Areas of Expertise:
Clara is a highly experienced business coach, with over ten years’ coaching and mentoring experience. Since setting up her own event management company 21 years ago, she draws on all the skills gained running national and international conferences and events, tendering for public sector contracts and managing large events, including budgeting, design & print, and venue management. She also has a background in publishing and in professional fund-raising. She has been a business mentor with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and South Dublin LEO for many years and is now on the Dublin City LEO panel, assisting start-ups in the general area of SME supports and development.
Self-employed since 1995 when she set up her own event management company, Clara Clark Event Management, she understands the rigours of self-employment. A published author and accomplished public speaker, Clara is also a qualified Business, Career and Life Coach, a qualified Nutrition and Health Coach, a member of the International Coach Federation, and runs her own coaching business in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, More To Life Coaching (www.claraclark.ie).
Clara's business coaching clients include Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and South Dublin LEOs and the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology.
Coach clients include people planning to and running their own businesses, those facing business difficulties, those made redundant and seeking alternative work options, and mature business degree students endeavouring to start new businesses. Many are people in mid-life seeking meaningful transitions.
Since 2005, Clara has been using her coaching skills as a business mentor with the Local Enterprise Offices. She acts as a judge for the companies’ and student Enterprise Awards. In addition, she is a business mentor for mature students at the Dun Laoghaire IADT Entrepreneurship Springboard Degree programme.
Previous background is as the senior executive director of national organisations, including:
• The National Women's Council (1981 – 1984),
• The Irish Book Publishers' Association and the Irish Booksellers' Association 1984 – 1988), and
• Six years as a professional fund-raiser for the Rotunda and the Coombe Women's Hospitals (1988 – 1994).