Nonprofit CEO Action Learning Group: Galway - 3 May 2018

Training provider: 
The Wheel
Date / time: 
3 May 2018 - 1:00pm - 17 Jan 2019 - 3:30pm
Croi House, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway H91 FF68
Price details: 
Member of The Wheel - €650 / Non Member - €900
A facilitated peer-support group for CEOs in the west of Ireland. Our experienced coach will use Action Learning techniques to help participants problem-solve, reflect and learn alongside a group of their peers.
In order to take part in this exciting initiative please fill out this Expression of Interest form and return to Lauren Carroll - 
SKU: EVT181662
Course details: 

Many CEOs in the community, voluntary and charity sector face similar issues: sandwiched between a voluntary board and an overworked executive, managing on scarce resources, juggling work of real importance to other people's lives and therefore often feeling pressurised and alone in the middle of it.

This facilitated CEO peer support group will offer you high impact, focused and innovative answers to these, and many other, challenges facing nonprofit leaders today.


The group of between 5 and 8 peers will meet 6 times over nine months, under the guidance of experienced coach and facilitator, Carol Conway. Each 2.5 hour session will use Action Learning techniques to address the topics/challenges/questions brought by members of the group.

What is Action Learning?

Action Learning is an approach to problem-solving that is based on the principle that we learn best by doing and then reflecting.

The role of an Action Learning group is to listen attentively to an issue holder and then to pose questions that assist them to improve the quality of their thinking about their issue, thus coming to conclusions about the actions they might take next.  In this way, participation in Action Learning with a group of peers creates opportunity both to explore and tease out your own challenges and concerns while also supporting others and gaining the solidarity and reassurance that they are grappling with similar issues and their learning also becomes part of the value for you.

The second principle underlying Action Learning is that we are in possession of the solutions to our own challenges – what stops us finding them often are that we are asking the wrong questions, in part because it’s hard to get perspective when we’re in the middle of things. 

In the process, group members also extend their own listening, questioning and coaching skills which provides an additional transferrable skillset that can be used within their role.

The process is facilitated by an experienced and accredited Action Learning facilitator to ensure that the group are well supported in using the methodology and getting maximum benefit from their participation.

How to take part?

Please fill out this Expression of Interest form and return to Lauren Carroll: by Friday, 20 April 2018.

Please note: interested individuals will only be admitted to the group following an initial call with the facilitator, Carol Conway, to ensure that the process is suitable for the needs of the participant.

(The call will focus on understanding what you hope to gain from the group, and will assess the suitability of the group environment to meet your aims. In addition, you will have a chance to ask questions and clarify anything you need to before making the commitment to the group.)


The cost of the programme per attendee is €650 for members of The Wheel and €900 for non-members. 

Please fill out this Expression of Interest form and return to by Friday 20 April 2018.

Please note: places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and so the programme may fill before the 20 April. 
The EOI process is designed so that all participants get the most out of the programme.

Programme Dates

  1. 3 May
  2. 21 June
  3. 13 Sept
  4. 25 Oct
  5. 6 Dec
  6. 17 January 2019 

Facilitator: Carol Conway

Carol is a lifelong Behavioural Scientist with a passionate interest in human dynamics and a fundamental belief in people.  Her work revolves around assisting individuals and organisations to achieve more of their potential.  On any given day that can include training, facilitation, leadership development or coaching.
Carol’s mission in life is to share information so that those she works with can achieve more; personally, professionally and organisationally. Carol also designed and co-ordinated the Young Community Leaders project for the Northside Partnership from 2010 - 2015 which produced 125 young leaders over five years who are all working to make their community a better place. Since she works almost exclusively within the Voluntary and Community sector, Carol sees the value of her work as being better outcomes for Irish society.

Carol was until recently a member of The Wheel's board.

Freelance Catalyst

Feedback from Participants at Carol Conway's Previous Leadership Events for The Wheel

“I enjoyed the session very much and felt re-juvenated after it. I now have to put the learning into action !! many thanks” M. Hurley, Ag Eisteacht
“Carol provided a day of highly valuable content. The theories referenced were supported by interactive sessions which ensured they were demonstrated well in a practical situation. I found this workshop to be highly motivational, inspirational and energising.  I would highly recommend this workshop for charity leaders at all  levels.” N. Carton, The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland
"Carol is an excellent facilitator, really engaging, motivating and importantly, honest. What I enjoyed most about this training was the focus on positive visualisation and re-framing how we communicate internally with ourselves and the impact this can have on our external activities". - J. Murphy, Trócaire
"I have attended Carol's sessions before and always come away re-charged, refreshed and with an updated tool kit for use". P. Cleary, Housing Association for Integrated Living
Who Should Attend: 

Board members, trustees and senior managers in community and voluntary organisations.

How to Register: 

In order to take part in this exciting initiative please fill out this Expression of Interest form and return to Lauren Carroll - 

Course contact details

01 454 8727