IoD Update - February 2019
When we published the results of our Director Sentiment Monitor back in December, 32% of business leaders believed that Brexit was the single biggest risk factor facing their organisation. If anything, this figure is likely to have increased, given the continuing uncertainty around the impact of the UK's impending departure from the EU, now less than eight weeks away.

Such uncertainty aside, it’s been an exciting start to the year for the IoD, with a packed house attending our January Breakfast Briefing for members on the Property Market Outlook and our Dublin-based events in February fully booked in record time. So, have a look at our three exciting March workshops , which are filling up rapidly, and don't forget our Spring Lunch on March 29th, a great opportunity not only to hear the insightful Mark Little but to network and catch-up with IoD members.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon!
Video Catch-up
In co-operation with Business & Finance, our highlighted videos this month see Mark Kennedy , Managing Partner, Mazars Ireland, discussing the benefits of IoD membership - including networking opportunities and structured learning - while Maura Quinn , CEO of the IoD in Ireland, highlights the key findings in our research report on Culture, which can be found on our website here .
Paul Sprenger CA (SA) is Regional Director UK & Ireland with WTax, a division of the VAT IT Group, the largest tax recovery firm in the world.

What qualities do you need to succeed in business?
Hard work, focused goal setting and perseverance. I think young people today expect too much, too soon. I believe you need to earn your spurs and learn a few tough lessons before you can be truly successful. Success in business is often about the journey, not necessarily the end destination.

Who or what are your main influences?
Arnold Schwarzenegger has probably been the main influence in my life. His speeches and autobiography shaped the way I approach life. It is phenomenal to think what he has achieved in so many different occupations. He attributes it all to hard work and knowing exactly where you want to go. A truly inspirational person.
The IoD Blog
This month's blog looks at how wellbeing programmes are impacting employee engagement, written by PepTalk co-founder, James Brogan .

If you are interested in contributing to our blog or for further information, please contact Paul O'Mahony at or call 01 1411 0010. 

13th February
Presenter:  Seamus Coffey , Economist & Lecturer, UCC

Time:   18:00 - 19:30

Venue: The Rochestown Park Hotel, Douglas, Cork
Cost: Free of charge, members are welcome to bring a guest, subject to availability

Sponsored by Mazars

5th March
Speaker: George Bartlett , Corporate Governance Expert

Time: 09:00 - 16:30

Venue: Irish Management Institute, 16 Sandyford Road, Sandyford, Dublin 16
Cost: €425 ex VAT IoD members/€485 ex VAT non-member 
13th March
Speaker: Carol Bolger CDir, Chartered Director

Time: 09:00 - 16:30

Venue: Irish Management Institute, 16 Sandyford Road, Sandyford, Dublin 16

Cost: €425 ex VAT IoD members/€485 ex VAT non-members

29th March
Presenter:  Mark Little , CEO, Kinzen

Time:   12:30 - 15:30

Venue: InterContinental Hotel, Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Cost: €95 per person/€950 for table of ten (tables of 12 available on request)

Sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran

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*Business to Arts*
Artist-in-Residence (AR) Programme 2019

Business to Arts , in partnership with the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund, are seeking expressions of interest from businesses that would like to develop new (or significantly enhance their existing) CSR activity through the   Artist-in-Residence (AR) Programme .

Up to €7,500 will be provided for the creation (or enhancement) of three AR Programmes in a Corporate Social Responsibility context. Selected programmes must involve a minimum of eighteen-months of community engagement, staff engagement or work-place creativity activities by the host companies and artists. Priority will be given to AR Programmes where a significant portion of the associated activity occurs in regional areas. 

You can read more about the AR Programme here.
In our Members' Area this Month
IoD members have access to exclusive content every month in our Members' Update ezine.
For instance, we produce regular webcasts which are made available exclusively in our Members' (Log-in) Area. Most recently, in the first of our Breakfast & Evening Briefing Series 2019, sponsored by Mazars , Marian Finnegan , Chief Economist and Director of Research , Sherry FitzGerald Group ,  gave an up-to-date commentary on trends in all sectors of the Irish property market and an honest assessment of the prospects for the sector in 2019. 
Also, each month, together with McCann FitzGerald , we produce a number of factsheets on a variety of topics for IoD members. Recent examples include: Non-Executive Directors: A Special Role; Directors’ and Officers’ (“D&O”) Liability Insurance; Key Statements and Information for Inclusion in the Directors’ Report; Governance Obligations: Agenda Items; Resigning from a Board: Issues to Consider; Brexit and Corporate Structures: Planning for Uncertainty.
As an IoD member, you can access Director magazine, published by IoD UK, free of charge. Each edition is full of insightful interviews with entrepreneurs and company directors.
We also publish a list of members who recently joined the IoD, so you can see who is joining one of the most influential business membership organisations in Ireland.

These, and more, are just some of the additional benefits of IoD membership – delivered monthly through our ezine’s exclusive content.
Membership Benefits
Members of the Institute of Directors in Ireland are connected to an active network of over 2,900 senior business leaders who have access a comprehensive range of workshops, specialist courses, online resources and inspirational events designed for your personal and professional development as a business leader.

And, apart from these benefits, did you know that IoD members have complimentary access to tax and legal professionals? That members e njoy complimentary  access to airport business lounges   in Ireland, UK and Europe?

 Below you can click a link to all our special offers and discounts for members.

If you'd like to join, you can apply online here or download the form . If you'd like to contact us directly, these are the relevant details for our membership team .
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