Clodagh Whelan is a strategic business advisor, author, trainer, Dru yoga and meditation teacher and ocean sailor.
She has a strong interest in personal development, stress management, positive life balance, holistic health and wellness and is a registered Dru Yoga and Meditation Teacher.
A keen sailor, Clodagh also has direct experience of the importance of leadership, respect, diversity, communications and team dynamics in extreme offshore environments – as crew and watch leader on the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, 2013/14 and 2015/16. Clodagh was a member of the winning team on the North Atlantic (2014) and North Pacific ( 2016 ) races on board yacht 'Derry~Londonderry~Doire'.
Clodagh has a strong business background with direct management experience in both SMEs and multinationals, as well as representing Ireland in various public service roles, in Ireland and the EU.
During her 20 year career with Enterprise Ireland, she advised SME client companies on their business development, on individual and group programmes, and guided start-ups and entrepreneurs on development programmes. Prior to that, Clodagh developed her managerial skills in operational roles with Nestlé Rowntree (Ireland) Ltd, working with people across many functional areas of the business. She is an experienced group facilitator, with operational teams and with the PLATO Small Business Development Programme.
Clodagh is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, National College of Ireland and Leicester University. With a variety of qualifications; in Marketing, Finance, Business Strategy, Strategic Human Resource Development (Applied Masters EI/ASTD), M.Sc in Training and Performance Management and various applied management courses (Irish Management Institute & Warwick University), Clodagh is a self-confessed life-long learner with a wide range of interests.
Over the course of her career, Clodagh has also developed her capability and skills in Project Management, Research, Business Analysis, Financial Analysis, Training Needs Analysis, Training Programme Design, Lesson Planning, Event Management (Seminars, Workshops and Trade Fair Exhibition) and Report Writing, as well as interpersonal skills in Consultancy, Chairing Interview Panels and Group Facilitation skills.
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