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Broadly Speaking Podcast

Broadly Speaking is a leadership and management podcast where we go behind the scenes to find out what motivates, frustrates and intrigues the people who lead.

Each episode features an in-depth interview with a founder, chair, innovator, creator or C-suite executive as well as an Ask the Experts section to help you decide about your next career move. If you want to lead or are fascinated by those who do, check out the Broadly Speaking Podcast below, hosted by Margaret E. Ward.

29 March 2019: Nikki Evans

Posted on Mar 29, 2019

29 March 2019: Nikki Evans

29 March 2019: Nikki Evans

Nikki Evans, founder and chief executive of Perfect Card, a fintech company that focuses on the pre-paid card sector

When entrepreneur Nikki Evans quit her well-paid management consulting job in London to move home to Ireland during the recession and start a pre-paid gift card business, people thought she was bonkers. But last year, over a decade after launching her business and a few pivots later, she sold her company for €6 million.

Now Nikki is chief executive of the business she founded and is keen to keep growing it. She has built an “output-focused” work culture and considers her ability to make decisions to be one of her biggest strengths as an entrepreneur.

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Louise Grubb, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of TriviumVet

Posted on Jan 17, 2019

Louise Grubb, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of TriviumVet

Louise Grubb, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of TriviumVet

When serial entrepreneur Louise Grubb was growing up, she spent her summers working in her family’s business in Waterford. It was one of those shops that sold everything; a pharmacy with a side of paint and bird seed.

Working alongside her late father taught her not to be afraid of regularly reinventing a business and to have a strong work ethic. Louise started her first company with a €10,000 car loan and, since then, has carved out her own path as an entrepreneur.

Now she’s running TriviumVet, her third company in the pharmaceutical space, developing drugs and medical devices for dogs, cats and horses.

Podcast Length: 32:24

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Andreea Wade, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Opening

Posted on Nov 29, 2018

Andreea Wade, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Opening

Andreea Wade, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Opening

Andreea Wade has never worked as a recruiter, but alongside her co-founder Adrian Mihai, she’s building a fast-growing start-up using artificial intelligence to shake up the recruitment industry.

Frustrated by the traditional recruitment process, both as candidates and hiring managers, Andreea and Adrian founded Opening, an automated platform that uses artificial intelligence, data science and algorithms to match candidates to jobs.

Since moving from Transylvania to Dublin over 15 years ago, Andreea has been a well-known personality on the Irish start-up scene, as a founder, mentor, speaker and lecturer. She’s worked in marketing, product management, music and more besides.

Podcast Length: 28:14

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Vivienne Jupp – Chair of CIE Tours and former Senior Partner at Accenture

Posted on Sep 20, 2018

Vivienne Jupp – Chair of CIE Tours and former Senior Partner at Accenture

Vivienne Jupp – Chair of CIE Tours and former Senior Partner at Accenture

Vivienne Jupp spoke to us about the role of women in the workplace, the changes she’s seen and not seen during her career, what retirement looks like for her and swimming.

Podcast Length: 25:41

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Trish Long, general manager of Disney in Ireland and vice president of The Walt Disney Company

Posted on May 30, 2018

Trish Long, general manager of Disney in Ireland and vice president of The Walt Disney Company

Trish Long – General Manager of Disney in Ireland and Vice President of The Walt Disney Company

Trish spoke to us about her nontraditional career path, Oprah, and the chance meeting that led to much more than anticipated.

Podcast Length: 32:15

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Sara Mitchell and Gavin McCarthy, founders of Poulet Bonne Femme

Posted on Apr 20, 2018

Sara Mitchell and Gavin McCarthy, founders of Poulet Bonne Femme

Sara Mitchell and Gavin McCarthy, founders of Poulet Bonne Femme

Sara and Gavin spoke to us about having no experience in the food industry, yet starting a food business, the “chip van day” and about the festival that almost brought the whole thing to an end.

Podcast Length: 31:57

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Naomi McDougall Jones – actress, writer, producer and activist for women in film

Posted on Mar 7, 2018

Naomi McDougall Jones – actress, writer, producer and activist for women in film

Naomi McDougall Jones – actress, writer, producer and activist for women in film

Naomi McDougall Jones spoke to us about the opportunity for change the #MeToo movement has provided, mediocre white men and the odd jobs she’s taken to pay the bills while working in film.

Podcast Length: 30:53

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24 January 2018: Dr Aoife McLysaght

Posted on Jan 24, 2018

24 January 2018: Dr Aoife McLysaght

24 January 2018: Dr Aoife McLysaght

A groundbreaking scientist adjusts to motherhood

Professor Aoife McLysaght discovered a totally new human gene. Her day job is as a genetic scientist, but there was a time when she was going to give it all up. After an unfriendly encounter with a colleague who queried her holiday leave, she sent a frank email to her boss. “Guess what,” she wrote, “I read books that aren’t all science books, I have friends, I like to do other things, and if it’s all or nothing, I’ll take nothing, thank you very much.” The email was well received and served as a turning point for the dedicated scientist, especially when it came to motherhood and balancing family life, which was an “adjustment.”

The groundbreaking scientist could no longer play with the clock and work another 20 minutes, because creche pick-up time is creche pick-up time. She talks to Margaret E Ward about the practical applications of her work to our daily lives, finding her path, and her secret to sustainable success in a busy, demanding world.

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12 December 2017: Sinéad Burke

Posted on Dec 13, 2017

12 December 2017: Sinéad Burke

12 December 2017: Sinéad Burke

How to find your voice and give a TED talk with 1.3m views

At 105 centimetres or 3′ 5″ tall, Sinéad Burke has become a booming voice in the global fashion world. Talking equality with US Vice Presidents and people such as Oprah, speaking not once, but twice, at Davos and being a contributing editor to British Vogue, Sinéad has the goal of designing a world that works for everyone. However, she wasn’t always so clear about her purpose nor was she always so accepting of herself.

She tells Margaret E Ward about the major turning point that led her to radical self acceptance and to her guiding mantra: “I’m not changing for anybody.” As an activist and academic who found her voice online, Sinéad also discusses the struggle to “define” your elevator pitch when you wear many hats. And despite all of this remarkable success, at just 28, she still loses her nerve. She also reveals her personal pep talk process to us.

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15 November 2017: Elva, Aine and Pamela – GirlCrew

Posted on Nov 15, 2017

15 November 2017: Elva, Aine and Pamela – GirlCrew

15 November 2017: Elva, Aine and Pamela – GirlCrew

Beating Mark Zuckerberg

GirlCrew – it’s a global online platform and app that helps women make new friends, wherever they are in the world. It all started when a young woman, left alone due to coupled-up friends, needed someone to go to a concert with. A short note posted online, in search of a buddy, turned into GirlCrew. It has since saved women from bad dates, helped people overcome challenges at work and even sourced witnesses for weddings. Meet its co-founders, yes co-founders, because three heads are better than one.

Margaret E Ward talks to Elva Carri, Aine Mulloy and Pamela Newenham who reveal their unlikely paths to entrepreneurship, which involved making and selling draught excluders and selling raffle tickets for a box of chocolates. Listen to three inspiring women talk about taking on Mark Zuckerberg and the world, one meet-up at a time. They discuss their strategies, teamwork and making big business decisions over social media.

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