Leadership Academy to Host First Breakfast Club Event in Limerick on Thursday 4 May

Posted on 25 Apr 2023

Leaders working or volunteering at any level in local nonprofit organisations are invited to attend a free ‘breakfast club’ event at the Limerick City Gallery of Art on Thursday 4 May 2023 at 10 am. The event, which is a first for Limerick will be hosted by the Leadership Academy, a project of The Wheel, Ireland’s national association of charities, community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

The theme of the event is “upskilling for leaders”, and the guest speakers are Aaron McKenna CEO of the UCD Professional Academy, a unit of UCD delivering short courses for workforce upskilling, and Una Deasy, the Chief Executive Officer of NOVAS, a voluntary organisation and approved housing body based in Limerick.

Speaking ahead of the event, Sharon Hughes, Manager of the Leadership Academy said, “We are excited to be hosting our first regional Leadership Academy Breakfast Club this month in Limerick. These events are a great way to hear fresh perspectives from peers in the sector about leadership issues we all face. This month’s topic ‘upskilling’ is crucial from an individual’s perspective for a successful career journey, and from an organisational perspective for the retention of talented staff. It is going to be an excellent discussion.”

Aaron McKenna CEO of the UCD Professional Academy said, “At UCD Professional Academy, our success is built on enabling organisations to overcome the practical barriers to upskilling, and we are excited to engage with leaders in the charity sector to offer actionable advice that will help them develop their people and services. We have a strong partnership with The Wheel through which we are dedicated to supporting the charity and community sector in Ireland, as we work together to create a culture of lifelong learning and empower organizations to keep up in an ever-evolving skills landscape. Through this collaboration, we can better address the unique challenges faced by charities and contribute to a more inclusive and robust society."

Una Deasy, CEO of NOVAS added, "Given the challenges with recruitment that we face in the nonprofit sector, investing in our staff development is more vital than ever. We want NOVAS to be recognised as an employer of choice for social care and housing graduates. Having a strong programme of employee development and upskilling is a vital element of retaining our current talent and attracting the best candidates into the organisation. Being able to partner with The Wheel’s Leadership Academy is a practical way for an Irish charity to offer a best-in-class learning and development programme to employees.” 

The event is free to attend for individuals working or volunteering in the nonprofit sector, but registration is required.

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