Alumni Testimonials

Lifelong learning is the cornerstone of UCD Smurfit Executive Development’s approach. No matter how far you have advanced in your career, there are always new insights to uncover, different mind-sets to explore and more opportunities for growth. Smurfit Executive Development’s transformational experience has made an impact on executives around the globe. Here are a few stories from participants who embraced their Coaching for Impact at Work journey and emerged equipped to grow themselves, their teams and their organisations.

Sue Lamon-Diver

Sue Lamon-Diver

Group Director, Employee Experience, Smurfit Kappa Group

"The programme is very well structured and the facilitators are very knowledgeable in their delivery and coaching approach. We were given lot of opportunities to practise and receive feedback from fellow learners. The experiences gained, together with the advice from Pam and Eileen was invaluable. I found the format of teaching the concepts/principles along with the practice sessions, a great way to reinforce my learning. This is a course I would highly recommend and reconnecting with my peers again in a learning environment was really enriching and can’t be under-estimated.”

Yvonne Clavin

Yvonne Clavin

Associate Director , Business Process Excellence at Alkermes Pharma Ireland Limited

"I have gained significant learnings from the 3-Day Coaching for Impact at Work programme. Our facilitators were clearly passionate about the wide subject of coaching & delivered it in a very engaging and interactive style. The course allowed for self reflection and more self awareness of coaching style and competence which enabled improvement and development of skills in a relaxed, fun environment. The experiential learning has really enhanced my development & understanding of coaching. This is a high quality, practical, usable course with a great balance of tools and practice in a safe environment.”.

Michelle Ward

Michelle Ward

Manager, Legal Department, IDA (Ireland)

"The Coaching for Impact at Work programme has been carefully designed by experts in their field. The have managed to bring to life a subject that everyone thinks they know about, but which is in reality complex and demanding. I am committed to putting my new skills into practice and using coaching to make a tangible difference in my organisation.”

Mairead O'Carroll

Mairead O'Carroll

Head Of Finance at Irish Life Investment Managers

"The benefits of coaching became clear on this course. The faculty team's personal approach, attention to detail and friendly demeanour created an environment that was open and supportive of participants discussion and practice of coaching techniques in real life practical situations drawn from each participants direct experience. It was informative and practical. The course made me more aware of myself and my responses to certain situations and how to deal with them."

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