May 8, 2017

Who we are

Momentum Leadership is organised and supported by a team of volunteers, young professional women, who aspire in real ways to make a positive difference to those participating in the programme. Currently there are currently 15 young professionals involved. We aim to ensure there is a broad spectrum of professions who volunteer so that the girls participating in the programme can know young professionals from all areas of work: science, business, creative arts, public and private sector.

Our interest is to help young women develop leadership qualities that will

  • Encourage and give them the skills, building confidence, to genuinely contribute to society and to their community - in family, school and in the future in university and in the workplace.
  • To be catalysts of positive influence for the good of society.
  • To see themselves as active agents with their decisions and actions to change their environment for the better.

Catherine McMahon

BA in Audiovisual Communications and Mphil in Interactive Media. Dynamic and highly-motivated youth development professional (+15 years). Social entrepreneur passionate about helping young women to unfold their full potential and make a positive impact on society. With extensive international experience and a good deal of forward thinking, my drive is to disrupt things and create much-needed change.

Maire Cassidy

Maire started her career in law qualifying as a barrister and working in a financial setting. Since then she graduated with  a degree in Irish and Geography and is now working as a secondary school teacher. Throughout her career  Maire has always worked with teenagers and on many programmes and social initiatives.  Passionate about social work and volunteering she has volunteered on many social projects at home and abroad.


Emily Flanagan

Emily studied International Business and Languages (Spanish) in Dublin Institute of Technology, where she spent her third year living in San Sebastián in Spain. Taking a gap year from college to save for a Marketing masters, Emily volunteers with Momentum Leadership in her spare time. 

Maria Belizon

María is Assistant Professor of International Human Resources Management in the UCD Smurfit Business School. She holds a PhD in Management and MSc in International Management from the University of Limerick. Prior to this, she obtained a BSc in Business Studies from Universidad Autonoma (Madrid, Spain). Passionate about the global integration of human resources practices and the transformational role of HR. Her interest in youth development and social outreach led her to become a youth leader and mentor over 12 years ago. Since then, she has been involved in different projects on a pro-bono basis.

Guadalupe Perez Gomez

I am originally from Madrid and I came two years ago to Dublin. I work at an international company, PayPal, and I am very interested in new technologies. In PayPal we give a lot of importance to personal and professional development and Momentum program is a great opportunity to share this expertise with young people that are thinking in their professional career and how they want to impact society.

Una Cassidy

Una Cassidy studied law in University College Dublin and has been practising as a Barrister since 2006, practising in the area of administrative and commercial law. She specialises in the area of landlord and tenant law, both in the commercial and residential sector and co-authored the textbook 'Landlord and Tenant Law - the Residential sector'. She is currently writing the second edition.

Eileen King

Eileen is originally from County Sligo and is a general practice Solicitor and Mediator. Eileen was inspired to study law through her desire to honour the dignity of the human person. She graduated with honours from the University of Limerick with a Bachelor of Laws, a dual degree in Law and European Studies, having chosen Politics and German as her electives. 

Suzanne Mahon

Suzanne Mahon completed a B. Mus and M.A. Mus. in NUI Maynooth, before moving to London to complete a PGCE in Music Education at the Institute of Education, University London. Some of her professional experience includes secondary music teaching, both in Ireland and the UK; managing a project in a London based educational charity; instrumental tuition in both classical piano and traditional Irish flute; and examining for the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She currently teaches at Rosemont School, in south Co. Dublin. 

Momentum is part of Brosna Educational Centres CLG, a registered charity (CHY 6329) for the advancement of education and character development in accordance with Christian principles and ideals.

The pastoral care of Brosna Educational Centres CLG is entrusted to Opus Dei, a Personal Prelature of the Catholic Church with activities on every continent.