Frequently Asked Questions

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WHAT IS LEAP™?

LEAP™ is a high impact professional development program for Irish and Irish-American women that provides tools, knowledge, role models and speed mentoring to build the skills to accelerate their careers.


WHO ARE THE PARTICIPANTS?

Speakers and advisers of LEAP are accomplished women professionals who are interested in supporting the next generation of Irish women business leaders.

Participants are women in early to mid-career from a cross section of industries who want move forward in their careers.


WHY WAS IT CREATED?

We believe that people learn best from the experiences of other people. We learn from senior leaders who have experienced the same challenges and been successful in navigating them. We learn through problem-solving with our peer groups and from developing more junior talent. We’re inspired by the stories of executives who have risen to the highest positions in their respective industries. But not everyone has the same level of access, opportunity, or support to build those critical relationships.


HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?

  • Exposure to experts, role modes and mentorship opportunities

  • Work on development goals

  • Assemble in peer groups

  • Tackle community challenge

  • 5-month duration with mandatory orientation session in January.


Will LEAP™ help me find a job or investors for my company?

Not directly. All applicants should be currently employed or run their own business entity. LEAP is designed to help you accelerate your career through professional development and personal growth so YOU are equipped to transition to a better job, get a promotion or raise, if desired or grow your company.


HOW IS THE PROGRAM FUNDED?

The program is funded in part by the Irish government’s Emigrant Support Program and the New York chapter of the Irish International Business Network (IIBN). As the program grows, corporate sponsorship will be the primary funding source.

There is no cost for participating in this program.


When does the next program start?

The next program starts in January 2020.


HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

  • Want to join LEAP™? Stay tuned for the 2020 application announcement in November 2019

  • Want to become a mentor, corporate partner, or community partner? Send us an email

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