Anton Savage
Anton Savage Summit MC and broadcaster

Anton is long established on both radio and television and has proven himself to be a highly versatile broadcaster and, most importantly, a firm favourite with audiences across the country. His Savage Sunday show took that slot to its highest ever ratings with 110,000 listeners. Anton is Managing Director of The Communications Clinic, one of Ireland’s leading communications training and advisory companies which he co-founded in 2008.

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Danny McCoy
Danny McCoy CEO, Ibec

“In creating a big vision for either a society or a business, people have to see their role and contribution as both valued and realisable.”

CEO (2009 to date). President of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Engineers, member of the Export Trade Council and the OECD-BIAC working group on Corporate Taxation. Extensive academic career, including positions at DCU, University College London, University of Oxford and TCD.

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David Collings
David Collings Professor of Human Resource Management, Dublin City University

David Collings is Professor of Human Resource Management at Dublin City University and a Fellow at Penn State Center for International HR Studies. He previously held faculty positions at the University of Sheffield and National University of Ireland, Galway. A former Fulbright Scholar, he has held visiting positions at Cornell University, King’s College London and Nanyang Business School in Singapore.

He is an internationally recognised expert on talent management, global mobility and the future of work. His work in these areas has been published in leading academic journals and in the Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review and has been cited by the BBC, Fast Company, the Financial Times, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal. He has been ranked in the 2% of scientists globally based on research impact. His impact on HR practice has been recognised by HR Magazine who have named him as one of the most influential thinkers in HR on five occasions.

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Graeme Codrington
Graeme Codrington Expert on the Future of Work, Best-Selling Author and Global Board Advisor

Graeme is an internationally recognized futurist, specializing in the future of work. He helps organizations understand the forces that will shape our lives in the next ten years, and how we can respond in order to confidently stay ahead of change.

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Jess Kelly
Jess Kelly Technology Correspondent, Newstalk

Jess Kelly is a Radio and TV Broadcaster. She is Newstalk’s Technology Correspondent, hosts Tech Talk on Saturday evenings at 9pm and also joins Pat Kenny every Tuesday on The Pat Kenny Show. Jess also regularly contributes to Newstalk Breakfast and The Hard Shoulder with Kieran Cuddihy also on Newstalk.

As Technology Correspondent on a busy national radio station, Kelly takes a hands-on look at all the latest gadgets and devices on the market and explains what you need to know. Jess regularly contributes to The Sunday Business Post and has also seen her work published in The Irish Examiner, Tatler and on Independent.ie to name but a few.

Jess is an experienced MC and has hosted the 2018 and 2019 Dublin Tech Summit as well as events for the likes of WeWork, Brain for Business at the Science Gallery, Career Zoo, Limerick Chamber and for The Department of Rural and Community Development. In 2019, Jess Kelly was awarded the Irish Tatler Woman of the Year Media Award.

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Joanne Morrissey 
Joanne Morrissey  HR Director, Microsoft Ireland 

Joanne Morrissey (McCrohan) is currently the HR Director for Microsoft Ireland. Since joining Microsoft in 2013, Joanne has overseen the growth of the employee footprint in Microsoft Ireland, supporting the expansion of business units such as Operations, Field and Digital Sales, Software Engineering and Data Centre Operations. She leads the HR function and is driven to create the conditions for people to love what they do.

Prior to joining Microsoft, she held several HR positions at Kellogg Europe, Standard Life, Telefonica O2 and Diageo Ireland. While at Diageo Joanne worked in a variety of HR roles in both the corporate head office in London and at a local subsidiary level in Dublin and Belfast, covering areas such as HR business partnering, organization development and HR service delivery.

Joanne has a master’s degree in Organizational & Business Psychology from Queen’s University Belfast and is a graduate from University College Dublin. In addition, to her role at Microsoft Joanne is a member of the Board of Directors for FIT (Fast Track to Information Technology) an organization that is committed to developing Ireland’s technical talent pipeline by creating routes and training options for job seekers and career changers wishing to pursue opportunities in Ireland’s digital economy.

Joanne is a mum of three children and enjoys swimming in her free time.

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Kerry McLaverty
Kerry McLaverty CEO, LauraLynn

Kerry McLaverty is a dynamic Chief Executive Officer with over 17 years’ experience working in the healthcare, not-for-profit and voluntary sectors. Her healthcare management and leadership skills are underpinned by an extensive clinical background in Physiotherapy and Paediatrics, along with strong clinical research and teaching experience as a former annual lecturer at RCSI and within the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP).

