International Womens Day

08 Mar International Womens Day

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, Enactus Ireland would like to salute all the women in our network who are making a difference in their community! To celebrate this day, we speak to Dr.Briga Hynes (Enactus UL) and Clare Carroll (Enactus NUI Galway) who are both Faculty Advisers in their institutions. Our Faculty Advisers are an integral part of our programme as they empower our students by providing them with ongoing knowledge, support and motivation to overcome hurdles!

Dr.Briga Hynes, Enactus UL

Dr.Briga Hynes, Enactus UL

• What is your current position in your institution?
Head Department of Management and Marketing, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick and Lecturer in Entrepreneurship.

• How did you get to where you are today and who/what helped you along the way?
The career journey was determined by experience gained in working as an Assistant Manager in Supremac’s in Galway. That role provided me with a real insight into running a busy retail outlet and inspirations from its entrepreneurial owner, Pat McDonagh opened up an interest in entrepreneurship and small businesses. Experience gained in Supermac’s was real time learning – ‘do and learn and re learn to improve’, it instilled in me a sense of the importance of getting on with people and the critical role of teamwork and respect for the customer. It challenged me beyond my comfort zone and experience, which was daunting but strengthened my confidence. From Supermac’s I transitioned to the role of Marketing Researcher and Analyst with a small research company based on the campus of the University of Limerick. Whilst working there the benefits of being part of a credible network of academics, practitioners and government agencies highlighted a range of broader career opportunities. One such opportunity was to deliver training on continuing education programmes run by the University in the evenings and weekends. I really enjoyed the teaching to learners who were practitioners as I could share my practical experience to complement theirs and providing them with the relevant subject theory and knowledge. Recognising the need for professional development, I completed a Masters on a part time basis. My interest in teaching and programme development intensified as my experience developed and a key milestone emerged in terms of career choice. I was unable to continue to work full time in industry and simultaneously deliver on the variety of training opportunities that were emerging and a choice had to be made on which route I would concentrate on. This choice was somewhat fast tracked when an adverstiment for lecturer in Entrepreneurship appeared from the Kemmy Business School. I was successful in securing this role and the rest is history! Continuing the recognition for further professional development, I completed my PhD on a part time basis. Over the years, I have developed and broadened my teaching experience in the small firm, marketing, business growth and internationalisation subject areas. Given my focus on delivering practical and experiential learning by bringing real world experiences to the learner, I continue to work as a mentor with entrepreneurs, provide advice on marketing and strategy development for established small business, and I work with local development agencies in the delivery of training programmes.
I assumed the role of Head of Department of Management and Marketing last year which has staff of 30 people.

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Dr.Briga Hynes with Enactus UL students at the 2017 National Competition

• How has your role in Enactus enabled you to empower young women?
My role in Enactus has hopefully encouraged women to think about being open to new learnings and opportunities, which may not be part of the original plan but should be considered. I encourage them to be positive and confident about what they can offer an organisation and to remember when having self-doubts – think about what advice they would give a friend who is self-doubting and act on this.
I indicate that key transferable skills such as people skills, teamwork and communication are core tenants of a successful career. Further an important learning I emphasis is the power of informal networks as a means of personal and professional career development.
I think it is also important that these young women in Enactus understand that they are a source of empowerment for me. Their energy, enthusiasm and creativity to problem solve has helped me gain new perspectives and ways of working as well as providing me with a really enjoyable and fun learning experience.

• What is your favourite motivational quote?
‘Keep your eye on the sun as then you don’t see the shadows and get distracted by smaller things’

• Who is your favourite #GirlBoss or role model?
Respected role model is Vicki O’Toole from JJ O’Toole – www.jjotoole.ie

 

Clare Carroll, Enactus NUI Galway

Clare Carroll, Enactus NUI Galway

• What is your current position in your institution?
I am a lecturer on the BSc undergraduate speech and Language therapy pre-registration course at NUI Galway. I am also co-director of the MSc in Childhood Speech Language and Communication Needs.

• How did you get to where you are today and who/what helped you along the way?
Determination and passion got me to where I am combined with a great support network. My support network includes my family, friends and colleagues and the guidance of mentors. At all stages of my career I have been supported by clinical mentors and now academic mentors. I completed a part-time masters while I was working in the HSE as i was keen to develop my research skills and further my knowledge. I completed a PhD in 20016 which I completed part-time alongside working full-time in the University.

• How has your role in Enactus enabled you to empower young women?
I joined Enactus as a faculty adviser in 2016 because of my involvement in a project called Hear Me! Which Promotes communication awareness in our community. I am passionate about people with communication disabilities participating in our communities. Speech and Language therapy is predominantly a female dominated profession and I support students to think beyond seeing the disability, to seeing the person and to consider setting goals for clients that support their ability to participate in society. Through Enactus, the students gain project management, public relations and presentation skills and I support and guide them in their development. The students also gain an awareness of how hard changing societal attitudes are and I encourage them to continue with the project and skill development.

Clare Carroll with Enactus NUI Galway students at the 2017 National Competition

Clare Carroll with Enactus NUI Galway students at the 2017 National Competition

• What is your favourite motivational quote?
‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No Matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.’ (Samuel Beckett)

• Who is your favourite #GirlBoss or role model?
Veronica Larkin who was my first boss who continues to guide me and is also now a friend. My mother for her determination to working full time and rear three children. Mary Robinson as the first female President of Ireland. Recently, Emma Hannigan for her determination for life and her role as an advocate for women.



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