Leadership in the media up for debate with high-profile panel


– New event series exploring good leadership to kick off this week –

The first session of The Better Leadership Forum, a new initiative from LIFT Ireland aimed at instigating a high-profile public debate on leadership in the media, politics, business and the public sector, will take place on Thursday, 15th April at 1pm.

The free online event, ‘Leadership in the Media: A Two-Way Street?’ will feature European Ombudsman and former journalist Emily O’Reilly and author and broadcaster Emma Dabiri, who will share their views on leadership in the media.

Speakers at the event will address topics such as: the role of the media in calling out good and bad leadership; the importance of press freedom and an independent and well-functioning media sector; and the role of the media in promoting positivity during difficult times.

The event is the first of four sessions taking place across 2021 as part of The Better Leadership Forum.

The Line-Up

The panel discussion will be moderated by Professor Kevin Rafter, Head of the School of Communications at DCU, while speakers include:

  • Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman, author and former journalist and broadcaster.
  • Emma Dabiri, author, broadcaster and social historian.
  • Ian Kehoe, Editor of The Currency and Deputy Chair of the RTÉ Board.
  • Sinéad O’Carroll, Editor of TheJournal.ie.
  • Joanne Hession, founder and CEO of LIFT Ireland.

Professor Niamh Brennan, the Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at University College Dublin and Founder / Academic Director of the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance, will serve as rapporteur for all four events in The Better Leadership Forum; and a final report on lessons from the events will be published later this year. 

Background to the Better Leadership Forum

LIFT Ireland is an initiative founded by entrepreneurship and leadership expert Joanne Hession and designer, broadcaster and entrepreneur Sonya Lennon to raise the level of leadership nationwide. Current LIFT partners include ESB, Munster Rugby, Bank of Ireland, NUI Galway CPL, GOAL, Merchants Quay Ireland, SOLAS, Dublin Airport, and over 100 secondary schools across Ireland.

The Better Leadership Forum

The full programme for the Better Leadership Forum includes:

  • ‘Leadership in the Media: A Two-Way Street?’, taking place on Thursday, 15th April
  • ‘How do we cultivate good political leaders?’, Thursday, 10th June
  • ‘What does business leadership really mean?’, Thursday, 7th October
  • ‘Leadership in the public sector’, Thursday, 9th December

Registration for the first event of the Better Leadership Forum, ‘Leadership in the Media: A Two-Way Street?’ is now open at: https://liftireland.ie/better-leadership-forum/.


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