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Leadership Programme for Design & Creative Agencies

Thursday, September 19, 2019
09:00 - 13:00

Wework Charlemont Exchange
Charlemont Street
Dublin, D02 VN88 Ireland

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Member cost: €1,250
Non-member cost: 2,495

Now more than ever, design leaders are needed to change the shape of our world for the better. So many designers find themselves in positions of leadership with little or no training and so learn ‘on the job’, juggling deadlines, people, budgets and client demands with little time to reflect. Emma will facilitate the opportunity to do just that; space to think about you and your role as a leader.

Leadership Programme for Design & Creative Agencies combines an awareness of self with an alignment of purpose and values, delivering shifts in behaviour which can positively affect your people, culture and business success.

This tailored programme is designed to enable business owners, senior executives and leaders of design and creative agencies to take time out in a safe, confidential, challenging and supportive space to reflect on  and develop key leadership skills that will help develop and strengthen an effective and creative culture for business growth.

The programme will take place over three workshops during September and October 2019. The cohort will be limited to a maximum of 12, ensuring there is time for quality conversations and an opportunity to develop a new network of peers for ongoing support and shared learning.

1:1 coaching sessions can be added for an additional fee as part of this programme.

Closing date for applications: 6th September 2019

Booking is via direct application to manager@designenterprise.ie.

What’s covered in the course:

A preparatory session (via Skype) in advance of the workshops to enable you to meet Emma and ask any questions and to enable Emma to understand your own unique leadership challenges and goals.

  • Workshop 1: Personal Leadership
    This first day will be an opportunity to connect with yourself in your role as leader, to understand more deeply what it means to lead, to understand your preferred style of leadership and to define your goals for you in your role as a leader.
  • Workshop 2: Leading Teams
    Our second day will focus on your relationship with your people, how to inspire, motivate and create teams with trust, shared values and a strong sense of purpose.
  • Workshop 3: Leadership & Communications
    We will focus on communication skills such as active listening, empathy, leaning into difficult conversations and managing healthy boundaries to develop this crucial aspect of leadership.

Who should attend?

  • Design business and creative agency owners and senior executives – design and creative directors and accounts managers.
  • Creatives and senior executives who recognise the privilege that it is to lead, and find themselves in a leadership role that they want to excel in.
  • Leaders who value their people and team and want to hone their leadership skills.

Workshop dates:

  • Thursday September 19th
  • Thursday October 3rd
  • Thursday October 17th


  • IDI Members: €1,250
  • ICAD Members: €1,250
  • Non-Members: €2,495

What previous participants say:

“This course is an investment, but the learning outcomes are definitely worth it. I have learnt how to better lead, engage, and work with my team”  Karen Hanratty, Pixel Design

“Emma has a unique ability to read people and situations and push through with relevant thought-provoking analysis. Her skills cross philosophy, psychology, process, mental agility and awareness which when intertwined, awaken your thinking in a very reflective and reactive way. I would highly recommend this programme.”  Noel Green, Evolve

About the Trainer:

In 2006, Emma Collins made the conscious decision to leave her role as MD at the award-winning Bristol design agency Home. Aware of a lack of confidence in some designers and a limited understanding of the value of design with many clients, Emma felt moved to direct her energy and focus to help creative leaders know themselves, their true value and potential.

Since then, Emma has dedicated the past decade to help creative leaders become more conscious in their roles, confident in their communication and courageous in their business goals. Fiercely passionate about the power of design and creativity, Emma believes empowering creative leaders to find their unique, authentic voices and helping them establish healthy creative cultures where people flourish, not only makes good business sense but can also have the potential to transform lives and be a power for good in the world.

Emma’s clients include creative agencies, SMEs and corporates, she has delivered leadership coaching and development programmes for clients such as Design Flanders, Gensler and the DBA. She is currently working with 22 UX&D Creative Directors at the BBC. Emma established the design incubator space Spike Design and was previously Chair of the West of England Design Forum – a regional network established to inspire and connect the design community.

Closing date for applications: 12th August 2019

Book via direct application to manager@designenterprise.ie.

Design Enterprise Skillnet training focuses on helping designers and creatives in their careers and their business to up-skill their teams, and attract and service clients in a rapidly changing commercial landscape.  Visit here for more upcoming events & workshops for 2019.

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