Fastnet – The Talent Group® is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce.
The American Chamber of Commerce Ireland is the leading international business organisation in Ireland and the leadership voice of US companies in Ireland. Its key activities are advocacy and networking, and its members are global leaders in key industry sectors from life sciences to social media.
Ireland is the gateway to Europe for many US companies accessing European & International markets. Ireland, which represents just 1% of the European economy, attracted 12.6% of all US FDI investment to Europe in 2016.
Irish investment in the US continues to see strong growth. While exports from Enterprise Ireland client companies grew by 7% to €3.6bn in 2017, there has also seen considerable growth in investment by Irish companies in the US. Of the 100,000+ people employed in the US by Irish companies, employment at Enterprise Ireland client companies grew by 5.1% to over 85,000 in 2018, this growth was across 38 states in all regions and sectors. Additionally the number of offices from over 500 Irish exporters grew by 21% to over 950 in 2018.
American Chamber Executive Leader Peer Learning & Mentoring Programme
The American Chamber Executive Leader Peer Learning & Mentoring Programme is led and designed by the network for Women in Global Organisations to advance leadership skills in a safe, trusted environment. Working in small cross company, cross sector, cross functional groups, through group discussion with formal and informal interactions throughout the programme, participants can explore practices, share insights, compare experiences, gather new perspectives and try out ideas with an exceptional group of peers. Our Managing Partner, Niamh O’Driscoll, recently completed this programme.
The Emerging Leaders Network aims to inspire the next generation of leaders amongst the teams of our member companies with an annual programme complete with challenging and innovative professional development and network opportunities. Our colleague Jennifer O’Brien, Senior Talent & Transformation Consultant, participated in the Chamber’s Future Leaders’ Hackathon. This is a 2.5-day ideas marathon when 100 emerging leaders from 80 member companies in Ireland work in teams to create an innovative product or service that makes Ireland the best place to live and work. The Hackathon provides emerging leaders an excellent opportunity to hothouse their leadership skills in a fun, yet challenging environment, and to expand their network of peers from across the Chamber network.
I had a fantastic time at the American Chamber Emerging Leaders Hackathon 2019, creating an innovation to make Ireland the best place to live and work. It was a whirlwind 54 hours full of pioneering ideas and opportunities to meet with fellow hackers from many different disciplines, while getting our creative hats on. Being guided by a group of mentors from multiple industries was fantastic and having opportunities to hear from experts on growing, developing and sustaining organisations was an opportunity I would have not received elsewhere.
Jennifer O'Brien, Senior HR & Talent Management Consultant, Fastnet - The Talent Group