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Testimonials

Wow. Amazing feats of achievement. You could hear a pin drop in @CathyODowd’s awe inspiring talk about Nanga Parbat @extremeexpo #extrememedicine

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– Dr Lucy Hawkes – physiological ecologist, audience member

Awesome day @ExpedMedicine expo in #Edinburgh. Finished with great talk on Mazeno Ridge ascent by @CathyODowd. #extrememedicine #WEM

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– Gerrard O’Neill – Emergency physician, audience member

Cathy gave an outstanding presentation at the first ProcureCon HR conference in Amsterdam earlier this year. Full of energy and passion for good leadership and team work it really energised the room and put a smile on delegates’ faces that day and the next. I would not hesitate to invite Cathy back to another senior executive conference in this or any sector. Thanks for all the inspiration!

– Tom Webber, Director at WBR (Worldwide Business Research)

very good motivational speaker, she showed me a look behind the curtain and stay focused, then we can have success.

– Matthias Frick, Territory Service Manager at Carestream Health

Fantastic, powerful and most important very useful presentation on how to overcome the biggest struggles. Make a plan, execute and stick to it – the will to succeed. Cathy is a true motivator!

– Christian Vigh, Country Sales Manager at Carestream Health Denmark

Cathy is an exceptional inspirational key note speaker. Her story what it takes to climb Mount Everest from a team and management perspective is compelling and the key messages upmost relevant. “Get rid of Hippie Racers” and “Ask the Sherpas” became immediately part of our management language… Very powerful!

– Stephan Schulz, CFO at Hartmann Group

Cathy participated as keynote speaker in our Leadership Development Program (LDP). As an inspirational storyteller she got her messages easily across. Surprisingly for our LDP participants quite some parallels showed up which were discussed even long after the speech. This was a great & inspiring addition to our program.

– Andreas Laemmlein, HR Director at Hartmann Group

@CathyODowd you said so many important things, I hope I can remember them all. I was so captivated during your talk, I forgot to tweet!

– Melanie Nuce – audience member GS1 Global Forum

Inspiring: “Teams that succeed have a fundamental trust in everyone to work together” Thanks @CathyODowd #GlobalForum16

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– Eliza Zwaneveld – audience member GS1 Global Forum

So similar in many aspects to our projects, your speech triggered some useful talks among us, thanks for that!!!

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– Alexandre Rieucau – GS1 Global Forum

@CathyODowd you were amazing! If you would have gone on for another 2 hours, I would have still been there, mesmerized. Thank you so much!!

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– @iBirgitta audience member GS1 Global Forum

I had the pleasure to listen to Cathy about 10 years ago – she gave a presentation at an executive event at Wolters Kluwer. Until today, this is still the most inspiring speech I ever listened to, and one of the most professional and interesting performances of a keynote speaker I’ve seen. Time really flies when you listen to Cathy and you see people that have presumably seen everything (like CEO’s of multinational corporations) glued to the stage.

I guess the secret is that Cathy, unlike a lot of motivational speakers that sleep 3 hours and run a marathon every other week, is a normal human being like you and me that accomplished something so presumably out of reach that you feel inspired. Because you understand, that you can do it as well.

I still use her example to motivate people to work as a team.

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– Holger Zscheyge, MD at Infotropic Media

“I only got very positive feed-back from everyone. Not only your story telling also your thoughtful style is very inspiring. My team and myself enjoyed your speech and also the opportunity for further discussion afterwards and at dinner. It gave a lot of food for thought for ourselves, not only for business but also for private situations. Thanks for that!”

– Sebastian Mertens, Region Leader Projects & Services EMEA at GE Wind Energy

“Cathy held a motivational speech on Wirecard Exchange Day, an exclusive VIP event with plus 150 guests, in November 2015… It was a pleasure working with Cathy! She is very professional and it was easy from the beginning to synch with her, connecting with Cathy in person when discussing topics and disposition of the speech to make it fit our audience. And the performance was brilliant with great storytelling, emotions and motivation involving the audience in the speech using interactive elements. “

– Jennie Johansson Carnhamre, Senior Marketing Manager at Wirecard AG

“I have hired over 250 speakers for corporate clients’ events globally. When it comes to finding authentic content with metaphors and tangible evidence of lessons for individual teams and leaders there are few better than Cathy. When it comes to inspirational delivery and a room full of leaders where you can hear a pin drop as she shares her story you know you have a hit on your hands. A joy to work with. Spot on timing as agreed. Wonderful visual support. Superb. The end !!”

