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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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.

The LIFT Impact Report

Since LIFT  was founded, it has grown from a standing start to over 60,000 people . Download our 2022 report here.

LIFT Awards

Read about the ceremony, the shortlist and the winners of the 2022 LIFT Awards here

Join an Online Leadership Roundtable

We are running online roundtables. 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.

LIFT Events

Check our upcoming events such as public training and roundtables

Donate to LIFT

Donate. Every €12 you donate gifts LIFT to a school student.

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 10 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

2024 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.


LIFT Let’s Make Change Happen


Catch up with this fantastic event series and check out upcoming events here.

Replay Past Better Leadership Forums

LIFT Partners

LIFT Ireland Board

Anne Heraty
Anne Heraty

CEO and Founder of CPL Resources PLC and Chairperson of LIFT Ireland

John Lonergan
John Lonergan

Author, Ex-Governor Mountjoy Prison

Ken Casey
Ken Casey

Partner and Head of Corporate, Hayes Solicitors.

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

LIFT Ireland

Please feel free to get in touch. We would love to answer any questions you have…




LIFT Ireland
39/40 Mount Street Upper, Dublin 2, D02 X7H6



LIFT Ireland Is A Social Enterprise Initiative Aimed At Increasing The Level Of Positive Leadership Capabilities In Ireland.

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