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Grace Tallon

Grace Tallon is a dynamic entrepreneur, activist and artist, with extensive leadership  experience, and a passion for social justice and progressive change.

Grace is Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer with the Work Time Reduction Center of Excellence, a research and consulting organization supporting companies to transition to shorter work weeks.

Grace has previously held the position of Global Partnerships Manager at 4 Day Week Global.  Prior to this, Grace was the Executive Director of Newpark Academy of Music, a not-for-profit arts organization in Dublin, Ireland. Here she led a team of 55 administrative staff, teaching faculty and musicians, providing high-quality and accessible music education to over 2,000 students from a diverse range of ages and backgrounds. During her tenure, Grace implemented a major organizational restructuring project.

Grace is co-founder of &Co., an events and creative campaigns company which delivers innovative projects. She also works as a strategic advisor to artists and arts organizations. 

She is a former elected representative for the Labour Party and was a public representative on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for 9 years. In 2019 Grace decided not to contest the  election, in order to pursue other professional opportunities, but remains politically active.  

In 2020, Grace co-founded The Doorstep Market, a voluntary initiative set up to support small, independent Irish businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This virtual multi-vendor marketplace was an online ‘one-stop shop’ where Irish consumers could ‘stay home and shop local’, from a selection of over 300 small Irish businesses and 1,000 products.

She holds a HDip in Arts in Music Education, a Diploma in Music Performance and a Postgraduate Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership from University College Dublin.

She is currently a Visiting Research Scholar with Salem State University.

During the 2024 Annual Conference, Grace will present 'Working smarter and sharing the benefits'.