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Pictured: IBM's Peter O'Neill is one of the speakers at the event
Business leaders from some of Ireland’s top companies will meet at the Aviva Stadium for a two-day conference this month to discuss how innovative practices can boost the economy and increase jobs.
Organised by the Irish Centre for Business Excellence Network (ICBE), the event takes place on 18 and 19 April. The conference, which has the theme ‘Driving Performance through Business Transformation’, will include more than 30 speakers and 12 workshops.
“Now, more than ever, business leaders are talking to each other about how – by adopting new approaches to what we do – they can really make a difference and by making a difference, this in turn leads to growth and growth leads to jobs,” said ICBE chief executive Pat O’Connor.
“Our whole ethos is about sharing knowledge and best practice and this conference is an opportunity for many of our members to listen to leaders in their chosen fields.
“We have pulled together a really superb list of speakers for the plenary sessions and for our various workshops,” he said. “Our members are responding to the challenges they face in a variety of different innovative and transforming ways and the companies we work with at ICBE are at the forefront of that.”
Speakers will include: Barry O'Leary, CEO, IDA Ireland; Bob Savage, VP and managing director, EMC Ireland; Dermot O Connell, general manager, Dell; Dermot Honan, EMEA innovation and research manager, Intel; Jim Kelly, innovation portfolio , Citi Innovation Lab; Peter O’Neill, managing director, IBM Ireland; and Lousie Phelan, vice president customer solutions, Paypal.
Topics will include operational excellence / lean; innovation excellence; human resource management; and learning, education and development.