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ONE supports the needs of Irish veterans by the provision of accommodation to homeless veterans and the provision of other advice and support through its nationwide network of Branches and Veteran Support Centres.

On the 6th April 2022, ONE hosted our first ‘I Am A Veteran’ Seminar on Resilience and Leadership in Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin.

Topic 1 – Walking the Walk – Reflections on LeadershipModerated by Declan Power, Adjunct Lecturer at the NATO School and author of the film adapted book, Siege of Jadotville, Cathal Berry TD, a former officer/operator in the Army Ranger Wing, Eoin Rochford, Private Wealth Advisor at Goldman Sachs and Anita Hogan Organisational Psychologist, and Series Psychologist on RTÉ’s Ultimate Hellweek give an account of what lessons in leadership they have taken from their Defence Forces experience and how it shapes their views of leadership as senior leaders within politics and business today.

Topic 2 – Carrying on Regardless – Instilling resilience in professional lifeLed by moderator Wesley Bourke, a former journalist with An Cosantóir Magazine, now the Creative Director and co-founder of The Irish Military Heritage Foundation CLG, Ray Goggins, Director at Coreskill Training & Chief Instructor of RTE’s Hell Week, Sinéad Wearen, now a Behavioural Therapist with the Health Service Executive and James McCann, MD of ClearStory International, discuss the importance of resilience in their everyday professional lives and how their experiences in the Defence Forces instilled the ‘right stuff’ to carry on regardless of when it mattered.

Topic 3 – The Art of Team Building – Insights of how to build a winning teamModerated by Phillip Quinlan, Senior Manager, Technology at Ernst & Young, Jim Gavin, Director of People and operations, Irish Aviation Authority, Aviation Regulator, and former Dublin GAA Manager, Amy O’Connor, MD of AOC Consulting and John O’Brien, Operations Director with Manguard Plus outline their experiences in team building and what aspects are needed, from the individual to mindset, to building a winning and maintain a winning team.

Topic 4 – Does the Defence Forces create entrepreneurs?Moderated by Deirdre Carbery, Board Member of ONE and Rapid Response Manager at Google, Gabriel D’Arcy, Chairperson, EnergyCloud, Morgan Mangan, Partner at AMROP and Shane Henry, CEO of Reconnaissance Group discuss business building and the key lessons they took following their experience in the Defence Forces on their own entrepreneurial journey.

Appealing to the wider veteran community

As you know, there is a wide profile of veterans across ages, branches, time served, and background. As part of the “I Am A Veteran” Campaign, we are seeking to reconnect with many of our former comrades to attract them into the organisation to bring about a new way of engaging with our veteran community. The Seminar series initially aims to attract veterans with a career or business interest to establish a new veteran business network in the coming weeks. We feel a network of this type would bring value to the community and give a new way of engaging with ONE.
Reaching out to younger veterans
Through the establishment of the business network, we seek to identify veterans who could also serve as career mentors to some younger veterans (18-35) who have left service without much in the way of career support and guidance. Our hope and aim would be that should a veteran request support having been recently discharged or finding a career change difficult, ONE will be in a position to connect he or she with a panel of mentors to connect with to source advice and guidance. We announced details in November 2021 about the planned initiative.