Sonya has successfully re-positioned from fashion girl, to broadcaster to social entrepreneur to successful (and unsuccessful!) business women. Her funny and gripping take on life is underpinned by a drive for everyday empowerment and inspiring stories of bursting through the boundaries of fear.

Sonya now works in the following key areas......

GENDER ADVOCACY #WORKEQUAL

Sonya is a passionate advocate for women’s equality in the workplace and a champion of the role of men in enacting positive change. Sonya is a member of the cross party parliamentary committee for gender equality in the workplace and thought leader in the area. She is currently guiding Irish companies through an early pay disclosure process in advance of mandatory reporting,

 

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Dress for Success Dublin is an independent Irish charity which is licensed as part of an international organisation, active in 23 countries. Sonya brought to Ireland in 2011, and its mission is to support women to access job opportunities and develop sustainable careers. Dress for Success Dublin serves almost 1000 women per year towards a 57% success rate at interview (industry standard 18%)

LIFT

LIFT Ireland, which stands for ‘Leading Ireland’s Future Together’, was founded in 2017 by Sonya and siblings Joanne and David Hession. LIFT Ireland was built on a desire to change the country for the better by changing the way people view leadership. Leadership is not limited to a select few. 

LIFT Ireland Is A Not-For-Profit Initiative Aimed At Increasing The Level Of Positive Leadership Capabilities In Ireland. LIFT does this through its eight-part, group learning programme. LIFT’s programme is being rolled out nationwide via a volunteer facilitator network with an overall goal of reaching 10% of the population within ten years. Since its launch, LIFT Ireland has built a network of over 400 trained facilitators, which continues to grow each day.

10X4SQUARED

Sonya understands and benefits from the power of the network every day. Seven years ago, she was invited to join a closed professional network of female entrepreneurs, comprised of ten incredible women. Eight entrepreneurs and two intrapreneurs who meet four times a year to challenge, support and connect each other with a common goal of releasing each others full potential. Once more, trust and respect play a huge role in the value afforded by this group who have been cited in Forbes.

ARCHITECTS OF BUSINESS

Sonya hosts the popular business podcast Architects of Business, sponsored by EY, ENtrepreneur of the Year. In each episode, she interviews award winning members of the alumni and drills down to see what made them the successes that they are. Sonya’s skill as a communicator allows the guests to share, not just their business but their human stories with honesty.

 

 

Sonya Lennon | Speaker |

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 has successfully re-positioned from fashion girl, to broadcaster to social entrepreneur to successful (and unsuccessful!) business women. Her funny and gripping take on life is underpinned by a drive for everyday empowerment and inspiring stories of bursting through the boundaries of fear.

Sonya now works in the following key areas......

GENDER ADVOCACY #WORKEQUAL

Sonya is a passionate advocate for women’s equality in the workplace and a champion of the role of men in enacting positive change. Sonya is a member of the cross party parliamentary committee for gender equality in the workplace and thought leader in the area. She is currently guiding Irish companies through an early pay disclosure process in advance of mandatory reporting,

 

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Dress for Success Dublin is an independent Irish charity which is licensed as part of an international organisation, active in 23 countries. Sonya brought to Ireland in 2011, and its mission is to support women to access job opportunities and develop sustainable careers. Dress for Success Dublin serves almost 1000 women per year towards a 57% success rate at interview (industry standard 18%)

LIFT

LIFT Ireland, which stands for ‘Leading Ireland’s Future Together’, was founded in 2017 by Sonya and siblings Joanne and David Hession. LIFT Ireland was built on a desire to change the country for the better by changing the way people view leadership. Leadership is not limited to a select few. 

LIFT Ireland Is A Not-For-Profit Initiative Aimed At Increasing The Level Of Positive Leadership Capabilities In Ireland. LIFT does this through its eight-part, group learning programme. LIFT’s programme is being rolled out nationwide via a volunteer facilitator network with an overall goal of reaching 10% of the population within ten years. Since its launch, LIFT Ireland has built a network of over 400 trained facilitators, which continues to grow each day.

10X4SQUARED

Sonya understands and benefits from the power of the network every day. Seven years ago, she was invited to join a closed professional network of female entrepreneurs, comprised of ten incredible women. Eight entrepreneurs and two intrapreneurs who meet four times a year to challenge, support and connect each other with a common goal of releasing each others full potential. Once more, trust and respect play a huge role in the value afforded by this group who have been cited in Forbes.

ARCHITECTS OF BUSINESS

Sonya hosts the popular business podcast Architects of Business, sponsored by EY, ENtrepreneur of the Year. In each episode, she interviews award winning members of the alumni and drills down to see what made them the successes that they are. Sonya’s skill as a communicator allows the guests to share, not just their business but their human stories with honesty.

 

 

 

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

Sonya MC'd our Gather conference with 500 SME delegates from 17 countries. She totally captured the spirit of the event with her introductory address, and made sure to wrap up key take-outs from every speaker, ensuring maximum impact for our audience. Sonya was the perfect glue for one of our pillar events."

Martina McDonnell, Marketing Director SMB, EMEA, Facebook

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