– Ronnie Stronge, Chairman of Stronge Communications Ltd

“I asked Cathy to provide a keynote speech at our company’s most important annual meeting where we gather around 55% of employees over the weekend to discuss the company’s plans. The conference theme was, ‘believe, act, achieve’ and Cathy delivered the ‘Achieve’ piece. Her presentation was very enlightening, emphasising teamwork, tenacity and drive to match the theme. It was the highest rated presentation at this event over 7 years and greatly appreciate by our team. Cathy ensured she was available to all delegates throughout the day and this added considerable additional value. Many members of staff mentioned they were going to buy her book, ‘Just for the Love of It’ but I decided to buy a copy for every person in the company. Truly inspirational. Many thanks, Cathy.”

– Steve Hughes, President & CEO at Aspect Enterprise Solutions

“We asked Cathy to talk to our Leadership Team at a global conference with people from the US, LatAm, Europe and Asia, where our overall theme was Leadership. Cathy was very thorough, with pre-meetings to understand our business and exactly what we were looking for. Cathy took the time to be with the team before her talk and this was really valuable. Cathy held the audience from start to finish and it really spoke to our challenges as a team – she was an inspiration! Her ability to talk to such a global audience with enough for all of the different nationalities present was also truly impressive. I would recommend Cathy for any similar type of event.”

– Stephen Dalton, VP Sealed Air

“Cathy has now been invited to speak at 2 events that I have been involved in. She is the consummate professional and has a unique way of capturing the attention of the audience with her own style of storytelling. Her experiences – incredible in their own right – provide a strong message in addressing areas of team work, planning, overcoming obstacles and ultimately success in the face of adversity. Very thought provoking and I would absolutely recommend dropping Cathy a line. If she is not off exploring some remote part of the world – she’s very quick to respond!”

– Mike Reilly, VP HR EMEA Wyndham Hotel Group

“Cathy gave an energetic and inspirational speech at our customer dinner held in Windsor last week. Cathy holds the attention of the client well and takes you on a roller coaster of emotions whilst highlighted the key topics agreed such as how to motivate and lead a team.
Cathy is extremely professional and joined in with our dinner that night, making herself available for questions. I would have no hesitation on hiring Cathy again for another function. Thank you very much for attending our event Cathy!”

– Kelly Hubbard, Communications Manager at DHL Freight UK

“Cathy – It was wonderful to have you join us for our Leadership Symposium. You are a remarkable lady with many remarkable gifts, and public speaking is one of those many gifts. You wowed us all with your adventures and how you tied your learnings into key leadership principles. I was sitting next to one of our leaders from Italy who told me afterwards that yours was the most inspirational speech he had ever heard in his life! And I had to agree with him. Thank you for coming to Greenville to join us and for continuing to help spread the message of true leadership around the world. Safe climbing!”

– George Wofford, VP Sealed Air

“Cathy took us on an emotional roller-coaster ride through her first hard core mountaineering experience up Everest and left some 100 manager/engineers from 12 countries and 3 continents exhausted but highly motivated by the experience. Well delivered, the speech contained all the allegories and metaphors we had agreed together on themes such as: safety, objectives, team work, adversity, change, etc. These could have been done in a very obvious manner but the approach was instead natural, not obvious and gave for a great and involving speech. Highly recommended.

– Alain Wormser, Operations at Enel Green Power

“What is the connection between climbing mountains and IT field? It is one and very important! You need for a TEAM to reach a mountain like Everest and you need a TEAM to be a performing IT company. I had the chance to listen to and meet Cathy at Microsoft Summit 2014, Bucharest. Her speech,” Reach for the Heights!” was the most impressive conference that I followed. I keep in mind a few from her words. 70% of attempts to climb Everest fails. What are the main causes? Bad weather, avalanches, crevices? Cathy says not. It’s more up to people, than to nature. It’s about team relations. It is easy to quit in stressful situation. Don’t find excuses in every difficulty you meet, just visualize the good parts so you can move further. Value is in each team member! Thank you Cathy for sharing your experience. You are welcomed anytime in Romania, climbing the mountains or at a software conference!”

– Valentina Pintilie, Team manager at F5 IT

“Thank you so much for your dynamic delivery of “Reach for the Heights” at our R&D Symposium. Your speech was much talked about the following day by all in attendance – all extremely positive! The group not only received key take-a-ways points of high performance teamwork and dedication for the business, but also points that can inspire in us in our everyday lives. Of all our speakers, you were my personal favorite. Your delivery, audience capture, and content was incredible. Thank you so much for being a part of our event’s success!”

– Tina Honeycutt, Senior Administrative Assistant at Sealed Air

“Cathy is a fantastic speaker who motivates and energises with her stories on personal and team performance, on reaching the summit and on what happens beyond the summit. If you want to educate, inform and inspire your audience, you should get in touch with Cathy O’Dowd. She will hold any audience rapt – from any professional background, from any country – with her rollercoaster of stories that are challenging and uplifting in an entertaining and unforgettable way. A word of warning… I know to my cost that her schedule books up months, if not years in advance. So if you’re looking for a great speaker for your next event, contact Cathy now.”

