Cathy O’Dowd – her heroic and record-making feats as mountain climber combine with her compelling performance onstage to maker her perhaps one of the world’s leading motivational speakers in the area of teamwork, leadership and achieving peak performance.
The first woman to have reached summit of Mt. Everest from North and South sides Everest:, highest mountain in the world, symbol of incomparable challenge, its summit the most supreme achievement. To climb to the top once is the ultimate triumph. To reach the summit a second time is the feat of a lifetime.
Cathy O’Dowd is the only woman ever to have climbed the peak from both south and north sides. It is the combination of determination and teamwork in the face of extreme adversity that took mountaineer Cathy O’Dowd to the summit of the world.
Having succeeded from the south in 1996, despite facing the worst storm in Everest’s history, Cathy took on the challenge of the treacherous north side in 1998. Her attempt ended when she stopped to try and save a dying climber.
In 1999 Cathy returned and on 29 May she was once more on the summit. Cathy O’Dowd, who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, has climbed ever since leaving school.
In late 1995, she was completing a Masters degree in Media Studies when she saw an advert in a local newspaper for a place on the 1st South African Everest Expedition.
She was one of 200 women who applied and was the only one finally selected. Her presentations weave together the literal adventure of climbing Everest and the metaphorical challenge of reaching for the peak of achievement. Cathy draws on her extraordinary experiences and shares her story of challenge, of adventure, of passion for life and the reality of death.
Her inspirational keynotes focus on self-motivation, team dynamics, risk-assessment and tackling seemingly overwhelming challenges one step at a time. Cathy is a superb storyteller and all presentations are illustrated throughout by spectacular images of the climbs. Cathy O’Dowd is an author as well as a speaker and has written two books about her Everest experiences.
In May 2000 she became the fourth woman in the world to climb Lhotse, the world’s fourth highest mountain. A former university lecturer, Cathy is a natural performer, with a powerful and emotive speaking style. TOPICS
- Everest: in Search of Peak Performance
- Everest: the Teamwork Cycle
- Dealing with Adversity
- The Power of Enjoying your Journey as a Tool to Reaching your Goal
- Personal Achievement
- Overcoming the Greatest Challenge in Life – the Fear Within you
- Anticipating Team Conflict and Making it Work to Your Advantage
- Understanding the Growth Cycle of your Team