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Margaret chaired a session at RTÉ’s Mojocon conference on the topic ‘Story’. Aside from her obvious professionalism with the panel of speakers, she was remarkably quick to respond to a technical issue with one of the speaker’s presentations. She deftly encouraged another speaker to launch into an impromptu session with his harmonica and offered to accompany him with her kazoo. I would welcome her to chair another session for me in a heartbeat.

–Glen Mulcahy, Head of Innovation, RTÉ (Story and storytelling, panel chair)

Margaret E. Ward is a total professional. From a fascinating and brilliantly delivered talk, to her willingness to engage with us ahead of the conference in the press, it was an absolute pleasure to work with her from start to finish.  Of all the speakers 3XE Digital worked with this year, she has been among the most highly rated by our audience. I can wholeheartedly recommend Margaret as a speaker for any size event, and she proved at the last 3XE event that she could hold an audience of 450 in rapt attention.

− Adrian Hopkins, 3XE Digital

I am delighted to say we had the privilege of having Margaret E. Ward join us as a guest speaker to our PWN (Professional Women’s Network) Dublin Network. Margaret gave an engaging, thought- provoking inspiring piece on ‘Make your mark: mastering influential communication at work’. Through sharing her own career story and trajectory, Margaret engaged and inspired the participants who contributed to a lively Q&A discussion. The feedback from our network was super and l would highly recommend Margaret as a high-calibre speaker and networker who is both generous with her time and wisdom.

− Carina Furlong, co-president, Professional Women’s Network Dublin

Margaret superbly moderated our conference ‘Investing in talent – promoting gender-balanced leadership’ on 25 November 2014. This required a skilled moderator to successfully balance the mix of public and private-sector speakers and guests, and a varied range of topics. Margaret’s professionalism and engaging personality was commented on positively by many of our guests. Her presence contributed to making the conference a lively and dynamic event. We would be delighted to work with Margaret again.

− Gender Equality Division, Department of Justice and Equality and Ibec

Margaret did a highly professional job chairing a conference on the economic crisis. Featuring high-profile economists and a specialist audience with strong views, the role of chair required both people skills and an excellent grasp of the topic. With her solid knowledge of economics and her ability to use clear language, Margaret was able to steer the debate and keep all the loose ends together without losing the audience or the speakers. We were delighted with feedback from participants.

− European Commission Representation Ireland

I recently had the pleasure of inviting Margaret to participate in a series of briefings to our Independent Group of Senators (Taoiseach’s nominees) in advance of the Budget. I invited Margaret due to her background in financial journalism, her experience as a small-business owner and her reputation for telling it like it is. As anticipated, Margaret’s presentation was both refreshing and well researched. She has a unique ability to communicate the human dimension of budgetary and financial implications. I value Margaret’s expertise and appreciate our ongoing collaboration.

− Senator Jillian van Turnhout, Oireachtas

Margaret brings her unique style of energy, conviction and clarity to bear on a wide range of subjects, having that unique ability to gauge the needs and attitudes of ordinary people and reflect them back in her common-sense, plain-speaking style. She is an engaging presenter, and a passionate advocate of transparency and clear communications, the need for which has never been greater than now across political, social and corporate life in Ireland.

− Pauline McKiernan, corporate sustainability manager, Communications & Corporate Services, Ulster Bank

Since 2003, Margaret has been a regular contributor to my programmes. She is hugely articulate, widely read, knowledgeable and a persuasive and entertaining contributor. She brings work experience, financial street wisdom and even the power of motherhood to the proceedings.

− Tom McGurk, broadcaster with RTÉ and Sunday Business Post columnist

Margaret’s a great natural speaker – compelling, informative and she breaks down the subject matter so everyone can understand it.

− Paddy McDonnell, Producer of Newstalk's Breakfast Show

I find that people are reading my emails because they’re shorter and I’m getting more responses as a result with fewer queries. It’s also more time efficient from my perspective. In a nutshell, I would highly recommend the course.

− Micheál Kearly, Goodbody on Writing to Persuade training session

 Best external presenter I have come across, shared good insight beyond course subject.

− KPMG participant on Writing to Persuade training session

Margaret spoke at and led an early morning event for us that helped attendees challenge their perceptions of diversity in the workplace. She was articulate, professional and knowledgeable on the topic. She left a lasting impression on the assembled group of opinion leaders and senior executives who discussed those perceptions with her. Margaret was a pleasure to deal with and we would happily recommend her as both a speaker or lead/chair for any event or conference.

− Keith Bohanna, principal, Near Future

Margaret brought the highest degree of professionalism, energy and insight as a panel moderator at the US Embassy’s May 2016 ‘Creative minds: creative disruption’ conference. Bringing together seemingly disparate themes with aplomb, she gave each of the panellists a chance to shine due to her excellent moderation.

– Jen McAndrew, deputy director of public diplomacy, US Embassy, Dublin

Margaret chaired and led a panel discussion on female under-representation in the media as part of the first Assembly Women’s Week in 2016. She spoke with authority and experience and she challenged panel and audience members constructively and with humour. Her opening presentation was thought-provoking and engaging. Overall, Margaret brought professionalism, experience and a unique personal touch to the event. I’ve no doubt we will work together again in the future.

− Susie Browne, head of communications and outreach, Northern Irish Assembly

Margaret was chosen to be a pitch mentor at the 2015 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards in Paris. This annual competition is designed to encourage women in small business all over the world. Three of the six candidates she coached went on to win an award.

Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

Margaret’s coaching was exceptional. She shared her wide range of knowledge and expertise with energy and enthusiasm to advise us on a number of aspects of the business. She helped us refine our message and clearly communicate the heart of what we do and our broader vision. This has helped us go from strength to strength.

Ciara Clancy, Beats Medical, mentee, was named 2015 Cartier European Laureate for Europe for her work developing an app that delivers sound-wave treatment to people with Parkinson’s disease.