The Third Act Conference
The Third Act Conference
The Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2.
Nov 9th (9.00am – 4.30pm)
Speakers and contributors
Jos de Blok
Jos de Blok is a nurse by education and considered a change agent in the Netherlands when it comes to the organization of community based (home) care. Before he established Buurtzorg he had several senior management positions in home care organizations including director Innovations for medical services.
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ANNE CONNOLLY (BA, MBA)
Anne is the CEO of the ISAX – the Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange (www.isax.ie) – an independent network of businesses, academic institutions and government agencies collaborating to fast-track the research, development and commercialisation of innovations for the global smart ageing economy. Its Vision is to build Ireland as the global leader in smart ageing innovation, targeting the fastest growing consumer market, projected by Merrill Lynch to be worth $15tn by 2020.
This follows on from her role (2006-2013) as the Executive Director of the Ageing Well Network, an independent think-tank and catalyst for social change, comprising senior managers from government departments and agencies, companies, NGOs, academics and service providers. It spawned the WHO Age Friendly Cities and Communities programme, now operational in all municipalities in Ireland.
Prior to that, and following her role as strategic planner in Kingspan Buildings Products, she established her own strategic management consultancy practice specialising in strategic planning and business excellence, with a deliberately mixed range of clients – from large multi-nationals to indigenous companies, commercial and non-commercial government bodies and NGOs.
She is currently a member of the board of SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland), a governor of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook and a board member of their Voluntary Housing Association. She had previously been a director of a number of boards – An Post (national postal service), Fabulous Beast Dance Company, Chair Simon Community Ireland (national homeless charity), ICC Bank, Agency for Personal Service Overseas.
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Nick’s particular areas of expertise include the power of storytelling and narrative to create sustainable personal and organisational change; the role of metaphor in unlocking difficult issues; and the role of breath, voice, and energy in leadership and everyday social interventions.
Much of Nick’s work involves supporting and nudging people to let go of past certainties, explore new pathways and practices, and to envisage a bigger and more widely systemic vision of the world in which each of us can find our own unique star to follow.
He is the author of several books on story and metaphor and a co-initiator of (early collaborator in*) the Third Act movement. For more information go to www.nickowen.net
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Rudi Westendorp (1959) is professor of Medicine at Old age at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at Copenhagen University, Denmark (2015) and director of the interdisciplinary Center of Healthy Ageing exploring ageing from cells to society. Trained at Leiden University, Netherlands he became a consultant in internal medicine and epidemiology and later dedicated himself into geriatrics and gerontology. He was full professor at the Leiden University Medical Center, and chair of the department of old age medicine (2000-2014). He was founding director of the privately funded Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing (2007-2014) that conducts research, provides education and pursues societal innovations to improve quality of life of older people. He acquainted ample national and European grants, published more than 600+ original articles with an h-index of 75+, and supervised over 50+ PhD students of which three of them have been appointed full professor. He published the bestseller ‘Growing older without feeling old’ that is translated in nine languages. He was endowed doctor honoris causa by the University of Newcastle, UK (2009), and received a knighthood in the order of the Dutch Lion (2014).
Human Work Systems
Growing up in an entrepreneurial family where business was a part of everyday life, I absorbed much. Following a degree in psychology from the University of St Andrews (2001), whilst pondering what next, I found myself managing a UK packing operation for Monaghan Mushrooms (the family business). A failing operation in urgent need of people and process reorganisation. It proved to be an enriching and humbling experience.
Emerging from this role I desired both to be altruistic and entrepreneurial but struggled and ultimately failed to reconcile my motivations with opportunity. During this period I found a new profession selling country homes while completing a part-time executive MBA with the Smurfit Business School.
In 2006, I found myself willingly drawn into the design and implementation of an ERP system in Monaghan Mushrooms. As IS manager, I felt satisfied by the problem-solving nature of this role, figuring out an appropriate balance between existing workflow habits, actual value streams and ultimate system design. The most challenging and engaging aspect of this role was being facilitator between people and system.
Getting back in touch with my motivations I embarked on a Masters in Occupational Psychology. In 2010 I transitioned from IS manager to Training & Development Director tasked with building a department to service the needs across the group (3,500 employees 29 locations worldwide). This served a wide remit from developing operational capacity to building leadership capability and delivering organisational design initiatives.
The autonomy and scope of this role exposed many of my personal misconceptions. I had unwittingly absorbed the assumptions of corporation best practice through my education and my professional network. I had lost the ability to see what was real.
For the past two years I have researched, advocated for and advised on a different perspective on organisational systems. A stripped back approach, starting with the purpose of the organisation and from there working out the appropriate work system design. I see no real conflict between people and technology, just ineffective design. Where people excel, technology disappoints and vice versa.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Albert Einstein
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Artist Biography – Sarah Wren Wilson
Born in Monaghan, Ireland (1991). Sarah completed her studies in Fine Art at Loughborough University with a First Class Honour Degree. Since then Sarah has taken part in numerous artist residencies (Spain, Iceland, UK) and has been shortlisted for two London based awards ‘The Young Contemporary Purchase Prize’ and the Graduate ‘Works in Print’ Prize.
Most recently, Sarah has received a Distinction in her Fine Art Masters from the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Currently, she continues to exhibit both in Ireland as well as internationally – with locations including China, New York and Finland. This October Sarah will take up a month’s residence at the Burren College of Art as a recipient of the Irish Emerging Artist Award 2017.
