IoD Members' Update - March 2019
As the days drift by and the uncertainty over Brexit continues to cast a shadow, the IoD has lined up an exciting series of events and workshops throughout the spring at which you can meet your fellow members and discuss the issues of the day.

In the climate in which we currently find ourselves, the importance of networking, exchanging ideas and continued professional development cannot be overstated. If you have not done so already, please consider attending the events and workshops listed below, and click through the link provided to see further events and activities on our website.

We would also like to give you the 'heads up' that, in the coming weeks, the IoD will be asking for your co-operation and input into our quarterly Director Sentiment Monitor members' survey.

Thanking you in advance and see you soon!
McCann FitzGerald factsheet (March 2019):

Our sincere thanks to McCann FitzGerald for their ongoing assistance in producing the IoD factsheets.

Remember, you need to be logged into the website to view the IoD factsheets.

Video Catch-up
In our highlighted videos this month, Tony Smurfit , Smurfit Kappa Group, answers the question, 'What is your view of Brexit in respect to Irish businesses?' while 
Corporate Governance expert, George Bartlett, discusses the top ten mistakes most commonly made by company directors.
Ray O’Connor is Chief Commercial Officer of 4site , the providers of innovative engineering solutions for major infrastructural developments in telecommunications

What qualities do you need to succeed in business?

There are three – the utmost integrity, emotional intelligence and an aptitude for listening. In the telecoms business, your reputation, ability to deliver and willingness to help clients find the right solution is key, as you will often find yourself working with that same client time and time again over the years.

What, in your opinion, makes a great leader?

Great leaders develop, embrace and build trusting relationships with a diverse range of individuals who all share a similar goal or purpose. Great leaders know this diversity means they are going to be challenged time and time again, and this will ultimately help them grow their own thinking and approach.

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
Speaker: 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
2nd April
Speaker: John Smyth , Chartered Director

Time: 09:00 - 16:30

Venue: Strand Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick

Cost: €360 ex VAT for IoD members/€405 ex VAT non-members

3rd April
Presenter:  Marian Finnegan , Chief Economist and Director of Research, Sherry FitzGerald Group

Time:   12:30 - 14:00

Venue: Mazar's office, Mayoralty House, Flood Street, Galway
Cost: Free to IoD Members - Members are welcome to bring a guest, free of charge, subject to availability

Sponsored by Mazars 
*Member Benefits*
Nox Hotel, Galway
Nox Hotel  is one of the newest and trendiest hotels Galway city has to offer. Located a stone’s throw from the city centre and adjacent to all major roadways, Nox Hotel is ideally positioned for business in Galway. With contemporary, chic décor and a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Nox is the perfect place to take a break and relax.

More information is available here . Please note: you will need your member's password to log in.

Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.
*Central Statistics Office*
Gender Balance in Business Survey
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has asked the IoD if we would share a link to its Gender Balance in Business Survey , launched recently, to see if our members would like to take part.

The CSO plans to continue the data collection process until the end of April 2019 , with results published in May 2019.

This is the inaugural survey of a series that will, henceforth, be run on a biennial basis, and the CSO is anxious to raise the profile of the survey and ensure respondents and the business community are aware of its existence.

By clicking the following links, you can access the Frequently Asked Questions page and a dedicated information sheet .

The Gender Balance in Business Survey itself is located here .

The IoD Blog
This month's blog looks at how information sessions on housing issues can benefit employees, written by Threshold CEO, John-Mark McCafferty .

If you are interested in contributing to our blog or for further information, please contact Paul O'Mahony at or call 01 1411 0010. 
Business Benefits of ISO 27001 and Implementation Overview {Webinar}
ISO 27001 certification demonstrates to existing and potential customers that an organisation has identified and implemented best-practice information security processes. ISO 27001 is the only auditable international standard that defines the requirements of an ISMS (information security management system).

Join IT Force,  Hanna Moore Curley and  Certification Europe  for this webinar to learn how and why  ISO 27001 certification  can be the best data security move for your organisation. 

When: Thursday 21 st March
Time: 2.35pm

Reserve your place for this webinar by visiting the website here . Please note: This is not an IoD event.
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