One Day Virtual Leadership Conference

October 7th, 2020

(Conference available on playback – you can’t and won’t miss it!)


Iza Login

Serial entrepreneur and Changemaker

Kevin Kelly

International sales keynote Speaker and best selling author

Pat McKeown

International best selling author and trainer to special forces, SWAT and olympians

Kelly Swanson

International acclaimed storytelling expert and motivational speaker

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Our Sponsors

COVID-19 has changed the way we work forever. What does it mean for your business?

• 89% of employees were not engaged at work* before COVID-19
• How do you retain or improve employee engagement in a remote-working world?
• 76% of employees want employers to take the lead on change**
• How can you create the culture you want rather than manage the one you have?
* Gallup Employee Engagement Report 2017
** Edelman Trust Barometer 2019

8 takeaways from Leading At The Edge

1. How to Rebuild, Refocus, Reimagine and Renew?

2. How to engage staff and customers through stories?

3. Big picture thinking in times of change?

4. Secrets of influencing?

5. How to develop a culture in the new normal?

6. How to be creative and decisive in challenging times?

7. How to digitize your business?

8. Three lucky participants will get a live mentoring session on their story with Kelly. #Hotspots

Our Partners

Galway Technology Centre
Galway Local Enterprise Office


Iza Login

Big Picture thinking in a new world

Iza Login and her husband Samo founded Outfit 7 in 2009 with the aim of selling the business within seven years for $100m, enough money for them to pursue their non-profit, social agenda.

One major problem though, was that they didn’t have a product or even a clear idea about a product. Another challenge was that the global recession was really beginning to bite.

Kelly Swanson

Harness the power of your story to connect, engage, and get results

Kelly Swanson is an award-winning storyteller, comedian, motivational speaker, Huffington Post contributor, and cast member of The Fashion Hero television show airing on Amazon Prime.
She is also author of Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale, The Land of If Only, The Story Formula, and The Gutsy Girls Pocket Guide to Public Speaking.

Patrick McKeown

Energy, Focus and Resilience for the Modern Workplace

Patrick is recognised as a foremost authority in breathing for performance and sleep. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Biology and his work has been circulated in international medical journals and by leading literary publishers.

Kevin Kelly

The Art of Influence in an era of Dopamine Junkies, Liars and Opportunity

Kevin is author of five books including his most recent, “Do! The pursuit of Xceptional Execution” described by Tom Peters as the book he would love to have written. In this book, he interviewed the CEO’s of some of the hottest startups on the planet and identified their success principles.

Paul O’Kelly

Redesigning business for a new tomorrow

Paul O’Kelly is a strategic thinking, leadership and growth strategist and coach. He works exclusively with purpose driven leaders and teams who are deeply committed to growth, positive change and making sustainable impact for good.

John Breslin

Digital Acceleration: Tips and Tools for Individuals and Organisations

Personal Professor (Personal Chair) in Electronic Engineering at the College of Science and Engineering at the National University of Ireland Galway.

Clare Desbonnet

The Secret to Changing Company Culture

Dr. Clare Desbonnet is a leader who is passionate about developing teams in order to deliver great science that meets the needs of patients. Clare has held senior director roles in Quality and Operations in AbbVie and Roche Pharmaceuticals after an early career in specialist roles in compliance, toxicology and R&D in Roche, Boston Scientific & Henkel.

Dave Hickey

Your EMCEE for the day

I have almost 40 years’ experience as a business leader in local as well as multi-national businesses in Ireland and overseas in finance and business leadership roles. I was President of Galway Chamber of Commerce from 2018-2020 and served on its Council for over 13 years. I currently work as a mentor and strategic business adviser.

Conference Organisers

Dave Hickey

I am a recovering accountant, but despite that, I have over 20 years’ experience as a business leader in local as well as multi-national businesses in Ireland and overseas. I have been President of Galway Chamber of Commerce since 2018 and served on its Council for over 12 years.

Now more than ever we need leaders at all levels of society and business. Whether it’s a teenager leading the call to action on climate change or business leader looking to adapt an organisation to changing customer desires, society and employees look to leaders to lead.

BREXIT, climate change, artificial intelligence, Galway’s traffic and many more issues challenge us and our colleagues every day. These demand that we adapt quickly and engage with all stakeholders to make sure we can overcome these challenges.

Leading At The Edge brings world-leading experts in leadership and engagement to your desktop. It will help organisations in Galway and across Ireland set themselves up for success in the decade ahead.


Kevin Kelly

Much has happened since we launched this event in 2019. At that time, our hope was to bring a World Class Cast of Speakers to the Capital of Culture Galway in Oct 2020.
Covid 19 has put a stop to the event in person but hasn’t reduced our resolve to proceed with a Virtual equivalent on the same day.
The challenges remain the same and maybe have even deepened. There exists a serious leadership vacuum around the world from local communities to heads of states.
In our own small way, we want to shine a light on best leadership practice from across the globe and bring these insights into your office.
I believe also there is also a need for instruction, inspiration and a how to with regards our navigation away from the challenges at hand. We hope to provide same on October 07 with our range of speakers.
From selling and influencing, big picture thinking and remodelling how we do business, to working under pressure to following your passion, the speakers will provide a roadmap on how to Lead and influence in 2020 and beyond.
I look forward to you and your team being stirred, shaken and informed at our Virtual event on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020.

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