Introduction to LIFT
LIFT Ireland is a not-for-profit initiative aimed at increasing the level of positive leadership in Ireland. Founded in late 2017, the movement was officially launched in May 2018 at LIFT OFF, an inaugural event attended by some of Ireland’s foremost leaders in business, arts, education and sport.
LIFT, which stands for ‘Leading Ireland’s Future Together’, was built on a desire to change the country for the better by changing the way people view leadership. It aims to do this through its eight-part, group learning process. LIFT’s programme is being rolled out nationwide via a volunteer facilitator network with a goal of reaching 10% of the population by 2028.
LIFT Ireland was founded by leadership expert Joanne Hession along with her brother, David Hession, and Sonya Lennon of Dress for Success Dublin. LIFT is also backed by an exemplary advisory board made up of some of Ireland’s most influential community representatives and business people.
LIFT’s journey towards introducing 10% of Ireland’s population to its leadership value training commenced with twenty-three Founding Partners. Each of our Founding Partners made a commitment to LIFT, to participate in the learning process and to facilitate further discussion within their organisation on the value of positive leadership.
What We Do
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 Ireland believes that the best way to influence positive change in our country is to re-examine the way in which we view and enact leadership in our schools, communities, at home, and in our businesses.
Central to LIFT’s learning process are the leadership circles or roundtables. During these sessions, participants are given space to reflect on the eight leadership values using a well-established 5-step-method.
To reach its overall goal of reaching 10% of the island’s population, LIFT relies on its network of facilitators and partners, who make a commitment to living, growing, building or hosting LIFT’s activities.
Pete Smyth, Broadlake
Pete Smyth, Chief Executive Officer, Broadlake
Catherine Moroney, AIB
Catherine Moroney, Head of Business Banking, AIB
Chupi Sweetman, Chupi
Chupi Sweetnam, Founder, Chupi
Sonya Lennon, Dress For Success Dublin
Sonya Lennon, Founder, Dress For Success Dublin