NY Future Leaders Program


The IIBN is the most globally established, not for profit network connecting Irish entrepreneurs and business professionals. IIBN Launched the Future Leaders Program in London in 2014, which has been very successful, IIBN NYC Future Leaders Board are now introducing it to NewYork

The IIBN's New York Future Leaders Program (FLP) has a clear objective of catalyzing the careers of young Irish professionals and entrepreneurs living in the Greater New York area with a focus on young business leaders across all industries.

Our goal is to facilitate the considerable numbers of young, well-educated, ambitious Irish people emigrating to New York with a support structure that goes beyond the realms of traditional networking by offering guidance, connectivity, expertise and a trusted confidante with no vested interest. By providing this multi-faceted approach to professional and personal development, the participants in the program will be given the best possible tools for success in best city in the world.

Each participant or 'Future Leader' will be matched with an established, successful Irish business person as part of a one-to-one, light touch, mentorship program. This will enable the future leader to have an ally and confidante they can rely on as they look to make their mark in their industry. These mentors have walked a similar path and gained a wealth of experience in doing so.

As well as mentorship, our program gives participants access to an array of development classes designed to aid their growth such as interview training, resume workshops, professional photography nights and much more.

The outcome will be an acceleration in growth and development for the Future Leaders, an equal sense of satisfaction from Mentors by leveraging the community’s knowledge and experience, building connectivity and developing the next generation of business leaders, both Irish-born and of Irish descent

What is the Future Leaders Program?

The program includes full IIBN membership, access to all IIBN events as well as:

  • A mentor in your respective field
  • Career development sessions
  • Resume training 
  • Professional LinkedIn quality headshots
  • Interview guidance
  • Integrated leadership education
  • Life coaching
  • Wellness studies
  • Social events

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If you have any question email: newyork@iibn.com

Meet the Future Leader Board:

 Manus McGuire

Manus is a Regulatory Reporting Executive with Kx, the technology subsidiary of the First Derivatives Group. First Derivatives provides consulting and software solutions to the worlds largest investment banks and is Ireland's largest indigenous technology company, employing more than 2,700 employees worldwide. Manus specialises in identifying business opportunities and delivering regulatory solutions for U.S clients using the groups proprietary technology kdb+, the world's fastest time series database. Before settling in New York, Manus lived Toronto, where he served as a board member on both the Ireland Park Foundation and the Ireland Canada Chamber Of Commerce. Manus is a native of Co.Clare, is an avid sports fan and holds a BCL in International Corporate Law and an MSc International Management from the National University of Ireland, Galway.




Aisling Noonan

Aisling is Business Development & Marketing Associate at the renowned global branding firm, Siegel+Gale. Prior to moving to NYC in 2017, Aisling worked as an Assistant Brand Manager for Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland, where her primary focus was on the execution of communications for the SuperValu brand. Hailing from Cork, Aisling holds an MSc in Marketing Practice from Cork Institute of Technology. She enjoys catching a train or a flight to explore what other American cities have to offer.




Katey McElroy

Katey moved to New York after receiving her MSc in Digital Marketing from UCD Micheal Smurfit Graduate Business School. She is an experienced digital media strategist and specializes in developing and implementing paid online advertising campaigns for her clients at OCD Media. Originally from Omagh, County Tyrone, Katey enjoys sailing and spending time with family on Marthas Vineyard and Cape Cod.





Kerry McGlade

As the Vice President of Business Development at Self Help Africa, Kerry cultivates partnerships and community with business leaders in NY and Boston through event management and fundraising campaigns.
Before beginning her career at Self Help Africa in 2017, Kerry worked in non-profit marketing, fundraising, and development, both with community and international organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Holocaust and Genocide Studies and a Masters in Public Administration from Clark University.





Conor Lavin

Conor Lavin is a Senior Demand Generation Manager at Knotch, a Content Intelligence Platform supporting Fortune 100 brands like Walmart, Amazon, and AT&T. Prior to this, Conor worked at Justworks (Deloitte #2 Fastest-Growing Company, North America, 2018), Ryanair, and LinkedIn. He holds an MSc in Digital Marketing from University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Commerce from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Conor is a dynamic professional with a keen aptitude for emerging technologies, portrays a deep understanding of revenue operations & strategy, and possesses a dynamism that helps companies grow, flourish, and prosper in the digital age.




Michael Cunningham 

As a Software Developer working in Markets Trading, Michael helps develop and maintain the various systems used by Barclays traders. This involves a lot of complex data flow and the use of multiple data structures and algorithms.
Before working at Barclays, Michael worked at Navillus Contracting in New York City, designing a large scale database to improve company efficiency and aid project management. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Masters of Science in Software Development, both from Queens University Belfast.




Patrick Greene 

Patrick is the owner of The Greene Room, a corporate events & nightlife PR company. From Sligo, Patrick moved to New York in 2013. He worked in advertising & TV production prior to setting up The Greene Room in 2014.



Kyle Kleague 

Kyle joined the IIBN in 2018 to meet fellow Irish connections in New York City. Originally from New York, Kyle has worked at Citigroup since graduating college in 2013 where he majored in Accountancy. Kyle is currently a Vice President within Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solutions group.  




Roisin Flynn

From Dublin, Róisín moved to New York in 2018. She is currently based in Manhattan working with First Derivatives. First Derivatives is a leading provider of products and consulting services to some of the World’s largest finance and technology institutions. Róisín holds a BA in French and Italian, and MSc in Business Management from Trinity College Dublin.