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On the 24th of March 2015, Microsoft Ireland hosted an event in Dublin called ‘Codess Dublin – Ignite the Future’ to promote networking and career building among more than 130 women in the IT sector.

Codess is a community for females in technology roles initiated by Microsoft worldwide to explore ways to promote gender diversity in the engineering field.

Johanna was among the contributors and she spoke about many of the benefits that come with having a coach. Johanna went on to describe many of practical models used in coaching which demystified what coaching involves for those attendees who had not experienced it before.

Women at the event were also keen to find out more about the benefits of maternity coaching and other key findings from the SEVENx7 research ‘Maternity Leave in Ireland: Maximizing Reintegration and Retention’.

Other speakers included Santina Doherty, managing director of a start-up called Unravel Analytics, who spoke about her own experience, and Andrew MacAdam, technology evangelist at Microsoft Ireland, spoke about the company’s approach to innovation.

Fiona Carney, Director EMEA Dynamics Operations, and Gender Diversity Lead for Microsoft Ireland, said of the event. “By looking at the topic of females in technology roles through the prism of a number of different perspectives – from the career coach to the engineer, and from women working in STEM in large multinationals through to a female entrepreneur – we are able to piece together an accurate picture of the current situation.”

“By sharing knowledge, participants can look to adapt their situation to best suit them, and a future with a much greater participation of women in STEM roles can be anticipated and planned for.”

Codess delivers a series of worldwide events and workshops for female coders from academia through to the executive level. Previous Codess events have been held in London, New York, Seattle, Prague, Sweden, Estonia and Romania. More information is about the event is available at and #CodessDUB 

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We are delighted to announce Ulster University as winner of the AC IITD Excellence in Coaching Award at this year’s prestigious IITD Awards, held in Killashee House Hotel, Naas on 6th March.

The Excellence in Coaching Award 2015 was presented to Ulster University in recognition of their bespoke, integrated and organic introduction of a coaching culture across all stakeholders in the University to include all Students, Academic and Administrative Staff.

This year we are also very pleased to announce that the award for ‘Best Not For Profit’ organisation goes to Action Cancer in acknowledgement of their pioneering and inclusive application of coaching in order to address mental health well-being for those affected by cancer.

We hope to showcase the inspirational work of both Ulster University and Action Cancer in the coming months via our Master Class and Think Tank series.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank most sincerely all of our applicants for investing time and energy into submitting such remarkable entries. The judges were incredibly impressed with the quality and quantity of applications received.

We are genuinely enthused at the sheer scale and quality of coaching interventions and wish everyone success in building upon same into the future.

Once again we would like to congratulate Ulster University, our 2015 Excellence in Coaching award winners and look forward to receiving your award submissions for 2016 Excellence in Coaching Award.

Johanna Fullerton

Head of Corporate Membership

AC Ireland

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We are delighted to announce the successful completion of our inaugural SEVENx7 Research Project Managing Maternity in Ireland: Maximising Reintegration and Retention. The findings stimulated great discussion amongst our 7 participating organisations. Many of our recommendations that emerged from the research are now being implemented by several of the organisations that participated in SEVENx7.

Our research showed clear benefits of flexible working, maternity coaching and a positive line manager relationship on employee engagement and retention post maternity leave. For more information about this research, or if you are interested in participating in future SEVENx7 Research Projects email

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Johanna recently presented at the ‘Investing in Talent’ Conference at Dublin Castle, organised by the Department of Justice and Equality, which was aimed at promoting and supporting Gender Balanced Leadership. The conference was supported by the European Union under its PROGRESS programme (2007-2013) and was moderated by the well-known journalist and broadcaster, Margaret E. Ward.

Over 200 participants from both the public and private sectors attended the conference to hear from a variety of national and international high profile speakers who are each committed to achieving gender balance in leadership roles. 

The conference was hosted by the Minister of State with responsibility for Equality, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, T.D. In his address to the conference Minister Ó Ríordáin emphasised the need to communicate that this is not an issue for 50% of the population but for 100%. The opening address to the conference was made by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. who told the conference that by continuing to draw our leaders mainly from the male pool we are ignoring the benefits of drawing from both and that we are under-utilising the talents of our highly educated women.

Johanna’s presentation focused on how strategic talent management; continued customised support; and a career and co-parenting focus before, during and after Maternity Leave can help and support women leaders of the future. You can download Johanna’s presentation along with other presentations from the conference here

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We are on the move to our new spacious offices at 91 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.

We really look forward to welcoming you at number 91 in the very near future.

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In line with our plans for growth, the increasing demand for our services and a desire to broaden our research and innovation offering, we are very pleased to announce that Mary Collins and Kevin Quigley are joining the team.


Mary is a key member of our team in the delivery of leadership development and coaching services to our clients. Mary also leads our research in relation to ‘Managing Maternity in Ireland: Maximising Reintegration & Retention’.

Mary has been working in the Organisation Development and Talent Management field for over 14 years. She is an accredited coach with the Association of Coaching (AC) and is qualified in the use of a range of psychometric and personality assessment instruments.


Kevin is an integral member of our team, leading research and innovation in our core areas of expertise. He will enable the dissemination and application of this research in the delivery of our services and solutions to our clients. Kevin will also manage our new SEVENx7 research and innovation series.

Kevin has recently completed an MSc in Work Psychology and Business at Aston Business School, Birmingham.

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We are pleased to announce the launch 
of our new SEVENx7 research and innovation series. The series combines psychological insights with commercial realities by conducting applied research simultaneously across 7 organizations. The research is facilitated by the SEVEN team but the topics are driven by the needs of the participating organizations.

Our inaugural research topic is Managing Maternity in Ireland: Maximising Reintegration & Retention. For more information contact

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In 2013 the Association for Coaching Ireland formed a strategic partnership with the Irish Institute for Training and Development (IITD). A cornerstone of this relationship is the ‘The Excellence in Coaching Award’. This award is aimed at those organisations that have successfully implemented a sustainable coaching climate via coach training, coach provision or evaluation. The award is also open to coaching providers who demonstrate an innovative approach and excellence in the implementation of a coaching initiative or process.

The winners of the inaugural 2013 Excellence in Coaching Award was Concentrix – they demonstrated their ability to create a sustainable coaching culture that was not only scalable across the business but was specifically aligned to meet . . .

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Below are a listing of some of our recent speaking engagements:

  • DCU for the MSc in HR Strategy (April 2014): Johanna gave a lecture on the current trends in ‘Leadership Coaching’
  • IITD Business Breakfast (November 2012): Johanna presented a paper on 'Leadership Coaching: Perspectives from a Practioner'
  • DCU Leadership Conference (September 2011) Johanna presented a paper on ‘The Psychology on Leadership Coaching’

For more information on any of the above talks, please contact

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