"The LIFT programme is an initiative that Dublin Airport and daa are incredibly proud to be supporting. It is a really exciting initiative that will provide support and development for our young leaders of the future, which is something we in the daa feel is really important for our society."

Dominick Lewis - Head of HR, Dublin Airport

"The LIFT vision of creating better leaders and developing personal leadership qualities and abilities is being lived in our organisation today. For us in Munster Rugby, it has been a resounding success."

Claire Cooke - Head of HR, Munster Rugby

"We are firmly committed to supporting the development of businesses in DLRD. The LIFT initiative has proven to be immensely beneficial to those who get involved, as it helps to build relationships and ensure strong, positive pathways for development and growth. We are looking forward to being a part of the LIFT Ireland initiative."

Owen Laverty, Head of Enterprise and Economics for DLRD

"There is tremendous opportunity to build a better, brighter and kinder future, not an old Ireland built on predjudice but a new Ireland built on strength. We are delighted to be a Founding Parter of LIFT Ireland."

Chupi Sweetman - Founder & CEO - Chupi

LIFT Partners

The LIFT Impact Report 2021

In three years LIFT has grown from a standing start to over 17,000 people . Download our 2021 report here.

LIFT Awards 2021

Find the shortlist here and book your place at the online LIFT Awards Ceremony: November 17th, 7pm.

Join an Online Leadership Roundtable

We are running sessions everyday, six times a day and we’re continuously adding more sessions to keep up with demand. Pick a day and time which suits you. Just one session a week will build your leadership muscle. Click here to book a session.

Bring LIFT to your School

Students, teachers and parents are already reaping the benefits of LIFT’s schools programme. We encourage all schools across the country to sign up and start Living LIFT. Click here to learn more about LIFT & Schools.

We’re Hiring!

LIFT is hiring for two positions! A Marketing Manager and a LIFT School Partner Relationship Manager.
If you’re interested joining an amazing team contact anne@liftireland.ie.

Save the date for the online LIFT Awards 2021 ceremony!

The LIFT Awards celebrates everyday leaders across Ireland.
LIFT facilitators from all over the country have nominated those people who really live the LIFT values. We want to inspire the nation by celebrating stories of everyday leadership with impact.
LEarn about the event here

THE BETTER LEADERSHIP FORUM – Leadership in Business

Oct 7th 1-2pm

Catch up with this fantastic event and see a replay by clicking the button below.

Replay Past Better Leadership Forums

About Us

LIFT Ireland grew out of a desire to change our country for the better, not because better is needed but because better is possible.

LIFT Ireland is a social enterprise initiative aimed at increasing the level of positive leadership in Ireland. Leadership is not limited to a select few and everyone can be a leader in their own way. At LIFT Ireland, we want to help build a nation of positive leaders. We believe that the more people ‘living LIFT’, the better the future we create for our country.

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What is LIFT?

LIFT stands for ‘Leading Ireland’s Future Together’.

LIFT is an eight-part, group learning programme. LIFT’s programme is being rolled out nationwide via a volunteer facilitator network with an overall goal of reaching 10% of the population within ten years.  LIFT’s leadership learning process is based on eight key leadership values; Listening, Positive Attitude, Respect, Competence, Dedication & Determination, Empathy & Understanding, Accountability, and Honesty & Integrity.

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Our Goal

Within 10 years we want 10% of the island’s population to have partaken in LIFT’s leadership learning process.

We aim to reach this target via our facilitator and partner network. Each individual or organisation that commits to LIFT brings us a step closer to our overall goal. LIFT Ireland officially launched in May 2018. That means that by 2028, our vision is that over half a million people in Ireland will have experienced our leadership learning process and be ‘Living Lift‘.

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Who Are We?

LIFT Ireland was founded in 2017 by siblings Joanne and David Hession along with Sonya Lennon of Dress for Success Dublin.

We believe in strength in numbers. LIFT Ireland is a collective movement backed by its partners and an exemplary advisory board. Our partners are made up of businesses, community groups, schools, and sporting organisations that have made a commitment to roll out LIFT’s learning process. Each organisation involved in LIFT is united by their belief in the power of positive leadership.

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Leadership Roundtables

LIFT Ireland uses a simple 5-step process where individuals reflect on leadership values in small groups, which are appropriate to people of all backgrounds, from ages 14 and up.

LIFT’s learning process is based on eight key leadership values, which were formulated after conducting an extensive nationwide survey on the country’s most revered leadership attributes. LIFT adopters have included community groups, businesses, schools, and sports clubs.

LIFT Programme

2021 Events

Events are a big part of the LIFT Ireland’s community building culture.

In May 2018, we launched LIFT OFF, a landmark event attended by key leaders from the worlds of sport, art and business. That event signified the start of our journey. Each year hereafter, we will be holding annual LIFTing Ireland events to keep the momentum going and signal our intention for the year ahead. As well as our annual marquee events, we hold regular facilitator training workshops, leadership seminars and meetups. Come along and join the movement.



Whether you are in a company, a community group, or simply an individual who believes in the power to influence change, we’d love to hear from you. Find out how you can get involved below.


Advisory Board

Joanne Hession
Joanne Hession

Founder of The Entrepreneurs Academy and LIFT Ireland

Sonya Lennon
Sonya Lennon

Founder of Dress For Success Dublin and LIFT Ireland

David Hession
David Hession

Senior Consultant, QED The Accreditation Experts, LIFT Founder

Mick Sweeney
Mick Sweeney

Chief Executive Officer at PineBridge Investments Ireland

John Lonergan
John Lonergan

Author, Ex-Governor Mountjoy Prison

Catherine Moroney
Catherine Moroney

Head of Business Banking, AIB Plc, a Founding Partner of LIFT

Eamonn Forbes
Eamonn Forbes

CCO, FPG Amentum, A Founding Partner of LIFT Ireland

Fardus Sultan
Fardus Sultan

Managing Director FarendNet Ltd & Community activist

Suzanne Carroll
Suzanne Carroll

CEO, The Entrepreneurs Academy.

Greg Clarke
Greg Clarke

Managing Director of Digicom, a Founding Partner of LIFT

Ken Casey
Ken Casey

Partner and Head of Corporate, Hayes Solicitors.

Noelle Burke
Noelle Burke

Director of People Success & Partner Services, RSA Group

Maurice Prendergast
Maurice Prendergast

Senior Partner at Avellana Innovation


LIFT Let’s Make Change Happen


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Dublin 2 | Ireland



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