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How To Rise Up And Develop As A Leader

A leadership role gives us the chance to showcase our tried-and-tested knowledge, skillsets and experience acquired over a number of years. Reaching this level of leadership also gives people the opportunity to be ‘the boss they never had’.


But the question is what kind of leader do you want to be? How do you want to show up for yourself and for others? 


What does authentic leadership look like for you? We are all different, meaning there is no one set approach on how to be a great leader. 


This is why we are bringing together a panel of inspiring leaders to walk us through their personal leadership journey and lessons learnt along the way. 


We will talk about: 


  • Understanding yourself better as a leader
  • Challenges as a leader and how to overcome them
  • Making difficult leadership decisions 
  • Hiring and managing teams
  • Leading in times of crises and lessons learned 


Meet Our Panel 


Shailvi Wakhlu – Sr. Director of Data at Strava – San Francisco 

Shailvi is the Sr. Director of Data at Strava, where she leads a large team of product analysts and machine learning engineers to enable data-informed product improvements in support of Strava Athletes. In the past, she worked at Salesforce, Fitbit, and multiple other data-rich companies, in addition to previously running her own company. As a data leader, she focuses on harnessing the power of data to build great products, clarify strategic direction, and improve business processes. She is also a passionate mentor in the community and spends her spare time volunteering for programs that further STEM education for minorities.   



Dorothy Creaven – VP, Managing Director and site lead at Rent the Runway Galway

Dorothy Creaven is Vice President, Managing Director and site lead at the Rent the Runway in Galway. She is an Electronic Engineering graduate from NUI Galway, and has 20 years experience in enterprise software, tech startups, management and leadership for SMEs and multinationals alike. Dorothy specialises in scaling technology companies from rapid-growth greenfield sites to global software R&D organisations.

Her professional experience also includes working with international corporates such as Google, Abbott Vascular, as well as EPAM Systems, a US publicly-listed Forbes Fast 25 Tech company.

Listed as one of Ireland’s top 25 women in engineering, Dorothy also co-founded her own multi-award winning technology startup, an enterprise marketing automation company, Element Wave, successfully operating globally from Galway between 2010 and 2017.



Gillian French – Expert in Residence – Employee Experience @ Workvivo

Gillian French is  a veteran people leader and organisational behaviourist with over 10 years experience as Chief People Officer. She is the founder and CEO of SISU consulting, a business that specialises in organisation development and design.

She also serves as Workvivo’s Expert in Residence – Employee Experience.

She is passionate about high growth scaling teams and building strong organisational culture and improving employee experience. 


Time & Date

February 23, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm



Event Host

Susan Dwyer