Marie Gleeson

Marie Gleeson

Marie Gleeson

Former Irish Navy Ships Captain & Motivational Speaker

Marie Gleeson honed her leadership style over the course of a twenty year military career operating primarily in the harsh and hostile Atlantic Ocean. Her journey from naval cadet to Captain of the LE AOIFE has given her unique insight into people and how to maximise performance even in the most challenging of circumstances. She has experienced the highs of international drug busts to the tragedy of the loss of a colleague overboard at sea.

Marie was one of the first female officers in the Irish navy and this gives her a unique insight into the reality of leading in a “mans” world. Marie is an honest and engaging speaker who brings her experience to life in her keynotes. She discusses the reality of decision making in high pressure an time critical operational environments and translates this into key leadership lessons for the business world.

The cornerstone of a military career is that service comes before self and this was the reality for Marie in her career until life threw a curveball of magnitude in her path. Marie’s personal story highlights the importance of support and resilience in the face of adversity.

Marie is an insightful, humorous and passionate speaker who combines her professional and personal experience to tailor her keynotes to maximum effect for her audience.



  • Leadership – A lived Experience, Leadership & Governance
  • Decision Making – The Leader’s Role
  • Overcoming Adversity – Stronger Than Before, Board Diversity
  • Diversity & Inclusion – Lead like a Woman
  • Teamwork – From Ship to Shore


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