ICF Ireland Conference & Awards 2021

ICF Ireland Conference 2021

18th-19th November 2021

Online FREE Event

Strength Through Diversity – Different but the Same

We have a 2-day FREE LIVE* virtual conference lined up for you:

*NOTE: This is a live event, no recordings will be made available

Who is our conference for?

The conference is open to the corporate sector, coaches, non-coaches and members of the public.


18 November 2021:

09:30 – Conference introduction & welcome with Michael Stafford, ACC, ICF Ireland President
09:45 – Conference opening keynote, Fr. Peter McVerry SJ, Founder and Secretary, Peter McVerry Trust
10:45 – Fireside chat with Emma Dabiri, Broadcaster, historian and bestselling author
11:45 – Thinking outside the boxes – embracing our common humanity, Anne Marie Ferris, Ferris Wheel Learning4Life System
12:30 – Break
13:30 – Resilience through diversity & inclusion, Solat Chaudhry & Laura O’Donovan, Irish Centre for Diversity
14:30 – Empower inclusiv-ability and divers-ability, Geraldine McTavish, GAA
15:15 – Break
15:30 – Coaching & neurodiversity: putting the spotlight on talents and insights, Heather Blackmore, ADHD Coach
16:30 – Jungian coaching method challenged by diversity, inclusion, equity, justice and belonging, Dr. Avi Goren-Bar, Jungian Coaching School

19 November 2021:

09:30 – Intro to day 2,Michael Stafford, ACC, ICF Ireland President
09:45 – Diversity & Inclusion: The ultimate box-ticking exercise or a real strategic business imperative?, Andrew Campbell-Edie, Melanie Duncan, Dee Hutchinson & Caoimhe Scolard, Irish Centre for Diversity, UDG Healthcare & AIB
10:45 – Why a team full of Messis will not win you a world cup in football or in business, Rachel Howard, Vice President Brand Director, Adidas CIS
11:30 – Peter McVerry Trust: opening the doors, Liz Peña, Peter McVerry Trust
12:00 – Coaching neuro-diverse individuals, Mary O’Grady, Mary O’Grady Lifecoach
12:30 – What the brain cares about: from bias to inclusion (PART I), Ali Tisdall, Founder and CEO, Mind3 Ltd.
13:15 – Break
13:45 – What the brain cares about: from bias to inclusion (PART II), Ali Tisdall, Founder and CEO, Mind3 Ltd. Diversity in the workplace
14:30 – Diversity in the workplace: the right person person for the job, Colm Whooley, Life & Executive Coach
15:00 – Coaching the challenges of integration: panel discussion, Sheela Gautam & Sean Kinsella, Peter McVerry Trust
15:50 – Break
16:00 – Transformational leadership – where am I?, Coumilah Manjoo
16:30 – Conference closing keynote, Magdalena Nowicka Mook, CEO, ICF (International Coaching Federation)

*NOTE: This is a live event, no recordings will be made available

Why is this conference important?

  1. 12.7% of our population is not Irish, by inference this leads to cultural differences and challenges such as language barriers which can lead to exclusion and loss of an economic force of diversity.
  2. Diversity is more than just other nationalities and/or skin colour – For example in Ireland only 36% of people with a disability are working.
  3. To strengthen partnerships to benefit coaching in Ireland.
  4. To empower employers to harness the skill set of ICF accredited coaches.
  5. Coaches to reflect on their own skills when working with diversity and inclusion issues.
  6. Shine the spotlight on how we as coaches can assist in areas of diversity and inclusion.
  7. Service to coaches to expand their business i.e. provoke the market.
  8. Is there an unconscious bias in people (coaches/non-coaches)?
  9. Are leaders walking the walk or just box ticking? 
  10. Encourage discussion. Attitudes develop when we are young.

What are the conference goals?

  1. Ultimately our event is to raise awareness.
  2. Why diversity and inclusion is good for business.
  3. To attract those from diverse backgrounds to the coaching profession.
  4. Inspire leaders about employing from diverse/ethnic backgrounds.
  5. To educate attendees on what diversity really means.
  6. Answer uncomfortable questions.
  7. To celebrate diversity and what it brings to the community/organisation, etc.
  8. Business to think about and discuss how coaching can support their organisation’s diversity and inclusion targets.
  9. Advancing coaching in Ireland.
  10. Coaching as a valuable tool for individuals and businesses.