Ciara O'Toole

Speaking Testimonials

‘Ciara was the keynote speaker at our flagship event in Mayo for our Network Ireland Mayo Branch Women in Business Awards.  She kept the audience of over 100 business women enraptured with her inspiring journey of learning to fly while at the same time building a life for herself in her beloved Italy and developing a number of businesses. Her story of triumph, tearing down obstacles in her way was inspirational and delivered with great humour, honesty and wisdom.  We were all inspired to push ourselves further in our careers and personally after listening to Ciara.’ Deirdre Waldron, President Network Ireland 2016

‘Ciara O’Toole was invited by the Dublin City Centre Business Network Group (DCC BNG), Chartered Accountants Ireland to be the breakfast guest speaker on the topic “Entrepreneurial spirit in the global business and social environment”. Ciara covered such themes as ‘Passion to Profit; making money doing what you love’, following your instincts, and manifesting an entrepreneurial mindset. Ciara also talked about her work with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and using her skills gained in marketing roles in the past to help ‘brand position’ the ideas of social entrepreneurs. Ciara was an entertaining and engaging speaker and her passion for everything she does shone through.’ Mel Duignan, Financial Controller, ex Financial Controller L’Oreal Paris

‘Ciara spoke at GirlCrew Pro held at the Irish Times, an event that aims to help women advance in their career, and land their dream job. She talked about her career as an author, entrepreneur and pilot, speaking honestly about the ups and downs along the way. She was extremely interesting and engaging throughout, and inspired all who attended.’ Pamela Newenham, Co Founder of Girl Crew and Irish Times Journalist

‘I had the pleasure of hearing Ciara O’Toole speak at Newcastle Aerodrome where she was invited to talk by the Pilots Association. Everyone was impressed with the ease at which she told her story, moving from the exuberant enthusiasm of her passion for flying to the dangers and differences between flying off water and off land, all told with the art of a storyteller, weaving stories throughout. Ciara comfortably held the room with her tale, and afterwards answered a variety of questions about her own personal life and about the technical aspects of her flying experience with aplomb. I had another opportunity to hear Ciara addressing a large group at an event in the Irish Aviation Authority in Dublin where she once again enthralled the audience with her warmth and honesty and the modest ease and effervescence with which she tells a story.’ Keane Harley, National broadcaster and licensed pilot

‘In life, you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.  This is what Ciara exudes; be it foisting herself on a quaint Italian town, or learning to fly sea-planes, or publishing books, or starting multiple businesses or supporting social entrepreneurs – Ciara has done all the above in her own indomitable way. I think Ciara is – and always will be – on a journey, travelling from one adventure to the next. What I admire most about Ciara is that she is a person who does what she sets out to do. She is wonderfully reflective, open and honest about her journeys – she will inspire and make audiences smile.’ Eoghan Stack, CEO at DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship

‘Ciara O’Toole has spoken at a number of MyMind events in the capacity of MC as our Chairperson including for the opening of our Limerick centre and on another occasion as MC for the tenth birthday celebrations of MyMind in Dublin. Ciara has always been reliable and professional when undertaking such engagements, putting the audiences at ease. She is adept at the formalities and acknowledgements required for public speaking and has consistently helped facilitate the smooth runnning of the events with which she has been involved. As a speaker, Ciara is able to captivate and engage a varied audience across many different worlds, from corporate or charity. Ciara is competent and confident in her speaking skills and incredibly warm and personable in her manner.’ Krystian Fikert, CEO of MyMind