Dawn Leane has long had an interest in workplace equality. During her role as Director of People and Resources with Chartered Accountants Ireland she worked closely with boards, leadership teams and individuals across a number of sectors. Prior to taking up this role Dawn contributed in a variety of industries including manufacturing, publishing, recruitment, education and the charity sector.

Chartered Accountants Ireland had a gender balance at management level of 50:50 female to male, and throughout the organisation women professionals outnumbered men at 61:39. Having observed how some organisations succeeded in promoting diversity at senior levels while others struggled to do so ignited Dawn’s curiosity and motivated her to launch Leane Empower.

Dawn is a graduate of the National College of Industrial Relations (now National College of Ireland) and holds a Masters of Business from University College Cork, in addition to post-graduate qualifications in Leadership and Organisational Behaviour. She served on Chartered Accountants Ireland Diversity Committee and in 2020  was listed as one of 125 People to Follow on Linkedin about Diversity & Inclusion. 

Dawn is active as immediate Past-President of Network Ireland’s Wicklow Branch and as a member of the national mentor panel. Network Ireland is a membership organisation, supporting the professional and personal development of women. Dawn also Chairs the board of Sunbeam House Services, an organisation which supports adults with intellectual disabilities to live full lives in the community.

In addition to private clients, Dawns has worked with the following organisations:

  • Fiserv
  • Wom@rts
  • HSBC
  • Engineers Ireland
  • IFS Skillnet
  • Irish Management Institute
  • Certified Public Accountants (CPA)
  • BeLongTo