– Steve Sonsino, CEO at Legacy Institute

“Cathy is an extraordinary speaker who leaves a lasting impression on her audience. Very inspiring and motivating.

– Annette Gerling, Senior Director at Center for Strategy and Higher Leadership

“I feel privileged to have heard Cathy speak. Her fascinating real life story quickly drew me in, making me hungry to hear more, hungry to learn from her experience to help me in my own context. On this occasion, Cathy also shared some of the thinking behind what she included or left out of her keynote and how she decided to present it. A real insight into the skills and expertise of a World Class Speaker.

– Rowena Birch, Senior Associate Consultant at Performance Impact

“Cathy is a very polished motivational speaker with a great message that works on many levels.

– Dr JoEllyn Prouty McLaren, CEO at Cass Executive Education

“Cathy has an authenticity that translates her experience seamlessly across cultures, sectors and challenges. I will always work with her first whenever the fit is right. You should too.”

– Mebs Loghdey, London Business School

“Cathy made the first external presentation at FINOV 2010, Sonae’s yearly Innovation event. Given that this year’s theme was The Power of Us, her message was spot on: focus on teams to deliver the best performance! Hers was a very powerful presentation, full of examples of teamwork (or lack thereof…) that, although they took place up in the Himalayas, may be easy to find parallels in project management. She captured our imagination leading the audience through the same path she took up to Mount Everest, the difficulties she had, her misgivings and her fears. She made us all us wince and flinch and go ‘aah’ at every twist and turn and we were awestruck at the kind of obstacles she had to overcome. It was a most enjoyable 45minutes!”

– Norberto Amaral, Future Tech Specialist

“I heard and saw Cathy speak for a large group of R&D professionals about her efforts to climb Mount Everest in a team of climbers. She has an exceptional way of getting a message across which links her experience of extreme mountain climbing in a team to for instance the project team of technical R&D projects. The examples and lessons learns are pictured so lively and excellent that it makes the whole lesson to learn from it very vivid and real. The lecture she gave was inspirational and a guide to how to get the best out of project teams.

– Arnoud Gengler, Executive Director at Sealed Air

“Cathy is an inspiring motivational speaker, who ensures that she always delivers the right presentation for the client’s needs, as well as looking after the interests of the speaker agencies that she works with.”

– Jonathan Lel, Owner of City Speakers International

“Cathy will take you on a journey to the top of Everest. Your emotions will feel the highs and lows. However the main thing is the lessons about yourself and team dynamics. I highly recommend Cathy as Speaker and an author. Even after seeing her speak the book made me wipe a tear from my eyes!”

– Scott Bell, Founder of UK Firewalk

“I saw Cathy deliver a superb keynote address which really brought home to me the importance of project management in real terms. If she plans a climb badly, people can die… it’s not just that system will get delivered late. If you want to inspire great project and programme management practices in your business then Cathy is the right person. Having Cathy speak is a great way to help your teams to have a real appreciation and understanding of the importance of professional project management.

– Steve Houghton-Burnett, The Formula Guy

“Cathy is a great speaker and always engages her audience. She is lovely to work with and I always recommend her as a speaker!”

– Wendy Morris, The London Speaker Bureau

“Cathy is an excellent motivational speaker, ahead of her time, daring, risk-taker and enthralling to listen to. Able to captivate and inspire others.

– Sue Wiltshire, Director at Siz Marketing

“Cathy is a brilliant speaker, natural, engaging and inspirational. If you are thinking of booking her for your event, get the call in now. If not somebody else will and she’ll back up a mountain before you know it. I can particularly recommend her for any event that has summit in the title.”

– Jeremy Nicholas, Director at Talking Toolbox

Cathy is a superb speaker and a hard act to follow – which can make life a little difficult for me and my clients who engage her for their events. But I never hesitate to recommend Cathy O’Dowd when a client is looking for an inspirational, honest, exciting, fun and ‘easy to work with’ speaker, who will leave the audience on a huge high. She’s just great to work with!”

– Eithne Jones, Owner of Speaker Ideas

Impressive is the word that comes in mind when you think about Cathy. Wonderful person, great set of skills that anyone would need in a team – regardless if they are climbing Everest or climbing their business on the highest peaks -, charming presence and a great speaker. Having heard Cathy’s story and given the chance to talk to her was truly rewarding. Thank you Cathy!”

– Denis Chiurtu, Marketing at Microsoft Romania

“Without a doubt Cathy O’Dowd is one of the best motivational speakers in the business, her breath taking presentations are absolutely amazing and will leave you speechless.”

– Ben Myatt, Sales Manager at Celebrity Speakers Associates

Cathy’s professionalism and flexibility are greatly appreciated. My client and I recently worked with Cathy and not only is she charming and a good conversationalist but she was willing to help with the overall event, joining in with the programme and making herself available to delegates to answer questions. Her speech was well paced – adding drama where needed to capture one’s attention. A lovely person to work with. Exciting to see what and where our next event will be!”

