Sonya is a ‘dyed in the wool’ fashion woman with over thirty years’ experience in the industry. But her journey has led her to some unexpected places. She's closed the NASDAQ, had tea in Downing Street and raced Nurburgring. She is a designer, broadcaster, and businesswoman.  As a serial Entrepreneur and Social Entrepreneur, she has won multiple awards. She brought the global not for profit initiative Dress for Success to Ireland in 2018 and she co-founded LIFT - leading Ireland’s Future Together which aims to improve the level of personal leadership in Ireland by 2028 - no pressure. She exercises her passion for gender equality in the workplace by addressing the Gender Pay & Opportunity Gap, to the Irish Government, at The European Parliament and to anyone who wants to make positive change (and some that don’t). She has grown her own clothing brand Lennon Courtney, with her long time business partner Brendan Courtney, because business partners aren’t just for Christmas!

In November 2019, Sonya conceived and held the first-ever #WorkEqual conference in The Marker Hotel Dublin. The conference was opened by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and saw a representative audience from government, business, trade unions, education and non-profit. The now annual conference and campaign aim to define and agree to key policy measures that could accelerate the pace of workplace equality for women in Ireland. Oh, and then put them into action to make Ireland a fairer place for everyone to work and thrive. She is currently studying for a Masters in Business Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in IADT and regularly delivers solution-focused keynote speeches.

 

Sonya Lennon

Designer, Businesswoman and Multi Award-winning Social Entrepreneur.

Sonya Lennon's business experience has gifted her with highly engaging and relatable stories of tough calls, leadership, tenacity and impact. Sonya is a tiny bundle of fearless energy with a passion for storytelling. Her three decades of experience are woven into a story of creativity, lateral thinking and starting from scratch. She now marries creative thinking with strategic development to help other businesses find their optimal direction for growth in a rapidly changing commercial environment.

Sonya is a ‘dyed in the wool’ fashion woman with over thirty years’ experience in the industry. But her journey has led her to some unexpected places. She's closed the NASDAQ, had tea in Downing Street and raced Nurburgring. She is a designer, broadcaster, and businesswoman.  As a serial Entrepreneur and Social Entrepreneur, she has won multiple awards. She brought the global not for profit initiative Dress for Success to Ireland in 2018 and she co-founded LIFT - leading Ireland’s Future Together which aims to improve the level of personal leadership in Ireland by 2028 - no pressure. She exercises her passion for gender equality in the workplace by addressing the Gender Pay & Opportunity Gap, to the Irish Government, at The European Parliament and to anyone who wants to make positive change (and some that don’t). She has grown her own clothing brand Lennon Courtney, with her long time business partner Brendan Courtney, because business partners aren’t just for Christmas!

In November 2019, Sonya conceived and held the first-ever #WorkEqual conference in The Marker Hotel Dublin. The conference was opened by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and saw a representative audience from government, business, trade unions, education and non-profit. The now annual conference and campaign aim to define and agree to key policy measures that could accelerate the pace of workplace equality for women in Ireland. Oh, and then put them into action to make Ireland a fairer place for everyone to work and thrive. She is currently studying for a Masters in Business Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in IADT and regularly delivers solution-focused keynote speeches.

 

 

Popular topics include:

  • Repositioning- Fashion Girl to Leader
  • Think Like an Entrepreneur - An Everyday Guide to Fearless Action
  • Everyday Empowerment - A Simple Toolkit for Behaviour Change
  • Be The Leader  - Understanding and Actioning Personal Impact
  • The Lennon Courtney Story - Digging deep to Drag Success from Failure

What clients are saying about Sonya's Toolkit for Success...

Just to say well done on this morning’s Toolkit for Success session. An excellent session.  Everything Sonya said was so relevant and hugely empowering. I came away feeling I could do anything. Thank You. 

Just to say well done on this morning’s Toolkit for Success session. An excellent session. Everything that was said was so relevant and hugely empowering. I came away feeling I could do anything. Thank You. 

I love your energy and enthusiasm and it is wonderful to see you putting so much of that back into making our society a better place for all. 

A really super session this morning, I really enjoyed it and Sonya’s enthusiasm and energy is really engaging.

 

 

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