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Mark spent 19 years as a Dublin based partner with PwC’s People and Organisation practice. While satisfied with a challenging career over those years with one of the world’s leading firms, he felt that the time had come to step out of that arena and move on to a new stage. Having left his long term career in July to spend time travelling before pursuing new ventures he is currently in the midst of his own Third Act transition.
At PwC Mark established the HR Services practice in Ireland which advised leading Irish and international organisations on a wide range of people and organisational issues. In particular he had extensive experience delivering global mobility services which helped businesses get most value from their internationally mobile employee populations, while at the same time enhanching the mobile employee experience. He led the PwC series of Global Employee Mobility & Employment Tax Forums, and for many years ran their HR Business Briefings. He was a member of the PwC EMEA HR Services wider leadership network, and former board member of a number of international bilateral business associations, as well as the International Committee of Dublin Chamber of Commerce. His overseas experience was gained with the PwC global strategy team in New York.
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THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE of Tallaght Hospital Eilís Hardiman has been given the top job in the group that will integrate three children’s hospitals ahead of the move to the new national children’s hospital at St. James’s in Dublin.
Hardiman was today named as as CEO of the Children’s Hospital Group which oversees Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the paediatric service at Tallaght Hospital.
Hardiman is a qualified nurse and has over 20 years in the healthcare profession including two-and-a-half years as CEO of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, the primary authority in charge of the design and building of the new children’s hospital.
She also previously worked for 19 years at in St. James’s Hospital where she held the post of director of nursing.
Hardiman’s appointment to the role in the Children’s Hospital Group follows on from the appointment of Dr. Jim Browne as chair of the group in April this year and a further nine further appointments in August.
National Children’s Hospital
Planning permission for the new National Children’s Hospital is hoped to be secured by the end of next year with the end of 2017 pencilled in for the completion of the facility at St. James’s.
The Department of Health says that the tendering process to choose the design team is underway with a new office also established to carry out preparatory work at the St. James’s Hospital site.
Hardiman’s appointment was made this afternoon at Government buildings with Health Minister James Reilly’s saying her appointment represents ‘another important milestone’ in achieving the best possible healthcare for children. The Minster outlined the importance of the role Hardiman will take on:
The role of CEO of the Children’s Hospital Group is critically important in driving forward the integration of the three hospitals, and the project as a whole. This appointment is another milestone for paediatric acute services in Ireland and I am delighted that a person of the calibre, ability and experience of Eilísh Hardiman is taking up the role.
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Until the birth of her granddaughter India in 2012, Tricia worked with a variety of corporate clients including Accenture, Dixons Stores Group, Nomura and Esso Petroleum. Unfortunately India was born with a rare chromosomal disorder which necessitated long periods of time in hospital. Tricia therefore stopped all client work to help to support her family. Early in 2013 when India was much improved, Tricia decided that she needed a new challenge.
At the age of 65, Tricia spotted a gap in the market for a new approach to cosmetics for older women. She invested her own savings in a range of specific makeup suitable for more mature eyes, faces and lips. In October 2013, Look Fabulous Forever was launched to 80 friends and family at a party in London.
At the time of the launch, two makeup tutorial videos which Tricia had made with two friends acting as models to demonstrate all the LFF products, were uploaded to YouTube. Slowly these videos gained in popularity and were the starting point for the fast growth of the business. There are now over 70 tutorials on YouTube with nearly 4.5 m views between them.
In November 2015, she was awarded CEW’s Digital Achiever of the Year Award and in 2016 LFF was shortlisted for Amazon Digital Business of the Year part of the Lloyds National Business Awards. Tricia also recently won Nectar Small Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year and Fabulous Ladies SME Emerging Businesswoman 2016 awarded by HSBC’s National Women in Business Awards. In 2017 she was nominated by PWC for a Rising Star Award.
Tricia has two daughters, Anna and Suzy, who both work in the business, and five grandchildren. She divides her time between London and France.
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Máire is passionate about transformation and has been working with individuals to empower them to maximise their talents for many years. She has a B. Commerce from UCD and after a career in Financial Services she undertook further training in coaching.
Her introduction to The Third Act arose from reading articles by Dr. Ed Kelly and hearing him interviewed in the media. “When the pupil is ready, the teacher is there” – attributed to many wise beings!
Conscious of the ‘space that emerged’ after the second act, Máire attended the first Third Act Transition Programme in search of ‘what next?’
The programme provided a great opportunity to share experiences, discuss ideas and explore options with other individuals in their third act in a positive, flexible environment.
The search continues …
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Jim ‘s introduction to the Third act was in 2015 when he attended their first seminar. Charles Handy and Ed Kelly tweaked his interest and he signed up for a Third Act transition programme devised and facilitated by Ed.
Approaching 70 and still working it was a good time to take stock and what better way than with a group of like minded people more or less in the same position. On the back of the course he decided to take a break for a couple of months and headed off with a loose plan and a bag on his back to South East Asia travelling through Vietnam ,Cambodia and Thailand.
It was hoped that the time out would allow him to revaluate his work life balance and return with a clear plan. In reality he returned no wiser than when he had left but he did come back with some bug which necessitated him spending two nights in the Beacon. If the trip away didn’t do anything to clarify his thinking the two nights on a drip helped him concentrate his mind on the preciousness of time and the futility of wasting any of it..
He immediately set about rearranging his life and while he is still clocking up some hours to keep the wolf away from the door more of his time is now spent on some other pursuits. He has signed up for a TEFL course which he plans to use doing voluntary teaching in some far flung parts and is working on the outline of a book which he says is very much in the embryonic stage and is shy about declaring any date for its completion.