PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS: THE KEY TO SUSTAINABILITY with Dara Connolly (Ire), Chief Executive Officer at Common Purpose Ireland
A Live & Open fire side discussion, exploring the opportunities of partnerships and collaborations across the private , public and NFPs sectors. This session will encourage delegates to share and cross pollinate what has worked and what hasn’t, chaired by Dara Connolly, CEO of Common Purpose Ireland . Session will open with Dara sharing his journey to date followed by an open session encouraging participation across all the delegates in a safe and confidential space under Chatham House rules.
This interactive session will be hosted on Zoom, where you will be able to engage with the conversation, have a voice, network with your peers, and take the next step towards building strong purpose lead partnerships.
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Dara Connolly is CEO of Common Purpose Ireland, part of a global social enterprise, operating across 100 cities around the world with over 80,000 alumni. Its object is to provide inspiring and challenging programmes for leaders from diverse backgrounds and sectors, allowing them to connect with each other, expand their perspectives and create real change in their organisations, societies and as individuals.
Dara has had an eclectic career as a leader across a variety of worlds. As Executive Director of Recreate, a Creative Reuse social enterprise, he built it from an idea to an award-winning sustainable business employing over 40 staff. As Head of Business Development and Property of Temple Bar Cultural Trust Ltd, he managed a cultural and commercial property portfolio of over €120M, leading on landmark projects such as Culture Night, redevelopment of the West End and Ireland's first retractable roof in Meeting House Square. In addition, he managed Financial Services of Technical CD sales for Microsoft, was Head of Partnerships for Young Social Innovators and is involved in a number of diverse start-ups.
Dara has a real passion for people and their development, always seeking to expand the inclusivity objectives of Common Purpose's programmes. He is also cares deeply for the arts and the environment resulting from his time with Cultivate (a Sustainability NGO). His very rewarding time for 8 years as director and chair of Saplings Schools for Children with Autism has given him a real interest for children with special needs development and for inclusion across society as a whole.
He is a fully qualified Management Accountant (CIMA, holds Higher Diploma in Business Studies, Higher Diploma in Project Management, a Post Graduate Diploma in Innovation and is an alumni of Common Purpose Meridian programme for senior leaders.