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Leaders need to be ambitious in their vision, but how do we deliver? Learn lessons from The Friendship Four Tournament and The Gathering.

How did Belfast get to host high profile US league ice hockey matches? How did Ireland run over 5000 “Gathering” events in 2013. Leaders that have big ambition and vision to drive their organisation forward need to make sure that their vision is delivered.

Friendship Four Tournament

The Friendship Four Tournament has brought 16 US Colleges to Belfast to play Ice Hockey matches. These are very high profile sporting events and are broadcast on television coast to coast in the US. On the back of these matches stronger links have been forged between Boston and Belfast, and through the tournament school children have been engaged as have businesses.

The Gathering

Also speaking will be Andrew Cowan of NI Connections who are involved in the Friendship Four Tournament. Andrew was also responsible for “The Gathering” in Ireland during 2013 which saw Ireland reach out to its diaspora and engage the public in running over 5000 events in what has been described as “the largest tourist event in Ireland”

Panel for the event are:

Dr Martin McCracken, Senior Lecturer Ulster Business School

Robert Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive of the Odyssey Trust

Steve Thornton / Shane Johnson Belfast Giants

Andrew Cowan, NI Connections


6:00pm Arrive

6:15pm Event starts

6:50pm Formal proceedings finish

Watch Giants V Devils, light supper provided

Event info

This event has ended

Friday 17 February

6pm to 10pm

SSE Arena, West Lounge

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