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Get Paid with the Proposal Method

Owen Ó Súilleabháin 

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It is one matter for an artist to create work but it’s another matter completely for that work to be seen by the right people who are willing to buy it. In this session led by composer, singer, and leadership coach Owen Ó Súilleabháin, attendees will learn how to best present their work to organizations and institutions using a simple proposal method regularly used by freelancers and consultants. Attendees will learn how to dive into untapped markets and discover a value in their work that they may not have realized. The session will consist of a presentation with breakout room conversation and an interactive Q&A.

During this session, attendees will:

  • Explore a proven method to present their work to organizations and institutions and get paid what their work is worth

  • Interact with other attendees through breakout conversations and Q&A

Owen Ó Súilleabháin is a singer, composer, facilitator and executive leadership coach. He believes in the power of art to awaken our most dynamic and creative forms into being. He has had the honor of working with some of the great leaders in the world of the arts such as director Steven Spielberg, actor Russell Crowe, violinist Nigel Kennedy, The Chieftains and poet David Whyte.


He draws on his experience in the performing arts and on his academic background in philosophy, Greek and Roman civilizations, and Peace Studies as well as the wisdom of Celtic culture to liberate creativity in individuals and organizations. He holds a first-class honors Master’s degree in Peace and Development Studies from the University of Limerick, specializing in the analysis of national and local responses to migrants fleeing from violence and seeking asylum in Ireland.


In 2018, Owen co-founded The Studio, an organization that inspires leadership, innovation and culture-change through the experience and the inspiration of artistry.


In 2020, he established Dámh Imeall - the (h)Edge School, an online community of enquiry and experience, providing virtual workshops and courses with his mother Nóirín Ní Riain and his brother Mícheál Moley Ó Súilleabháin. 


Owen comes from a family of leaders in the arts, education and spirituality. His late father Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin was a national composer, a pioneer in Irish traditional music and founder of the internationally acclaimed Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. His mother Rev. Nóirín Ní Riain Ph.D. is one of Ireland’s most renowned singers, a groundbreaking theologian and author, and a widely sought-after spiritual leader.


Owen provides leadership coaching to a select group of people. This work centers on the power of the arts and creativity to inform, inspire and sustain the extraordinary energy and sacrifice that is required of a leader, both on the personal and organizational level.


Some of the organizations that Owen have worked with include, eBay, the Stanford Storytelling Project, DreamWorks, Bad Robot Studios, Boston College, Collins Design, The Center for Professional Excellence UTSA, The Refinery Leadership Partners, Natividad Medical Foundation, Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital NYC, PBS Connecticut, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sounds True Publishing, Gladdening Light Symposium, Rollins College, Kirpalu Center for Yoga,  Uniter Religions Initiative, University of St. Thomas Houston, Keane University System of New Hampshire, University at Buffalo, Centers for Spiritual Living Seattle and San Jose, Professional Leadership Results, Islandwood Ecological Education Center, International Listening Association, The Canada Ireland Foundation, The US Ireland Alliance, The Teaching Channel.

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