DIT Team through to Final of Accenture "Leaders of Tomorrow" Award

27th Feburary 2009

Story Accenture

Pictured are Simon Ryan, Regina O'Shaughnessy and Josh Whelan,
who are though to the final of the Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Award

A team comprising DIT undergraduates Regina O'Shaughnessy (BSc.Marketing), Simon Ryan (BSc.Computer Science) and Josh Whelan (BSc Marketing) has made it through two rounds of competition to the final of the Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Award.  This is the first year that a DIT team has been involved in the competition. The other finalists include an undergraduate team from TCD and graduate teams from DCU, UCD and UL.

Now in its second year and open to third-level final year undergraduates and graduates across the country, the Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Award seeks to ?identify, foster and recognise the next generation of talent that will help in shaping the public, private and social landscape of Ireland in the coming years.?

Mentored by Dr. Paul Donnelly (School of Marketing, DIT), the DIT team secured their place in the final in the face of stiff competition from universities and institutes of technology from across Ireland, including six other teams from DIT. 

For Regina O'Shaughnessy ?the Leaders of Tomorrow experience has been one of challenge and enjoyment. It has been refreshing dealing with situations that companies are experiencing today. The experience has allowed me to become more knowledgeable about being a leader and my presentation skills have been fine-tuned. We now await the final in anticipation!?

Simon Ryan commented that he ?has thoroughly enjoyed the Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow competitions so far. Case studies and teamwork are not part of my usual routine, so it was an interesting and different break. We're at the last stage now and hopefully we'll perform well and win!?

And, Josh Whelan ?has had a great time with the Accenture competition and has nerves of excitement about the final. The challenge has been relevant to the economy at the moment and it has been brilliant working on practical strategies. We've met some great people and improved on skills that will stand to us as we start our careers?.

Along with the other finalists, Regina, Josh and Simon will be presenting their Leadership Challenge case study findings on Monday, March 2nd, before a judging panel of business leaders comprising Danuta Gray, CEO O2, Barry O?Leary, CEO IDA Ireland, Gina Quinn, CEO Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Ritchie Boucher, CEO Financial Services Ireland for Bank of Ireland, Marian Corcoran, Head of Business Consulting, Accenture, and Mark Ryan, Country Managing Director, Accenture.

The 2009 winners will participate in the Accenture Global Leadership Tour, designed to provide a hands-on understanding and appreciation of the changing business, technology and leadership landscape which faces Irish leaders today. The trip will include visits to Bangalore, India, an emerging economy, Sophia Antipolis, France, an Accenture centre of innovation and New York City, a global business hub.

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