Kerry has experience in matters of corporate governance having held roles as Company Secretary at LauraLynn, as Honorary Editor and member of the Board of Directors of the ISCP as well as her most recent appointment in July 2022 as a Director of The Wheel.
Kerry received a JFK academic scholarship to attend Mercyhurst University, Pennsylvania in 1998. She graduated in 2002 with a BSc. in Sports Medicine and then completed an accelerated MSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Ulster. After graduation she worked at Stewarts Hospital with children and adults with severe/profound physical and intellectual disabilities.

Kerry is passionate about children’s palliative care and disabilities. She a long-standing member of the team at LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, having initially been recruited to the Physiotherapy Department in 2012. Kerry joined LauraLynn’s Executive Management Team in 2014 in the position of Clinical Services Manager.

In April 2015 Kerry received an Aspire Scholarship to attend UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School where she undertook an Executive MBA. She commenced in the role of Head of Operations at LauraLynn in 2016, and in May 2020 she assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer.

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Lauri Cryan
Lauri Cryan Head of HR, LauraLynn

Lauri Cryan began his career in human resources (HR) almost 25 years ago when he joined the Dublin Dental School and Hospital. From there he took on the role of HR Manager with the National Maternity Hospital (NMH), one of the largest maternity hospitals in Europe.

In 2018, after 16 years with the NMH Lauri moved to LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice as the Head of HR. At LauraLynn he is responsible for the people strategy and is a member of the Senior Leadership team. In 2021 Lauri held the role of Chair of the Voluntary Hospitals/Agencies HR Managers Group.

In his earlier career Lauri worked in accountancy before moving into the advertising industry, working for a number of large advertising agencies in London and Dublin. He has a primary degree in Marketing and a Masters Degree in Human Resources from Dublin City University.

Lauri is married with two children and is a keen sports enthusiast especially rugby.

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Maeve McElwee
Maeve McElwee Director of Employer Relations, Ibec

“Being open to different approaches and ways of thinking is critical in employer relations as the pace of change in our workplaces accelerates driven by new technology, increasing diversity and globalisation.”

Director of Employer Relations (2015 to date). With Ibec since 2000 in senior positions including Head of Industrial Relations and Human Resources Traded Services, and Director of the North East Region. A graduate of Trinity College, prior to joining Ibec, Maeve McElwee worked with the World Bank in Washington DC.

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Mark Mortensen
Mark Mortensen Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, INSEAD

Mark Mortensen is an associate professor of Organizational Behavior and Co-director of Emerging Leaders in a Digital Age, his area of expertise is organizational collaboration, with an emphasis on two increasingly prevalent ways of organizing that do not fit traditional models of team dynamics: globally distributed (virtual) and project-based work. In his research, he has investigated the nature of conflict in distributed collaborations and its relationship to identity, context and communication; the impact of dispersion structure – in the form of balance, imbalance and isolation – on collaboration dynamics; and the effects of first-hand experience – gained through site visits and expatriate assignments – on trust. He has also explored the interpersonal effects of working in multiple, partially overlapping, fluidly shifting projects, developing a fundamentally new model of collaboration.

Professor Mortensen's research has been recognized by the academic community through awards including the William H. Newman Award, Organizational Behavior Division Best Dissertation-Based Paper Award, and runner-up for the OCIS Division Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management; and the Best Paper Award Finalist nomination by the Interdisciplinary Network of Groups Researchers. His research has been published in top peer-reviewed academic journals including Organization Science, Management Science, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior and International Journal of Conflict Management. His works have been featured in multiple edited volumes, practitioner journals such as the MIT Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review Online and IESE Insight; and in media outlets including Economist, The Boston Globe and The Globe and Mail (Toronto).

Professor Mortensen teaches the Organizational Behavior core course in the INSEAD M.B.A. program. He directs the Global Leadership Program for DNV GL and teaches modules on Team Dynamics and Virtual Teams; Power, Networks, and Influence; and Organizational Change. He has taught in open Executive Education program including Consulting and Coaching for Change, Managing Global Virtual Teams, Manufacturing in a Global Network and Strategic R&D Management, as well as in the customized program for Associated British Foods, Astellas Pharmaceuticals, Bayer / Bayer Crop Science, HCL, KONE, Lundbeck A/S, Ma’aden, Maersk Oil, Manulife Financial, Merck KGaA, MetInvest Holdings, Oliver Wyman, PwC, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, United Technologies and the World Economic Forum.

