Break Through Podcast Series

Join Marianne for a series of podcast interviews with individuals who are pushing their boundaries with their teams, industries and themselves to create breakthrough results.

Episode 1: Digital Transformation with Tony Moroney

Tony is an Internationally recognised strategy, digital transformation and financial services advisor. He is a regular commentator on disruption, and has presented at numerous domestic and international forums.

Tony is also Programme Director for the Digital Leadership, Digital Transformation, and Leading Cyber Security Programmes at the Irish Management Institute (IMI). He also lectures on Digital and FinTech.

In addition, he is a Co-Founder of The Digital Transformation Lab, Cork University Business School, University College Cork, a Think-Tank comprising of experts from industry, academia, and consulting.

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Episode 2: Food innovation and food careers with Bazil Stander

Creative and energetic food innovator with a proven track record in developing and driving groundbreaking new food concepts; experienced in identifying, analysing and creating culinary trends, identifying marketing opportunities and working with cross-functional partners to launch innovative food products that resonate with customers and comply with business expectations.

Skilled in negotiation and communication with the ability to think outside the box to problem solve; able to collaborate and cooperate within a complex organisation, work within a fast, high pressure environment to meet deadlines without compromising quality and remain calm under pressure.

Brings a positive energy and confidence to the workplace with the ability to lead by example and influence others to perform at their best. Has travelled and worked extensively throughout Europe, USA, UK and Australia.

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Episode 3: Good AI and Developing Africa Talent with John Kamara

Tech Entrepreneur using smart technology to drive exponential growth in data driven organisations. Visionary and thought leader with experience in new markets and vertical across multiple sectors. Expert in the following areas Technology: E-commerce, Internet solutions, Digital Applications and Financial payment solutions (AI, Blockchain, IOT, Cloud). Gaming : (Sport-betting, Poker, Casino and Lottery) Marketing : Online, Social and Digital Media. Sales : Go to market strategy, In-country acquisition and channel partnership expert Strategy: Product development, Business growth and User experience expert. Entrepreneurship : Startup experience, M&A, Consulting and Advisory services. Leadership : Thought leader with a passion for growth and experience developing and managing staff size of between 30 -200 in various roles. References:

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Episode 4: Career Management Strategist, Job Hunting Expert & Coach with Renata Bernarde

For 20 years, Renata pursued a corporate career and held senior executive roles despite all odds: She’s had kids, moved countries, studied as a mature-aged student, and had health problems, all of which can really de-rail one's career progression! Renata has also applied for roles successfully and unsuccessfully, had great jobs and terrible jobs, and through the help of her network, mentors, and coaches, found her way to the top.

Today, Renata helps professionals take control of their careers and pursue their ambitions. When she’s coaching or developing her courses, she’s like a "dog with a bone", making sure she leaves no stone unturned to help those who are ready to pursue their goals.

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Episode 5: Navigating a multinational career with Mandy Hennebry

Mandy is the Head of Unilever Ireland. She has also held roles with FoodMarble, GSK and the Kepak Group.

She is a dynamic, transformative commercial marketing leader with international experience across a variety of categories, geographies & businesses within consumer packaged goods. In addition to Ireland, she has worked in Portugal, England and the USA.

She has a proven track record of success with new emerging brands, global market leading brands and turnaround brands across all elements of the marketing mix in global, regional and local roles.

She has successfully grown equity, sales, share and profit, built relationships, influenced stakeholders at all levels and effectively motivated and developed a team to succeed.

Mandy is married to Eddie and is the proud mom of Allie and Ewan. Her passions include travelling.

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Episode 6: Building cultures and how to manage remote workforces with Gustavo Razzetti

CEO at Fearless Culture | Workplace Culture Design 🔴 Consultant & Facilitator 🔴 Best-selling author of “Remote, Not Distant” 📙 Thrive in a hybrid workplace

Gustavo is a workplace culture consultant, author, and speaker who facilitates courageous conversations to drive cultural transformation. He helps executives, team leaders, and founders map and assess their culture – and design a better one.

Gustavo facilitates culture design projects, culture assessment surveys, and workshops - both remotely and in person. Over 200,000 leaders, people teams, and consultants in 50+ countries use our culture design toolkit.

Fortune 500, fast-growth startups, and mid-size businesses hire us to become purpose-driven, agile, and innovative. Some of his clients: Mars, Level Access, Konica Minolta, StrongDM, Merck, Continental, and Signify Health (CVS).

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Episode 7 : Women representation in business and politics with Jeanette Allom-Hill

CEO | C- Suite Leadership Coach | Government Advisor | Chair | Non Executive Director | Keynote Speaker | Telstra Business Women of the year for the Public Sector and Academia 2020.

