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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 Diploma in Advanced Business & Executive Coaching journeys and emerged equipped to grow themselves, their teams and their organisations.

Eileen Duggan, Executive Systemic Coach and Supervisor

Eileen Duggan, Executive Systemic Coach and Supervisor

"On completing the diploma programme, I look back on an amazing self-discovery journey, it provided me with this deeper understanding of myself and an increased awareness of others. From a professional aspect, it has helped me with my clients tremendously in addressing both the emotional and psychological aspects of their challenges.”

Prof. Niamh Brennan, Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at UCD

Prof. Niamh Brennan, Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at UCD

"Having qualified as a chartered accountant, and completed a PhD in Accounting, I wanted to learn more about the soft side of business. I qualified in Business & Executive Coaching and Advanced Business & Executive Coaching, before completing Team Coaching to obtain a MSc Business & Executive Coaching. Team Coaching provided me with the tools and best practices which I use in board-of-directors’ training assignments. I feel I am now more self-aware and sensitive to other people.”

Sean Quigley, Board Member, Executive & Team Coach

Sean Quigley, Board Member, Executive & Team Coach

"The format and approach used by Geoff and Jenny, with the strong emphasis on the psychological dimensions of coaching, together with the support of other participants, got me out of my comfort zone and really helped develop me as an executive coach.”

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