Case Study

AIR Case Study – Cumas Ballincollig

Maria Treacy, MT Reconnect

Maria Treacy is passionate about empowering people and connecting people with business to achieve success. Maria  is a qualified coach and creative HR Consultant with over 15 years people management and development experience.

‘’After availing of redundancy in January 2017, my experience, as well as a past role model and colleague in the HR sector inspired me to complete the Cumas female entrepreneurship programme and start my own HR consultancy.’’

Maria’s business MT Reconnect is a new HR consultancy and outsourcing service for companies and individuals who want to challenge their thinking and change behaviour to get the better results, enable success and increase performance – reconnect and empower people. Specifically, she offers bespoke HR and strengths based coaching solutions for individuals and business to help manage performance, communication and culture.

In  tandem with starting the Cumas programme in January 2017, Maria also completed her accredited qualification for executive coaching. Maria credits the Cumas programme with offering practical and hands on support as well as a space to reflect at a time when she needed it.

‘’The tutors guided me to answer hard questions and enabled me to define my business offering with clarity.’’

While Maria was adept in the world of HR, she had less awareness about the financial aspects of running her own business such as cash flow, projections and business planning.

‘’The programme provided me with a basic grounding in the financials and reiterated the value and importance of ‘wearing a number of hats’ to ensure business success. In addition to my HR consultancy service, I also needed to market myself and sell the value of the service I deliver.’’

Maria is now trading fully and is building up her client base from one main client with over fifty staff, as well as with a number of one to one coaching clients.  

’I differentiate MT Reconnect by aiming to exceed my client expectations and by providing bespoke wrap around HR solutions that fit the business model, are practical, cost effective and make sound commercial sense.’’

Maria would wholeheartedly recommend the Cumas entrepreneurship programme to other women,

‘’The course was a great resource and a really necessary component in putting my offering out there and kick starting the business’’.




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