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What is the Horizons Leadership Program?

The Horizons Leadership Program supports diverse groups of our high-potential young professionals and business owners in a peer-based Roundtable, facilitated by an experienced Chair.

Horizons is open to both male and female applicants and it is our aim to ensure diversity in all our Horizons groups.

The Horizons Leadership Program aims to achieve the following outcomes for participants:

  • Raise their level of business acumen
  • Build their personal confidence
  • Improve their business network
  • Add value to their Chamber membership

Participants, as members of a peer to peer roundtable, can fast track their development through the shared experiences of the group and occasional visiting speakers who may be invited to present at Horizons meetings.

Members will also have access to a library of resources, being developed for our Leadership Programs, which will support their success. They will also participate in our Leadership Events, where they will have the opportunity to hear from industry experts, engage with our program alumni and the wider Chamber network.



“As part of the Horizons group, we share our knowledge and encourage each other with career aspirations. Each meeting is thought provoking, interesting and enjoyable.” Aoife Kealy, Capella Capital

“Horizons has helped me progress as a leader. Having a support group of like-minded people from such diverse backgrounds and industries really helped me develop and focus on what I want to achieve. The group is a great environment to get some honest and open advice from some experienced and future leaders.” Rory Carty, Bank of Ireland

“The IACC Horizons Group meetings helped me advance my career and life here in Australia by allowing me to connect with like minded young Irish business people. Our meetings both challenged and inspired me; they helped build my leadership skills and business acumen.” Martin Lynch, Teeling Whiskey


How do the Roundtables work?

Horizons Roundtables consist of a small group of high-potential young professionals (either from an Entrepreneurial or a Corporate environment) and business owners, who will exchange knowledge, experience and support.  It will fast track business knowledge through the shared experiences of the group. Individuals work with peers on their business during a monthly session.  The sessions will be facilitated by experienced chairs and will be designed to get participants working on their business not in it.  It will be a strategic problem solving time; space to make decisions, find solutions and work on challenges.

Horizons Roundtables are a private, confidential network.  


How do you select participants?

Building on our experience and success with our Mentoring program, we will have a volunteer subcommittee evaluate expressions of interest and choose participants based on objectives, experience, business needs and other criteria. Potential participants will be offered a place on one of our Mobilisation Workshops, and following successful completion, will be considered for a place on the program. Those who are successful will be placed in groups and will meet monthly.  Sessions will be rotated between members businesses so you will have a turn at hosting the group - in house or off site, it's up to you but it needs to be appropriate for the meeting.


How much does it cost?

Fees for the 2020 intake have been set at a modest $600 + GST and this includes all elements of the program, including Leadership Event and Networking Event tickets, access to a Roundtable, workshops and access to program resources.


How can I take part?

The first thing to do is join the Chamber - sounds simple and it really is! If you want to apply for the Horizons Leadership Program, you will need to be a full (not an Associate) member - and please be aware that preference will be given to existing members with a record of getting involved in the Chamber. Occasionally, we will offer access to our Leadership Events to those interested in applying for a future intake, and to buy a ticket to these, it's fine to be any type of member. The events will be listed on our Events page for advance booking when they're opened for public sale, just the same as our breakfasts, lunches, evening events etc.

How to join the Horizons Leadership Program

To submit an Expression of Interest form as a group participant or Chair, please click on either of the forms below. Any questions? For application support, just email us at