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Breda McCague


Motivator & Transformation Specialist

Breda McCague is an energetic, driven, impressive Transformation Specialist whose biggest passion is Motivating and Engaging People! She delivers authentic keynote presentations to large groups on Motivation, Leadership, Empowerment, Emotional Intelligence, Branding and Networking.

She also delivers Inspiring Innovative talks on Culture Change, Diversity and Inclusion across Organisations and Industries.

She is a speaker and was published on the Global TED platform in 2022.

Breda co-founded and leads the Lean-In-Ireland organisation. Lean-In is an international organisation, founded by Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook in the United States. As part of the roll out of Lean-In-Ireland, Breda has successfully created a number of peer mentoring networks across large corporates, industries and a variety of communities.

Having also worked across Global Financial Services for almost 24 years, Breda has driven and overseen extensive technical change programmes across a number of international banking brands in Ireland and the UK, working with teams all over the world. She delivers talks for companies and conferences on applying Agile, Growth Mindsets Teamwork and Cohesion amongst other relatable topics.

She plays music with two bands, one Rock, and one traditional.

She was once ‘Lieutenant McCague’ as she spent 20 years in the Reserve Defence Forces having been the first female to be commissioned as an Officer in her unit.

She now runs her own Talks, Coaching and Leadership Training Business called AIMING4AWESOME Ltd, travels extensively and is a Mum to three young boys.

She also finds time to enjoy networking & researching using social media platforms. With Breda as a speaker at your event, you can be sure to have an Inspired, Impacted, Entertained, audience on your hands!


♦ Colette Heanue, Director, Agile Delivery at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: ♦ I was delighted when Breda accepted my invitation to speak at an event in HMH Dublin recently. The event was the launch of our employee development and growth program for our Engineering group and I couldn’t think of a better person to inspire and motivate. Breda gave a great talk on the subject of individual goals, branding and individual legacy. It was very well received by all there and left everyone with something to think about. Breda is an excellent speaker. She is very passionate and had the group engaged from the beginning. Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious. Her delivery is fun. She is an excellent motivator and a true inspiration.

♦ Joanne and the UCD HR Business Partner team: ♦ Hi Breda, On behalf of the HR Partner team I would like to thank you very much for your time last week in joining us for our final module of our Thrive programme. The team found you to be hugely interesting, engaging and informative. You brought such practical and informed insights into the subjects of transformational change and the area of diversity which is so important to us here at UCD. Your practical, informative yet simplified advice was hugely impactful for the team and your warm and engaging style was deeply appreciated. I know we ran slightly over time but I think that is testament to the fact that the team wanted to continue chatting to you.

♦ Andrew Keating, Chief Financial Officer, Bank of Ireland: ♦ Breda is a fantastic enthusiast and a true leader on diversity. She has led multiple Role Model presentations to hundreds of bank staff and the feedback has been consistently positive – Breda has a fantastic, natural and accessible style that is simply inspiring to her audience, her infectious enthusiasm is so motivating for all and her audience would love the opportunity to engage with Breda all day!!!! ♦ BoI event audience feedback: I loved Breda’s energy and can-do attitude. Breda lives the ‘no hurdle to big’ mentality. She is engaging, authentic and relatable.”

♦ Áine Nic an Ríogh, Director @TheDrawingRoom, Architectural Services, Louth: ♦ Breda is an inspiring, engaging and entertaining speaker. Hearing her speak recently at an entrepreneurial event, she captured everyone’s attention with her energy and humour. Sharing her story with us she passed along a few gems to encourage and motivate us all. I would definitely recommend Breda!
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Carol & Associates Ltd.
30 Cloverhill, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Eircode: A98V8D8

+353 1 235 2570