• Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy
  • Shape Tomorrow’s World Today: Inspiring Future Leaders to Embrace Philanthropy

What: Gathering of the leaders of tomorrow to discuss philanthropy and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Where: The Glucksman Gallery, UCC, Cork

When: 14th September 2017

How: Interactive Round Table Sessions

Who: Cork’s future leaders, and inspiring individuals already working to improve society and creating a positive impact in their communities. The event was hosted by Philanthropy Ireland, and sponsored by Medtronic.

During a week when their peers were attending their UCC conferring ceremonies in a neighbouring building, a group of Cork’s young people came together in the Glucksman Gallery to discuss giving and its impact.

The theme for the evening was to consider the impact of giving for social change, and encouraged attendees to consider how they could use their resources, influence, and time, strategically to positively impact on society. The event was opened by Dr Patrick O’Shea, President of University College Cork.

Energetic round table discussions led by the speakers aimed at turning energy into action- an excellent opportunity to network with peers, discuss social change, and become more familiar with the concept of philanthropy and strategic giving.

With a special emphasis on the Sustainable Development Goals, the interactive session exposed these future leaders to a number of projects and individuals in Cork, already focusing on developing their communities and creating social change. The power of approaching giving strategically, thinking about the impact your gift can have, no matter its shape or size was pinnacle to discussions. Attendees were encouraged to work together and to think about how they could give back more effectively. An important discussion from the evening explored the need to move away from a linear economy and towards a circular one, where interaction and collaboration are key.

Much like the very recent graduates across the campus, attendees left the Glucksman Gallery, armed with a new perspective and renewed ambition of what they, as individuals can achieve.

Thank you to Medtronic for supporting the event.

Speakers included:

  • Pat Falvey, is one of the world’s leading motivational and after dinner speakers. Pat is a member of the PSA (Professional Speakers Association). His lectures, conferences and seminars inspire people to live life to the full and show the benefits of setting goals.
  • Eoin McCuiric, (Chairman of the Board of Directors and FoodCloud and Board member of Cork Simon Community). Eoin is passionate about creating a National Network of Food Banks and is currently Director of Bia Food Bank.
  • Ciara Judge, is a young adult, scientist and entrepreneur from Kinsale, Co. Cork. Renowned winner of the BT Young Scientist, the EU Young Scientist and Google Science Fair, for her research on the work of rhizobium with cereal crops. Currently, Ciara is codirector of Germinaid. In 2014, Time Magazine named Ciara as being one of the most 25 most influential teens worldwide. Her motto is ‘If I can do it, anyone can!’.
  • Pat Cotter, Chief Security Officer of UCC established A Musical Evening of the Quad (an open-air event catering for 2000 audience members) and has raised over €450,000 for local Cork charities.
  • Dr Ciara Heavin is a Lecturer in Business Information Systems at UCC. Dr Heavin is interested in new opportunities to improve the development of new innovative technology solutions especially within the area of health.
  • Sophie Healy-Thow alongside Ciara Judge won the Google Science Fair for their project in investigating the positive impact a bacteria could have on the germination of crop plants. Passionate about raising awareness on food security issues, Sophie has recently been selected as part of four delegates representing Ireland and the UK at the prestigious global YouthAgricultural Summit in Brussels in October 2017.