Planet Woman Academy: Pioneering a new narrative

From the very beginning The Planet Woman Academy has pioneered a new approach to learning. Plasticity is central to The Academy as alumni of this unique event will testify. Nearly two thousand women have attended The Academy and have been transformed and inspired by the experience. To trigger a real change in women, to motivate them and to inspire them to overcome their internal barriers by taking that first step towards fulfilling their true potential calls for a far deeper engagement than the lectures, speeches and presentations that a typical business conference provides. From the outset The Academy offered a different kind of experience experience. Real conversations with real women about how they achieved success in the corporate, political, public, professional or entrepreneurial world. Through this format their influence and engagement is more powerful and as result, real change occurs because women in the audience are spurred to action. The core of many of those conversations are the personal anecdotes and experiences that women tell about how they charted a successful course through their own career path. This is why we are dedicating the next Women’s Academy to storytelling.

We are delighted to announce the first three of the fantastic and motivational speakers for this year’s Planet Woman Academy. Dr. Rhona Mahony, Sarita Johnston and Louise Phelan will be telling us their stories and sharing with us their insights in their respective fields with us on the 24th March, in the RDS Concert Hall.

Tickets are €135 and are available at


Dr. Rhona Mahony:

Dr Mahony is currently Master of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Dublin.  NMH is one of Europe’s largest maternity hospitals, employing over 800 staff and delivering almost 10,000 infants annually. It is a major Irish Tertiary Referral Centre providing advanced obstetric, neonatal and gynaecological care.  Dr Mahony is an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and a Specialist in Maternal and Fetal medicine and is well published.  As a graduate of University College Dublin, she plays an active role in teaching medical students and is currently a Clinical Professor with The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Dr Mahony is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, UK, and of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. She has recently been appointed an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Since 2014 Dr. Mahony has been an Eisenhower Fellow as part of a Multi-Nation Programme.  In 2013 she founded the National Maternity Foundation, which supports the work of the Hospital.  She is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland and serves on the board of the Little Museum in Dublin. 

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