Fiona is CEO of BizWorld Ireland. In this role, she is responsible for the overall management and development of the organisation. Fiona bridges the gap between educators and business people in order to produce successful but financially responsible leaders and entrepreneurs for the future.
Fiona is also a public speaker, trainer and lecturer on Professional and Personal Development. She has been working and educating in the industry for 25 years, working with schools, colleges and businesses. Fiona counts IBEC, Fás, DAA, Brown Thomas, Ernst & Young, Darley Flying Start, TV3, TG4 and many educational institutions as her previous clients.
Fiona holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management MA Ed and has developed and delivered entrepreneurial modules for B.Ed students at Froebel Department of Education in Maynooth University.
Ana Elisa Fonseca
Ana Elisa Fonseca is from Brazil and she joined BizWorld Ireland through an international internship program called The Intern Group. As an intern, she is responsible for helping running BizWorld Ireland’s operations. Ana loves being connected with people and making a difference in people´s lives, that´s why she has chosen to work for Bizworld using her creative and management skills.
Before joining BizWorld Ireland, Ana Elisa finished her studies in Public Administration and has been working for her state government in the Human Rights Office. The last governmental program that she managed taught work skills to prisoners to help them get back to work after finishing their sentences.
In her spare time, Ana enjoys exploring Dublin city, making new friends and traveling. She is open to new learning and new opportunities.
Dear 21 year old me letter
I know that you´re still studying and maybe you´re a little comfortable with the idea that you´ve already got a career waiting for you and you won´t have to put in much effort in your last year of university. What do I have to say to you? I wouldn´t be overly comfortable with your achievements up until now because you still have a lot to see, to learn and to be.
I would say that learning is never enough even when you don´t enjoy the subject, learning is better than wasting time sitting in the classroom. Learn as much as you can about everything and then see what you like.
I know that being quiet is the way you manage your feelings but I would say to you that it is better to let it all come out than deal with everything in your head. If you manage your feelings, you can say whatever you want without being rude or hurting people.
Travel as much as you can. Enjoy your family because they really love you. Don´t be so serious. Love yourself and invest your time in what you love. Keep learning with people!
I hope having more advice given to you in a few years will help you grow and not be afraid to make mistakes. With mistakes made you would have lived a life full of meaning.
Lauren is an intern of BizWorld Ireland. She holds a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) degree from Melbourne, Australia and has business experience in accounts, administration and human resources.
Lauren has been working with BizWorld to expand across Ireland to reach more schools and students. She will be working within schools as a youth coordinator during BizWorld Ireland workshops and recognizes the importance of creativity and autonomy in the classroom. BizWorld gives students the opportunity to build on their own thoughts and ideas to apply to the real world. The link between education and the real world is imperative to Lauren to build the entrepreneurs of the future. She believes the cross-curriculum approach undertaken by BizWorld concentrates on what is important: student- directed learning.
Dear 21 year old me letter
Embrace university and the experiences it has to offer, not just in your classes but the expertise and opinions of the people around you. Never forget we are always learning, that is what life is all about.
Be open to new experiences, meet new people and travel the world. Take life at your own pace and do everything in your own time.
University will end before you know it so take the time to hear new perspectives, think outside of the box and be creative.
I would tell myself to step outside my comfort zone, be proactive and surround myself with people from all walks of life to expand my knowledge of business, the importance of collaboration and the need for teachers who think holistically. Remember students’ emotional wellbeing rather than just their academics is extremely important for their futures. Open the door for students to grow and develop through their schooling into the real world so they continue onwards and upwards far beyond what you imagine.
Finally, remember you do not need to be perfect at everything you do, life is a learning experience in itself and to learn is what keeps us going.
All the best,