– Ranpreet Bola, Speaker Consultant at Celebrity Speakers Ltd

“Cathy was a speaker at the Microsoft Summit 2014 event we organized in Bucharest with 1500 business participants, IT pros and developers and I couldn’t recommend her higher for her amazing speech. Cathy was very helpful and she adapted to our brief and delivered a very engaging speech, making a parallel between escalating the world’s highest peak and the business world, with topics covered as delivering a successful project and leading a team to success. Her speech was so well received by the audience that her performance was applauded for minutes and after her speech there was a huge line of people who wanted to take pictures with her. So, if you are looking for a highly motivational speaker, performer where most people don’t even dream to reach, with very good public speaking skills, look no more, Cathy for sure will captivate your audience!” – A. Siretchi

– Andreea Siretchi, Project Manager at Universum Events

“I have invited Cathy to Microsoft Summit 2014, the biggest business and technology conference in Romania to have an inspirational speech on the ideas of: Pioneering, being first of doing something, or adopting a new idea, challenges, how she managed the resistance and how she breakthrough – Transformation – how she had to transform, prepare, adapt quick to a changing environment or for something that she hasn’t planned – Achieving goals – in a changing and unpredictable environment. Cathy’s one hour presentation was highly appreciated by the audience, met the requirements, and her speech was rated in top 10 out of 58 sessions of the entire conference.
Thank you Cathy and looking forward to working with you in the future!”

– Andra Calin, Central Marketing Lead at Microsoft Romania

“It was great to have the opportunity of attending the keynote speech of Cathy, for the Enel Green internal meeting, last Tuesday y Segovia (Spain). Three plus A’s: Amazing History, Amazing Presentation and Amazing Woman. I would recommend Cathy to carry any audience to the ‘summit’”

– Alejandro Martín Buján, Gerente BCC Conferenciantes

“Cathy is truly an inspirational professional speaker. I had a chance to listen to her in London Business School, and it was amazing. Cathy has the talent in keeping the attention of the audience and she could really take our motivations to the height of Himalayas.”

– Jaison Korath, Director JK Management Advisories

“Cathy has an amazing tranquility. Having faced death many times while climbing – having seen death at close hand, she has developed an inner core strength that she can train into leaders when the chips are down. Charming, fun, relaxed and uncompromising, she is a wonderful speaker as well as a wonderful person. When you book Cathy to speak you will be thrilled by her givings and the takeaways. Book her, you won’t regret it!”

– Fergus McClelland, Owner of Vocaltrademark

“Cathy is one of my favorite speakers, one of the things that I admire most of Cathy is her ability to create and overcome new challenges, She told me once that she was going to present in Spanish and in a couple of years she did it. Now she is fluent in Spanish and she is able to create the exact atmosphere with the audience to pass along the message, she is great!!”

– Felipe Gallardo, Speakers Associates Ltd

“Cathy is a world class adventurer, speaker and motivator. Having heard her speak on a number of occasions, I would highly recommend her for any company conference that wants their team to feel more inspired, motivated and positive.”

– Frank Furness, Sales and Marketing expert

“Cathy absolutely wowed our group with her story, her professionalism and her competence. I learned more from Cathy in a couple of hours than I have learned from a bucket load of other speakers, and not simply ‘this is a good thing’ but real insights into why she does what she does in the way that she does it. I’m left wanting to watch her again and again.”

– David Abbott, Director Insight Best Practice Ltd

“Great speech from Cathy at Microsoft Summit 2014 Romania. Powerful example given in the team that climbed Everest and the many challenges met and overcome, from a powerful, vibrant speaker. Thank you Cathy!”

– Andreas Fruth, Marketing Manager at Softeh Plus

“Wow – a must for any corporate conference – guaranteed to inspire and more importantly motivate action and change. Cathy has a truly inspirational story to tell and shares it in an engaging way that ensures it’s easy for the audience to understand how they can relate to and therefore take the learning and apply it to the business decisions and work they do. Whether that’s working as a team, communication, goal setting or facing adversity. There are many quotes I remember and yet the one that had the most impact for me personally was ‘getting to the top of Everest wasn’t the goal – getting back down safely was’. It’s certainly made me think about redefining my goals. I’m sure everyone who attended will have made changes to how they interact and operate at work as a result.”

– Alison Smith, The Purchasing Coach

Cathy eloquently delivered her inspiring story of climbing Everest, in segments. For the benefit of aspiring speakers like myself, Cathy periodically stepped out of the story and reviewed and analysed each segment in terms of the content and delivery style, which I found very helpful.”

– Jason Le Masurier, Owner of Observational Method
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