Therese O Connor
Therese is the founder and director of Blueprint Solutions, a business and project management agency based in the West of Ireland but works nationwide. She has over 25 years of experience in managerial roles in industries such as hospitality and tourism, holistic and wellness, education and training. She got her start when she finished her Bachelor's degree in Business Business Management from Trinity and her HDIP in Hotel Management from DIT. Shortly into her course, she realised that her strengths lay in sales, revenue and operations. Knowing this, she started working in the Parknasilla Hotel in Kerryand other hotels such as Woodstock hotel in Ennis and with the Jurys Hotel Group. She worked in hotels until 2006, mainly doing sales and revenue, marketing and event management. During this time, she also went back to education to get her Masters degree in International Tourism from UL. In 2006, she left hotel management to work on the building site for University of Limerick’s fifth village, Cappavilla Village. After construction was finished, she continued to work for UL, managing student accommodation during the academic year and working in the conferences and events during the summer. In 2010, she left Ireland for Spain, teaching English for a year. When she returned home, she became the Operations Director for MLI language school based in Dublin but had over 15 summer schools through out Ireland the UK. Therese then began to work as skills and personal development Instructor with the Limerick Youth Service and then Turas Nua, helping early school leavers, long-term unemployed and new entrepreneurs secure employment. This is where she honed her training management skills, by teaching workshops and classes to a diverse range of people. Following this, people started to come to her after they had finished their workshops to ask for further help. Therese then decided that she should open her own business, helping business owners by “giving them (their) time back2 and increasing their busines efficiency through systemising their business. She attended the W.E. summit in January 2020 and met a group of like-minded women who she would become great friends with. She also met Donna Kennedy, a key-note speaker at the summit. These women encouraged Therese to start Blueprint Solutions and gave her the confidence to follow her passion. Therese is currrently collaborating with Donna and these like-minded women in a book about empowerment which is due to be published in the Autumn. If you're interested in working with Therese, you can learn more on blueprintsolutions.org.
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