My name is Deirdre Griffin, Programme Manager with Common Purpose Cork. I was born and bred in Cork and am happy to both live and work here in this beautiful city with my fiancé and my adopted pet gerbil, Minnie! My working background is in the charity and social sectors and I have an undergraduate degree in Public Health and Health Promotion. Working with people is something that I really love and I believe that people have huge potential beyond what they might ever think possible. I enjoy helping and empowering people to realise and achieve this potential. I am also currently completing my Masters in Business Studies in CIT and will finish this year. Trying to fit study around work can be a big challenge but the experience is teaching me a lot about myself, how I work with others and in particular it is giving me a better understanding of the business world and where it fits in to our society. I have been working with Common Purpose since April 2016 and to date have found it to be a really interesting role which allows me to meet some very inspirational leaders, as well as gain great insights into people from many walks of life.