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Developer Michael O’Flynn to launch third Regional Leaders Programme

Michael OFlynn

Renowned Cork-based developer Michael O’Flynn, Chairman and CEO of the O’Flynn Group will take to the podium as guest speaker at the Waterford Chamber Regional Leaders Programme opening lunch in Faithlegg on Wednesday, 25th September.

Michael is a leading figure in the Irish and UK property sectors and is widely recognised for his experience and expertise. Over the course of the lunch, Michael will share his own story on how the O’Flynn Group, established in 1978 as a house building company, has progressed into one of the largest property development companies in Ireland with a strong reputation overseas particularly in the UK but also across Europe.

The lunch will mark the commencement of the third Regional Leaders Programme, which brings together mentors and participants for shared learning over the course of nine months, offering one to one mentoring, group masterclasses and inspiring speaker lunches.

Supported by Bausch + Lomb, Waterford Chamber Skillnet and Waterford Institute of Technology, the programme has seen over 150 people graduate over the past two years, who now form an exclusive alumni, and who continue to network and grow their contacts base.

Speaking about the programme, Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley said: “As we look to year three of the programme, we are encouraged with the level of engagement from the business community and it continues to grow year on year. This year we have more mentors, more masterclasses and more networking opportunities. The calibre of speakers we have lined up are exceptional, of course starting with Michael O’Flynn, while we also have Gerry Cahill, Managing Director of Roche Ireland Ltd. and Edwin Rohan, Head of EMEA and LATAM, Customer Success Acceleration Team at Google Ireland.

“We also have 45 mentors for our participants to choose who all have a wealth of experience in their own fields, so whether you are a start-up, business owner, senior manager or climbing the ladder, there are mentors on the programme to cater for all.

“With the professional expertise of our partners Bausch + Lomb, Waterford Chamber Skillnet and Waterford Institute of Technology, this programme is designed to develop our future leaders and put a focus on succession planning, which is critical to the future success of the region.”

The cost, which is already minimal at €350 per participant, is being reduced further by 25% with thanks to funding from Waterford Chamber Skillnet.

To learn more about the Waterford Chamber Regional Leaders Programme, please contact Lynda Lawton or Kelly Cummins on 051 872639.


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