Professor Mortensen consults widely on issues of team dynamics, global collaboration, power and social networks and organizational change. He has worked with companies such as First Solar, Generalized Reinsurance, Goldman Sachs/Pine Street, Maersk Oil and Merck KGaA.

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Megan Reitz
Megan Reitz Professor of Leadership and Dialogue, Hult International Business School

Megan Reitz, Professor of Leadership and Dialogue at Hult International Business School, teaches leaders how to foster a psychologically safe work environment where employees feel it is safe to speak up without fear of retribution. An executive coach, researcher and author of “Speak Up: Say What Needs to be Said and Hear What Needs to be Heard," Reitz says giving employees a voice is one of the best ways to find out what’s working and not working in your organization. She helps leaders develop an awareness of their “conversational habits” so they can spot how and when they (often inadvertently) silence others. By creating a culture where employees feel they can openly share ideas and concerns, leaders get a clearer view of what’s really happening in their organizations – including potentially damaging issues that may be hidden due to employee fear of speaking up – and build more collaborative, innovative teams. Reitz’s work is particularly urgent right now as remote and hybrid work settings require leaders to be more proactive about listening to employees and inviting in their thoughts.

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Michelle Abbey
Michelle Abbey Global HR Transformation Director, Glanbia

With significant experience in senior HR leadership positions, Michelle’s focus is on creating future-focused HR strategies that empower and develop People and enable business growth. Prior to joining Glanbia, Michelle has held senior HR roles across the Telecoms and Professional Services industries. Areas of professional passion for Michelle are transformational change and the future of work and she is currently taking a Transformation Director role on Glanbia’s global HR Transformation Program. Michelle holds a BA (Hons) in International Business from University of Ulster and a Masters in HR Strategies from DCU.

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Oliver Callan
Oliver Callan Award-winning Comedy Satirist and Columnist

One of Ireland’s most sought after comedians and voice actors, Oliver Callan is an award-winning comedy satirist who has an excellent track record at entertaining both large crowds and smaller intimate events.

Oliver shot to fame through his repertoire of impersonations, ranging from Barack Obama to Leo Varadkar, Boris Johnson, Trump and an array of public figures. He is the creator of Callan’s Kicks, a hit weekly radio satire show with TV specials, comedy albums and DVDs which have gone platinum, and his live comedy shows have sold out at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, the Olympia Theatre and Cork Opera House, winning a National PPI Award along the way.

He is also a regular columnist in The Irish Sun and The Irish Times and a busy voiceover artist who has starred as dozens of characters in the hit Nickelodeon series Day Henry Met, as well as in hundreds of commercials.

Oliver is best known for his sharp parodies of national and international political, social and entertainment figures. His acerbic wit and talent for mimicry has made him a household name as well as a respected commentator and writer.

Callan’s Kicks, now in its seventh year, is also a hit podcast, with 1.9 million listeners downloading the show in 2019 alone and he is a staple feature on Irish television including the world’s longest running chat show, The Late Late Show.

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Silvia Hernandez
Silvia Hernandez Global Automotive Lead, Talent & Organization/Human Potential, Accenture

Silvia is an MD in Accenture’s Strategy & Consulting practice. She is the European Industries lead & Global Automotive Lead for Talent & Organization/Human Potential. She is responsible for evolving Accenture’s Future of Work thought leadership and research to deliver breakthrough competitive insights to C-suite leaders. As a client service lead partner, she works with some of our key global clients to unleash innovation, commercial opportunities and co-innovate solutions

She is a relentless optimist, catalyst, connector, and convener deeply committed to bringing people and organizations together for fundamental change and global impact. Silvia Joined Accenture in January 2022 from EY where she held various leadership roles at the intersection of automotive, innovation, and advisory as a Senior Partner.

Outside of Accenture, she is a devoted philanthropist and advocate for equity. Ambassador for our global DEI initiatives. Silvia is a sought after public speaker at international conferences including TEDx, Oxford Analytica Global Horizons at Oxford University, EY World Entrepreneur of the Year, Daimler Sustainability Dialogue.

She lives in Stuttgart, with her husband and their three children.

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