Winners of prestigious new leadership awards to be announced


– 11 people – ranging from bankers to school students – to be celebrated for their leadership skills –

The winners of a prestigious new awards initiative from LIFT Ireland are to be announced at an online event this evening (15.10.2020).

There are 40 nominees on the awards shortlist, ranging from banking and insurance executives to Transition Year students and community volunteers and include employees from the likes of ESB, AIB, Bank of Ireland, RSA Insurance, PREM Group, Munster Rugby and the charity GOAL. There are 11 award categories and one winner of each category will be announced this evening. The full shortlist can be accessed here.

LIFT Ireland is a not-for-profit organisation that works to build positive leadership skills in communities across Ireland. It created the awards initiative to recognise strong leadership at all levels of Irish society from grassroots organisations to corporate boardrooms.

Those shortlisted for awards have been selected from hundreds of nominations of individuals who have participated in LIFT Ireland’s programme over the past 12 months.

Leadership Quality Marks

At the awards, organisations involved in rolling out the LIFT leadership development programme in their workplace will also be recognised with a ‘Living LIFT 2020’ quality mark. This mark has been created to recognise organisations working to raise the standards of leadership in Ireland. 

About LIFT

Joanne Hession, who is a successful entrepreneur and leadership expert with a background in entrepreneurship training, founded LIFT Ireland, along with her brother, David Hession, an education accreditation expert, and Sonya Lennon, broadcaster, designer and social entrepreneur. LIFT – which stands for ‘Leading Ireland’s Future Together’ – provides leadership and facilitation training to individuals and organisations across the country, ranging from multinational corporations to SMEs, NGOs, schools, sports organisations, and individuals from all walks of life.

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