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Nikki Bradley

Nikki Bradley is an adaptive adventurer and speaker who was given a second chance at the tender age of 16. The diagnosis of a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma changed Nikki's life direction. She is the founder of fitness based awareness campaign ‘Fighting Fit For Ewing’s’ which involves participating in physical challenges such as an attempted Guinness World Record in Holland, climbing the route of the Solheimajokull glacier in Iceland and completing the Fan Dance which is a gruelling 24km trek through the snowy Brecon Beacons in Wales all while relying heavily on crutches. In July 2018, Nikki became the first crutch user to climb 4 Irish mountains on crutches in less than 32 hours.

 
 
 
 
 
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Vicky Phelan

Former Manager of the Literacy Development Centre, a nationally-funded partnership project between the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) and a third-level HEI, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Vicky Phelan is now more well-known as the woman at the centre of the CervicalCheck debacle, whose story exploded nationally when she refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement, so determined was she to be an instrument for change. Vicky now spends her time campaigning for change to our health service and for access to new cancer drugs for terminally-ill patients while also being a strong women's health advocate.

 
 
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Adele Smyth

I'M HERE BECAUSE ALL MY PLANS FAILED CHANGE AND THE PROCESS OF BECOMING

Caterpillar: You’ve changed. Butterfly: We’re supposed to. Change is constant with positive and negative results, and as Project Managers we are persistently hitting the restart button. Failure then, is not to be feared but to be expected. The world’s change of pace means that flexibility and adaptability is two of the most sought after qualities, but how can we evolve? To transform has become a buzz word for personal innovation, but are we simply changing or becoming more of who we are?

Combining the spark for short term projects and the endurance for long term projects, Adele Smyth is an award winning freelance Project Manager. Adele is most well known for her work in the creative industries, cultural and not-for-profit groups. Clients have included Donegal County Council and EU Creative Edge.

 
 
 
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Breda McCague

PANEL DISCUSSION

Breda has delivered everything from Cultural to Regulatory Large Scale Technical Programmes. She has delivered pure waterfall, pure agile and Wagile!

She Co-founded the LeanInIreland Org, which works on gender inequality in the workplace. Breda performs many speaking engagements, keynotes and panels. She is an excellent MC & facilitator.

 
 
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Carole Osterweil

MODERN PROJECTS REQUIRE MASTERCHEFS AND WE’RE CREATING SHORT-ORDER COOKS. DO YOU AGREE?

“We need project leaders not project managers”. Really?!

What’s the difference? It includes comfort in VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) environments, seeing projects as social systems, being mindful, and demonstrating emotional intelligence with stakeholders/teams.

This session will develop your understanding of how the human brain works and build a coherent framework to link these skills. So that when the pressure is on, you can stay true to your aspirations to be a leader.

Carole is the author of “Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience – A Leader’s Guide to Walking in Fog”.

She works with directors and project delivery teams who are seeking better outcomes, higher productivity and less stress when running complex change and transformation programmes.

 
 
 
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Emily Luijbregts

HOW TO LEAD SUCCESSFUL RISK MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPS

Do you struggle with how to identify Risk within your projects? Or are you looking for ideas for what you can do to improve your Risk Management workshops? In this active workshop you can see how I've presented workshops across different industries and organisations and what works well and what some common pitfalls to avoid. During this session, you'll identify what could work for you in your projects and also see how others have approached this topic in this knowledge sharing session.

Emily has been working in Project Management for over 10 years and is passionate about sharing knowledge with others and helping others become more successful Project Managers.

She is a regular volunteer with the PMI as well as being a speaker at various Project Management conferences across Europe.

 
 
 
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Katrina Collins

SETTING UP THE RIGHT PMO FOR YOUR ORGANISATION

The focus of this workshop is on the initial set up of the PMO to suit your organisation's needs. There are many excellent articles and guides available from reputable sources to support anyone looking to set up a PMO. But determining your organisations needs, and what type of PMO will best serve the culture of your company and its strategic objectives is a key to the success, maturity and durability of your PMO. The workshop will focus on the initial key considerations when defining the PMO.

Katrina has over 20 years of experience in Project, Programme and PMO Management. She has worked with and consulted for companies in Ireland, Europe and the US, and has managed large programmes across diverse industries.

She has a master's degree in project management from UL, and is certified PMP since 2004.

 
 
 
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Kirsten de Bouter

TAPPING INTO PEOPLE POWER

In the changing world it's not the survival of the fittest, but of the most adaptable. We need to work more sustainably and constantly innovate.

Being left-brain guided in designing result focussed systems, tick-boxes and meeting external requirements is an outdated way of working. People possess endless natural creative power and talent.

Let's get effective in mining that human gold, tapping into this undiscovered resource and intrinsic motivation for redefined future success.

Kirsten is a mentor, speaker, change expert and author of the forthcoming book, “The Every-Year Itch”.

With a background in psychology and corporate coaching, Kirsten’s work has a focus on organisational change, innovation, people development and working/living differently.

 
 
 
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Mary Tuite & Gillian Holohan

THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF DELIVERY MANAGEMENT - SUCCESSES OF TODAY AND THE SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE

Mary and Gillian will showcase how to manage multi location projects successfully and list the challenges therein. They will discuss the future mind-set and future skills Project Managers will need by year 2025 to embrace the current and ever increasing volatile disruptive markets we operate in.

They will also look into how more defined Agile methods/philosophy coupled with RPA and AI could be the answer to the ever increasing demand placed on Project Managers at an administrative level.

Mary Tuite has over 30 years’ experience in the Financial services industry.  She currently works for Pramerica Systems Ireland, as a Snr. IT Project Manager, managing various multi-vendor and cross functional transformation projects, including HR Payroll systems, GDPR, Retirements and Group insurance.

Gillian Holohan has over 15 years Project Management experience working within both the Financial and Telecommunications industries in Ireland and Australia. Gillian holds a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Engineering, Dip in Project Management and has recently achieved ICAgile Certified Professional in Agility.