Jeanette has held senior private sector roles at Optus, NBN and Microsoft. Over the last 12 years she has dedicated her skills to the public sector as a transformation expert, leading teams in senior roles for NSW Treasury, working with the Secretary and NSW Transport and accountable to the Minister’s office. She is also an advisor with Boston Consulting Group and has worked with Federal government departments including the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Justice, Education, Health, Social Services and Immigration.

Jeanette founded and is the CEO of Lionhearted Foundation, which champions gender diversity goals. The Foundation is aligned to the Australian Government’s objectives of increasing women's participation, safety, economic security, leadership and health and wellbeing.

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Episode 8 Quietly Powerful & Leaders Who Listen with Megumi Miki

Megumi helps leaders to inspire, not just drive performance, change and growth. As an author, speaker and consultant, she helps leaders and organisations to unlock dormant potential by evolving to be smart together rather than being smart on our own. Being smart together requires leadership and culture that allows a diverse range of people to fully contribute their unique talents for the greater good. It is one of the most difficult to replicate competitive advantage for organisations, especially in the volatile and disruptive environment we are in.

Megumi brings together 20+ years of experience in Leadership Development, Organisational Development, Change and Business Strategy. Her combined experience in business strategy and organisational development enables her to deliver solutions aligned to strategic goals and strategies of organisations. She has worked with industries including financial services, energy/utilities, consumer and industrial products, universities and government.

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Episode 9: Being a female actuary and a CEO with Mairead O'Mahony

Mairead has twenty years of experience within Ireland’s pensions industry having worked for Mercer and Towers Watson before joining AON. She is currently leading AON’s pensions and investment businesses in Ireland.

Mairead has a strong track record of business leadership and change management.

She holds a Bachelor of Actuarial and Financial Studies from UCD.

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Episode 10: Tashi is a no-code platform for travel marketplaces with Macartan Goughan

Tashi is a no-code platform for travel marketplaces. Flexible and fast to launch, get a multi-vendor accommodation and experiences marketplace personalized to you.

Whether you're an entrepreneur building the next Airbnb, a creator curating your favourite experiences or a government tourism body promoting your members, you can create and launch on Tashi in weeks.

We've got partners on every continent, selling tours, experiences, activities, hotels, homestays and everything in-between.

We're building a community for the next generation of travel marketplaces.

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Episode 11: The digital education and training revolution

Education is something that I have always been extremely passionate about and I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be involved in developing people and helping them grow. Technology is an incredible enabler and, as it continues to evolve, more people are harnessing the power thereof.

TTRO is an organization of passionate and talented individuals who design and develop innovative learning solutions to upskill and empower people for the now and for the future. We believe in driving change through next generation learning by combining immersive technologies and learning methodologies to deliver relevant competencies that add value to your organization and your people.

We are the digital education revolution. We are the class rebel. We are The Training Room Online.

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Episode 12: Midlife transitions for men and women in the C Suite

Dr. Jill Walker is an executive psychologist who coaches CEOs, successful business founders and high net worth individuals – people who have achieved a lot of outer success, but want more balance, joy or fulfilment. She also does keynote speaking on topics that inspire and help people to live and work at their best, like her very popular 'Better not busier' talk.

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Episode 13: The Leadership Playground with Belinda Clark

Belinda Clark, AO, is a leader in the Australian sports industry and has recently turned attention to starting a new venture to support the development of leadership capability and confidence in young girls.

Clark was an elite cricketer who captained the Australian Team from 1994-2005, with a win ratio of 80% over more than a decade and the first player male or female to score a double century in a One Day International Match.

She was also CEO of Women’s Cricket Australia and steered the organisation through an integration with Cricket Australia. In 2000, she received an AM for services to cricket and to the promotion and development of the game for women and girls and an AO in 2018

Belinda brought an evidence-based mindset to the game, after initially training as a physiotherapist, integrating science with high-performance sport. She excels at strategy and its implementation and is a natural builder of teams and brands.

In her previous role as Executive General Manager, Community Cricket at Cricket Australia, she worked with a team across Australia to transform community cricket through innovative solutions based on community needs including providing a platform for the growth of junior cricket and girl’s competition. And she continues to be an advocate for females in sport at all levels.

Belinda was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, the NSW Sports Hall of Fame and Hunter Region Sports Hall of Fame.

In 2019, the Australian Financial Review Top 100 Women of Influence Awards recognised Belinda as the winner of the Arts, Culture and Sport category.

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Episode 14 : Rethinking our approach to inclusion with Jig Ramji

 Jig is the Chief Talent and Culture officer for Aviva group. He has previously held senior Talent roles in the LSEG, Bloomberg and Macquarie.

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