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Scholarships and Awards

Photo Credit: Jim Corr Photography

Lean In Belfast is delighted to announce our scholarship for one Lean In Belfast Member from the William J Clinton Leadership Institute, Queen's University Belfast Queen's University Belfast
Sponsored by WIBNI and Ulster Bank.

Winner announced!

Orla McKeating

An Overview of the Programme

What does it take for a woman to become a good leader? The answer, according to Meryl Streep, is a combination of “Grit and Grace”. She was referring to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton but the answer seems applicable regardless of what industry or sector you are working in.

This programme will help you feel more confident as a leader because it is built on the belief that everyone can learn to be a better leader, and there is no 'ideal' profile.

Using various psychometric tools and training activities, you will uncover your strengths, your values, your unique leadership brand that is authentic for you and how to engage effectively with
others by flexing your style.

Designed and delivered by the William J Clinton Institute in partnership with Women in Business NI, this highly participative and engaging 3-day programme will take place in the beautiful Riddel Hall.

"We are delighted to be involved with Lean In Belfast. The Belfast Lean in community has built a fantastic reputation in a very short time and we couldn’t be happier to welcome such an outstanding member of this community to our prestigious Grit & Grace Programme. I know that Orla will find the programme challenging and inspiring. Michelle Murtagh has designed a programme that gets right to the heart of the issues facing many female leaders today."


Fergus McGrath, Business Development Manager,  William J Clinton Institute, Queens University Belfast

“I am beyond thrilled and delighted to have been selected for the Grit & Grace Programme. Like most small business owners,I am supported by a brilliant team who are so eager for success. I owe it to them to continue to work hard at creating a sustainable business. Completing the Grit and Grace programme will help me to step away from day-to-day-operational running of the Coffee Shop and  provide me with the time, space and learning to improve my leadership skills,  make key strategic business decisions and develop new ways for the business to grow.”

Orlal McKeating, Boden Park Coffee Company