Stephen Shortt Bio
Stephen is the Managing Director of ETC Consult and Distributed Training. Stephen grew up in two family businesses - as well as starting a few of his own. Having bought both family businesses from his parents and growing them internationally, Stephen learned a lot about successful succession planning - as well as making some mistakes along the way...
Stephen is involved in different industries including leadership development; career guidance; succession planning; career skills and psychometric selection as well as international education and training.
He has delivered keynotes and workshops; moderated panel discussions; taught on leadership academies and acted as the MC for a range of international events across Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Oceana - on the topics of entrepreneurship; leadership; succession planning and more.
Stephen is a succession planning coach; strategy facilitator; team development coach; leadership coach and personality profiler.
Stephen spent many years fine tuning his own "why" or core purpose to help him get more clarity around what he wants to do with his life. All of his projects, businesses and programmes feed into his core purpose "To help people Aspire to a better future and Empower them to get there".
Stephen is honoured to act on a number of advisory boards; as a coach for accelerator companies scaling up their businesses; as an angel investor and as a mentor to emerging entrepreneurs in Ireland and internationally.
Stephen is the former global chair of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards which supports young, emerging entrepreneurs in over 50 countries around the world - which was the basis for the Disney+ / National Geographic Documentary "Own The Room". Stephen has also served on the global committee for EO Accelerator which supports entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses to €1m+ per year. He was a founding member and Past President of the Irish chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organisation.
Stephen and his Spanish wife have two bilingual daughters and try to spend as much holiday time in Spain as possible.