydney
  • Dedicated to transform the way people think and feel about themselves
Catriona Perry-min
Caitriona Perry Journalist, Broadcaster, Author MC and Interviewer
  • Multi-award winning journalist and former RTE Washington Correspondent
  • Anchor and Co-Presenter on the Six One News on RTÉ One
  • Authored ‘In America: Tales from Trump Country’ which documented her first-hand account of witnessing the rise of Donald Trump in America
Caroline McEnery Speaker
Caroline McEnery Managing Director of The HR Suite How culture impacts on ethics, diversity, inclusion and talent in the workplace
Cathal Smyth
Cathal Smyth Managing Director and CAO of State Street Global Services Ireland Global organisations in regional locations - How State Street grew its operations
Cathal Smyth
Cathal Smyth Managing Director and CAO of State Street Global Services Ireland Global organisations in regional locations - How State Street grew its operations
Cathal Smyth
Cathal Smyth Managing Director and CAO of State Street Global Services Ireland Global organisations in regional locations - How State Street grew its operations
Cathal Smyth
Cathal Smyth Managing Director and CAO of State Street Global Services Ireland Global organisations in regional locations - How State Street grew its operations
Caroline Casey-min
Caroline Casey Award winning serial social entrepreneur Closing speaker
  • Award winning serial social entrepreneur Caroline Casey is both an adventurer and business woman.
  • Caroline was the subject of the National Geographic Documentary Elephant Vision, is an Ashoka Fellow, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and TED speaker.
  • Since taking a life changing decision at 28 to travel across India on an elephant, Caroline has been committed to building an equal society for the 1 billion people in the world with a disability.
  • Her passion and ambition for leading a life without limits and labels is truly contagious and is sure to leave a lasting impression on you.


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Lyrath Estate Kilkenny

Booking: We have reserved rooms for conference attendees at the conference venue, the Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny. For your convenience you can book your conference package including accommodation using the ‘Register’ section above availing of a discounted rate. Phone: +353 56 776 0088 Email: info@lyrath.com Address: Lyrath Estate, Paulstown Road, Kilkenny, R95 F685, Ireland Website: Lyrath Estate Kilkenny Go by train: Irish Rail Go by bus: City Link


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Annual Conference 2017 Highlights

We are passionate about delivering a conference that meets the needs of all our members, a conference that’s forward focused and geared towards educating our members on the future of business, finance and the profession. Last year’s conference was focused on disruption and you can watch the highlights to get a feel for the quality, breadth and scope of our speakers and topics. We look forward to welcoming you to another impressive line-up of experts this year in Kilkenny.

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