Leadership Academy Breakfast Club!


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Leadership Academy Breakfast Club!

We all recognise ethics as important, but what does acting ethically mean? As leaders how can we learn to act ethically? What are the consequences if we don’t? And in a world where we can feel powerless to help, how can we take an ethical approach to our own actions? 

Well we don’t have all of the answers, but we will have two speakers (please meet them below) to unpick some of these questions with us at our next Breakfast Club and we would love for you to join us. 

This event will take place online.  

How to register

Register to attend this event using the button on the left screen. A confirmation email will be sent to you afterwards.

Meet the Speakers 

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Jane-Ann McKenna is the Chief Executive Officer of Dóchas, the Irish network for international development and humanitarian organisations.  She has significant experience in humanitarian and emergency response, having led Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) teams in conflict and crises affected areas including Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Central African Republic. She served as the Director of MSF Ireland from 2011-2016. Jane-Ann is a qualified accountant (FCCA) with a Master of Business Studies in International Business from UCD Smurfit School of Business. Jane-Ann has previously been awarded UCD Alumni of the year for Business. 

Dóchas recently released a Guide to Ethical Communications. 

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Níall Fitzgerald is the Head of Ethics and Governance for the Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Níall is an experienced Chartered Accountant whose experience and expertise to date has developed from auditing in Big 4 to providing management consulting services in addition to working in (and on) many types of businesses and professional service providers. In his current role he works works with Boards, executives and other business leaders, in leading delivery on part of the Strategic Plan associated with Ethics and Governance.

The Chartered Accountants Ireland have a dedicated Ethics resource Centre.

Your Facilitator


Sharon Hughes is the Leadership Academy Manager in the Skills Team of The Wheel. Sharon has been involved in membership organisations for over 20 years. Before working for The Leadership Academy, she was C.E.O. of a nonprofit. Her background is managing member Events and Communications. Sharon is a qualified Coach, is a member of the Teaching Council of Ireland and is currently studying Psychology. She is low-key obsessed with Leadership.

If you are interested in learning more about the Leadership Academy or you have a great idea you would like to share, please email her at sharon@wheel.ie or feel free to connect with Sharon on LinkedIn.


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"For me personally, the benefits of the Breakfast Clubs are many, key are the value of think-time, the cross sectional networking and having a product to offer staff looking to consider upskilling – in this regard promoting the breakfast club internally in Trócaire, in particular to my own team, is very relevant to the area of continuous leadership learning and development. - K. Casey, Head of Community Engagement & Outreach, Trócaire

The Breakfast Club created a networking space that feels open to all leaders, future and established, so that we can meet and make connections. Sharon encourages the early career professionals in the room to be the leads for discussion and she connects people with such ease who may have been too shy to make an introduction before.. I have found The Leadership Academy events extremely interesting and engaging, having enjoyed the variety of topics covered at the sessions and the space to network freely. I would encourage anyone who is thinking of attending a Leadership Academy breakfast to attend and get involved. - A. Ennis, former Recruitment Coordinator at 2into3 

The Leadership Academy is a wonderful initiative and space to foster leadership and personal growth for those of us working in the nonprofit sector. It is great to be able to not only share insights but also to learn and gain new insights from fellow participants at the events. I really enjoyed my involvement as a panellist on a Leadership Academy event, which was wonderfully organised by Sharon with great support from her colleagues in The Wheel. Would highly recommend getting involved and responding positively if asked to be a speaker, panellist or facilitator at one of the Academy events. Ní neart go chur le chéile – There is no strength without unity. - D. O’Corrbuí, CEO Carmichael

Who should attend

The Leadership Academy Breakfast Clubs are open to anyone working in the Community, voluntary charity or social enterprise space, in any role, at any level.  

They are a space to connect with like-minded people and hear from others about their leadership journeys and reflections. They are free, you just have to register to attend.