Workshop Wednesday

Posted on: 13/10/2019


For our November event, we are delighted to partner once again with Network Cork member Cork Institute of Technology and offer a morning of learning, networking and development. The variety and content of these six workshops have been designed to facilitate a broad range of personal and professional interests within our membership cohort. The workshop providers are all experts in their respective fields and we are excited to collaborate with them on this event.

You are invited to avail of 3 x 45 minute workshops at the highly-subsidised rate of just €25.

Due to limited capacity, this event is exclusively for registered and fully-paid-up Network Cork members only.

Please be advised that each workshop has a maximum of 25 attendees and advance booking is essential. Please keep in mind that since there is limited capacity for each workshop, places shall be offered on a first come, first served basis. We will endeavour to allocate your preferences but in the event that your chosen workshop is already full, we shall contact you to offer an alternative.

Once all places have been filled and workshops allocated to all attendees, you will receive full confirmation of your assigned workshops.


7.30am: Arrival and registration


8am: Workshop #1 Choose from

  • Video Editing Crash Course with Judie Russell of Vidacademy
  • The Importance of Knowing Your Numbers with Billy O’Connor of Discovery Partnership


9am: Workshop #2 Choose from

  • Focus on Priorities: How we think about time matters! with Gillian McGrath of Change Grow Succeed
  • Health and Nutrition with Jennifer and Niall O’Callaghan


10am: Workshop #3 Choose from

  • Resilient Her with Barbara Nugent of Transilient Coaching
  • Digital Marketing Strategy with Vivienne Griffin


8am Option #1 Video Editing Crash Course with Judie Russell of Vidacademy

The one-hour Vidacademy crash course will offer an introduction to mobile video editing and includes:

  1. A step by step instruction to editing ‘montage to music’ video using a free app
  2. A live advanced mobile editing demo using an affordable mobile editing app.



Participants are asked to come to the workshop with:

  1. Two apps downloaded to their phones: Quik and Kinemaster
  2. Headphones
  3. Chargers


The Vidacademy was established 2015 to make video storytelling accessible to everyone. They achieve this through training workshops, one to ones, online courses and workbooks. They empower individuals and organisations to share their visual stories with the world by demonstrating the best processes, apps, tools and platforms. The Vidacademy believes that once a person has the knowledge to make one video, they will have the ability and confidence to make many more.

Judie Russell graduated from University College Cork in 2006 with Masters in Business Economics. Over the next 5 years, she lived and worked in 11 countries and in Costa Rica she presented online videos and produced over 100 minutes of YouTube content weekly from live shows to industry news stories.

On returning to Ireland she directed, produced, presented and edited a magazine show that broadcast weekly on SKY. Then continuing on to edit RTE’s longest running hidden camera show “The Fear”, and she was part of the small team behind the box office hit “The Young Offenders” the fastest Irish film to reach the 1 million mark at the box office in 2015.

Judie spoke at MojoCon 2016, the largest mobile journalism conference in the world, about how she turned her passion for story telling into a mobile video training business and has since spoken at a number of conferences and events. She lectures a communications module in University College Cork, is a qualified project manager and a dedicated Toastmaster.


8am Option #2 The Importance of Understanding Your Numbers with Billy O’Connor, B.Comm., F.C.A. of the Discovery Partnership

Billy specialises in working closely with SME owners and managers. He has an in-depth knowledge, firm grasp and understanding of how they think and behave and has built an excellent track record and reputation for partnering and empathising with this sector.

Feedback from satisfied clients continues to testify to his unique approach and his knowledge of business development, sales, finance and his offering of practical advice is of the highest standard. Billy would train, mentor and work with c.250 clients per year on business growth and business start-up. This workshop is primarily aimed at business owners but anyone with an interest in knowing more about their figures is welcome.


9am Option #1 Health & Nutrition with Jennifer and Niall O’Callaghan


9am Option #2 Focus on Priorities: How we think about time matters! with Gillian McGrath of Change Grow Succeed

Want to thrive in work and life?

In a world where change is constant, our ability to be nimble to meet life’s demands is important.

This unique workshop will challenge us to differentiate between real work and ‘busy work’ and assist us in re-purposing our energies to support our priorities. It will place a spotlight on ‘time stealers’ and we will explore how we can interrupt the interruptions in our lives. A time management tool that emphasises impact and effort will also be shared and finally, 5 tips focusing on priorities will remind us that time is elastic and will stretch to accommodate what we choose to put in it.

At Change Grow Succeed, we are passionate about helping you to perform and succeed in the areas of their life that you value.

With over 18 years’ experience in training, coaching and people development across multinationals, SMB and the public sector and with qualifications in psychology, training and development, coaching and psychometric assessment, Gillian McGrath founded Change Grow Succeed in 2015.

Passionate about supporting clients in effecting positive change, Change Grow Succeed offers a breadth of customized solutions using a blend of Training and Coaching. Gillian has a proven track record in assessing gaps and devising and implementing bespoke strategies, delivering high impact programmes to individuals, teams & managers. Her facilitation & coaching styles are personable, authentic & hugely impactful.

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10am Option #1 Digital Marketing Strategy with Vivienne Griffin

Businesses are under increasing pressure to ensure that their brand exists on as many digital platforms as possible. This workshop examines the key strategic questions a business should consider when evaluating whether or not to extend its online marketing activity across multiple digital platforms.


Vivienne lectures in digital marketing in Cork Institute of Technology and is the programme director for CIT’s MSc Digital Marketing Strategy – a part-time 2 year Masters aimed at people in full-time employment. This Masters programme delivers students who are at the forefront of knowledge pertaining to digital marketing strategy and digital leadership.


Prior to CIT, Vivienne spent almost 10 years working in Google’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin. She worked across a variety of roles including leading digital advertising teams and product operations teams and managing key relationships with advertising agencies and partners in the EMEA and Latin American regions.


10am Option #2 Resilient Her with Barbara Nugent of Transilient Coaching

What you will learn:

What resilience is – what are the key components?

What worked for you in the past – can it work again?

What else can you do to help yourself?

Small practices that can build resilience on an everyday basis.


Who is this workshop for?

Women leading businesses/teams/companies/departments/themselves … who

– struggle with the pull of work, commitments, children, parents and lots more besides

– often feel overwhelmed by the level of work they need to get through

– have an over active mind and are prone to worry

– are more emotional at work than they would want

– want to feel that they can cope no matter what comes up

– want to have supporting caring relationships around them

– want to be confident that they are resilience women who “got this!”

– would like to improve their Self-Leadership


Based on research and studies of what makes us resilient, Executive and Business Coach, Barbara Nugent has brought together key practices to help women leaders improve their resilience skills, be more confident in their leadership and build their capacity to cope effectively in a constantly changing environment.  Fall in love with your leadership again!


A former VP of Finance in US Corporates, Barbara knows what it feels like to be overwhelmed by work and family commitments, to be always available to her team and others while dealing with personal and professional difficulties, to be anxious and emotional when the pressure is on.  She also knows what it takes to manage these challenges and be a successful female leader.  As a certified Executive Coach with an MSc in Business Practice and also a qualified accountant – she understands the financial and personal challenges of business.