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Join an expedition with Cathy O’Dowd, and live the challenge of leading teams and executing plans in high-risk, high-stress environments, while striving for big goals.

Learn why plans fail and how teams crumble, and discover the key tools that ensure you will get to the top.

Join an expedition with Cathy O’Dowd, and live the challenge of leading teams and executing plans in high-risk, high-stress environments, while striving for big goals.

Learn why plans fail and how teams crumble, and discover the key tools that ensure you will get to the top.

Join an expedition with Cathy O’Dowd, and live the challenge of leading teams and executing plans in high-risk, high-stress environments, while striving for big goals.

Learn why plans fail and how teams crumble, and discover the key tools that ensure you will get to the top.

Cathy O’Dowd’s most popular keynotes

Think Like An Explorer

Reaching New Heights

an award-winning new route on an 8000 metre peak

innovation • managing uncertainty • project management
diverse teams • decision-making • audience interactive

teamwork & leadership from the slopes of Mount Everest

team dynamics • women in a man’s world
achieving goals • overcoming obstacles • leadership

Cathy O’Dowd’s most popular keynotes

Think Like An Explorer

an award-winning new route on an 8000 metre peak

innovation • managing uncertainty
project management • diverse teams
decision-making • audience interactive

Reaching New Heights

teamwork & leadership from the slopes of Mount Everest

team dynamics • women in a man’s world
achieving goals • overcoming obstacles • leadership

Cathy O'Dowd moderating the UNWTO Euro-Asian Mountain Resorts Conference

Cathy also works as an event moderator.
Cathy’s role as the moderator was key to success for the conference.” Sascha Stange, UNWTO Mountain Resorts Conference

Just For The Love Of It book covers

Cathy’s book about her Everest expeditions is a popular corporate event gift. Books can be customized with your text and/or logos. Bulk discounts are available.

Cathy O'Dowd moderating the UNWTO Euro-Asian Mountain Resorts Conference

Cathy also works as an event moderator.
Cathy’s role as the moderator was key to success for the conference.” Sascha Stange, UNWTO Mountain Resorts Conference

Just For The Love Of It book covers

Cathy’s book about her Everest expeditions is a popular event gift. Books can be customized with your text &/or logos. Bulk discounts are available.

Latest post

  • Cathy O'Dowd with Mount Logan in the distance.

Attempting SE ridge of Mount Steele 5073m

The goal: the SE ridge of Mount Steele 5073m, a peak in the Kluane National Park in the Yukon, Canada. 9 May – 2 June 2019 Six members set out to climb and ski Mt Steele (5073m), in the Kluane National Park in the Canadian Yukon. Despite poor weather and open crevasses, the team covered the 10 miles to the foot of Steele, but were stopped by blue ice on the final 1000m face [...]

Where business meets adventure

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Where business meets adventure

For meeting planners

We are social distancing! Can Cathy do her talks on-line / virtually / as a webinar?2020-05-24T21:07:40+02:00

Yes, Cathy can come to you remotely. There are two options available, with different price points.

  1. She presents a remote ‘on-stage’ style show, from a local television studio
    – full technical support
    – multiple television quality cameras, and television quality audio
    – higher quality, more stable video streaming
    This is most suitable if part of your audience are watching on a theatre-style screen.
  2. Webinar-style, from Cathy’s home
    This is a more intimate experience, suitable for staff watching on their personal devices or in small groups. Cathy has a home studio, with professional video webcam, microphone and lighting. The cat may make an appearance.
Does Cathy customise her presentations?2020-05-24T20:42:59+02:00

Yes, up to a point. Cathy will always do a briefing call with the client before the event, to understand what her contribution needs to bring to the event. Her style is to tell true stories from her personal experience, creating case-studies from her most dramatic and informative mountain endeavours. This means that similar stories and situations will appear across her speeches. In some cases she will create completely custom speeches, but only if her experience matches with your requirements. She is happy to have a no-obligation call with you beforehand to discuss this.

The Brand Everest video is an example of a fully customised speech.

Can we buy Cathy’s book in bulk as an event gift?2020-05-24T20:36:47+02:00

Cathy’s book, Just For The Love Of It, can be ordered in bulk directly from her. Pricing depends on quantity and shipping but will always be at a bulk discount. To make the book unique to your event, a custom flysheet can be inserted at the time of printing with your text and/or logo included (in colour). Your logo can also be printed on the cover. Cathy can sign the books, either before the talk or with the delegates after the event.

Just For The Love Of It customisation

Just For The Love Of It custom cover and flysheet

“Cathy was booked for our flagship event in London. Following a brilliant keynote, Cathy signed books and was surrounded by interested people, many taking more than one copy to share with friends and family. It was a perfect kickstart to the conference. The buzz amongst the delegates was extraordinary and for an organiser, it was fantastic to hear the feedback.”
– Kim Ashmore Global Partnerships Manager at ASAP

What are Cathy’s technical requirements for stage performances?2020-05-24T20:35:02+02:00
  • hands-free microphone: lapel or headset
  • large screen – normally 16×9 (please let us know is you are using a 4×3 screen)
  • data projector

For the interactive Think Like An Explorer presentation Cathy needs a stable wifi signal, or a wired internet connection. If she is running the polling herself, she needs her laptop on-stage. Otherwise the polling can be run by the tech crew.

Cathy uses Keynote and her presentation needs to run on a Mac. The presentation can be sent in advance. Cathy will always have her own laptop with her as well.

We need a photo of Cathy for our event publicity.2020-05-24T20:33:32+02:00

Click on the photo for the larger version, then right click on the image and choose ‘save image as…’

Cathy O'Dowd portrait 2020

Cathy O’Dowd portrait 2020

Will Cathy support us with social media posts beforehand?2020-05-24T20:31:57+02:00

Yes, Cathy is happy to provide imagery for you to put out on your social media. She can also record a 60 second video to tease the talk, for you to share. She will also share your posts on her networks (LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram).

Social media post from Deloitte

Social media post from Deloitte

Will Cathy do interviews, internally or to the media?2020-05-24T20:28:53+02:00

Yes, Cathy is happy to support your event with interviews, either to media or for your in-house publications.

Can we use Cathy’s photos, videos and/or climbing equipment to theme our event?2020-05-24T20:26:27+02:00

Yes, Cathy is happy to provide images and video beforehand to help you in theming your event. If the travel allows, she can bring her mountain equipment with her. She can’t wear it on stage (it is much too hot!) but if you provide a mannequin, she can craft a ‘mountain scene’ for you.

A client using a mannequin dressed in Cathy's equipment to set the scene on stage.

A client using a mannequin dressed in Cathy’s equipment to set the scene on stage.

 

Will Cathy stay for the lunch / coffee break / dinner to meet the delegates?2020-05-24T20:24:27+02:00

Yes, as long as the travel times allow, Cathy is very happy to stay after her presentation and spend time socialising with the delegates.