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Margie
Warrell

Live & Lead with Courage

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Margie will be in Australia from late February to March 2020 and is available for local engagements.

You’ve Got This!, Train the Brave, Make Your Mark, Stop Playing Safe and Find Your Courage. The titles of Margie’s books reflect her passion for emboldening people to lead braver and more purposeful lives.

Margie has needed to find her courage many times since growing up one of seven children on a dairy farm in rural Australia. Personal adversity, backpacking solo around the world, starting a business with four children under five: all have taught her valuable lessons in building resilience, challenging norms and embracing change.

Current Work

Today, Margie draws on her background in Fortune 500 business, coaching and psychology to equip people with the mindset, strategies and skills to lead themselves and others to better outcomes.

Margie's international experience has found her working with diverse organizations from NASA and the United Nations Foundation to British Telecom, Berkshire Hathaway and the Australian Federal Police.

She is a member of the Advisory Board of Forbes School of Business & Technology and adjunct faculty at Duke Executive Education and has guest lectured at Columbia, Georgetown and her alma mater, Monash University in Australia.

A Forbes contributor and host of the Live Brave Podcast, Margie has been described as an ‘international authority on brave leadership’ by the Wall Street Journal. Her insights have also been shaped by her work and interviews with leaders such as Richard Branson, Steve Forbes, Bill Marriott, Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Oliver Stone. Margie has also co-authored two other books with Stephen Covey, Jack Canfield and Ken Blanchard.

Margie’s is currently completing her PhD in the interplay of gender, power and leadership, drawing upon on the latest research in positive and behavioral psychology, neuro-leadership and organizational change.

A passionate advocate for gender equality and inclusive leadership, in 2010 Margie founded Global Courage to embolden braver leadership and advance more women to decision-making tables. She is a Women’s Economic Forum honoree and Ambassador for Women in Global Business and Google’s Womenwill.

She has an adventurous spirit at heart and has lived around the world - from the wilds of Papua New Guinea to Washington D.C. - and travelled widely. She has crossed the Sahara Desert, stayed in Palestinian refugee camps, hiked the Inca trail and Himalayas, swam with piranhas in the Amazon and, perhaps bravest of all, cycled across Beijing. Last but not least, Margie is also the mother of four intrepid teenage children and enjoys sharing adventures with them and her husband Andrew of 25 years-most recently, summiting Mt Kilimanjaro.

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Talking Points

Brave Leadership

RETHINK RISK, EMBRACE DISCOMFORT & LEAD FROM POSSIBILITY
How exceptional leaders harness the potential in themselves and others

Empower your leaders with a deeper sense of purpose, passion, courage and confidence. Drawing on the latest research in leadership and neuroscience, plus interviews with some of the world’s most respected change makers, Margie will get to the heart of what undermines leadership effectiveness, sharing science-based strategies to:
- Engage people around a compelling ‘Why’ that taps ingenuity and counters anxiety
- Foster a ‘risk-ready’ growth mindset to thrive under pressure and fail forward faster
- Identify blind spots that undermine effective decision making
- Embrace vulnerability to engage in the crucial conversations too often avoided

Make Your Mark

DARE TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE YOUR DIFFERENCE MAKES
Finding the courage to pursue the boldest vision for your life
One of the key regrets of the dying is that they lived too safe and risked too little. In this inspiring keynote, Margie will draw on her diverse life experiences and hard won wisdom to inspire your audience to take action to live bigger, braver and more meaningful lives.
- Power and presence: Align your language, focus and physiology to bring your best self to your biggest challenges
- Three questions to discover your ‘Why’ and live on purpose
- Quiet your inner critic and get comfortable being uncomfortable
- Upgrade your mental maps to get back ‘on course’
- Forget perfect: How to get off your own back and begin anew

Brave Women Rising

UNLEASHING THE FORCE OF FEMININE LEADERSHIP
For women who want to do more & be more but too often doubt they can

Despite the compelling case to have more women seated at decision-making tables, too few still are. The reasons for the ‘leaky pipeline’ are many and the solutions complex, yet one thing is certain: empowering women to challenge gender norms and step into their power as change makers is not just the right thing to do, it’s commercially smart. Margie will draw on her PhD research and personal experiences of challenging gender norms to provide strategies to:

- Align the three fundamentals of power to speak with impact, power and presence
- Embrace authentic leadership to counter gender bias and double-binds
- Identify your blind spots that fuel imposter syndrome and perpetuate self-doubt
- Sponsors and mentors: diversifying your network to open crucial doors
- Elevate the sisterhood: amplify the collective female voice

You've Got This! Take the Lead, Stop doubting, Start Daring and Take the Lead the Charge on Change.

