Regional Leaders Programme

Regional Leaders Programme 2018

We are now recruiting for our next Regional Leaders Programme which will run from September 2019 to June 2020. For further details contact Kelly Cummins at 051 311135 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Waterford Chamber is delighted to open bookings for our second Regional Leaders Programme, which will commence in September and run through to June 2019.

Aimed at developing business leaders for the future through mentorship and skills sharing, all participants will be given the opportunity to meet at least three of our mentors throughout the programme on a one-to-one basis, along with follow-up sessions; the option to book as many group mentoring masterclasses as you like, as well as inspiring speaker lunches, the first of which is scheduled for November 8th with Dr Norah Patten, who is set to become the first Irish astronaut in space!

The programme is run in conjunction with Bausch + Lomb, Waterford Chamber Skillnet and Waterford institute of Technology.

Who's the programme aimed at?

Professionals who want to develop their leadership skills or for companies who would like to increase the capacity of their internal talent pool to ensure the next generation of their company is in safe hands.

Potential participants might include:

  • A successor for a senior position
  • An employee who has shown leadership potential
  • An individual seeking to realise their own potential

How long does the programme run for?

From September to June 2019.

What is the cost?

€350 for Waterford Chamber / Skillnet members and €499 for non-members

50% Skillnet funding now available

€175 for Waterford Chamber / Skillnet members and €499 for non-members

For more information:

Contact Lynda Lawton or Kelly Cummins at 051 872639 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bookings: Download application form

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"I found the Regional Leadership Programme hugely beneficial. The option of being able to request specific mentors, the mix of one to one sessions and group sessions and the inspirational speaker sessions, was a terrific format that offered a huge range of opportunities for mentees. The networking opportunities between mentees was wonderful and the talented local mentors were so generous with their time and expertise. I would highly recommend this programme." – Tracy McDaid, Manager, Solas Cancer Support Centre

"After taking part in the inaugural Waterford Chamber Regional Leaders Programme, I would encourage anybody thinking of doing the programme to not wait a minute longer and go for it! The programme facilitated meetings with mentors from a range of industries which was conducive to, not only building a broad range of business relationships, but also to sharing the various learnings, successes and challenges in business. Each session was approached in an open, honest and focussed manner so that both parties had clear objectives going into each meeting. The communication and support from Waterford Chamber staff throughout the programme was second to none and made the process stress-free." – Ronan Douglas, Business Development Manager, Faithlegg Hotel, Co. Waterford

"Thanks so much to Waterford Chamber of Commerce for putting on such a brilliant, innovative learning Regional Leaders Programme. I was personally mentored by some of the best In business over the past nine months and this has given me a whole new range of skills I will find invaluable to both my personal and business development." – Irene Treacy, Smovey Health

"Participating in the Regional Leaders Programme in its first year, and with mentorship not something I had undertaken before, I was unsure of what to expect. What I discovered was a really great monthly programme offering different methods aimed at improving my competencies, from group sessions to 1:1 mentorship sessions with business leaders from in and around Waterford. I found it an excellent way to improve my leadership competencies." – Matthew Terry, Sun Life Financial

"There is some knowledge that can only be gained through personal experience or by learning from the experience of others. The Regional Leaders Programme introduces you to a wide-ranging network of mentors and speakers with invaluable experience. These individuals are honest, open and willing to share their stories. The 1:1 and group facilitated sessions allow for self-awareness, professional knowledge sharing, discovery of career opportunities, and networking. An excellent development programme that I would highly recommend." – Claire Williams, Marketing Manager, Chia Bia

A brilliant opportunity to learn from the experience of a wide range of industry professionals. The individual and one on one sessions were relevant, inclusive and delivered valuable knowledge that I have applied within my own role. The pace of the program over a six month period allowed time to reflect and learn from each session before moving to the next. I would recommend this program to anyone that has the opportunity to take part. – Deirdre Lacey, Bausch + Lomb

"I gained so much from the program, fabulous mentoring, networking opportunities and inspiration. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the program to any of my colleagues or anyone else. Initially I felt that the 1:1 sessions would be the primary source of knowledge gained, but all three formats, speaker and group sessions, were of equal importance. The 1:1 session with my mentors allowed me to have specific issues I was engaged with in my day to day work, addressed in a safe environment, this was invaluable. To have that unbiased and totally neutral viewpoint from my mentor cannot be understated. The group sessions were a source of comfort in a way, in that regardless of the different industries that the mentees came from, the issues we faced were very similar and the mentors encouraged open and engaging meetings. They also provided us with some excellent networking opportunities going forward. Finally all our speakers at the lunch sessions were inspiring and thoroughly approachable. A huge thank you to all the mentors, guest speakers and sponsors. Without any of these the program would not have been the great success it has been. I cannot emphasis enough, the quality of the mentors, their professionalism, their guidance, and the willingness to help was astounding." – Brendan O’Farrell, Red Hat


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