Author: Contributors - Corinthia M Bright & William Irish-O'Brien | Date: 14 June 2017
Mr. William Irish-O’Brien was born on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, and grew up in the villages of Delvins and Cork Hill. He attended Cork Hill School but eventually transitioned to Plymouth All Age School or Maple Leaf School as it was known. Mr. Irish-O’Brien later attended the University of London Extra Mural Department in Dagenham Montserrat where he pursued his O'levels. He has the distinction of becoming the first registered male nurse in the history of Montserrat, and served in that capacity for approximately six years.
In the early 1980’s, Mr. Irish-O’Brien jumped at the opportunity to further his experience and career by migrating to the United States of America, where he initially settled in the New York area. He subsequently followed his passion for the nursing industry all the way to San Diego, California. However, he transitioned back to the East Coast, and currently resides in Orange, New Jersey.
At present, Mr. Irish-O’Brien holds the position of Director of Nursing at a long term care facility in the New York area. He has earned a BSBA, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is a student of lifelong learning, and embraces the idea that learning continues until the moment of death. He is an inspirational leader and believes there are many pathways to achieve optimum outcomes. He has conducted health seminars and assisted with planning and executing community health fairs. He has worked as a consultant in long term care organizations providing direction and oversight. He believes deeply in being socially responsible and the importance of giving back. That is why his dedication and contribution to societal and community development has been recognized by the Montserrat Progressive Society of New York.
Recently, William further earned his Doctorate, with a Doctor of Management (DM), via the University of Phoenix. Thus, continuing his desire and commitment towards furthering his personal and educational development.
On the personal front, Mr. Irish-O’Brien enjoys writing and is laying the groundwork for his first book which he intends on releasing next year. He has written articles and short stories in the past. In the meantime, he has joined an outstanding group of authors in a collaborative project entitled “The Faith Walker’s Journey” due to be released in July 2017.
In 2012, he embarked on an intentional journey to better himself as he saw the need for intelligent leadership, for leaders who are curious and possess the drive to improve human conditions. He believes leaders with new ideas, new pathways for successful outcomes are greatly needed.
He was not deterred by his humble beginnings as he always remembered his great grandmother, Lady Jane Duberry, telling him that where you are from is not the determining factor of where you’ll end up.
On June 10th, 2017, he stood up, with a dream realized and a promised kept; a bucket list item checked, and delivered the student commencement address at the graduating class of the University of Phoenix, 2017. His family and friends were in attendance. He delivered an inspirational, uplifting and powerful speech that would make all Montserratians proud.
He urged his fellow graduates to be intentional in their lives as they navigate the rough seas of life. Like his son’s karate motto, he urged his fellow graduates to be dedicated, motivated, to be on a quest to lead, to empower, to change the world and make it stronger, one community at a time.
View his Presentation below:
Ladies and Gentlemen, Citizens of the world, Montserratians, I present to you our Doctor of Organizational Management and Leadership, Montserrat’s very own Dr. William Irish-O’Brien.