An inspiring new network has been launched to help business leaders from across Northern Ireland fully benefit from being part of an alumni of graduates of the IoD’s range of professional development courses and qualifications.
The IoD Professional Development Alumni Network launched in June at a special event held in Fratelli’s restaurant, Belfast. The network hopes to fulfil an important role in shaping the future of professional development for directors and aspiring business leaders across Northern Ireland.
The event brought together dozens of business leaders, many of them Chartered Directors that had taken part in professional development courses with the IoD.
Dr Elaine O’Neill, Programme Director at IoD NI, who leads the IoD Academy NI commented:
“The network is designed to meet the needs of the numerous alumni in Northern Ireland that have come through the IoD’s professional development schemes over many years.
“Through a range of events and insights sessions, we want to help directors make the most of their qualification and the combined knowledge and network of the alumni community
One of the main benefits of taking part in professional development programmes with the IoD is being part of a cohort of other business leaders throughout the course.
“We hear of directors meeting for the first time on an IoD course, and going on to secure new business and access to a unique form of support because of that relationship.”
The group aims to expand that networking opportunity beyond individual cohorts to the wider alumni.
For more information about the IoD Professional Development Alumni Network or the IoD Academy NI, visit iod.com/academyni or contact Dr Elaine O’Neill on 028 9091 2826.