Start date: 12/01/2024

Duration: 9am - 12.30pm

Location: Online

Cost: FREE but booking is essential

Programme overview

Masterclass – Overcome Challenges, Achieve Your Goals

Are you waking up at night worried about:

  • Cash flow
  • How everything will get done
  • Dealing with a difficult employee or client

Then, join us on Friday 12th January 2024 online for a Masterclass for SMEs and Owner Managers. Get top tips from Damien O’Brien, SME Matters. Hear how some Owner Managers have turned the corner and are on the way to having the business they want. Learn how Ian McKinley came back from serious injury not only to play rugby again but to play International Rugby and engage in networking with your peers and meet like minded business people.

Overcome Challenges, Achieve Your Goals,

9.30am – 10.30am: Set You and Your Business Up for Success: Damien O’Brien, SME Matters
10.30am – 11am:   Break and Networking
11am – 11.45am:   Been there, done that – still more to do – SME owner managers on what they have done to change how they do business and achieve their long term goals.
11.45 – 12.30pm:   Guest Speaker – Ian McKinley, Facing set backs and still achieving your goals.

About Ian McKinley

After playing 6 times for Irish province Leinster in 2011, Ian McKinley was forced to retire from rugby union after losing the sight in his left eye.

After his retirement, he moved to Italy to work as a coach for junior sides. However, despite the blindness in one eye, McKinley made a return to rugby in 2014, in Italy, using specially manufactured goggles. This led to him being signed by another Italian side, Zebre, as Fly-half cover for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and 2016 Six Nations Championship. Shortly afterwards, McKinley was signed by Treviso ahead of the 2016–17 Pro12 season.

Since McKinley never played a game for Ireland before his first retirement, having spent three years in Italian rugby made him eligible to represent Italy on the international stage. Italy’s head coach, Conor O’Shea, included McKinley in his squad for the 2017 Summer Tests. In November 2017, he played his first international game for Italy, in an Autumn Internationals test match against Fiji. Italy won that game 19-10, with McKinley scoring the last goal kick.

Ian will speak about how he overcame his challenges to achieve his goals.

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