Business and sport collide to boost Kerry

Headlining this year’s event is Carole Ann Clark, co-founder and CEO of I Am Here and former captain of the Irish women’s rugby team

THE worlds of sport and business will come together to set Kerry on a winning way at the end of the month at the Momentum 2020 event which is a collaboration between KerrySciTech and the Kerry GAA.

It will take place at the Centre of Excellence in Currans and, the organisers said, with almost 70 science, technology and engineering companies in the region, Kerry has huge potential as a target location for talent and investment.

Aidan O’Mahony will join the panel

By capitalising on a strong history of success in business and sport, the aim is to see Kerry emerge as a regional powerhouse, sustaining and growing jobs,driving new start-ups and attracting and retaining talent.

Now in its second year, KerrySciTech’s flagship event will take place from 6pm on Friday, January 31 with the theme Staying ahead of the game highlighting the parallels between sport and business.

The event will explore a range of topics, including the associations between enhanced employee well-being and higher productivity, company performance and talent retention.

Headlining this year’s event is Carole Ann Clark, co-founder and CEO of I Am Here and former captain of the Irish women’s rugby team.

Drawing on over 20 years’ experience at global giants such as Diageo and Coca Cola, alongside a top-performing sports career, Carole Ann will discuss the importance of embedding a positive culture around mental health and wellbeing in corporate culture.

Kerry Group Director of Corporate Affairs, Frank Hayes

A panel of thought-leaders from business and sport, including Kerry Group’s Frank Hayes, Salaso’s Aoife Ní Mhuiri, former Kerry GAA star, Aidan O’Mahony, and Jason McGahan, Head of Athletic Development, Kerry GAA, will discuss key issues and challenges facing all organisations as they embrace the new technologies and ways of working that are driving change, not just in the workplace but at the highest levels in sport.

Speaking ahead of the event, KerrySciTech’s Aoife O’Brien said: “The link between well-being and performance has been long established. Research shows that employers who help staff achieve a better balance in their working lifestyle are rewarded with a higher performing and productive workforce – increasing retention levels and attracting new recruits”.

Aoife added: “This event aims to set out a positive vision for the future of our workplaces in Kerry and discuss the actions needed to deliver this.”

The event will be presented by Ann O’Dea, CEO and co-founder of Silicon Republic, Europe’s leading technology and innovation news service.

Tickets are available through or by contacting KerrySciTech at [email protected]. Numbers are limited so early booking is essential.

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