No one is immune to fear. Yet too often those who have the ability to lead change - for themselves and others - let their doubts call the shots driving them to second guess their decisions, underestimate their abilities and hold back from taking the actions that will produce better outcomes and bigger possibilities.

Drawing on the latest research as well as Margie’s extensive global experience emboldening leaders to trust themselves more deeply and doubt themselves less often, this keynote will amplify the impact of your employees as change-agents - in their teams, organizations, and beyond. Attendees with learn proven strategies to:

- Dispute self-limiting doubts and combat imposter syndrome
- Build confidence by embracing discomfort as a pre-requisite for success
- Stay grounded amid uncertainty and harness emotional contagions to spread calm and can-do optimism
- Connect more authentically and build stronger, high-trust relationships- Play from one’s strengths and thrive under pressure
- Create rituals that build resilience to stay on purpose, thrive under pressure and fail forward faster
Topics
  • Mastering Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Inspiring Stories
  • Leadership
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Feedback
At the 2012 REINSW Women in Real Estate conference Marie Warrell joined the lineup of sensational speakers and contributed to a day which will be remembered by all who attended. Margie's presentation started the day off, setting the scene of empowerment, motivation, reflection and inspiration. Her engaging style, presence and unique ability to be down to earth had the audience hanging off her words and, challenging their own thoughts as she spoke of what many of us think of, yet dared not to say out loud. With this, Margie gave us the gift of so many 'take-aways' to reflect upon. Wow, what a thought provoking, polished and professional presenter is Margie - a presenter I would recommend for any conference. Real Estate Institute of New South Wales

Margie sets herself apart with a powerful and inspiring message, paired with her energetic, down-to-earth, and disarming delivery. Inviting her to speak here at the United Nations Foundation helped me bolster my personal vision for a candid, collaborative, and forward-leaning workplace. Margie reminds us about the hidden costs of inaction while offering a refreshing and realistic perspective on how we can challenge ourselves and others to be more courageous, take more risks, and find more success. Feedback from her program was overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic. We would welcome her back any time!

Kathy Calvin, President & CEO, The United Nations Foundation, Washington DC

I’ve been meaning to write to thank you very much for your wonderful presentation. The room were highly engaged and the content was relevant to both genders. I know we will be reaping the positive rewards from this event and your words of wisdom for a long time!! I often hear around the office, when someone is delaying doing something, “now come on, be courageous” Thank you very much for delivering perfectly what we discussed and giving the team the courage and push they needed to be brave.

Senior Marketing Manager, Illumina

Margie facilitated an outstanding program with my Asia Pacific leadership team. She connected immediately and had everyone fully engaged and participating. Even the skeptics in my team were very impressed with her approach and style and we all left inspired to execute action plans to improve their leadership effectiveness. I recommend Margie to any company seeking to up the ante on their leadership capability.

Accenture

Margie is a true expert in her field who immediately captivates an audience.

Marriott International

Margie is a truly sensational speaker. She had our audience hanging off her every word - her thought provoking, engaging and professional presentation style along with her unique ability to be down to earth was truely refreshing and motivating. I would recommend Margie as a keynote speaker anytime.”

Optus

Margie’s keynote on creating a culture of courage was dynamic, passionate and thought provoking. The feedback from our top 100 leaders was overwhelmingly positive. We will all go forward a little bolder and braver than before!

XERO

Margie’s insights and ability to deliver thought-provoking and empowering sessions for leaders of all levels from diverse backgrounds is impressive. I've since engaged Margie for many leadership events, always with incredible feedback.

Salesforce

If you are looking for a powerful yet practical message to inspire our team to take action, Margie is the speaker for you! The audience feels the positive and personal message she delivers with credibility as a best-selling author and global leadership authority. She is also a joy to work with!

National Instruments
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