‘Leadership in Sport. Lessons for Business’ –  Networking Event Launched with Top Sports & Business People Set to Share Insights for Achieving Success

‘Leadership in Sport. Lessons for Business’, a unique event launched today, is a must for all those striving to build high performance teams both in business and in sport. The networking event is being hosted in association with Newstalk and is scheduled to take place at the InterContinental Hotel, Dublin at 12:30pm on January 26th 2017. The first of its kind, ‘Leadership in Sport. Lessons for Business’ will bring together a number of the country’s leading sports and business people who will share their perspectives and discuss their focus, passion and drive, as well as what they deem is necessary in order to achieve success and importantly to repeat that success.

Speakers scheduled for the event on January 26th include:

  • Siobhán Talbot, Group Managing Director, Glanbia
  • Brian Cody, Kilkenny Senior Hurling Team Manager
  • Rossa White, Chief Economist, NTMA
  • Aidan O’Brien, Horse Racing Trainer
  • Henry Shefflin, 10-time All-Ireland winner
  • Panel discussion – Michael Rice, Tommy Walsh, David Herity and Jackie Tyrrell (All former Kilkenny Hurlers)
  • Bobby Kerr, Newstalk will MC the event

The networking event, which will be targeted specifically at leading corporates in Ireland, will seek to explore the key attributes that drive both success in sport and in business. The speakers, each of whom are extremely accomplished, with proven track records, and are all leaders in their respective areas, will provide invaluable insights for all those hoping to thrive in business.

All funds raised from the networking event, ‘Leadership in Sport. Lessons for Business’ will go towards creating a National Centre of Excellence for Hurling at St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny and the development of the game in the County. St Kieran’s, which already has a long history of success in hurling is hoping to create an establishment where potential hurlers from across the county and country will come to further explore their interest in the game.

At the launch today, Brian Cody, Kilkenny Hurling Manager, said, “I’m always eager to be involved in any project that is helping to advance and progress hurling, both at a local and a national level. I’m also really looking forward to the event in January, it’s not often that the sports and business communities meet, and I think a lot could be learned from both parties and I’m looking forward to hearing the many different perspectives on what drives success.”

Siobhán Talbot, Group Managing Director, Glanbia, who is also scheduled to speak at the event commented, “There are many useful analogies which can be drawn between the world of sport and the boardroom, particularly in relation to the principles of performance, leadership and collaboration. As a global nutrition group focused on developing and producing products and nutritional solutions to complement healthy, active lifestyles, we are pleased to support this event and look forward to sharing our perspectives on the day.”


Commenting, Rev Dr. Dermot Ryan, President at St Kieran’s College said, “We are delighted with the speakers confirmed for our event in January and we have been humbled by their enthusiasm for the project. Given the calibre and experience of the people in the room, the event is set to be fascinating for anyone working within corporate Ireland. All at St Kieran’s College and in Kilkenny GAA are always striving for excellence, and this event, which we hope will become an annual fixture, will go a long way to helping us explore how this can be achieved.”

To book a table for the event please visit www.lessonsforleaders.ie. Lunch will be provided and attendees will hear from each of the speakers, and also have the opportunity to meet with them and network with their peers.