Dr John Fitzpatrick, OBE, President and CEO of the Fitzpatrick Hotel Group, North America, and Chairman of The Ireland Funds America, spoke to the Belfast Young Leaders for the Leadership Series on 18 May 2018. The event was hosted in the Duncairn Centre, a grantee of The Ireland Funds, a shared space venue for Arts & Culture in North Belfast with guests being welcomed by Rev. Dr Bill Shaw OBE. U.S. Consul General Daniel Lawton warmly introduced John Fitzpatrick as the man who knew everyone!
John and Jonathan Ireland, Belfast Young Leaders committee member, engaged in a captivating fireside chat, discussing John’s enormous success, his lessons on leadership, and his wonderfully gripping and entertaining stories of the early years he spent in New York. John spoke of the Paddy and Eithne Foundation, why he set it up in honour of his parents, and how he personally has developed with the work of the foundation. He urged the Young Leaders to engage with the work of The Ireland Funds and to make sure they take every opportunity to see and meet the organisations it supports. A lively questions and answers session followed, with the final question relating to the Royal Wedding!
It was an enthralling and enjoyable evening, led by our Chairman, in the company of a strong cohort of Belfast Young Leaders, in the halls of an organisation The Ireland Funds is proud to support.
Photos: Neil Harrison Photography